Govee Glide Hexa Pro light panels installed above a shelf.
Govee Glide Hexa Pro light panel installed on a shelf.

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MSRP $250.00

“The Glide Hexa Professional lighting panel’s PC sync and enjoyable triple-cell structure expands Govee’s already wealthy collection of animations. Tough transitions, colour constancy and aggressive brightness are small however noticeable complaints.”

Benefits

  • straightforward setup

  • Highly effective animation choices

  • cool fashion

drawback

  • Incorrect PC Sync

  • Pores and skin colour accuracy

Govee continues its head-on assault on wall lighting panel large Nanoleaf, recognized for its new Glide Hexa Professional panels. On the floor, it could look similar to Govee’s earlier hexagonal mild tiles, however there are a number of extra LED strips on the within that make it appear like a dice, however there are a number of different options that set it aside.

Set

The setup course of for the Govee Glide Hexa Professional is similar to the earlier model. This app will information you thru your structure planning step-by-step. Taking the time to measure is actually essential if you don’t need repositioning clogged and probably dripping glue. The ultimate place of this set is off-center as a result of I forgot to account for the way the highest row of tiles would sink to the underside. You may place them nevertheless you want, however it’s not a good suggestion to flip the tiles in order that the cubes look the other way up. If the delimiter is in the usual “Y” path, it is a lot simpler to maintain the phantasm.

The contents of the Govee Glide Hexa Pro light panel box are blank on a black table.
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As soon as your plan is ready, plug the facility cable right into a devoted slot on the again of the tile, and the app will counsel a slot to position the extension cable in line with the subsequent tile location. Then merely peel off the glue, stick the tile to the wall and repeat for the remainder of the tiles. The great factor about this method is that the adhesive is definitely on a separate mounting plate, so you possibly can take away the LED tiles. It will make it simpler to take away the glue in a while with no noticeable pull tab protruding of the sunshine. (I am wanting on the Nanoleaf Canvas tile.) The mounting plate additionally offers the tile some top to let mild shine via from beneath. One huge factor I missed within the setup in comparison with the unique Glide Hexa was the bodily alignment half, which helps be sure that the brand new tile matches correctly and aligns with the opposite tiles throughout placement. I assume it’s because the highest layer of tiles on the Glide Hexa Professional is barely domed to additional emphasize the “dice” form, making sq. guides impractical. Fortunately they nonetheless include ranges.

We additionally wished to see interoperability between the 2 fashions, making an allowance for related linking mechanisms. It might be nice if the present Hexa array might later be prolonged to a Hexa Professional tile structure with the identical energy provides, connectors and software program administration. This type of modularity stays Nanoleaf’s huge promoting level. To accommodate the extra LEDs, the Glide Hexa Professional’s energy provide is highly effective. This can be a bit tougher to cover when aiming for a smooth look. That stated, the cable retains an inline mic for dwell music sync and a {hardware} energy swap that stays helpful when Wi-Fi is unstable. I am nonetheless skeptical of sensible lighting with a microphone related to the web at house, however if in case you have sensible audio system round anyway, chances are high you have already forgotten your privateness.

Attribute

Active Govee Glide Hexa Pro panel with app running in foreground.
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The Govee cell app continues to impress. The aforementioned music sync gives a number of enjoyable results, providing you with loads of time to fiddle. This mechanism works higher than software-based music sync options like Hue’s Spotify integration. The app can present helpful colour mixture solutions, however there are too many pages devoted to presetting colour palettes from inventory photos of various meals and giving sure colours a temper. Orange clearly means “fear”. The preset animations have awkward subtitles like “Life” and “Emotion”, however the outcomes are nonetheless nice. With the ability to create your individual utilizing totally different animation sorts, instructions, speeds and origins offers geeks rather a lot to chew on. Glide Hexa Professional provides a number of new animation sorts that create good rotations in every of the three cells inside a tile. The Google Assistant and Alexa connections are working effective, however I am nonetheless holding my breath for Apple HomeKit help. Disrupting on-line shops and social networks to apps remains to be a burden. The banner on the entrance web page routinely advertises a covert group occasion that has nothing to do with me turning on the toilet lights.

