GRDE Star Projector Smart Light

A few weeks ago I reviewed an almost identical device from another supplier and I was immensely impressed by it. Now here is an upgraded and improved version from GRDE. The new version has a slightly more compressed projection area, I think, which gives it a brighter display and also now has app control through the widely used and popular Smart Life app and voice control through Amazon Alexa and Google. At £40.99 this model is slightly dearer than the older version.

In the box are the projector itself, a short USB power cable, remote control, and a large and easy to read albeit poorly translated user guide. Build quality seems fine and the projector although larger than I was expecting at 12.5 x 16.4 cm, seems well made and robust. I was pleased to see that the remote is a full-sized one rather than the usual credit card sized jobs and that the USB power in port uses the latest USB-C interface. All the key functions can be controlled directly from the unit itself, but it is easier and simpler to use the supplied remote control.

This device is not just a star projector it is also an excellent Bluetooth speaker, with a choice of Bluetooth or USB inputs, full track and audio controls on both the device and remote and a built-in microphone which can control the light display through sound activation.

Setting it up for both Bluetooth and Wifi is simple enough with the Smart Life app walking you through the whole procedure with voice status prompts from the device itself. Remember to use a 2.4Ghz wifi network when setting it up initially.

The main selling point, however, is the light display itself and this really is remarkable. Basically, it consists of red, blue, green, and white shimmering wave-like patterns with green laser stars on top. The wave colours can be combined and the intensity and duration of the stars also controlled through the remote. The unit can also be used as a night light or reading light. The device will turn off automatically after four hours and has a user-definable timer which can be set from the remote. Hours can be spent finding the best combination. The effect looks best, of course, at night but is perfectly bright enough for use in curtains drawn daylight room.

This is an excellent device, fascinating and enjoyable to use, well made and well priced and far too good for just the nursery or bedroom.

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