I’ve had the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box installed in my home for about two weeks now but I haven’t really used it often yet. For now, I have some answers to reader requests and my questions, directly from the Philips Hue headquarters in Eindhoven. HDMI Sync Box is not an Ambilight substitute With Ambilight, Philips integrated great technology into its TV sets many years ago.
I’m on holiday in the Netherlands until Monday. During this time I’m being wonderfully represented by my colleague Frederick. However, I have not been completely idle, as I also used my time in the Netherlands to visit the Philips Hue headquarters in Eindhoven on Friday. At present, Philips Hue no longer belongs to Philips, the official company name is Signify.
Before we can provide big news regarding the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box in October and two exciting products on the market with the new Hue Go and the Hue Smart Button, Philips Hue provides us with a small software update regarding the motion sensor. In its revised version 3.30.0 of the Hue app, more possibilities for the motion sensor were added.
I wanted to share my comprehensive test report about the new HDMI Sync Box from Philips Hue with you until today at the latest. With a price of just under 250 Euros, the entertainment device is anything but a cheap affair, so you’ll want to inform yourself thoroughly beforehand. Now I have to inform you: the test report won’t be published soon because I’m still disappointed with the HDMI Sync Box.
Since its introduction in mid-September, there’s been a lot of discussion about the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. Especially regarding its price, the discussion has heated up quite fast and quite a lot. But until I was able to form my own opinion at home – unfortunately I don’t have access to the necessary app for the control unit at the moment – we just want to hide the 249,99 Euro.
Last week, a newsletter from Philips Hue appeared, including hints of a third generation Hue Bridge. Only in the small print, but still. Now the Signify editorial team reacts. Not only did they feel compelled to inform me personally that the mention of the third generation Hue Bridge in the newsletter was simply a mistake: they also responded in social media and even sent out another newsletter to clarify the error.
First of all: defects can always occur, even with brand new devices. I had to experience this first hand on my Philips Hue Lily last year. Now it is the Hue White Filament lamps that cause problems for some users. I have received several emails with the same content: the lamps are flickering in some places.
Something’s going on in the Hue world: last week alone numerous new products have been launched. By no means that is all that awaits us this year. But not only Signify is busy, other manufacturers are as well: Berlin-based start-up Senic has teamed up with Gira to create its own Friends of Hue switch.
If you want to use individual Philips Hue LED bulbs, up to now they were best hidden behind a lampshade or other cover. Let’s be honest: the usual Philips Hue bulbs are not really stylish. This has changed with the Philips Hue White Filament lamps that were released last week. Available in three different versions, the vintage bulb looks really great – and easily shakes off the smart competition from Osram, Ikea or Innr.
In recent years, the Philips Hue Go has gained a lot of fans as on-the-go mood light for your balcony or terrace. From October, Signify will be delivering the second generation Philips Hue Go. Therefore, I wanted to find out how the two models differ from each other. Regarding the price, nothing has changed.