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AwoX StriimLight review: Solid audio streaming--from your lamp?!

Andrew Hayward | June 18, 2014
Color-changing, Bluetooth-connected smart light bulbs have been one of the cooler--albeit largely unnecessary and novelty-minded--products of the smartphone era, with the Philips Hue leading the charge. AwoX has its own adjustable-light offerings, but the StriimLight isn't that kind of bulb; it doesn't even have its own app for controlling the device. However, it's quite a bit more practical in the average home setting.

If you're seeking big sound to power your next party, or perhaps audio to fill a busy storefront or office, the StriimLight probably won't fit the bill. It's a tiny mono speaker that delivers just 10W of audio, so I wouldn't recommend it for blasting dubstep at your next raucous gathering — as cool as wub-wubs coming out of your lamp might seem in theory.

However, for listening to streaming radio or podcasts from your phone in a relatively quiet setting, it'll absolutely do the trick. I streamed hours and hours of kid-friendly radio and various podcast episodes while watching my toddler, and while I usually rely on a Jambox for such needs, I appreciated not having to power up the StriimLight — and not being bombarded with obnoxious low-battery warnings. When testing with my paired iPhone, calls wouldn't carry through to the StriimLight speaker, but that's probably for the best: I'd like to continue resisting the urge to talk to my lamp.

Compared to its more complex smart lighting contemporaries, the StriimLight comes off as somewhat mundane. It's a simple lightbulb paired with a simple speaker, and that's really it. Even the other members of AwoX's line have more enticing abilities, such as the StriimLight Wi-Fi, which lets you connect multiple bulbs over a wireless Internet connection and play music throughout your home. The standard StriimLight isn't flashy, but it's thankfully effective.

Bottom line

Simplicity isn't a weakness with the StriimLight, but rather a strength. The speaker is there when you need it, and when you don't, it's a light bulb. And if you don't need either, the device hangs just out of sight, ready and waiting. It's not the most versatile light bulb you can buy, certainly, and there are more powerful Bluetooth speakers at the $100 level. (You can find the StriimLight for $79 here.) But as an all-in-one option that blends well into nearly any living space, the StriimLight fits the bill.

 

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