“ Brand: Argos / Type: Desk Lamp „
This halogen lamp was a bit of an emergency purchase. My husband's outstandingly brilliant desk lamp got busted after years of service and we had to get something quick and cheap. And when you want to get something quick and cheap, most likely you go to Argos (not always quick though). Anyway, this lamp was about £15 and probably the best we could find locally. And yet I have very controversial impressions about this lamp. Pros: - It is comparatively cheap. - You can rotate it and adjust angles almost as much as you like, which is essential for a work lamp. - It does indeed what it is suppose to do, that is, shed light in the required direction. Cons: - The base is not heavy enough and the whole construction is somewhat flimsy and unreliable. It doesn't quite feel like a proper solid lamp that will serve you for years (dream on!). - The switch is situated on top of the shade. "So what?" you might think. Nothing special. Just when the lamp has been on for a while and the shade is hot, you've got to figure out how to switch the lamp off. And to use that switch, you will most likely have to touch the shade because the switch is not an easy switching one. - After rotating the shade, you can fix it in the position by tightening a sort of a screw on the side. This is good, but the screw is not brilliant at all. Feels cheap and not comfortable to use. This is me nit-picking though, so you might as well ignore this remark. - The lamp is not too expensive at £15, but I do feel it could be cheaper. Last year I bough an Ikea desk lamp for less that 20 quid and it's all solid metal and professional-looking. I understand it was a year ago, etc., but this Argos lamp probably should cost no more than a tenner, then everything will feel right. Conclusion It's not a bad lamp for the British throw-away (or throw-up?) market, but some design flaws it has, unfortunately, work as constant irritants and reminders that it could have been much better had someone thought about functionality. A typical basic range item which will serve its purpose, but not grow on you.