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LG SP9YA soundbar review: This 5.1.2 speaker gets its surround effects from the sides

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LG’s 5.1.2-channel soundbar uses side-firing drivers rather than separate speakers for surround effects. Does that work?

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Can a soundbar get a 5.1.2-channel billing without separate surround speakers? That’s the question LG’s SP9YA poses, which comes labeled as a 5.1.2 soundbar despite lacking a pair of wireless surround modules; instead, the soundbar delivers its surround cues with side-firing drivers in the main speaker itself. The SP9YA isn’t the first soundbar to attempt this trick; the Creative SXFI Carrier tries something similar, and with similarly mixed results. (LG does offer an optional rear speaker kit for 7.1.2 audio.)

But while the SP9YA’s status as a true 5.1.2 soundbar is debatable, its robust, full-bodied sound and lively Dolby Atmos and DTS:X height effects are in little doubt, even if its surround cues aren’t as distinct as they could be. The SP9YA also packs an array of impressive features, including AI-powered room correction, eARC, built-in AirPlay 2 and Chromecast, as well as support for Alexa speaker groups and Spotify Connect.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best soundbars. Click that link to read reviews of competing products, along with a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.

Specifications

LG bills the SP9YA as a 5.1.2-channel soundbar, so it’s a little confusing when you open the box to find only the main soundbar unit and the wireless subwoofer, but no wireless surround speakers. As I mentioned earlier, LG counts the SP9YA’s pair of side-firing drivers as surround channels, making it a 5.1.2 soundbar rather than a 3.1.2 configuration. As we’ll see (and hear) later, these drivers on the side of the soundbar can’t quite compete with separate surround speakers. Fortunately, you can upgrade the SP9YA using LG’s $180 SPK8-S Wireless Rear Speaker Kit for a full-on 7.1.2 setup, but LG didn’t supply us with the kit for this review.

In any event, the SP9YA features a total of 11 drivers, including 10 in the main soundbar unit. The left, right, and center channels each get their own oval-shaped woofers (40x100mm) and tweeters (also 40x100mm), which are flanked by circular 2.5-inch side woofers that supply audio for the two surround channels. On top of the soundbar housing are two up-firing 2.5-inch drivers that deliver height cues for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks. Finally, the wireless subwoofer has a 7-inch driver.

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The LG SP9YA delivers its surround effects via side-firing drivers rather than physical surround speakers.

The upfiring drivers supply Dolby Atmos and DTS:X height cues by bouncing sound off your ceiling, an easier and more affordable alternative to height speakers that are actually installed in your ceiling. But while upfiring drivers are a common feature of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X-supporting soundbars, they require a certain type of ceiling to function properly—namely, a flat, sound-reflecting ceiling that’s between 7 and 14.5 feet in height. If you have ceiling beams or a vaulted ceiling, upfiring drivers for Atmos or DTS:X won’t cut it; in those cases, you might be better off with a soundbar that employs virtualization for height cues.

Measuring 48 x 2.2 x 5.7 inches (WxHxD), the 13.9-pound SP9YA is quite wide, stretching the entire length of the media cabinet that holds my 55-inch LG C9 OLED TV. That said, the soundbar also has a fairly low profile, allowing it to sit below my low-slung set while barely grazing the bottom edge of the screen.

Meanwhile, the 8.7 x 15.4 x 12.3-inch, 13.9-pound subwoofer is mid-sized as far as wireless subs go, which is to say that it’s not something you could (or would want to) tuck discretely next to your sofa. Instead, it’s better off somewhere behind your TV, preferably not too close to a wall.

Besides placing the SP9YA in front of a TV, you could also mount it on a wall under your TV, and fortunately, LG provides both a mounting template and wall brackets for that very purpose.

Speaking of what’s included, LG supplies an optical cable but—as with previous soundbars—no HDMI cable. Of course, you can snag a decent HDMI cable for less than $10, but still, that’s a little stingy, LG.

Inputs and outputs

The SP9YA’s various ports sit in a right rear cavity, and you get just four of them: an HDMI input, an HDMI output that supports HDMI-ARC/eARC, an optical (Toslink) input, and a USB-A port that can access audio files.

