When you're spending an hour or more focused on an intense PC game, your physical comfort becomes an important issue. Little things, like the feel of the mouse in your hand or the texture of a mousepad can become the very details that prevent you from getting in the zone, the distractions that cost you a match. So why buy a glove for your mouse hand? Perhaps you like your mousepad?like the Roccat Hiro?because it glides smoothly and offers more consistent sensor response, but hate the feel of the pebbled texture surface under your wrist. Or if your own pet peeves include wrist strain or sweaty palms, then you might want to consider the Tt eSports Competition Gaming Glove. Coming from the gaming division of ThermalTake, the Gaming Glove will only be worthwhile for a slim segment of the gaming community?but it will be a boon to those who need it.
The Gaming Glove is a right-handed glove, designed to increase your overall comfort while mousing. It does this in two ways: First, the glove itself prevents any uncomfortable sweat build-up between your hand and the mouse. Second, the glove has some ergonomic features built in, providing not only short term comfort, but long term protection for your wrist.
The red and black glove has an unusual looking design. It's fingerless, but combines the first and second fingers into one. The result is that your fingers have no material between them when clicking and scrolling, preventing any sort of irritation. Also, between the second and third fingers and third and fourth fingers are two attached loops, which let you remove the glove quickly by pulling on them with your other hand.
The glove is made of several different materials?a red stretchable Lycra back, which provides a snug fit, but is also meant to allow hands large and small to fit into the glove. The fabric is also very thin, which helps keep things cool. On the palm side of the hand, the glove uses a matching red neoprene material, which cushions the hand. While this could get pretty warm, the fingerless design is augmented with perforated ventilation, so it's not much of an issue. Connecting the two sides are two types of black mesh; a light stretchy mesh between the fingers, and a heavier mesh around the wrist fabric providing structure and support.
Around the wrist of the glove is a black neoprene wrist strap with a Velcro enclosure, providing wrist support, much like a wrist brace. On the palm of the glove are two gel pads which both cushion the palm and provide further support to the hand when using a mouse.
Sizing on the glove is a little weird. Available for right-hand only, the glove is only available in one size. Tt eSports describes it thus "Circumference of the Hand is 22.86 cm (or 9 inches), suitable for most sizes." According to the tag inside the glove, that size is medium. On my own hand, the glove was snug, but not uncomfortably so, and it still lets my hand flex and move enough for all of my mousing and typing needs.
Though I went in with fairly low expectations, the gaming glove does do a few things right. For starters, the neoprene and Velcro wrist strap provides surprisingly good wrist support. The padded palm also makes it much more comfortable to rest your hand on your desk or mouse pad. Overall, my wrist did feel less overall fatigue after a long gaming session.
Though the goofy combined-finger design looks and feels strange at first, removing the fabric from between the first and second fingers does provide a bit more comfort when using the mouse. Unfortunately, this benefit is highlighted by the fact that the other separate fingers are a tad irritating?stitching irritates the skin, and the attached quick-removal loops exacerbate the problem. In the same vein, the tag for the gloves is attached just inside the wrist strap, and it tended to bunch and irritate my wrist.
The Tt eSports Gaming Glove initially struck me as one of those "competitive gaming" products that are more hype than substance, but after using it for a week and a half, I must admit, there is some benefit to be gained. If wrist strain or sweaty palms are concerns for you, then the Gaming Glove will help on both counts, and your win/loss ratio will likely improve because of it. On the other hand (pun not intended) unless you're noticeably uncomfortable mousing with your bare hand, it's not worth the money, or the hassling you'll get from the fashion police.