Chnano RGB LED gloves put some flash on your fingers

RGB LED-illuminated products were the most conspicuous new additions to many products at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Though they may not have been on the show floor, we recently  got our hands into one of the warmest new RGB products to bring you gerbils a mini-review just in time for the coldest part of winter. We present to you the Chnano LED gloves.

Chnano offers the gloves in a one-size-fits-most-adults form factor that just barely fits over my large manly paws. I have to stretch the fingers just a little bit to sneak my hands inside. The gloves don't come with any sort of label identifying their constituent materials, but they seem to be some kind of stretchy nylon material. Color choices for the Chnanos are limited to black hands and white finger portions. Additional color options are available from other, similarly mysterious manufacturers.

The colors in the product photos do not match up with reality. Image: Chnano

The LEDs are discrete red, green, and blue units that are not clustered together the way that PC component RGB LEDs are. The gloves do offer six different color modes: all colors flashing, slow fade from red to green to blue, all colors on, red-only, green-only,and blue-only flashing modes. The lighting is selectable via a momentary push button integrated into the opisthenar part of the glove. The color modes are individually addressable on each glove. Regretfully, no automatic syncronization is available, so users will have to rely on manual control and precise timing to get the gloves to flash simultaneously and in the same mode. Power is provided by one replaceable CR2016 3V battery in each glove. Perhaps the next version can include synchronization over Bluetooth and wireless charging.

Image: Chnano

The stretchy fabric of the gloves provide moderate protection from extreme temperatures. The fabric is breathable, at the expense of any kind of water resistance. We tested the gloves in conjunction with a mechanical keyboard with Kailh switches and found no performance benefit to having lights on our fingers. Key feel was diminished by the cushioning of the fabric material, and typing accuracy was slightly reduced due to the increase of effective individual finger thickness.

The gloves were unsuitable for gaming because the fabric was somewhat slippery against the game controller, and gamepads without rubber inserts repeatedly slipped from our hands. The gloves do not feature fingertip inserts for compatibility with capacitive touchscreens, so gaming on a smartphone or tablet is almost impossible, besides titles that rely on gyroscopic input. We performed this testing for a long time while writing many news posts and articles, so any typographical errors you may have noticed on the web site recently were almost certainly the fault of these gloves.

The one place where the gloves did offer benefits during computer-centric pursuits was in the handling of hot system components. The gloves provided adequate thermal protection when handling computer components only slightly cooled after intense gaming sessions.

We give the Chnano LED gloves a thumbs-up for handling of warm computer components and general insulative duties, but we wouldn't recommend them as performance-enhacers for typing or gaming. The gloves cost less than a meal at a fast-casual restaurant, and they'll leave you with a longer-lasting feeling of satisfaction and warmth. What's not to like?

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    • Erebos
    • 3 years ago

    Those are clearly for creepy otakus that frequent idol concerts. They would replace the glowing sticks that they rhythmically wave.

    • FroBozz_Inc
    • 3 years ago

    “We tested the gloves in conjunction with a mechanical keyboard with Kailh switches and found no performance benefit to having lights on our fingers”

    LMAO

    One of the most amusing postings since the Thermaltake Reserator review.

    • Krogoth
    • 3 years ago

    This + Power Glove = ?????? = MASSIVE PROFIT!

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      Impressive.

    • mkk
    • 3 years ago

    Man, I must be really high…
    – Dude, your gloves are on!

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Pretty soon fashion trends will go with this LED fad. I want a shirt with a couple hundred blinking lights. I just hope they don’t fizz out in the washer.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      I already have an unlit sweatshirt I can’t put in the dryer or else it could melt. I can’t take all these fragile clothes.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 3 years ago

    *Not intended for mental masturbation.

    • ludi
    • 3 years ago

    “Do you struggle with having too much money? Are you frustrated by the excessive attention you receive from beautiful women? Do your coworkers think too highly of your good taste? Then have we got a product for you!”

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I see your programmable RGBLED gloves and raise you [url=http://www.glowbowl.com/<]RGBLED toilet bowls[/url<].

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      No blinkenlight, but I just installed one of [url=https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SJO5QI/<]these bad boys[/url<]. It's flippin' awesome. Watch the video.

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        Slow close toilet seats are pretty common on new toilets. Although most of those are plastic.

      • chµck
      • 3 years ago

      that’s a pretty good idea actually
      i know i have nights when i stumble into the bathroom and don’t feel like searing my retinas by turning on the bathroom lights

      • juzz86
      • 3 years ago

      I really want one of those, haha.

    • Cyco-Dude
    • 3 years ago

    dude, come on…these are for raves, plain and simple lol.

    • Welch
    • 3 years ago

    Screw their extreme temps… it’s going to be -50*F here this week. Nothing about RGB BS is going to make anything feel warmer.

    • Dazrin
    • 3 years ago

    If I can’t control them to sync with my motherboard, keyboard, case, and graphics card lighting they aren’t worth it.

    I might be able to do without the Android App, as long as they still work with an iOS app.

    • Wirko
    • 3 years ago

    Now I understand. The future is not chips implanted in brain. The future is RGB LEDs implanted in brain!

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    It’s 80F outside but I feel for all of you that have to suffer through winter.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]extreme temperatures[/quote<] So, we talking like -30C (-22F) extreme? Because that's what it hit here a few weeks ago

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    I love the tongue-in-cheek tone of this post.
    [quote<] fast-casual restaurant[/quote<] I'd rather have the gloves over a meal at what I assume to mean Applebee's any day.

    • thedosbox
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<] they'll leave you with a longer-lasting feeling of satisfaction and warmth. What's not to like?[/quote<] WHAT DID I EVER DO TO YOU?

    • Goty
    • 3 years ago

    I feel like you guys are just going out and looking for these things now.

      • thedosbox
      • 3 years ago

      They keep this up, and I’m putting the ad-blocker back on.

        • drfish
        • 3 years ago

        well, I thought it was hilarious.

        • Wonders
        • 3 years ago

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          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          I appreciate the Invader Zim reference

          • thedosbox
          • 3 years ago

          I TAKE THIS RGBTARDITY VERY VERY PERSONALLY.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      … ya think?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      If you read the post you’ll see it’s from the CES show floor. So you’re right, they were looking for something and this is what they found.

    • odizzido
    • 3 years ago

    This would be okay for kids to wear when they’re playing outside in the dark. The fewer children I run over the better.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Want to lower your average, eh?

        • odizzido
        • 3 years ago

        I try…..mostly.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Murderer!

    • UberGerbil
    • 3 years ago

    I actually made an RGB-laced fedora as a joke item to wear at a party. These would have been the perfect addition.

    For non-joke situations, I can’t imagine the point.

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      Haha! I made one of those too! 🙂

        • UberGerbil
        • 3 years ago

        My original plan was to marry an audino to [url=https://www.adafruit.com/product/2294<]one of these[/url<] wrapped around a top hat and have the thing controlled via bluetooth from my phone, so that I could display scrolling messages, do a kind of finger-paint thing, etc. But never found the time.

          • drfish
          • 3 years ago

          That’s pretty!

          I just taped one of [url=https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B015R44RZC/<]these[/url<] inside.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 3 years ago

    Finally, technology that has a high WAF (Wife Approval Factor)*.
    *Depends on the wife

    • SoM
    • 3 years ago

    with all this RGB stuff price of acid better not go up

    • superjawes
    • 3 years ago

    Skittles: Taste the rainbow!

    Keyboards: Type the rainbow!

    Gloves: Feel the rainbow!

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      TR Gerbils: Hate the rainbow!

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