The soundbar’s two HDMI connectors give you a couple of options in terms of connecting to a TV. First, you could plug a video source directly into the SP9YA’s HDMI input and then send both video and audio from the soundbar’s HDMI output (4K HDR passthrough is supported, including Dolby Vision) to one of your TV’s HDMI inputs. Since there’s only one HDMI input, however, you’d be restricted to connecting only a single video source to the SP9YA. Frankly, given the SP9YA’s lofty price tag, we would have liked to see at least one additional HDMI input.

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The LG SP9YA comes with an HDMI input, an HDMI output that also supports HDMI-ARC and eARC, an optical input, and a USB port that can access a variety of audio file formats, including FLAC files.

The other option is to connect your video sources to your TV’s HDMI inputs, and then send audio down to the soundbar’s HDMI-ARC port. Doing so means you’ll be able to connect as many video sources as your TV’s HDMI inputs will allow, and you’ll also be able to hear audio from your TV’s built-in streaming apps through the soundbar. Even better, the SP9YA supports eARC, an “enhanced” version of ARC that allows for lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio tracks, which typically grace Blu-ray discs. (You can read more about ARC and eARC here.)

Besides the HDMI connectors, there’s also the optical input for connecting an older, HDMI-less TV. There are no RCA inputs for TVs that don’t even have optical outputs, but let’s face it; if you’re coughing up $1,000 for a soundbar, you’re probably not going to hook it up to a tube TV from the 90s (or even earlier) anyway.

Finally, the USB-A port can play WAV, MP3, OGG, AAC, and FLAC files, including up to 24-bit FLACs with 192kHz sampling rates. I connected a USB flash drive with a 24-bit/96kHz FLAC file and managed to play it without any issues. (I’ll discuss how it sounded in a bit.)

Setup

Once you’ve either placed the soundbar in front of your TV or installed it under your TV, you plug it into a power socket using a roughly 5-foot captive cord, which terminates in (thankfully) a standard two-prong plug rather than a wall wart. The wireless subwoofer comes pre-paired with the soundbar, and it should connect automatically once plugged in. If it doesn’t, you can manually pair the soundbar and the sub, but the automatic pairing process worked seamlessly for me.

While LG soundbars with built-in Google Assistant use the Google Home app to connect to your Wi-Fi network, the SP9YA (which lacks built-in Google Assistant—more on that in a bit) makes the connection with the new LG Sound Bar app, and the process was flawless. After firing it up on my iPhone and granting it permission to use Bluetooth, the app quickly found the SP9YA and prompted me to choose my network SSID and enter my password. Less than a minute later, the connection was made, and the soundbar prompt showed up as an option among my other AirPlay 2 and Chromecast devices.

Besides the Wi-Fi setup, the SP9YA offers a room calibration feature, which detects the acoustics of your room by bouncing sounds off your walls and furniture. Unlike the Sonos Arc, which employs the microphone of an iPhone to perform its measurements, the SP9YA uses its own built-in microphone to take its calibration readings. The whole process takes only a few minutes, and you can compare the results with the sound of the uncalibrated soundbar. While LG’s AI Room Calibration process isn’t as precise as more advanced calibration systems such as Audyssey (which takes readings from eight microphone positions), it’s a welcome feature given the SP9YA’s price point.

Controls, remote, and app

The SP9YA has seven capacitive touch buttons that sit on top of the main soundbar unit: power, input select—which, thankfully, is no longer labeled “F” (for “Function”) as it was in previous models—volume up and down, play/pause, Bluetooth pair, and Wi-Fi.

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The LG SP9YA’s remote has a sleek, ergonomic design, but it’s a shame the volume buttons are so high up on the wand.

The soundbar’s two-microphone array is directly in front of the top buttons (although the two small mic holes are so small that they’re easy to miss), while a five-digit display that dims after a short period of inactivity is on the front panel.

