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  1. Going up to $149 for the more feature-packed Basilisk Ultimate Razer has announced two wireless versions of its ergonomic Basilisk gaming mouse: the Basilisk Ultimate and Basilisk X Hyperspeed. Sitting next to each other, they look almost identical, but one is $149 and the other is $59. The Basilisk Ultimate is Razer’s premium mouse that’s made for people who want more features and LEDs. The other option, the Basilisk X Hyperspeed, is a solid, comfortable mouse that supports Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless, and it has truly incredible battery life. It’s a more pared-down mouse in terms of features, inside and out, but at $59, it might become a very popular option for gamers and non-gamers alike. Diving first into what the Ultimate offers: it focuses on features that serious gamers might appreciate, like a scroll wheel with adjustable resistance, 11 remappable buttons, pads made of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) on the bottom that allow for smoother travel on a mouse pad, and a 20,000 DPI sensor. The Ultimate also has adjustable liftoff and landing distances so your cursor doesn’t whip around unintentionally during a game, and it boasts up to 100 hours of battery life per charge. If you never want to be stuck with a dead battery, Razer also offers a magnetic charging dock bundle for $169. Both the dock and the mouse are covered in Chroma LED lighting, which you can modify to your heart’s content in Razer’s Synapse software. The dock costs $50 when purchased separately. The Ultimate comes with a 2.4GHz dongle, which can be plugged into the dock or your computer, but you can choose to use it as a wired mouse while it charges via the Micro USB cable that’s in the box. Similar to Razer’s ambidextrous Viper, the included cable has “Speedflex” braiding, which is engineered to avoid snagging on your mouse pad when you yank the mouse around. Everything listed above is exclusive to the Basilisk Ultimate. What Razer’s cheaper mouse offers might seem lacking by comparison, but don’t let its $59 price tag fool you. It has a 16,000 DPI sensor, a decent selection of buttons (six versus 11), and just like the Ultimate, the X Hyperspeed feels comfortable in my hand. In my experience playing games with both mice, they seem to perform roughly the same. Those with desk-spanning mouse pads who crank up the DPI settings to allow for large, sweeping movements may notice small differences that warrant spending more money on the Ultimate. The Basilisk X Hyperspeed only has one DPI switcher up top, and it doesn’t have LEDs. What the Basilisk X Hyperspeed has over its more expensive wireless counterpart is excellent battery life with a single AA battery. According to Razer, battery life ranges from up to 285 hours on 2.4GHz wireless, or up to 450 hours with Bluetooth switched on. Both claims are incredible for a single AA battery, and apparently, it’s going to take me weeks, if not months, to wear it down. Another cool feature is its ability to operate via 2.4GHz wireless or Bluetooth at the flick of a switch on its bottom. I can see its Bluetooth mode coming in handy if you forget to snag the wireless dongle from your desktop computer before going mobile. Unlike the premium mouse, the Basilisk X Hyperspeed is solely a wireless mouse, as it doesn’t have a Micro USB port. However, since it works with either 2.4GHz or Bluetooth, it’s plenty versatile as it stands. The Basilisk Ultimate (left) has PTFE feet that provide smoother travel over a mouse pad. Also, note the scroll wheel resistance wheel near the top. Of the two, the Basilisk Ultimate will be the better choice for those who need a more capable sensor, more buttons, a scroll wheel that can be fine-tuned, and Chroma LEDs to sync with other Razer peripherals. But if you question your need for any of those, Razer’s $59 mouse seems like it will be more than good enough for most people. Both mice are available now from Razer.com. Source: Razer’s new wireless Basilisk gaming mice start at $59 and boast incredible battery life (via The Verge)
  2. Razer has been on something of a spree of product releases with products such as the Junglecat controller, the truly wireless Hammerhead earbuds, or its first laptop with an optical keyboard. Today, there's yet another one, and it's the Firefly V2, a successor to the hard gaming mouse mat released in 2015. The second iteration of the Firefly brings some quality-of-life improvements to the table, including more lighting zones - which there are 19 of now - and overall brighter lighting. It's also thinner than the previous model at just 3mm of thickness, and it now has a cable catch so you can lock your wired mouse's cable to prevent it from moving around too much. Aside from that, it's fairly similar to the previous model, with a micro-textured surface for better mouse tracking, a rubber base, and all-round RGB lighting with 16.8 million colors to choose from through Razer Synapse. Another good thing about the Firefly V2 is that it's cheaper than the original model. It costs $49.99/€59.99, which is $10 less for U.S. users and €15 less for those in Europe when compared to the previous model. It's available today from Razer's website. Source: Razer introduces Firefly V2 with brighter lighting and more lighting zones (via Neowin)
