When we configure a gaming setup, we pay special attention to achieving an interesting, personalized and unique design. That translates into a comfortable and comfortable environment in which to feel comfortable during our long gaming sessions. For which we have a wide variety of decorative products that open up an almost infinite world of possibilities.
But in addition to its appearance, we must not neglect that our setup is functional. Putting technology at our service translates into a better quality of life and, whenever possible, having smart devices makes our day-to-day tasks much easier. In this sense, there are more and more gadgets within our reach. And two of the most interesting that we can add to our play space are light bulbs and smart speakers.
For an investment that in most cases does not exceed a few tens of euros, smart bulbs and speakers allow us to greatly increase the functionality of our setup. To which must be added, in the first, a tremendously customizable lighting decoration that fits wonderfully with the rest of the RGB peripherals in our gaming space.
So if we are thinking of taking the decoration and the possibilities of our setup one step further, then we are going to collect some of the most interesting smart speakers and light bulbs on the market. Not without first reviewing what fundamental aspects we must take into account to make the most successful purchase possible. Let’s go there!
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Smart speakers and light bulbs: things to consider
- Fixed lights vs. RGB lights. When we talk exclusively about smart lights, on the market we find both RGB models and those that only illuminate in one color. Here, depending on the needs of each one, we must go for one or the other. If we are only looking to illuminate (but with the functions of a smart device), those of a single color will allow us to save some money. But if, on the contrary, we want to expand the RGB lighting of our equipment, peripherals and other lighting solutions, the RGB models are the most interesting as they open up a wide range of possibilities.
- connectivity. The rationale for smart devices like light bulbs and the speakers to which we refer here is to interact with them in a thousand and one ways. The most common thing is that we have an application on the smartphone or on the PC itself that allows us to modify different aspects: light intensity, lighting mode or color in the case of lights and volume in relation to speakers. But the most complete devices even allow us to communicate with them through voice control, which always makes things much easier. In each case, we will have to look at what each model offers us.
- Compatibility. Hand in hand with the above, we must look at the compatibility of each smart device. If, for example, we acquire a light that is only compatible with its own mobile application, we will be much more limited when using it in our day to day life. But if it supports compatibility with third-party devices or services, such as the Google Assistant or Alexa, the possibilities increase considerably by allowing us to interact with it in multiple ways. Making it possible for us to raise or lower the intensity of the light without wasting time while we play just by talking out loud.
- Price. Finally, an aspect that is always limiting whatever we want to buy, but which acquires a new dimension in gaming products, is the price. Although in this case, contrary to what happens with the rest of the products on the gaming device market, adding all kinds of smart devices to our setup does not involve a large outlay. As we said before, for a few tens of euros we will see all our needs covered.
Smart devices for our setup: recommended light bulbs and speakers
Google Home Mini Speaker
We start with one of the cheapest smart speakers on the market, ideal for users who want to enter the world of connected devices: the Google Home MiniAt a price of 39 euros. It incorporates Google Assistant and connects via Bluetooth.
Smart speaker- Google Home Mini Assistant, Smart Home, Domotics, Bluetooth, Sound 360º, Charcoal
Google Home speaker
If we want to take a step further compared to the previous speaker, for 59 euros we have the Google Home in its normal version. It can also be connected to all kinds of devices via Bluetooth and has Google Assistant. Which, through voice commands, allows you to control all kinds of accessories such as lights.
Google Home Smart Speaker
Echo Dot Speaker + Philips HUE Bulbs
As an alternative to the well-known Google speakers, we have those from Amazon: I miss them. To get into them, we have the Echo Dot, the little one in the family. Which, for 67.98 euros, comes with a pack of two Philips Hue bulbs. It is available in three colors.
Echo Dot (4th Gen), Anthracite + Philips Hue White 2-Pack Smart Bulbs, Compatible with Alexa – Digital Home Starter Kit
Google Nest screen
Returning to Google devices, if in addition to audio we want to have a small screen at hand, the Google Nest Hubfor 74.99 euros, is a perfect alternative. A great way to control the home automation of our setup in a visual and comfortable way.
Google Nest Hub Smart Wi-Fi Display Speaker 2nd Generation Chalk
Echo Studio Speaker + Philips HUE Bulbs
We finish the list of smart speakers with the largest in the family of Amazon devices: the echo studio. Offers similar functionality to the Echo Dot but with a better listening experience, thanks to a greater number of loudspeakers. For 204.98 euros, we can also buy it in a pack together with a Philips Hue White bulb.
Echo Studio, BLACK + Philips Hue White smart bulb, compatible with Alexa – Digital Home Starter Kit
ANTELA smart bulb
We move on to smart light bulbs that we can control remotely. This ANTELA pack comes with two units for 15.29 euros, has excellent reviews and is one of the preferred purchase options for users. They are compatible with the Google Assistant and AlexaRGB and can also be controlled through the mobile application.
ANTELA Smart LED Bulb E27 Wifi 9W Compatible with Google Home/Alexa, RGB Bulb (2700K-6500K) Dimmable Colored Lights, Remote Control, Voice Control, Energy Saving, Pack 2
Philips HUE smart bulb
We are nearing the end with one of the best rated families of smart lighting solutions in the entire market: Philips Hue. This smart bulb is RGB, can be controlled by app as well as through the Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa, and it is priced at 46 euros.
Philips Hue – Smart Light Bulb, A60 E27, White and Colored Light, 10. 5W, Compatible with Alexa and Google Home (929002468801)
Philips HUE LED strips
If we prefer the type of lighting offered by LED strips, this model, also from Philips Hue, is priced at 67.99 euros. It has a length of 2 meters (also available in other sizes), RGB lighting and are compatible with Alexa and the Google Assistant. They are ideal for gluing around peripherals, furniture, and gaming gear.
Philips Hue – Smart LED strips 2m, White and Color LED lights (up to 16M colors), 1600lm, with Bluetooth, Compatible with Alexa and Google Home (incl. power supply) [Clase de eficiencia energética G]
Philips HUE light bar
Last we have this pack of two Philips Hue light bars (also compatible with the same assistants as the rest) for 109 euros. They are perfect for creating ambient lighting behind our monitor and, in combination with other similar lighting solutions, we can achieve unique results.
Philips Hue – Light bar, Hue Play, White and colored light, Compatible with Alexa and Google Home, Black – 2 Units
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