Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor review: Simple but effective
“With a large screen and sleek design, the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor is great for thrifty buyers.”
Large, intuitive screen
Versatile smartphone app
Cannot measure any important airborne pollutants
Govee may be known for its range of colorful smart lights, but there’s a lot more to the manufacturer’s catalog than LED strips and smart bulbs. In fact, one of the newest products— a tabletop device that measures temperature, humidity and airborne particles in your home. It’s a nice little gadget, and it looks great on a desk or coffee table, but it lacks some key features that you’d expect from an air quality monitor.
But if you can look past a few shortcomings, the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor is a solid option for shoppers on a budget. It’s also a good choice for households equipped with other Govee products, as it’s controlled by the same powerful smartphone app and lets you quickly customize its performance.
Easy setup and powerful app
Unlike some air quality monitors, setup for this Govee model is quick and painless. No calibrations are required, allowing you to simply take the monitor out of the box, plug it in, connect it to your smartphone and start taking measurements. The display on the device is large and vivid – the brightness can be adjusted in the app – and it has enough space to easily display temperature, humidity and particles 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5). There is also a function button on the top of the unit that allows you to exchange PM2.5 values for the current time.
The display can essentially show four different values simultaneously, an impressive feat for such a small device.
One of the cooler features of the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor is the color-coded air quality alerts that can flash across the screen. Just below the PM2.5 value is a thin bar that is usually green. As your air quality changes, so does the color of that bar. Depending on your air quality, it can change to green, blue, yellow or red to give you a quick visual cue of the surrounding environment. The bar will continue to change color even if you’ve changed the display settings to show the time instead of PM2.5, so you can essentially get four different readings on the screen at once. Considering the screen is small enough to fit in your hand, that’s a pretty impressive feat.
Even more impressive is the functionality packed into the smartphone app. Apart from detailed graphs highlighting your air quality history, you can set up different alerts, adjust brightness settings, perform quick calibrations or change the measurements from Fahrenheit to Celsius. There isn’t much of a guide to help you navigate all these features, but most users should be able to pick up the basics after a few minutes of looking through the menus.
Some key measures are missing
While the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor does a good job of measuring PM2.5, temperature and humidity, it lacks a few key features that can be found on more premium devices. The biggest omission is carbon monoxide. As one of the biggest threats to airborne quality in the typical home, it would have been nice to at least have an alarm that goes off if carbon monoxide approaches dangerous levels. It also lacks the ability to measure carbon dioxide levels.
When setting up the display, you have to bypass the wired connection, which can make it challenging to find a good location for it in your home. I ended up settling for a position on my desk, although it also worked great on an end table in my living room that was located near an electrical outlet. But when you consider the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor’s $60 price tag, some of these omissions and drawbacks become more bearable.
Great for budget customers
While there are a few readings you’ll miss with the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor, it’s still a solid all-around product. The slim design, the adjustable screen and the ability to display three measurements at the same time make it quite impressive. You’ll also benefit from the intuitive smartphone app that lets you further customize your performance or check your air quality history.
If you need something more robust, however, it might be best to increase your budget. Few products in this price range can measure carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or other dangerous particles, and that applies to Govee’s monitor. If, on the other hand, you need something that can give you the basics at a reasonable price (and is easy to use), then you can’t go wrong with Govee.
Theis also worth considering – as it takes many of the same measurements without requiring a wired connection. And if you need something that can track more variables, be sure to check out our list of the best air quality monitors.
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