Yeelight Staria ProSource: Adam Oram / Thrifter

Once you get started with smart lighting, you soon want to have all of the lights in your home work with your smart assistant of choice. In fact, any lights that you can't control with your phone or your voice soon begin to stick out like a sore thumb.

One of the last places to get smart lights in my apartment was the bedside table. Previously satisfied with a simple touch lamp, I never really spared much of a thought for integrating that device into my smart home system. As a HomeKit user, I'm not exactly inundated with choices, either.

That's all changed with the Yeelight Staria Pro, though. Read on to find out why I recommend it for any smart home enthusiast.

In short

Yeelight Staria Pro

Yeelight Staria Pro

Bottom line: Whether you use HomeKit, Alexa, or Google Assistant, the Yeelight Staria Pro will fit right into your smart home system and add a little extra IQ to your nightstand. The addition of a fast wireless charger in the base is genius as it's one less thing to have to plug in and a really convenient spot for it.

The Good

  • HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assitant compatible
  • Built-in 10W charger
  • Physical button control

The Bad

  • Small silicone charging area
  • Faint charging indicator LED

Yeelight Staria Pro What I like

Yeelight Staria ProSource: Adam Oram / Thrifter

To look at, I think the Staria Pro is gorgeous (as far as lamps go). Though the stark white look won't be for everyone, I think the lamp manages to use a minimal design without looking overtly futuristic which should help it fit in with pretty much any home decor. Though it's primarily made of plastic, the Staria Pro also feels very premium.

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From a distance, it almost looks like any regular lamp, though a peak under the "shade" reveals that it doesn't have a screw-in bulb. Instead, a flat surface diffuses light from its built-in LEDs for a soft, consistent glow. On the top of the shade, there's also a subtle ring of light that glows upwards, giving a similar effect to a traditional lampshade.

The built-in Qi charger is a genius addition.

The base is sturdy and dense so the lamp never feels like it could tip over, even when adjusting the angle of the shade. The base also features a small silicone pad with a built-in Qi charger in the center which really sets this lamp apart and is a genius addition. That wireless charger can power up your compatible phone at up to 10W and, since the lamp is already plugged into the wall, it frees up an outlet and removes a piece of clutter from your nightstand.

The tone of the light is adjustable, either with the built-in physical button or via the Yeelight app or your smart home assistant (Home app / Siri for me). You can change the light color temperature between 2700K and 6500K and the brightness is also adjustable. When using the Home app or Siri, the lamp responds swiftly with no major differences between it and other HomeKit products I own.

There's just one button on the lamp. Clicking it turns the lamp on or off, returning the light to its last-used brightness and color warmth. A click-and-hold of the button turns the brightness up and towards whiter tones, click and hold again and it makes the light warmer and dimmer. Controlling via the app or your voice gives you precision control over brightness and warmth.

From my usage over the last several weeks, I have found that my methods for interacting with the lamp have been mixed. I have integrated the lamp into various HomeKit scenes — gradually brightening each morning to help wake me up or turning off when I leave home (rare, at this point). Each evening, I tend to use the button to dim the light to be just bright enough to read a book, though you could just as easily have the lamp dim gradually to help you doze off.

Yeelight Staria Pro What I don't like

Yeelight Staria ProSource: Adam Oram / Thrifter

There's not much not to like with this lamp, and anything in my list would really be nitpicky details as opposed to reasons avoid buying one.

The wireless charger has become the main way to charge my phone, replacing an old Mophie charger that took up space on my nightstand. However, the silicon section of the Staria Pro is smaller than the Mophie's surface and I would probably make it a touch wider if I could just to make for a softer landing for my phone each night.

The charging indicator LED is also very faint. It's not such an issue on an evening when you're likely to be placing your phone down for the night, and a much brighter LED might annoy more sensitive people since it shines upwards, but it could be a tad brighter for me.

My only other question would be regarding the hinge of the lampshade. My first review unit arrived with the hinge broken. Granted, the box was also pretty damaged, so it's likely it just got damaged in transit, but it does make me a little more hesitant when changing the lamp's angle than I might otherwise have been. In the six weeks or so I have had the lamp, it hasn't been an issue, though.

Yeelight Staria Pro Should you buy it?

Yeelight Staria ProSource: Adam Oram / Thrifter

If you want a lamp that works with your smart home system — be it HomeKit, Alexa, or Google Assistant — you can't go far wrong with the Staria Pro. It's as smart as most other options while remaining simple to use without reaching for your phone or shouting to your voice assistant every time you want to turn it on or off.

The addition of a Qi charger, especially a 10W one, makes this way more worthy of precious space on your nightstand and makes it much easier to recommend.

4 out of 5

It looks great and feels well-made so, as long as the minimal look is to your preference, then there's very little reason to recommend against buying one.

It doesn't do color, just various shades of white, so don't get it if you want a multi-color option. If the minor qualms about the size of the Qi charging surface or the LED indicator don't put you off, it's a solid buy.

Synergy

Yeelight Staria Pro

Yeelight Staria Pro

Bottom line: Whether you use HomeKit, Alexa, or Google Assistant, the Yeelight Staria Pro will fit right into your smart home system and add a little extra IQ to your nightstand. The addition of a fast wireless charger in the base is genius as it's one less thing to have to plug in and a really convenient spot for it.

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