LG has redesigned the remotes for its 2021 soundbar line, and the resulting wands are far sleeker than their boxy, cheap-looking predecessors. But while the remote that ships with the SP9YA is more ergonomic than previous LG soundbar remotes I’ve tried, the buttons are laid out in such a way that you must stretch your thumb out to reach the all-important volume and mute buttons. The four-way navigation pad is within easy reach, as are the sound mode, info, settings, and speaker level buttons, but it seems odd that the volume control sits so high up on the remote—and on the left-hand side at that.

The new LG Sound Bar app is a step up from the aging LG Wi-Fi Speaker app, and it lets you control all the functions of the soundbar, from changing inputs and adjusting the volume to cycling through the sound modes and trimming the speaker levels. It will also prompt you to perform the AI-powered room calibration process at setup (you can always re-run it whenever you wish), as well as tinker with the AV synchronization in case you run into any lip-sync issues.

Audio casting and smart home integration

While some LG soundbars come with Google Assistant built-in, the SP9YA isn’t one of them; instead, it merely “works with” Alexa and Google Assistant. That means, among other things, that you can control some of the soundbar’s functions with voice commands, such as “Alexa, turn LG soundbar volume down,” or “Hey Google, skip track,” but you can’t chat with Google Assistant or Alexa directly through the soundbar.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the SP9YA’s is blessed with an impressive array of casting and multi-room audio functions. Given that, I won’t complain too much about the lack of a built-in voice assistant.

Starting with Alexa, you can designate the SP9YA as a “preferred” speaker for one of your rooms or for the entire home, meaning that Alexa can automatically play tunes on the soundbar when you ask her to play music. You can also add the soundbar to an Alexa speaker group, such as “Living Room” or “Upstairs.”

Prefer Chromecast? The SP9YA has you covered with built-in Chromecast support, which means you can cast music to the soundbar from any Chromecast-enabled app or service, and you can also add the soundbar to a Chromecast speaker group. When you’re casting to the SP9YA via Chromecast, you can ask Google Assistant to raise or lower the volume, skip tracks, or play or pause the music.

Even better, the SP9YA also works with AirPlay 2, allowing you to cast audio to the soundbar from an iMac, iPhone, iPad, or another Apple device, and similar to Alexa and Chromecast, you can add the soundbar to AirPlay speaker groups. Finally, the SP9YA supports Spotify Connect casting, too.

Sound modes and performance

The SP9YA features eight sound modes, including Cinema (which upmixes all audio sources to 5.1.2, including 2.0 stereo audio), Music (which uses Meridian technology to optimize its audio performance), Bass Blast (with ups the bass while also upmixing all sources to 5.1.2), Clear Voice (for boosting dialogue), Standard (which delivers the audio without any upmixing and minimal tweaking), Sports, and Game. There’s also an eighth mode, AI Sound Pro, which uses artificial intelligence to customize the sound depending on what you’re listening to.

While there are (clearly) plenty of audio modes to choose from, you can’t pick a mode at all when it comes to Dolby Atmos or DTS:X content.

I started my listening tour with the UHD Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, focusing on the Battle of Hoth sequence as well as the Asteroid Chase chapter. First of all, I noticed that the SP9YA delivered some of the best Dolby Atmos height cues I’ve heard from a soundbar. Take the moment when Luke tosses a grenade into an Imperial Walker, then drops to the ground and watches the cascading explosions above. With the SP9YA, I could hear the series of muffled bursts with a precision that I rarely hear from soundbars with upfiring drivers. The same goes for the sound of the chunks of falling ice from the ceiling as Vader and his troopers enter the crumbling Rebel base.

Besides its handling of height cues in Empire, I also appreciated how the SP9YA (like some of the earlier LG soundbars I’ve heard) doesn’t emphasize high- and low-end sound at the expense of the mid-range; indeed, those who prefer a brighter signature from a soundbar (like what you’ll hear from the Sonos Arc) might not like the flatter sound of the SP9YA. And while the soundbar’s low-frequency effects sounded a little boomy at first (particularly the roar of the Millennium Falcon’s engine as it corkscrewed away from pursuing TIE Fighters), dialing the subwoofer level down tamed the bass.

