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For most of its existence, at least from an outsider's perspective, Razer has aspired to be an enthusiast brand and "lifestyle" company. That is to say that, if you so desire, you can have every tech product you own be Razer-branded. The company is not quite there—yet—but today's announcements at RazerCon 2021 mark one more step forward in that direction. The Razer Kunai, Razer Hanbo, Razer Katana, and quizzically-lacking-a-themed-name Razer PWM Fan Controller are the first internal PC components to be released by the company. Naturally, all of the parts are integrated with the company's "Synapse" software, and they all feature addressable RGB LED lighting. The "kunai" is a throwing... Read more...
If you have aspirations of making it big as a streamer, more power to you—it's certainly a fun way to make a living. Streaming can be expensive, though, presenting a challenge right off the bat. To help with that end of things, Razer on Thursday announced an expansion of its streaming hardware catalog to include a couple of entry-level additions, the Kiyo X webcam (top left) and Ripsaw X capture card (top right). In a note sent to us by Razer, the company said this effort is aimed at "lowering the barrier of entry for customers looking for premium feature sets." Neither device is the cheapest in its respective category (webcams and USB capture cards), but neither one will break the bank,... Read more...
Amazon is currently running a big sale on popular Razer laptops, and the discounts ring in at as little as $350 to over $800. Not surprisingly, the most significant discounts are reserved for high-end gaming models, which already feature sky-high MSRPs due to their powerful internals. Starting things off is the Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020 Model), which comes with an 8-core Intel Core i7-10875H processor, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q discrete GPU. The potent GPU fuels a 15.6-inch Full HD display with a blazing fast 300Hz refresh rate, which is a boon for FPS gamers (among other genres). A 512GB SSD is included in the mix, and you'll find a keyboard with per-key Razer... Read more...
We often cover vulnerabilities in Windows 10 that involve convoluted methods of gaining admin access to systems using privilege escalation. However, the latest exploit involving software for Razer products is facepalm-worthy in its sheer simplicity. In this case, the problem stems from Razer's Synapse software, which configures its peripherals like gaming mice and keyboards. This software can adjust macros, program mouse buttons, and control your RGB lighting. However, security researcher jonhat revealed via Twitter that an unscrupulous person with a Razer mouse or keyboard could gain SYSTEM access to a Windows 10 (or Windows 11) PC simply by plugging the device into the target PC. Need... Read more...
Razer is a company that prides itself on delivering high-performance gaming laptops for enthusiasts, and that continues to be the case with today’s announcement of the refreshed Blade 17. The Blade 17 is the largest laptop in Razer’s portfolio and is now available with the fastest 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake-H processors. According to Razer, this is the most powerful Intel processor that it has ever crammed into a laptop. In this case, the Blade 17 is now available with the flagship Core i9-11900H processor. The Core i9-11900H is an 8-core/16-thread processor that packs in 24MB of Intel SmartCache. Its base clock is OEM-configurable from 2.1GHz to 2.5GHz, while the maximum turbo... Read more...
Fireworks are not the only thing popping today, so are all kinds of deals on games and PC hardware. If you have not already, check out Steam's Summer Sale, and be sure to claim your copy of The Spectrum Retreat for no cost at the Epic Games Store. Then after stocking up on games, if you decide you could use a gaming laptop upgrade or some fancy new peripherals, we have rounded up some more deals that might be of interest. Let's start things off with the Alienware m15 R4, discounted to $2,279.98 at Amazon (save $120.01). We reviewed the Alienware m15 R4 with the a similar configuration as this one, and donned it with our coveted Editor's Choice award for offering excellent gaming performance and... Read more...
It's no secret that Razer has been working on an AMD Ryzen-powered Blade laptop, as we're seen multiple leaks over the past few months. Razer confirmed everyone's suspicions this week at E3 2021 with the launch of the Blade 14, which it bills as the world's most powerful 14-inch-class gaming laptop. As noted in our earlier reporting, the Blade 14 is powered by an 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 9 5900HX processor based on AMD's latest Zen 3 architecture. While the Ryzen 9 5900HX (which can boost up to 4.6GHz) has its own integrated Radeon Vega 8-based GPU, gamers don't give a hoot about that; they're more interested in potent discrete graphics solutions. To that end, Razer is giving customers the choice... Read more...
