While LED light strips have been around for what feels like ages, it wasn’t until Philips Hue made adding the accessories felt like a must-have. I’ve reviewed the Phillips Hue and several other peripherals over the years, but nothing stuck out to me enough to use it continuously.
My recent introduction to Nanoleaf products has led me from mild amusement to piqued interest in the intelligent lighting ecosystem. I’ve become a massive fan of the Nanoleaf Shapes and Lines, doubly so after purchasing my first home and applying both sets to my office space. In an older house, the lighting situation can be a nuisance. Some rooms have decent lighting; others need an electrician to install sconces or buy lamps.
Easy Setup and Unpacking the Nanoleaf 4D Screen Mirror Kit
However, in the age of technical marvels, we can entertain ourselves and feast on impressive light shows dictated by the content we watch at home. The newest addition from Nanoleaf, the 4D Screen Mirror Lightstrip Kit, is a fun way to add lighting to your family room.
Nestled inside the packaging for the 4D Screen Mirror Kit are three components: the 4D screen mirror camera, the lightstrip, and the controller for the device. The light strip unfurls up to 65”, so your TV should be covered by the peripheral length, and double-sided tape should be used to attach to the back of the television. You have everything required to get started promptly, and running the light across the back of your TV doesn’t take too long.
The idea is simple with the 4D Screen Mirror and Lightstrip kit; the included camera mounts to the television’s top and captures whatever is being shown. The camera then translates the images to the light strips on the back to bring your family room or office to life.
Setup is easy as you can point the camera to face downward from the top or the bottom of the screen. Then, you measure the light and attach it to the back of the screen. There are corner brackets included that make the transition from the sides to the top of your television much more accessible, and I wholly recommend using the brackets as it is much easier to attach the light strip this way.
I mounted the camera underneath my television and then used the Nanoleaf app to designate what the camera would pick up and see on my screen. This calibration is simple and immediately picks up the sections you are allowing the app to use. Of course, the user must ensure the camera is in a place where it makes sense to have it in a sweet spot that isn’t too close or too far away from the screen. You can then apply adhesive to the camera so it stays in place.
My experience setting up the Nanoleaf 4D was straightforward, but the biggest issue was the adhesive on the light strip not sticking to the back of my television. I followed the instructions by wiping the back of my TV clean before applying everything, but as I rounded out the light strip, it had issues sticking to the surface. I inevitably had to apply additional adhesive to the television to keep the lights in place.
Once everything was set up and my television was back on the mantle, I hit a roadblock. Everything was connected and on, but the product itself would not work. I spent a few minutes checking connections and ensuring I had done everything correctly. I then discovered that to get the Nanoleaf 4D to work, you must push the USB-C connection in until a click is heard. From then on, the entire back of my mantle illuminated my family room.
Content is critical to getting the most out of this product. You’ll want to watch movies that use a lot of colour, and I can say with certainty that I can never go back to watching movies at home without the 4D Screen Mirror working. Some of my favourites, like Tron: Legacy, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, are exemplary. Watching a movie like Tron brings me back to the theatrical launch over a decade ago when I was obsessed with the follow-up that brought the series to a new generation. Watching the white and blue tones circumnavigate my television and the surrounding walls was a marvel, and paired with a decent soundbar; it made a world of difference when enjoying movies at home.
Spending the last few weeks with the immersive setup, I find it hard to return to how I watched movies before. The bias lighting can be controlled via a QR code, the included controller, or the Nanoleaf app. If you have additional Nanoleaf products at home, like Shapes or Lines like I do, you can use Sync+ to add those to the cinematic experience to play in sync with the 4D Screen Mirroring Kit. You can add the 4D experience to Apple’s Home or Alexa to sync your smart home devices.
Testing out the Nanoleaf 4D took some time as I decided to check on YouTube for colour-calibrating videos and see how well the device picked up the colours. In short, it worked well, and I saw how easily the camera discerned the various colours coming out of my television. When watching a movie or playing a video game, you’re free to pick between Cinematic or Vivid modes, providing an immersive way to play or watch your movies and games.
I’m torn on which mode I prefer as both offer pros and cons. Cinematic is probably the mode I’d recommend, as colour accuracy seems better overall. You can also create custom scenes for your movies and games within the Nanoleaf app and play with the dynamic range, saturation, and white balance.
Nanoleaf’s 4D Screen Mirror is an exciting product that fits well into any room. By enhancing movies and video games with vibrant colours, watching your favourite media is even better today, thanks to how reactive the Nanoleaf 4D device is. And with how easy it is to sync products like Shapes and Lines, you will want to invest in the ecosystem.
[Nanoleaf provided a retail unit for this review.]
Review: Nanoleaf 4D Review
Nanoleaf's 4D Screen Mirror is an exciting product that fits well into any room by enhancing movies and video games with vibrant colours.
Reasonably priced product
Creates an immersive cinematic experience at home
Pairs easily with Nanoleaf app
Adhesive isn't strong, you may need to apply addition adhesive