MI POW PLAYBUL B

Mac Format - - RATED - £52 Man­u­fac­turer MiPow, play­bulbs.com

3 Com­bin­ing a 3W speaker and a 3W LED light, PLAYBULB fits in a light socket and con­nects to your iPhone through Blue­tooth. It’s larger than the Philips Hue as it’s en­tirely self­con­tained, and doesn’t use a cen­tral bridge like the Hue. It of­fers only white light too, though it can be dimmed and bright­ened us­ing a free iOS app. The sound is medi­ocre, with a muddy au­dio and very lit­tle bass, but it works quite well as an alarm. Mu­sic and light can grad­u­ally in­crease in in­ten­sity, which is wel­come, but your songs must be picked from a playlist. Ian Os­borne

An in­ter­est­ing nov­elty alarm. Not a great au­dio re­pro­duc­tion, but who’d ex­pect one? Watch it in ac­tion at bit.ly/1sUBhMm.

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