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti are perhaps two of the worst kept secrets in the gaming hardware realm. The two Ampere SKUs have been rumored for months, and recently, we've been able to pin down exact announcement and launch windows for both cards. Now, it looks as though Razer's Chinese arm has jumped the gun by making the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti available in its preconfigured desktop systems. Systems are currently available for preorder on Razer's official store on the Tmall e-commerce platform. The listings were first discovered by @harukaze5719 on Twitter. There are multiple configurations available, including an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X system with 16GB of DDR4-3200... Read more...
It was around this time last year when Razer shifted some of its assembly lines to producing and donating over a million critically needed masks to healthcare workers, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Then earlier this year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Razer unveiled Project Hazel, a concept billed as "the world's smartest face mask," with RGB lighting, of course. While not all concept projects actually come to fruition, Razer has confirmed its high-tech face mask will. An N95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) is a type of mask commonly worn by healthcare workers who take care of COVID-19 patients. True N95 masks are designed to filter at least 95 percent of airborne particles,... Read more...
When it comes to OEM system builders, AMD has been a bit like Rodney Dangerfield, in that it sometimes can't "get no respect," to quote the former comedian (RIP). The company's Zen architecture has been a game changer, though, especially its latest generation Zen 3 CPUs. They are so enticing, there is a rumor Razer will launch its first AMD-based gaming laptop. Up to this point, Razer has exclusively sharpened its Blade laptops with Intel's silicon. Available in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch variants, each current model sports an Intel Core processor, with Comet Lake, Ice Lake, and Tiger Lake CPU options. But what you won't find among any of Razer's laptop models is an AMD processor. Not yet,... Read more...
Back in 2020, Amazon announced the Echo Frames, a pair of glasses with the power of the Alexa digital assistant that could be heard through the earpieces. Now, Razer is entering the ring with its own rendition of the technology called the Anzu Smart Glasses. According to Razer, these glasses are “lifestyle eyewear with built-in headphones for immersive audio.” In general, the Razer Anzu glasses look more or less the same as the Echo Frames, but with some key differences, such as the option of blue light filtering or polarized sunglass lenses. Razer claims that the blue light lenses can filter up to 35% while the polarized lenses option provided 99% UVA and UVB protection. As... Read more...
Thunderbolt 4 docks are not exactly plentiful, but the options for consumers did just grow by one with the introduction of Razer's Thunder 4 Dock Chroma. It is packed with ports to expand your desktop or laptop connectivity options, be it a Windows or Mac system, and of course it offers up RGB lighting, because this is Razer after all. The reason why there are not many Thunderbolt 4 docks on the market is because it is a relatively new standard. The final specification for Thunderbolt 4 was published last July. It delivers all the goodness of Thunderbolt 3, and adds USB4 (no space, for whatever reason) support. Thunderbolt 4 is the best iteration of USB-C, in a nutshell. Razer's latest dock serves... Read more...
Razer is introducing a rather intriguing device for us today, and it's a nice departure from the steady stream of gaming PCs that the company typically releases. The company is looking to chop through the desktop gaming market with the Tomahawk modular gaming PC, which is based around Intel's NUC platform. To be more exact, at the heart of the Tomahawk is the Intel NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element card. The Complete Element card contains the processor -- up to a Core i9-9980HK -- memory, and SSD on a single module. This module is then plugged right into the chassis, which makes serviceability and upgrades a quick and simple affair. In this case, the module features a 512GB PCIe 3.0 SSD... Read more...
Black Friday is finally here, and while retailers got an early jump on the sales season as they always do, the floodgates on savings have officially opened. And as they are prone to do every year, Razer is getting in on the festivities. Over on Amazon, there are several gaming peripherals marked down, as well as a few Razer Blade 15 laptops. Starting with the peripherals, the Razer BlackWidow Elite (pictured above) is a great mechanical gaming keyboard, and is on sale for $84.99 at Amazon (down from $169.99). Your mileage will vary when it comes peripherals, but for what it is worth, I have been hammering away on a BlackWidow Ultimate since 2014, without issue. This one has customizable RGB lighting,... Read more...
We typically think of Razer's notebooks as being aimed at the gaming crowd, but the company has its eyes laser-focused on productivity with the new Razer Book 13. As its name implies, the Razer Book 13 has a 13-inch display (13.4 inches to be exact), but unlike most offerings in this space, it does not feature a 16:9 aspect ratio. Instead, the Razer Book 13 is boasting an aspect ratio of 16:10 with up to an UHD+ resolution touch display (an FHD+ non-touch display comes standard), putting it on an even keel with the very popular Dell XPS 13. Even better is the fact that the bezels are razor-thin all around, yet there is still room up top for a HD webcam with a 4-microphone array... Read more...
