I admit: I use Razer mechanical keyboards for games and his smart lights to create a bit of aesthetics ~ in my office. And people like me are the reason why Razer launched a smart home app for its Chroma RGB lighting ecosystem.
Not a bad idea. After all, Razer made a name for himself black game peripherals decorated with superb, colorful RGB lighting. Razer plans to unite them accessories, including smart bulbs and lighting fixtures from other brands, in 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 his announcement of CES 2022 will encourage more companies to get involved.
Of particular note is Signify’s Philips Hue, one of the more popular smart light bulb ecosystems. There is a native Philips Hue bridge integration via Razer’s Synapse PC software for existing Razer users, which syncs your bulbs with the lights on the gaming keyboard.
Razer’s Smart Home app looks like its own version of the Philips Hue app or even Google Home tailored to gamers. However, all we have to do is take a screenshot of the main page of the app. I see shortcuts for creating rooms and creating routines, but it seems to be limited to lighting. Razer says its smart home app comes with 16.8 million colors and a light effects package.
Razer’s peripherals and accessories, as well as its Chrome RGB platform, are all designed to work in tandem to help create a mood before you kick your ass on your computer. I think it might actually be easier to do that with the Razer Smart Home app than using Google Home, which currently doesn’t have support for changing colors and patterns on Razer lighting fixtures.
Depending on how the Razer Smart Home app connects, it could also make it easier for those who don’t have the “keys” of a smart home, or so to speak, to create custom lighting scenes without administrator access. I turned to Razer to ask if the light sync feature would be extended to all of its lighting devices, such as CPU fans and keyboards, which would lead to some seriously killer aesthetics.
Look, I wanted to think this was stupid, but it actually seems like it might be useful if you design the whole look of the lighting for your games (or your office, however, without judgment). And, hey, at least it sounds fun.
Razer plans to launch a new smart home app for Android and iOS in the first half of this year.