A still from one of Razer’s previous promotional videos for Philips Hue integration. This has nothing to do with the announcement of Razer’s smart home app, but it certainly looks like the future! Screenshot: Razer / YouTube
I admit it: I use Razer’s mechanical gaming keyboards and its smart bulbs to create a little ~aesthetic~ in my office. And people like me are the reason why Razer has a . launched smart home app for its Chroma RGB lighting ecosystem.
It’s not a bad idea. After all, Razer has made a name for itself with its black gaming peripherals shrouded in over-the-top, colorful RGB lighting. Razer plans to unify those accessories, including smart bulbs and lighting fixtures from other brands, into its new smart home app.
Razer already has planned integration with more than 50 hardware partners and 200 games. And third-party smart light brands have already signed up, including Nanoleaf, LIFX, Yeelight, Monster and Twinkly. Razer hopes the CES 2022 announcement will entice more companies to get involved.
Notably missing from the listing is Signify’s Philips Hue, one of the more popular smart bulb ecosystems. There’s native Philips Hue bridge integration via Razer’s Synapse PC software for existing Razer users, which syncs your lights with the lights on the gaming keyboard.
Razer’s smart home app looks like a controller just for lighting. Screenshot: Razer
Razer’s Smart Home app resembles its own gamer version of the Philips Hue app or even Google Home. All we need to do is take a screenshot of the main app page. I see shortcuts for creating rooms and creating routines, but it seems limited to lighting. Razer says its smart home app comes with 16.8 million colors and a range of lighting effects.
Razer’s peripherals and accessories, and by extension the Chrome RGB platform, are all meant to work together to set a mood before sitting in front of the computer. I think it might be easier to do this with the Razer smart home app than to use Google Home, which currently doesn’t support changing the colors and patterns on Razer’s lighting fixtures.
Depending on how the Razer smart home app connects, this could also make it easier for those who don’t have the smart home keys, or so to speak, to create custom light scenes without admin access. I’ve reached out to Razer to ask if the light sync functionality will be extended to all of its light-up devices, such as the CPU fans and keyboards, which would make for a seriously killer aesthetic.
See, I wanted to think this was silly, but it actually seems like it could be helpful if you’re designing a whole lighting look for your gaming setup (or your office, whatever, no judgment). And hey, at least it sounds fun.
Razer plans to launch the new smart home app for Android and iOS in the first half of this year.
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