Wireless peripherals are becoming the new way to play while making desk setups cleaner and more straightforward. Using their proprietary “HyperSpeed Wireless” technology, Razer adds three new wireless devices for gamers: the BlackShark v2 Pro, DeathAdder V2 Pro, and the BlackWidow V3 Pro. When new Razer products are released, one big ask is for a wireless version, and now Razer is doing just that. The new wireless headset, mouse, and keyboard “Answer[s] the community’s call for a completely cable-free setup.” Across all devices, the HyperSpeed Wireless technology “uses optimized data protocols and an Adaptive Frequency Technology,” which improves transmission... Read more...
The last Razer gaming laptop to go under the knife was the Blade Stealth 13, which arrived in April with a 10th generation Intel Ice Lake processor, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics, and a 120Hz display option. Now, Razer has turned its attention to the top dog Blade Pro 17, which is gaining a wealth of new spec bumps over its predecessor. Kicking things off is the arrival of Intel’s 10th generation Comet Lake-H processors; in this case, the Core i7-10875H. This is an 8-core/16-thread processor with a base clock of 2.3GHz and a maximum turbo clock of 5.1GHz. 16GB of DDR4 memory comes standard, but the system is upgradeable to a maximum of 64GB. For those that want an ultra-fast... Read more...
Razer has announced the latest update to its Blade Stealth 13 gaming laptop, and there’s a lot to like here. The company claims that this is the first 13.3-inch ultrabook display with a 120Hz refresh option. This 120Hz display tops out at a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, which is perfect for the Turing-based graphics card that is included in the system: the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q (with 4GB GDDR6). That’s quite an impressive feat in a device that is just 15.3mm thick and weighs only 3.13 pounds. If content creation is more important to you than gaming, Razer will also offer a 4K touch display that is covered in Gorilla Glass. Performance should be strong with the... Read more...
There is a shortage of medical supplies as healthcare workers around the country (and globe) take up the front lines against COVID-19. It is a challenging situation for sure, and fortunately, companies like Intel and Razer are stepping up to help. Both companies announced individual plans to donate certain supplies to medical workers in this time of need. Starting with Intel, the Santa Clara chip maker said it plans to source and donate more than 1 million items of personal protective equipment to healthcare workers. This includes masks, gloves, and various other gear. “We will donate masks, gloves, face shields, and other gear that we have sourced from our factory stock and emergency supplies,... Read more...
Razer Kishi universal mobile gaming controllers Many companies are currently investing in cloud gaming and new kinds of video game consoles and controllers. Companies are particularly taking a leaf out of the Nintendo Switch book, and Razer is no exception. Razer recently announced their new mobile gaming controllers, Sila 5G home router, Tomahawk gaming desktop, and Eracing Simulator at CES 2020. The Razer Kishi universal mobile gaming controllers are very reminiscent of the design to the Nintendo Switch. The controllers are able to support low latency gameplay on Android and iOS devices. They are cloud-compatible, feature a hidden USB-C or Apple Lightning connector, and include pass-through... Read more...
The Razer Phone 2 launched just over a year ago with a high-end price tag of $799.99, and while we have seen some discounts, we haven't seen anything like the Black Friday price that Razer if offering right now. The device is currently on sale for $299.99. This smartphone is one of the better devices out there for fans of mobile gaming and has some enticing specs for mobile enthusiasts. The discounted $299.99 price is available now, but we don't know how long it will last or how many devices are in stock. We will run down the specs of the device for those who may not have paid attention since it launched. Since the Razer Phone 2 has been on the market for a while, it isn't using the same Qualcom Snapdragon... Read more...
Razer has announced a new set of headphones that promise lag-free wireless sound for gamers and music fans. The headphones are called the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds. The company says that they are ideal for games, music, and movies without lag, stutter, or desynching that other Bluetooth devices can suffer from. The lag-free playback is thanks to the Hammerhead earphones using Bluetooth 5.0, which promises gaming mode latency of 60 ms. They use a 13mm driver, have a frequency response of 20-20kHz, promise a "broad soundscape", and deep bass with top-end clarity to be able to hear everything in the game from voices to explosions. The wireless headphones have three hours of battery... Read more...
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