I’m complete newbie to Hue Essentials and bought it for a number of reasons, all of which are as expected except the Sync feature. I was not expecting it to appear to be a wrapper around the Philips app functionality and limited to a small subset of Zigbee bulbs/lights. This is no better than the basic Hue app with the addition of capturing cideo direct without the need for an expensive HDMI box.
I do understand the reputational risks involved in allowing any old Zigbee lights to be driven, slow reponses, wrong colours etc. but if that is a choice by the developers and not an underlying Hue API then perhaps there could be a “Caution Here Be Dragons” tick box to allow paying users to test the risk for themselves?
My lastest light set-up is based on Gledopto “Pro” controllers (which claim somewhere online to be much faster responding then the original ones) and while these are nowhere near the performance of Hue they are vastly cheaper and my intention when using then was not for media controlled lighting but more atmospherics. The are embedded in shelving, not behind the TV. The ability to also try them for content driven lighting would be nice.