If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Razer, it’s that the company isn’t afraid to get a little weird with its products. It just announced a set of finger sleeves for mobile gaming, and while they might sound ridiculous, they’re actually not a terrible idea.
What Are Razer’s New Finger Sleeves?
These Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are designed to go over your thumb or forefinger (whichever is making contact with the screen). They’re built to absorb sweat and help your fingers slide more smoothly across the screen while playing mobile games like PUBG, Fortnite, or Call of Duty Mobile.
They’re made with thin materials that aim to let your fingers breathe while being absorbent enough to keep them dry. They’re also conductive, so they work with any phone’s touchscreen (think of those touchscreen gloves, except they’re just for the tip of your fingers).
Are They Really That Crazy?
That sounds completely ridiculous. Why would anyone need sleeves over their fingers to play smartphone games, which are generally regarded as the most casual games out there?
The answer is simple: smartphone games aren’t casual for all players. There’s a growing scene of people who take games like Call of Duty Mobile very seriously, and for these players, anything that can give them a competitive edge is a big deal.
If you’ve ever spent any serious amount of time playing a game on your phone, you’ve probably experienced that feeling when your finger doesn’t want to slide across the glass screen because it has the slightest hint of sweat on it. You wipe off your finger and get back to playing.
Now imagine this same thing happens, but you’re competing in a tournament where pride and possibly money are on the line. You’re using your screen to line up a perfect shot, and then your finger grips to the screen, and you miss.
Assuming these finger sleeves work as advertised, you could have spent $10 (or less if you go with a different brand) and prevented that from happening. That could be the difference between winning and losing.
Even if you’re not playing at a high level, winning in games is just more fun than losing. If you can spend $10 on a skin for your gun in Call of Duty Mobile, you can probably drop $10 to help yourself play better.
To me, the parallel for these finger sleeves is the Xbox Elite controller. Gamers are more than willing to drop over $200 on a controller for an edge in games, so spending $10 to make your fingers perform better doesn’t seem unreasonable if your smartphone is your gaming platform of choice and your fingers are your controller.
Finger sleeves have existed from other brands, so it’s not like they’re a completely new invention from Razer. A quick Amazon search will show you several well-reviewed options out there. While a lot of people are acting like Razer is crazy for releasing these, the company isn’t the first and it won’t be the last.
They’re Probably Not for Everyone, but They Have a Place
These aren’t for everyone, but if you play many shooters or other fast-action games on your Android device or iPhone, these might be worth a shot.
Will you be laughed at wearing them out in public? Maybe. But you’ll be the one laughing last when you dominate in your favorite smartphone game.