I admit it: I use Razer mechanical gaming keyboards and its smart lights to create a little ~ aesthetic ~ in my office. And people like me are the reason Razer launched a smart home app for its Chroma RGB lighting ecosystem.
It’s not a bad idea. After all, Razer has made a name for itself with its black gaming peripherals adorned with colorful and exaggerated RGB lighting. Razer provides those to unify those accessories, including smart bulbs and lights from other brands, in its new smart home app.
Razer has already planned for integration with more than 50 hardware partners and 200 games. And third-party smart lighting brands have already signed on, including Nanoleaf, LIFX, Yeelight, Monster and Twinkly. Razer is hopeful that its announcement at CES 2022 will inspire more businesses to join us.
Notably, the Philips Hue mention of Signify, one of the most popular smart bulb ecosystems, is missing. There is native integration of the Philips Hue Bridge via Razer’s Synapse PC software for existing Razer users, who syncs your bulbs with the lights on the gaming keyboard.
Razer’s smart home app looks like its own gamer version of the Philips Hue app or even Google Home. However, all we need to do is take a screenshot of the app’s main page. I see shortcuts for making parts and doing routines, but it seems limited to lighting. Razer says its smart home app comes with 16.8 million colors and a suite of lighting effects.
Razer’s peripherals and accessories, and by extension its Chrome RGB platform, are all meant to work in tandem to help create the mood before you crash into the computer. I think it might actually be easier to do this with the Razer smart home app than using Google Home, which currently doesn’t support changing colors and patterns on Razer’s fixtures.
Depending on how the Razer smart home app connects, it may also make it easier for those without the “keys” to the smart home to create personalized light scenes without administrator access. I reached out to Razer to ask if the light sync functionality would extend to all of their lighting devices, like their CPU fans and keyboards, which would create a truly murderous aesthetic.
Look, I wanted to think that was silly, but it actually looks like it might come in handy if you’re designing a complete lighting look for your gaming setup (or your desktop, whatever, without judgment). And, hey, at least that sounds like fun.
Razer plans to launch the new smart home app for Android and iOS in the first half of this year.