Tech that! Philips Play HDMI Sync box and Play gradient lightstrip – ✡ ✡ ✡ ½

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Tech that! Philips Play HDMI Sync box and Play gradient lightstrip – ✡ ✡ ✡ ½

It's hard to justify spending so much on a product that won’t work with built-in TV apps, but if you’re a gamer and want to recreate a cinema-like experience then this is for you!

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What is it?

The Philips Play HDMI Sync box along with the Play gradient lightstrip gives you a more immersive TV experience by reflecting the colours you see on your television to your smart lights in real time.

Plus points:

  • Brings an immersive cinema-like experience to your living room (especially for gamers or movie buffs)
  •  Easy to use and set up
  • You can connect your existing Philips Hue lights to the Sync box
  •  Lights can be controlled via the Google assistant, Amazon Alexa or Siri
  •  New partnership with Spotify can sync the lights to match the music you’re listening to
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Nil points:

  •  The price is bit steep, but with little competition from other companies, Philips can charge a higher price for their product
  • Sync box won’t work with built-in TV apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or YouTube. You must plug in external devices such as a gaming console or streaming box.
  •  Adhesive strips for the Philips Play gradient lightstrip can be tough to remove from the back of your TV


Verdict: ✡ ✡ ✡ ½

As cool as it is, I personally can’t justify spending so much on a product that won’t work with my built-in TV apps. If you’re a gamer or really into movies and want to recreate a cinema-like experience at home, then this is perfect for you.

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