  3. But it only works with four specific phones Remember when Razer announced a sleek sliding gamepad for your iPhone called the Junglecat? I bet not, considering how the company axed that idea without ever releasing it to the world. But today, it’s launching a $100 mobile gamepad called the Junglecat yet again — this time reincarnated as a set of two Nintendo Joy-Con-like gamepads that snap onto either side of your handset. The catch is you’ll need to stick your phone in a specific case to make that trick work, and Razer only has cases for four phones to start: the Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in the US, or swapping out the Note 9 for a Huawei P30 Pro case in the rest of the world. Otherwise, you’ll be connecting the two pads together with a little bridging bar and using them at a distance from your phone or PC, like this: Will it come to other phones? “We will continue to evaluate the needs of interested customers and address them accordingly,” a Razer rep tells The Verge, explaining that the company prioritized phones with large displays and gaming-oriented specs that sold in high volumes for this release. Also, while Razer is promising the “instantaneous response with a reliable, low latency connection to your smartphone,” you should probably know that the connection Razer’s talking about is standard Bluetooth Low Energy. Unlike Nintendo’s Joy-Cons and a handful of other third-party controllers, there’s no physical connection to your handset, and it looks like you may need to charge them individually over USB-C. All that said, Razer says they’ll deliver 100+ hours of gaming on a charge, which is quite a bit, and will let you remap buttons and even change the sensitivity on its large, Switch-like joysticks as well as offering native support for many games. If you’re interested, you’ll find the new Junglecat here. Source: Razer’s Junglecat brings Nintendo Switch-like snap-on controllers to Android (via The Verge)
  4. The Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds have a low 60ms latency mode One of the worst things about using wireless headphones while gaming on an Android phone is the latency. Whether the fault lies with the OS or the manufacturing (or both), I’ve found that most headphones — even expensive ones like the Sony WH-1000X M3s — aren’t able to keep up with what’s on the screen. It’s infuriating, and it’s a situation that Razer’s $99 Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds aim to take on. These new truly wireless earbuds, which Razer announced today, have a minuscule 60ms latency once “Gaming Mode” is enabled via a dedicated app for iOS and Android. The result should align what you’re hearing with what is on the screen. Razer claims that its earbuds utilize a customized version of Bluetooth 5.0 to allow this feature to work and to preserve audio quality and battery life in the low-latency mode. To turn it on, just tap three times on the earbud. At a press briefing, I got to try out the Hammerhead True Wireless, and this low-latency mode seemed to work at times while falling out of step other times. My time with the earbuds was brief, and the press room was loud, so I won’t be able to place final judgment on the quality of the feature (or the sound quality, in general) until I have more time with them. The Hammerhead True Wireless are somewhat similar in design to the AirPods in that they don’t rely on ear tips to fit in your ears, though they include a few silicon sleeves to help you find a better fit. Once you pop them out of the case, which charges via USB-C, they rest in your ears. This is great from a usability standpoint, but it’s not so great if you’re looking for a set of wireless earbuds that can block out external noise. If that’s the case, something like the AirPods Pro might be a better choice. The Hammerhead True Wireless offer IPX4 water resistance and three hours of use per charge. The included case offers four recharges, totaling 12 hours of battery life. (This is on the low-end of life expectancies per charge compared to other competing models.) Basic tasks like changing the song, picking up calls, or activating your preferred voice assistant are handled with touch controls on the earbuds. If you want to adjust the volume, you’ll need to do it from your phone. The $99 price tag seems fair for what’s being offered, but these earbuds might have a tough time standing out from the crowd if the Gaming Mode doesn’t make a huge difference when you’re gaming on an Android phone. We will test them more to find out if the low-latency mode makes or breaks these earbuds. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless are available now on Razer.com. Source: Razer’s first truly wireless earbuds aim to fix gaming audio lag on Android (via The Verge)
