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Desktop eSports Hand Massager Promises to Keep Your Digits in Tiptop Condition

Bauhutte Japan has released a hand massaging device with an optional heating function to ease away the aches and strains of PC gamers. The compact desktop device, pictured below, manipulates 15 massage points, covering various key zones of your palm and fingers.

Bauhutte hand massager

(Image credit: Bauhutte)

With its ambidextrous design, Bauhutte's MSG-01H-BK hand massager can do its magic on either hand. It has a Shiatsu mode, a thumb mode, and finger mode - and can cycle these over a programmed 10-minute session. In addition, you can toggle the massage intensity between three strengths.

The heating mode will be welcome at this time of year, too. The combination of palm and finger massage with gentle (5W) heating might be just the thing in the colder months. Bauhutte says you can even use the MSG-01H-BK in between gaming sessions to ease tiredness and "maximize your strength."

MSG-01H-BK specifications

The Bauhutte MSG-01H-BK sounds great in theory, but what about the specs? Thankfully the device designer is pretty forthcoming with the essential tech details:

ModesHand Shiatsu mode, finger thimble mode, three intensity settings, and optional heater.
ControlsIntensity level x 3, heater on/off, start a full 10-mins massage course or fingers-only.
Dimensions6.7 x 7.3 x 3.9 inches (170 x 185 x 100mm)
Weight ~750g.
ConstructionBlack ABS, inner: polyurethane, nylon
PowerAC100-240V 50 / 60Hz 500mA, 12W total consumption.
RGBNo RGB LEDs, except for those in the control button array

It is also worth mentioning that the Bauhutte MSG-01H-BK has passed Japanese medical device certification, which should provide some assurance that the contraption won't go wrong and accidentally mangle or burn your hands.

Bauhutte MSG-01H-BK

(Image credit: Bauhutte )

Pricing and availability

At the time of writing the Bauhutte MSG-01H-BK is listed on the firm's dedicated Amazon Japan Store page at JPY 16,953 + JPY 1,411 delivery charge to my home. This is equivalent to $148 + delivery, or £110 + delivery. Amazon Japan might not deliver to your territory, but at the time of writing the device listing says it is "temporarily out of stock."

Bahutte also sells an Ottoman-style Foot Massager for gamers (MSG-02F-BK) which is in stock at the moment but costs JPY 39,800 plus delivery. That's roughly equivalent to $350 (or £260) plus delivery.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • brandonjclark
    I can't believe the laziness.
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  • thepersonwithaface45
    People will leave the gym after lifting hundreds of pounds with their chest arms and legs, go home and sleep it off

    Gamers, well we got the hand massager. For those intense ranked matches!
    Reply
  • VforV
    Does it also make pancakes? If not I'm not buying it...

    And I don't mean pancaking my hand either. 🆒
    Reply
  • exploding_psu
    Meanwhile, my solution :

    cracks knuckles
    Free, no power required, available anytime anywhere, with satisfying sound as a bonus
    Reply
  • Phaaze88
    WTHeck? The strain is focused in the wrist... what good is this thing?
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  • felicityc
    Phaaze88 said:
    WTHeck? The strain is focused in the wrist... what good is this thing?

    Over play sessions blood flow lowers to the fingers especially because of grip types. The carpal nerve plays a part, but blood flow is also a big issue. I have some very bad RSI/carpal tunnel/finger issues from overplaying competitive shooters back in the day with poor personal health practices.

    However, it's better to just go wash your hands and stretch them out between rounds or whatever. When I started washing my hands it got better.

    Also, to anyone who does have this issue, the same effect can be done by holding your hands in a bowl of ice cold (as in, RATHER cold) water until it starts to hurt a bit- but not so long you can get frostnip or anything. It will hurt, but when you take your hands out, the rush of warm blood flow from your radial artery to the inconsistently cold region of your body will stimulate bloodflow a good deal. It really does help a lot if you have hand pains etc. It feels INCREDIBLE. It's like taking a cold shower; it forces your body to heat itself and wakes you up rapidly.

    This is a real issue especially for those with claw grips etc.

    exploding_psu said:
    Meanwhile, my solution :

    cracks knuckles
    Free, no power required, available anytime anywhere, with satisfying sound as a bonus

    This is completely unrelated to the problem and has to do with joints but I know this was a joke.

    Related to the product itself, completely arbitrary and can be done with literally any such tool or with simple stretching practices. This is just exploitative consumer branded garbage.
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  • Phaaze88
    felicityc said:
    Over play sessions blood flow lowers to the fingers especially because of grip types. The carpal nerve plays a part, but blood flow is also a big issue. I have some very bad RSI/carpal tunnel/finger issues from overplaying competitive shooters back in the day with poor personal health practices.

    However, it's better to just go wash your hands and stretch them out between rounds or whatever. When I started washing my hands it got better.

    Also, to anyone who does have this issue, the same effect can be done by holding your hands in a bowl of ice cold (as in, RATHER cold) water until it starts to hurt a bit- but not so long you can get frostnip or anything. It will hurt, but when you take your hands out, the rush of warm blood flow from your radial artery to the inconsistently cold region of your body will stimulate bloodflow a good deal. It really does help a lot if you have hand pains etc. It feels INCREDIBLE. It's like taking a cold shower; it forces your body to heat itself and wakes you up rapidly.

    This is a real issue especially for those with claw grips etc.
    Noted. I'm a palm grip, so something like this won't do a thing for me.
    This item still looks like a load of crap - like you said, "take a break from time to time."
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  • thepersonwithaface45
    Yeah I think if the gaming sessions start to arthritis your hands maybe breaks are the solution as opposed to leaning back in your chair with your hand in this thing XD That picture makes me laugh
    Reply