When it comes to a good gaming setup, the aesthetic and general atmosphere is one of the last steps for many but also one of the most important. Having a gaming space you are proud to exist in can make the difference between a good gaming experience and a lousy one. Luckily, the Govee DreamView G1 Pro Gaming Light aims to change that experience substantially.
Setting Up the Govee DreamView G1 Pro Gaming Light
I set this light setup a few times on a monitor and a TV to test its versatility and it worked about the same on everything.
Setting up the Govee DreamView G1 Pro Gaming Light was a little bit more hassle than I thought it would be. In context, all the little steps make sense but there's a little room in there for mistakes that you may have to correct and alter along the way. It's never too drastic but finetuning everything to get the absolute best experience may take a little while.
Essentially, the light is split up into two main light sources: lights at the side of the TV/monitor and a big strip of lights at the back. You have to find a power source, plug everything in and strap everything into the right place. This requires sticking parts to the back of your TV/Monitor and placing the bar in. You have to jam it in a little uncomfortably hard but, after I worked up the courage to do so, it slotted in fine. Then, you have to place two large light pillars at either side of it and plug it into the audio source.
After you have placed everything in the right area, you have to stick small blocks to the sides of the screen. These will be used to adjust what the lights emulate, essentially working as a sign post for where your lights should cut off. You just stick them straight on and they come off fairly easily.
After all of this is done, you have to get the app and hook everything up. Upon first setting it up, these lights wouldn't turn on. I turned off the plug and turned it on again and they booted up fine. The age old trick of turning it off and on has come to the rescue once more. You have to align your lights with those blocks and insure everything is working before the lights can really start. After this, everything is ready to go.
How does the Govee DreamView G1 Pro Gaming Light work?
There are a few central ways to work the lights. Initially, they are set up to mimic the visuals of the TV. They work very well, providing an ambient light to the room. For color heavy games like Persona 5, the striking reds and whites pop onto the side of your walls, providing a lovely light show alongside that great music. This is perhaps the best these lights have to offer and is generally worth the price of admission alone. When synced up to a movie in a dark lit room, they look incredibly impressive.
If you don't want them to follow the lights and sounds of your TV, you can opt to customize them through the app. Unfortunately, the app still needs some time and was pretty inconsistent in my time using it. You can swap between pre programmed modes and commands to give a disco light effect, duel and much more. Occasional issues with syncing and slow wait times on effects leave the app feeling a little less impressive than the lights themselves.
This being said, the infrastructure is there for something great. You can set it up to work with home assistants and even work out unique new themes and layouts, essentially allowing you to work out unique routines. You can power them on even without a screen and even point them in unique directions - giving some versatility with use. This versatility also applies to the main focus - its game functionality.
While running something, you can change the brightness, colours and a few more things to really give the best experience. If you're playing a cosy game and want a more muted palette, you can do that. If you want colors as striking as the gameplay, you just need to fiddle around with it a bit. Although not perfect in use, they look great, work well and have enough customization to give long term use.
Govee DreamView G1 Pro Gaming Light Review | Verdict
The Govee DreamView G1 Pro Gaming Light is a truly impressive set of lights, providing striking visuals and a great atmosphere. The app could do with work and the setup can be a little imprecise but someone willing to put in the time will get a varied and striking impressive setup worth investing in. Its flashiness may put off some but the ability to tone everything down and hook it up to your home assistant gives uses that I haven't even figured out yet.
The Govee DreamView G1 Pro Gaming Light was provided by the Govee and can be purchased here.