Moving on to the UHD of Blade Runner (which, like Empire, has a Dolby Atmos soundtrack), I enjoyed the distinct plops of rain as Deckard jogged for shelter under the awning of the noodle bar, as well as the swooshing spinners above and below as Gaff delivered Deckard to police HQ. The UHD of Apollo 13 with its DTS:X sound impressed as well, with punchy bass, clear height effects as the Saturn V’s engines roared to life, and a precise pop as Lovell jettisons the escape tower.

But while the SP9YA performed nicely in terms of sound cues, its side-firing drivers delivered a more muted response when it came to surround effects. For example, the pre-launch gurgle of the fuel pumps in Apollo 13 didn’t feel like it was coming from behind my sofa, while the whine of the Rebel speeders on Hoth in Empire never quite seemed to swerve behind me. The side drivers did manage to broaden the overall soundstage and I did have a vague sense of surround atmospherics, but if you want precise surround cues from the SP9YA, you’ll need to crack open your wallet for the optional rear speaker package.

To try some non-Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content, I spun up the standard Blu-ray of Titanic, which has a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Queuing up the “Ode to Titanic” chapter, I sampled the various sound modes; Cinema mode sounded wide but blown-out and hollow (perhaps due to aggressive upmixing of the height channels), while also burying the dialog. To my ears, AI Sound Pro sounded much more natural and immersive, with Standard mode running a close second. With AI Sound Pro enabled, the pistons in the engine room sounded appropriately deep and kerplunky, while the hiss as the Titanic’s bow sliced through the water sounded crisp but not shrill, and it didn’t drown out Dawson’s “look look look!” as he pointed out the dolphins.

For music, I started by playing a 24-bit/96kHz FLAC of Chet Baker’s “Solar” via the USB port. Switching between the sound modes, I again settled on AI Sound Pro (Music mode sounded wider but too boomy, while Standard mode was a tad better but still shy of the AI mode), and I was impressed by the pop of the drums, the detail of the brushes on the cymbals, and the positioning of the piano keystrokes. Nicely done.

I also skipped around a few more tracks streamed via both Chromecast and AirPlay 2. I heard detailed, lively cymbal brushes from Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” as well as refreshingly clean keystrokes from Vlado Perlemuter’s performance of Ravel’s solo piano works (which often sound mushy on other soundbars). Finally, the bass was just right on Ciara’s “Level Up,” punchy but not overbearing, while Ciara’s steady vocals were breathy and organic rather than indifferent (as they sound on other systems).

Bottom line

So, is the LG SP9YA a true 5.1.2 soundbar? Technically yes, I suppose, although I doubt side-firing drivers will ever be a perfect substitute for physical surround speakers. While the SP9YA’s surround effects aren’t as distinct as I’d like, its overall sound is full, well rounded, and lively, all without being too boomy or shrill.

Personally, I’d still recommend a 5.1.2 soundbar with actual surround speakers, such as the Vizio Elevate (which, in addition to its wireless surrounds, features swiveling upfiring front drivers). But if you have a living room setup that’s not conducive to satellite speakers, or you’re willing to cough up $180 for LG’s optional wireless rear speaker kit, the SP9YA would be an ideal choice.

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  • While the SP9YA’s status as a true 5.1.2 soundbar is debatable, its robust, full-bodied sound and lively Dolby Atmos and DTS:X height effects are in little doubt.

    Pros

    • Clean, punchy, shrill-free sound
    • Chromecast, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Alexa speaker group support
    • AI-powered room correction
    • Easy Wi-Fi setup

    Cons

    • Surround cues from side drivers aren’t that distinct
    • Only two HDMI connectors
    • No HDMI cable in the box

Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart home and home entertainment products.

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Here’s what leaked retailer pricing tells us about the performance of Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake S CPUs.

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Intel’s 12th-gen Alder Lake processors aren’t upon us yet, but another price leak indicates they might indeed compete with AMD’s best CPUs, unlike current top-end Core offerings.

The latest oopsie comes from retail IT vendor Provantage, which puts the top-end Core i9-12900K at $605. The IT vendor also lists the Core i7-12700K at $420, as well as a Core i5-12600K for $283.

