I need a lamp with an arm that extends out over my work area next to my computer, where the light shines down on the work, not all over the room. This one fits the bill nicely. I have had similar-looking lamps that fell apart. This one seems solidly built, and I am guessing it will not break. I also like the rheostat with "dimmer" capability, rather than a 3-position off-dim-hi arrangement. The color was more brownish than near-black the way it looked on-screen, but that may have been a function of the monitor on which I was viewing the product. But if you want near-black, this isn't it's brown.
This is exactly the desk lamp we wanted for our home office. It was described perfectly and we were thrilled when we got it because the quality and appearance is extremely handsome. I saw desk lamps similar to this one that cost twice as much; therefore, the price is a bargain! We highly recommend this desk lamp.