Why Can’t I Mix and Match RGB Lighting From Different Companies?
To really understand what drives this necessity to pick a brand and stick with it you have to understand that it is beneficial for companies to lock you into an ecosystem. Just as Apple strives to make the integration between their devices and software interdependent on each other, companies designing solutions for incorporating RGB into your system want to entice you into brand loyalty. The goal is always to get you to buy more of their products. That’s why they are in business.
From the consumer end, we benefit from this brand loyalty through features and integration that is only possible by using complementary products from a company’s product line. In the case of RGB lighting, this means seamless integration and communication between devices.
Some will argue that there are different protocols and physical connection interfaces between different company’s devices and that this is the reason that interconnectivity is such a challenge when mixing brands. That’s true enough, but the bottom line is it in a company’s best interest to incorporate proprietary connections and protocols that push us toward brand loyalty.
This isn’t a bad thing though. Remember, that we benefit by using complementary products from the same company. We gain exclusive features that are unique to that product line. The key, then, is not in stressing over a company’s intent but to determine how to best benefit from their strategy.
Take for example the gaming peripherals that my son was drooling over. He wanted a wireless gaming headset, mechanical keyboard, and matching mouse and he wanted them ALL to have RGB lighting. It was the perfect complement to his new Desk PC. Sure, I could have chosen different brands for each of these peripherals and installed the software for each. Then, anytime he wanted to change the color scheme he could have went into each system and tried to match the colors as best he could. But here’s my question. Who would I really be hurting here?
By deciding on a brand and product line that best meets the feature needs that he was looking for I was able to put together a system of peripherals that not only look good together but actually communicate and synchronize their RGB lighting scheme. What’s really cool about this is, because we did a little research on the front end, we were able to choose a product line that has an RGB lighting controller for the PC. That means we can install that and have the desk PC lighting and all the peripherals synchronize color schemes with just one software interface!