After news reports of the part numbers and prices surfaced, Provantage removed the listings. The latest leak follows reports two weeks ago—supposedly from European retailers—that placed the Core i9-12900K at $705, the Core i7-12700K at $495, and the Core i5-12600 at $343.

Before you jump to any conclusions, we want to point out that as reliable as a leaked retail price might seem, they can very unreliable too. Often times stores prep for impending launches by using placeholder prices and specs. Those listings are then updated when the stores receive the final information.

The leaked info itself from Provantage would indicate it’s not quite baked yet. For example, we know the top-end Alder Lake S chip will feature 8 performance cores and 8 efficient cores (Intel’s Alder Lake chips feature a radical new mixture of big and little cores), yet the listing at Provantage lists the top-end chip as an 8-core design. 

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Hothardware.com snapped this image of Intel’s 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs at retailer Provantage. that has since been removed.

Still, both combined retail leaks reinforce what we’ve already come to conclude so far: Intel’s 12th-gen Alder Lake S will at least suit up with the intent to take on AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X.

That’s a marked change from the $550 8-core 11th gen Rocket Lake CPU, which lost badly to AMD’s $550 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X chip. With the 11th-gen desktop chips, Intel didn’t even try to field a CPU against AMD’s $750 Ryzen 9 5950X.

With its increased core efficiency, newer manufacturing process, and physically more cores than previous Intel consumer desktop CPUs, it’s entirely possible Intel’s 12th Core i9 will actually end up being somewhere between $604 and $705 when it comes out.

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Intel is touting a marked increase in core efficiency with its 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs.

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We need backup software for our PCs because our storage drives won’t last forever. Backup software ensures we’re covered when the day comes that our primary drive up and dies.

It would be nice if Microsoft itself provided Windows users with something like Apple’s Time Machine: an effective, set-it-and-forget-it, total system recovery and backup solution that requires little interaction or thought on the user’s part. 

Instead, Microsoft delivers a mishmash of restore points, recovery discs, file backup, and even the un-retired System Backup (Windows 7), which was probably originally put out to pasture for its propensity to choke on dissimilar hardware. Online backup services are another option, but desktop clients tend to offer far more flexibility. 

Plenty of vendors have stepped in with worthy alternatives, and while none are quite as slick or transparent as Time Machine, some come darn close—and many are free. Read on for our top picks. 

Updated on 9/15/21 to include our review of the newest version of Aomei Backupper 6. It remains our favorite free backup software for Windows because it provides a near-total backup solution, with a generous number of features. As a paid program, however, there are better options. Read more about it below. And scroll to the bottom of this article to see links to all our backup software reviews.

Best overall backup software

There’s a reason True Image is renowned in the world of backup software. It’s capable, flexible, and rock-solid reliable. Indeed, it’s easily the most comprehensive data safety package on the planet.

Besides offering unparalleled backup functionality that’s both robust and easy to navigate, True Image integrates security apps as well, which protect against malware, malicious websites, and other threats using real-time monitoring. Read our full review.

Best free backup software

Among the free programs we tested, Backupper Standard wins primarily because it has the most features, including imaging, file backup, disk cloning, and plain file syncing, plus multiple scheduling options (see our full review). This was the case with Backupper 4, and the latest version has only added more options, making it a surprisingly well-rounded free offering. We hit a few performance snags with less-conventional system setups, but for the average user, it should perform as expected.

What to look for in backup software

As with most things—don’t over-buy. Features you don’t need add complexity and may slow down your system. Additionally, if you intend to back up to a newly purchased external hard drive, check out the software that ships with it. Seagate, WD, and others provide backup utilities that are adequate for the average user.

File backup: If you want to back up only your data (operating systems and programs can be reinstalled, though it’s mildly time- and effort-consuming), a program that backs up just the files you select is a major time-saver. Some programs automatically select the appropriate files if you use the Windows library folders (Documents, Photos, Videos, etc.).

Image backup/Imaging: Images are byte-for-byte snapshots of your entire hard drive (normally without the empty sectors) or partition, and can be used to restore both the operating system and data. Imaging is the most convenient to restore in case of a system crash, and also ensures you don’t miss anything important.

