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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...
What would an arcade fight stick be without the actual stick? Peripheral maker Razer came up with an answer—it's the Raion, a new gamepad that "brings arcade stick controls to the palm of your hand." As such, it's a fight pad, and it is designed for both the PlayStation 4 consoles and Windows PCs. Razer said it built the Raion from the ground up for fighting games. While not specifically mentioned, that translates to high profile titles like Mortal Kombat 11 and the Street Fighter series (among others). From my vantage point, the renders look a bit similar to Microsoft's Xbox One controllers, in terms of the general shape. The Raion is a different beast, though. It features a 6-button layout... Read more...
Earlier this year, Razer upgraded its beefy Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop with 9th generation Intel Core processors. Now, for the start of fall, Razer has turned its attention to giving gamers a long-awaited display upgrade. While the Blade Pro 17 was previously available with a 144Hz Full HD display, Razer is now making available a crispy new 17.3-inch 120Hz 4K touch display. In addition, the display can crank to 400 nits and it covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut. On the internal hardware front, you'll still find an Intel Core i7-9750H processor (2.6GHz base clock, 4.5GHz boost clock) and 16GB of DDR4-2667 memory (upgradeable to 64GB). Pumping pixels to that expansive... Read more...
Razer's Blade Stealth 13 is getting a big upgrade this week with respect to its graphics subsystem. Razer is labeling the new Blade Stealth 13 as the world first's gaming ultrabook, which now features a GeForce GTX 1650 discrete GPU with NVIDIA Optimus technology. The previous version of the notebook was available with a relatively puny GeForce MX150 GPU, but the inclusion of the Turing-based GeForce GTX 1650 gives it some much needed graphics muscle. In addition to the graphics upgrade, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is also rocking Intel's latest 10th generation "Ice Lake" Core processors. In this case, you'll find the quad-core 10nm Core i7-1065G7 processor (25W) with a base... Read more...
Razer has debuted a new gaming mouse called the Viper that it is aiming directly at the world of eSports. The big claim to fame for the Razer Viper is the use of new Optical Mouse Switches described as the company's fastest switches yet. Razer says that the Optical Mouse Switches have three times the actuation speed of traditional mechanical mouse switches. Razer says that while traditional mouse switches send signals when a metallic contact is made, with it's new Optical Mouse Switch no physical contact is required to send a signal. These switches use an infrared light beam that passes through a shutter to fire an electrical signal to the computer. The switches promise to respond instantly to... Read more...
AMD's third-generation Ryzen processors are finally here, and they deliver on nearly all of the promises made during the company's Computex 2019 announcement. All of AMD's Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 processors come with a Wraith Prism cooler in the retail box, which of course supports RGB LED lighting.  Razer is now tapping into the lighting scheme by announcing that the Wraith Prism now has full support with its Chroma Connect initiative. As a result, the cooler is completely compatible with Razer Synapse 3 software so that you can sync your Ryzen's cooler with the other Razer peripherals and any other device/hardware that is Chroma-compatible. Some of the big names in the business that support... Read more...
Headsets can really add to your gaming experience, however, many are notoriously uncomfortable and headache-inducing. Razer just introduced the Kraken X, an inexpensive and comfortable wired gaming headset aimed at gamers. According to lvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Peripherals at Razer the Kraken X is “...ultra-light and incredibly comfortable, so you can game for hours with it”. The Kraken X gaming headset only weighs 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and is one of the lightest gaming headsets currently on the market. It includes an adjustable headband, memory foam and cooling gel ear cushions. Razer also claims that the headset is “glasses-friendly”. Anyone who wears prescription... Read more...
I used to think that a toaster would be the final frontier for RGB lighting, but apparently Razer has that covered, or at least it is planning to. So what else does that leave? I'm not sure, maybe washing machines and dryers are on the radar. In the meantime, companies are coming up with new ways of leveraging RGB lights, with Vivaldi baking in support for Razer's Chroma lighting into the latest version of its web browser. In case you've never heard of it, Vivaldi is a cross-platform browser developed by a company founded by Opera Software co-founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. The idea was to re-introduce a bunch of features that had been axed during Opera's transition to... Read more...
When you hear the name Razer, the first thing that usually pops into mind are the company's gaming laptops or maybe its PC peripherals. Further down on that list might be the company's relatively new ventures like the Razer Phone. But kitchen appliances? That's definitely not something that would even come close to entering our minds, but Razer is doing just that with active development of a... toaster. Sure, the idea of a Razer Toaster goes all the way back to 2013, but it was more of a prank request by a fan of the company. Razer even got in on the "joke" with an April Fool's Day prank video back in 2016 (you can see the embed further down in the article).... Read more...
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