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Razer Branches Out From Gamer-Centric Devices

Razer Branches Out From Gamer-Centric Devices

Razer certainly has its work cut out for the company this year. Having built one of the better-known brands for gaming peripherals, Razer is now trying to market itself to people who aren’t necessarily gamers. That said, the company is staying reasonably close to home: its two break-out devices are headphones for music lovers (building from its line of gamer headphones) and a smart bracelet that keeps you updated on incoming messages and feeds.

Razer is promising high quality sound for music lovers with the adero

The Adaro line of headphones and earbuds is Razer’s new non-gaming family. The headphones have similar styling to their gamer siblings but the equipment is designed for high-quality audio, instead of explosions. The line ranges from earbuds to a Bluetooth wireless headset.

Who's texting you during dinner? Turn your wrist and you can see without anyone else getting a look, thanks to the Nabu.

The Razer Nabu on display at CES 2014

Wearable tech is big this year, so it’s not too surprising to see Razer producing its own smart wristband. The wristband can track health information like footsteps and it can grab updates from your phone and display them on its OLED screens. What makes the wristband interesting is that while the top screen displays icons, the screen that sits under your wrist displays your messages and the names of callers. The idea is that the private info is hidden from people around you, and you can discreetly check your messages by turning your wrist.

The Consumer Electronics Show is always loaded with concept designs, and this year is no different. Razer was drawing crowds with its Project Christine, which is a modular PC. The idea is that the user can upgrade components by unplugging the old ones and plugging in new ones. Wondering how that would work? Each component has its own case and plugs into a central tower. Razer is billing it as an easy way for people to customize their PCs with having much tech savvy. You can read our thoughts on Christine here.

Christine, Razer's new modular concept PC
Razer's Project Christine High Performance PC

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The Nabu even won readers choice over at Tom's Hardware, why? It isn't innovative, it isn't cool, it will never hit mainstream (if i bought one I probably would never get the chance to shake somones hand to exchange info who is also wearing one), it isn't unique, and better alternatives already exist. Other than the price there is nothing to see here. It is a wrist band that Nike created years ago minus the phone status features. Also who would want to wear this ugly thing everywhere all the time? Definitely not for professionals this is more for teenagers trying to read txts while driving and not get a ticket for it. If you want a fitness tracker look elsewhere. If you want a smart watch look elsewhere. If you are addicted to your phone and wan a cheap way to leash yourself closer to it then get Nabu.

Everything else Razer introduced was awesome :). Not everyone is perfect lol

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The nabu also won engadgets peoples choice award. It's possibilities seem limited at the moment but with more polish and some 3rd party support who knows what functionality can be brought to the device besides reading incoming texts and calendar alerts. Reserve judgement until the fat lady sings.

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No need to reserve judgement, there isn't much more functionality that can be brought to this device. It is just a BT LCD screen extension and step tracker. I don't see similar and more advanced devices gaining any sort of amazing function after release, there is no way this will either. I can see them using this to say load your profile/preferences in other Razer products like keyboards and mice once you are in range, but again nothing special. The fat lady sung, and she has a frog in her throat. 

The only reason it is winning the peoples and readers choice awards is probably because at $50 it is the cheapest debut at CES lol, "hey I can actually afford that tech so maybe i should buy it!" a lot like how people ran out and bought ChromeTV dongles even if they didn't know what it did exactly.

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