A brand new function within the function listing is PC Sync. Since our final overview, Govee has launched its personal PC app that connects to the Razer Chroma. Which means, like many Razer gaming {hardware} and different lighting companions, some Govee lights are able to reproducing what you see in your display screen. Chroma can be partnering with sport builders for customized lighting experiences. So should you’re taking part in Apex LegendsFor instance, Chroma-enabled lights flash crimson when lit, or have a pleasant mild blue cycle animation when choosing characters. Chroma is normally assumed to deal with small lights constructed right into a mouse, keyboard, or desktop PC tower, however it may be a bit distracting when utilized to bigger lights, akin to wall tiles which can be inside your subject of view. fundamental occasion. That is exacerbated by the truth that Govee’s default brightness ranges are typically excessive. Because of this, I choose Chroma’s ambient lighting possibility. I have been utilizing ambient lighting on my PC for some time, initially with an previous Kickstarter known as Lightpack. It has since been expanded by including help by Philips Hue.

A screenshot of the Govee mobile app.
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With the ability to add a Govee to the combination was good as a result of I had an previous Glide Hexa panel put in close by. It meant working two totally different apps within the background, but when it will get too cumbersome, you possibly can fold Hue and Nanoleaf into Chroma administration. By way of PC sync high quality, Govee is responsive however unstable. In terms of display screen mirroring, you don’t need the secondary mild to precisely reproduce what’s on the display screen 1:1. Show pixels are altering quickly, and if the lights of your complete room change colour and brightness on the identical frequency, it might be a first-class journey to Seizureville. Chroma has a slider that will increase the “blurness” of this copy, however even on the high, I discovered that the lights flicker commonly to determine what to breed. In one in every of our exams, we hit the awkward spot the place the brilliant blues and yellows of the display screen averaged out to the greens of the Govee lights. A sequence of Govee lights inside Chroma are laid out as a single object, however I would really like it to be extra granular so that every tile will be managed individually. My Glide Hexa lights are put in on a horizontal strip subsequent to the TV. If you happen to might set a delay in order that the tile closest to the TV reacts first, then the subsequent tile, then the sunshine will radiate outward, which is very nice. If the tiles are on a vertical line subsequent to the show, you possibly can arrange a separate mirroring space in order that the highest of the strip will get its colour from the highest nook of the show and the underside of the strip will get its colour from the underside of the show. As it’s, all related tiles merely reproduce the identical colour on the identical time.

Govee Glide Hexa wall lights reflect the colors of nearby TV images.
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It is arduous to attribute these shortcomings fully to Govee, as Chroma determines a lot of this expertise. Having its personal desktop app is a superb first step, however it might be superb if Govee might bake ambient PC lighting in order that Chroma would not must become involved. Govee’s cell app is highly effective and overwhelming, and should you imply softer and extra primary ambient PC lighting, you’d wish to put the identical effort into the brand new desktop. At the moment, each Nanoleaf and Hue do higher PC syncing.

By way of general colour high quality, Govee tends to oversaturate. For instance, should you use the Google Assistant to set the sunshine in a room to “candle”, the Philips Hue mild bulb produces a brilliant, uninteresting yellow. In the meantime, Govee tiles flip darkish orange. As you stated, the utmost brightness is sort of excessive, so even should you inform the Govee Glide Hexa Professional to 50% via your voice assistant, it is nonetheless very brilliant. That is solely actually an issue should you’re diligently juggling a number of sensible lighting manufacturers in the identical area. Those that go all-in with Govee can regulate their sensibilities accordingly.

our take

The Glide Hexa Professional lighting is a superb choice to embody Govee’s wall tile lineup. Whereas it lacks the modularity and selection of Nanoleaf and the sleek software program expertise of Philips Hue, the sheer quantity of animation choices accessible in Govee is astounding. The Glide Hexa Professional provides a number of extra animations to focus on cube-like shapes, and a brand new partnership with Razer provides vital PC ambient mild. Sustaining hardware-based music sync that different gamers have shunned is what cements Govee’s place as the very best within the trade. Small particulars like supersaturation, excessive brightness and hulking energy provide don’t detract from the novelty of the Govee Glide Hexa Professional mild panel.

Are there any higher choices?

The 3D textures on the Glide Hexa Professional added to the unique are nice, however I am fairly positive it is not price the additional $50 for most individuals. The usual Glide Hexa mild panel presents the entire identical options in an nearly similar expertise.

How lengthy does it final?

LED bulbs have a really lengthy life and use little or no energy. You may anticipate years from these lights. The software program will most definitely cease working earlier than the sunshine bulb itself works, however luckily the {hardware} controls hold it helpful. Gove presents a one-year guarantee on the Glide Hexa Professional.

must you purchase it?

Govee Glide Hexa Professional lighting tiles are a secure buy. It is enjoyable, straightforward to put in, and appears nice. It’s kind of arduous to justify as a sensible mild in comparison with sensible bulbs, however nice should you’re on a funds for pure fancy components.

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