We are living our lives online now - constant Zoom and Teams meetings, and looking good online is still important. Although perhaps seen as the purview of gamers or YouTubers, the ring light helps improve the your video quality through good lighting.
I was deciding between the Key Light and the Ring Light, and I decided to go for the Ring Light as the Key Light works best with two lights. The Key Light is bright enough to have just one light, but you need it square on, which can make it too bright to look at if your webcam is positioned near it. The ring light means you can have the webcam in the middle of the ring and not be staring right into the light. The Ring Light is a bit big, so think of how it will fit in your setup.
The Ring Light can work with a Tripod - however, the power cord is right next to the mounting point, so you need to use the ball-head to raise the light to make space for the power cord - so not great, but still workable. There is an mobile App to control, however, the Ring Light has on-light controls so you don't need to install the app (unlike the Key Light which you do).
It also only comes with a desk mount - so I had to shell out for the base so it can stand alone.
The Ring Light may seem a bit expensive, but well worth the investment considering how much time we spend online. …plus