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80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

Welcome to the future. You may not be able to get a flying car, but you can now buy a lightbulb that you can program with your smartphone, that can change color at will, and that can last for five years. All for about $200 for a starter kit that includes 3 bulbs and the bridge that links them to your home WiFi network. Ars Technica calls Hue "awesome," and says that "Being able to control the color, brightness, and timing of your lights from your phone or computer—and tying the lights together with your own on/off schedule—is addictive." Of course, you don't necessarily need a smartphone-controlled, color-changing LED lighting system. And as AllThingsD points out, this is "definitely a first version of a product" with some bugs and limitations. However, as Ars says, "if you have the spare cash, they are worth buying. They're just too fun and too addictive to not own."
80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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js87
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
100
lagu
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
RVP
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
80
AllThingsD
If you’ve got extra cash lying around and you’ve been looking for an iPhone-controlled lighting system, Philips Hue might do it for you.
 
80
Geek.com
Selling people on expensive lighting is difficult, but selling them on a cool app and a system with some actual functionality should prove to be much easier. At this point Hue is as much tool as toy, but over time things could definitely improve.
 
80
SlashGear
Philips’ hue apps aren’t entirely refined, and the promise of third-party integration is yet to materialize, but hue is off to an excellent start where it counts: bringing the cost of color-changing lighting down to a more manageable price point.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
You should see this as the future...that is bright and colourful, light and shiny. A future that once you get past the "let's make the room pink" moment, will actually become incredibly useful whether it is creating soft lighting for entertaining, or merely something bright enough to let you see what you are doing.
 
80
Ars Technica
My recommendation is that if you have the spare cash, they are worth buying. They're just too fun and too addictive to not own.
 
60
TechRadar
And despite all the caveats, we can't deny that we're charmed by them, and it's possible that we won't be able to resist buying a set.
 
80
The Next Web
As it stands, the Hue lamps are a luxury buy ... but with open standards and Philips dedicating resources to continue iterating the product (and welcoming developers), the product’s best times might yet be ahead of it.
 
80
PC Mag
The Philips Hue Connected Bulb system lets you wirelessly control the color and intensity of your home or office lighting, and while it's undeniably cool, the cost of entry could preclude many.
 
70
MacLife
If you can stomach the asking price and some limitations, the Philips Hue system is a wildly innovative new approach to home lighting.
 
80
Gizmodo
Nearly $300 to start and another $90 a bulb after that is tough to swallow. But the Hue system is insanely cool and, in the hands of a skilled interior designer, could be used to turn every room in your house into a light-flooded canvas.
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