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Enthusiast than a smart bulb, cheaper than most smart bulbs – Review Geek



Review:
8/10

  • 1 – Absolutely hot waste
  • 2 – Sorta lukewarm waste
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute design Nirvana

Price: $ 59.99

The Govee Aura Lamp with the
Cameron Summerson

Smart lighting is one of the most useful pieces of smart home technology you can buy. It’s even better if it’s affordable and looks good – and that is exactly what the Govee Aura Smart table lamp is all about. It’s a beautiful lamp with a slew of unique lighting options, and it’s only $ 60. But it’s not without its own flaws. Let’s talk about it.

Here’s what we like

  • Vivid, reactive colors
  • Robust app that is easy to use

And what we don’t do

  • Brightness slider doesn’t do much
  • Limited voice control for Google Assistant
  • Own cable

For starters, this is a standalone bulb, not a smart bulb. That gave Govee more flexibility with what it could do with the lighting system. As a result, the Aura Lamp can create a lot of single colors, as well as different patterns and other fun lighting … things.

For example, you can set the light to bright white. Or orange. Or red. Or another solid color. But you can also set it to different “scenes”, which are basically just lighting effects designed to simulate different settings such as sunrise, sunset, rainbow and many more. You can also set the light to sync with music using the built-in microphone. But those are all details that we’ll get into later.

Installation is a snap

Like the Govee Immersion TV backlight I reviewed a few weeks ago, the installation for the Aura Lamp is simple – easier, as there is no actual setup. You just plug it in. After that, you can use the buttons on top of the lamp for the most basic controls: power, brightness and simple color modes.

That said, there is one crucial point to note about the plug: there is an inline box on the cable, and that’s where all the connected data is stored. That means you can’t use an aftermarket plug if something happens to the one that comes with the bulb. It also means that if you have two lights and want to move them, you should keep the plugs with their specific cable. It’s a weird setup, but it’s also easy to set up and forget.

The operation of the Aura Lamp on top of the lamp
The controls are at the top, but you are unlikely to use them as the app is much more powerful. Cameron Summerson

Most of the lamp’s functions are app-controlled. The Govee Home app is the same app used for other Govee products, so if you’re reading my Immersion review, you’re already familiar with most of it. You start here with the installation, where you connect the Aura Lamp to WiFi for smart home control. It works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, although only the most basic functions are supported for Assistant (on / off, solid colors). The bulb recently got an update that allows Alexa to do a lot more – you can basically control the device entirely with your voice if you’re an Alexa user.

Once it’s connected to Wi-Fi, you are good to go.

The app is powerful and robust

While Assistant and Alexa support is nice for easily turning the lamp on / off or changing the color, the app is the real control center for the light. You can do simple things like turn it on or off, set a timer, or change the mode. There are tons of modes to choose from, and each has a handful of different options. For example, you can have the light syncronize with music in a variety of ways, ranging from the fairly cool and relaxing “Spectrum” option to the attack-inducing “Energetic” mode.

The Govee app shows the solid color option for the Aura LampThe Govee app with the scenes of the Aura Lamp

However, in addition to the music modes, you can also set specific scenes. These do not synchronize with music, but rather try to replicate certain elements from nature. This includes rainbows, sunset, sunset glow (two different settings there), snowflakes, forest, ocean, fire (shown in the main image of this post), and more. The different settings are very fluid – the fire option, for example, tries to mimic a flame dancing around the light. It does a pretty good job too!

But you’re not just limited to what Govee includes in the app. There’s also a DIY option where you’re only limited to what that big, beautiful brain of yours can think of – and a 132-square grid. This feature is fun to play with, but don’t expect to be able to draw something very specific and make it appear on the lamp. It’s basically an ambiguous blob of color on the light side once you hit that apply button.

Still, it’s quite fun to mess around with it.

As a smart light, it is neat; Like a lamp, it is Eh

So here’s the thing – as a fun whimsical little lamp, the Aura is great. We tested it in the living room for a while, where it doesn’t really emit enough light to be a meaningful light source. Then we moved it to the bedroom, where it really makes more sense – it’s a table lamp, and really (heh) shines on that use.

The Aura lamp with the
Cameron Summerson

I would say my biggest argument with the Govee Aura table lamp is the brightness – there really is no scale. The app has a brightness slider, but the difference in the lowest and highest settings is negligible at best. I found the best way to make it dimmer is to change the color or scene to something with a darker hue instead of using the slider. This is not really a good choice if you want a dim white light for reading at night or something, as the white is always quite bright, even at the lowest setting.

Otherwise, I’d like to see more powerful voice commands too … at least for Google Assistant. Recently, the company added more robust options to Alexa, allowing users to use voice or routines to change settings and scenes. So, for example, as Alexa, you can “change the Aura table lamp to Sunset Glow” and it will turn on that scene. You can also include those commands in routines for an even more powerful experience.

But as it stands, neither of these things are deal breakers in my view. Maybe if the bulb was $ 100 +, but nearly half as much? No. It is well.

Conclusion

The Aura Lamp went out.
Cameron Summerson

I loved the Govee Immersion when I discussed it, and I have similar feelings about the Aura Lamp. It’s not that useful, but the actual use case is different too. As a smart “accessory” it is fantastic. It works best in limited use, such as on a bedside table, or perhaps as a small extra desk lamp.

If you’re planning on picking one up, Govee offered an exclusive discount code just for RG readers. Click on the buy button below and use the code REVIEWGEEK at checkout to save 20% (in addition to the $ 5 coupon on the page!). That makes a good deal even better.

Review: 8/10

Price: $ 59.99

Here’s what we like

  • Vivid, reactive colors
  • Robust app that is easy to use

And what we don’t do

  • Brightness slider doesn’t do much
  • Limited voice control for Google Assistant
  • Own cable




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