Recently, The edgeThe review team has been working hard to get rid of some of the old products lying around our office. We gave away or threw away truly prehistoric gadgets. But there was one device that as soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew I had to save it. It was the Razer Firefly, a seven-year-old mouse pad with a brilliant RGB light strip around the edge. It was a beautifully silly and extra device, and I knew it was for me.
I now use the Razer Firefly at my desk in The edgein the Manhattan office for several weeks. It offers 16.8 million customizable color options. It sits by my side all day flashing purple, pink, red, yellow, blue and everything in between. “But what does it matter doI’ve been asked by various people in passing. He absolutely does not squat, I tell them. It’s an aesthetic, a vibe. But some days, that vibe is everything.
It’s certainly fun to hate nasty RGB setups. (And I’ve been known to do it myself because I maintain that some colored products are really overkill – Asus ROG Strix range, I’m looking at you.)
But every day I use the Firefly, I warm up more to the idea of a (somewhat) colorful setup. For those of us who often work in solitude (either because we are distant or because most of our colleagues are), existence can be a bit like a hamster wheel – we work and work and the work goes on, and while co-workers and friends exist as names and icons that live on our screens, there are times when it’s hard to convince yourself that it’s all going anywhere, that anyone listens to.
So while I know I couldn’t be more mid-2010s basement gamer, I’ll still afford the mouse pad. As solar cycles and capitalist routines become so instinctive they seem monotonous, one can never predict what color will appear next on the Firefly.
The office around me may be gray and empty, but the firefly is bright, happy to be here and alive. This LED strip is a pinch of insane pleasure on a desk full of usefulness, and that pinch is a reminder that there are small pleasures, there are surprising joys, and there is a world outside these walls.