Boot media:  Should your system crash completely, you need an alternate way to boot and run the recovery software. Any backup program should be able to create a bootable optical disc or USB thumb drive. Some will also create a restore partition on your hard drive, which can be used instead if the hard drive is still operational.

Scheduling: If you’re going to back up effectively, you need to do it on a regular basis. Any backup program worth its salt allows you to schedule backups.

Versioning: If you’re overwriting previous files, that’s not backup, it’s one-way syncing or mirroring. Any backup program you use should allow you to retain several previous backups, or with file backup, previous versions of the file. The better software will retain and cull older backups according to criteria you establish.

Optical support: Every backup program supports hard drives, but as obsolescent as they may seem, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are great archive media. If you’re worried about optical media’s reliability, M-Disc claims its discs are reliable for a thousand years, claims that are backed up by Department of Defense testing.

Online support: An offsite copy of your data is a hedge against physical disasters such as flood, fire, and power surges. Online storage services are a great way to maintain an offsite copy of your data. Backup to Dropbox and the like is a nice feature to have.

FTP and SMB/AFP: Backing up to other computers or NAS boxes on your network or in remote locations (say, your parent’s house) is another way of physically safeguarding your data with an offsite, or at least physically discrete copy. FTP can be used for offsite, while SMB (Windows and most OS’s) and AFP (Apple) are good for other PCs or NAS on your local network.

Real time: Real-time backup means that files are backed up whenever they change, usually upon creation or save. It’s also called mirroring and is handy for keeping an immediately available copy of rapidly changing data sets. For less volatile data sets, the payoff doesn’t compensate for the drain on system resources. Instead, scheduling should be used.

Continuous backup: In this case, ‘continuous’ simply means backing up on a tight schedule, generally every 5 to 15 minutes, instead of every day or weekly. Use continuous backup for rapidly changing data sets where transfer rates are too slow, or computing power is too precious for real-time backup.

Performance: Most backups proceed in the background or during dead time, so performance isn’t a huge issue in the consumer space. However, if you’re backing up multiple machines or to multiple destinations, or dealing with very large data sets, speed is a consideration.

How we test

We run each program through the various types of backups it’s capable of. This is largely to test reliability and hardware compatibility, but we time two: an approximately 115GB system image (two partitions), and a roughly 50GB image created from a set of smaller files and folders. We then mount the images and test their integrity via the program’s restore functions. We also test the USB boot drives created by the programs.

All of our reviews

If you’d like to learn more about our top picks as well as other options, you can find links below to all of our backup software reviews. We’ll keep evaluating new programs and re-evaluating existing software on a regular basis, so be sure to check back for our current impressions.

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Razer has never been afraid to take a shot on products that seem unusual at first glance. Witness its RGB-infused N95 mask, the now-defunct Razer Game Store with its own zVault currency, or the first-gen Firefly mousepad, which has evolved into something special but originally prompted us to review it against a ripped-up piece of cardboard. The company’s latest offering might just take the cake though. This week, Razer introduced gamer thimbles.

Yes, thimbles. You know, like the Monopoly piece (or the sewing accessory for more worldly folks out there). Seriously.

Well, not quite. If you simply can’t abide sweaty palms and greasy fingerprints interfering with your marathon mobile Fortnite sessions, the new Razer gaming finger sleeve may be up your alley. “Slip on and never slip up with Razer Gaming Finger Sleeve that will seal your mobile victory,” Razer’s site breathlessly boasts.  “Woven with high-sensitivity silver fiber for enhanced aim and control, our breathable sleeves keep your fingers deadly cool in the heat of battle, so you’ll always have a grip on the game.”

Razer says the 0.8mm-thick sleeves are sweat absorbent, and that they’re made from nylon and spandex. So maybe they’re more like gamer yoga pants? But you know, for your fingers?

Either way it’s ludicrous. And unlike most of Razer’s gear, the gamer thimbles understandably (yet sadly) lack RGB lighting. But if you want to wear your dedication to the Cult of Razer on your slee…thumb, or maybe just look snazzier when you’re passing Go and collecting $200, you can pick up a pair of Razer gaming finger sleeves on the company’s website for $10. The truly dedicated can double down to look especially gamer:

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