Leave it to Philips Hue to come up with a product that we all want but is actually a thief of your wallet. So now the table lamp is coming to the Netherlands and the price tag is considerable. We want the Hue Go Portable, but darn it, it’s expensive.
Hue’s new table lamp is very nice though. It has a simple and therefore sleek design. In fact, it is nothing more and nothing less than a simple lamp with all the conveniences of the smart devices you would expect from Philips Hue. But is it worth its money?
Philips Hue Go: a colorful lamp on your desk
In Philips Hue’s online store, you can choose from four different versions of the Hue Go Portable. The portable table lamp comes in white and black, each with two different silicone handles on the bottom of the lamp. But if you don’t like those, you can remove them.
The new, at least new in the Netherlands, lamp is 35 centimeters high and has a diameter of 14.2 centimeters wide. Its weight is 975 grams. With a light output of 4,000 Kelvin, the maximum brightness is 530 lumens. In other words, that’s hefty but don’t expect your living room to light up. It’s about the same as the “normal” Hue Go.
Cozy up with a game of Scrabble. (Image: Philips)
So certainly don’t expect a construction lamp but rather a mood light that can be set with all the colors of the rainbow. Depending on your taste, the light of the Philips Hue Go Portable can not only be dimmed. You simply change the white tone or select one of 16 million colors.
Everything is of course fully adjustable with the accompanying app or, for example, Apple HomeKit or Google Home and other smart home products and apps.
Wirelessly placed anywhere
The unique thing about the Philips Hue Go Portable is that it is a wireless lamp. When the bulb runs out of battery life, it immediately sends a message to your smart home. So you know when you need to plug it in again or put it on the charger.
Unlike the Hue Go, the Go Portable does not require a cable to be plugged in to charge. Instead, the lamp is placed on a charging station with matching contacts. This station has a two-meter cable with a fixed plug.
Such a cute gadget comes with a hefty price tag, however. After all, the new Philips Hue Go Portable costs 159.99 euros, and that’s hefty if you want a reading light that happens to be able to turn red or pink. But it’s not like we’re not used to things always being more expensive in Europe.