  5. Razer makes plenty of gaming-related hardware and accessories, but until now, the company didn't actually offer its own gaming monitor. That's changed today with the launch of the Razer Raptor, a 27-inch IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and minimal bezels that offers some interesting features for gamers. The Razer Raptor is a QHD (2560x1440) display, and in addition to the fast refresh rate, it has a 1ms response time and Ultra Low Motion Blur. It covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, so color accuracy should be pretty good, and it's also certified for HDR400, hitting up to 420 nits of brightness. Naturally, it also supports adaptive sync through AMD's FreeSync technology, with G-Sync Compatible certification also on board - you'll want to check this table to know about the different levels of Nvidia's G-Sync certification. In terms of connectivity, the Razer Raptor is also pretty versatile, with an HDMI 2.0b port, a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A) ports, and a USB Type-C connector with a DisplayPort 1.4 signal. Accessing all those ports should be fairly easy, with the monitor rotating 90 degrees on its stand to give access to the ports. There's also a cable management slot on the stand, so you can plug in all the cables through there. And, of course, there's Chroma lighting on the base of the stand. The Razer Raptor is now available to pre-order from Razer's website, and it costs $699.99. It'll start shipping on November 11. Source: Razer introduces the 27-inch Raptor, its first gaming monitor (via Neowin)
  6. Razer splits hairs with cheaper, slightly better new peripherals A new keyboard, mouse, and gaming headset Razer is releasing three new gaming peripherals today, including a keyboard, mouse, and headset. These new accessories are priced a bit lower than much of Razer’s catalog, almost serving as budget options, but they aren’t cheap by any stretch. Still, if the price of entry into Razer’s kingdom was too high, value-conscious gamers might find something befitting their budgets here. First off, the famed BlackWidow keyboard is getting refreshed and reintroduced for 2019, as the BlackWidow 2019. Previously, if you wanted a full size Razer keyboard with numpad, your starting options were the $149.99 BlackWidow X — featuring an exposed top metal design — or the $59.99 Cynosa with mecha-membrane keys. IT’S INCREMENTAL UPGRADES AND NOTHING MORE The updated BlackWidow 2019 is meant for users who want most of the features of the BlackWidow X, but for a lower price. It features Razer’s signature Green Mechanical switches (think, clicky feel and sound), on-board memory (allowing you save up to 5 profiles including settings and lighting profiles), compatibility with Razer Synapse 3 (a hardware management app for Razer’s products), and individually lit keys, featuring the 16.8 million color spectrum of Razer Chroma. It’s definitely not the $199.99 Huntsman Elite with its fancy opto-mechanical switches, but those Razer Green keys have a following, and perhaps it’ll be another PC gaming classic. The new BlackWidow keyboard will retail for $119.99, on Razer’s official website. If you’re looking for a new gaming headset, the new third-gen Kraken might be the well-rounded pick you’re looking for. It now comes standard with the oversized, over-ear gel cooling cushions that were optional extras for the Kraken V2, complete with spacing for your glasses frames. It features support for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices thanks to a standard 3.5mm audio jack. Inline mute and volume control, a retractable microphone with improved ambient noise rejection, and thicker headband padding round off the incremental improvements made to the latest Kraken headset. It also comes with a combo audio cable, capable of splitting audio for platforms that require audio and mic input ports. The Razer Kraken also retains its 50mm drivers from the two prior generations, so we’re guessing there haven’t been many changes made to the sound quality, for better or worse. Razer is selling the new Kraken headset for the same $79.99, starting today. It comes in the default Razer green colorway, a special black and blue “console edition” colorway, and a quartz pink variant (which already debuted on Valentine’s as a Razer Store exclusive). Last but not least, the Razer Basilisk Essential, an FPS-oriented wired gaming mouse with a “sniper button” (an instant sensitivity switcher), will launch in the US for $49.99 after first being made available in China. In order to keep costs down, it comes with a 6,400DPI instead of the 16,000 DPI optical sensor seen on the pricier $69.99 Basilisk. Furthermore, it differs from the original Basilisk by having a different rubberized texture/pattern for the thumb rest, no custom wheel tensioning, and only seven programmable buttons instead of eight. But, it does still retain the Razer Chroma backlighting. Razer is also extending its RazerCare Elite protection plan to peripherals, which previously only covered laptops and phones. The protection plan pricing depends on the cost of peripheral in question, but includes accidental damage from handling and extends the warranty of accessories by 2-3 years. Whether that’s a good deal depends on you. Over the coming weeks we’ll be evaluating Razer’s new peripherals and letting you know if its newest gaming accessories are worth it. Source
  7. Razer to close its digital games store It only opened 10 months ago. Razer Game Store/Screenshot by CNET Bad news for fans of Razer's digital game store, which the gaming hardware manufacturer only launched in April. As part of the company's "realignment plans," it's shutting the Razer Game Store on Feb. 28," according to an announcement on its storefront that PC Gamer noticed Saturday. "It's been a privilege for us to recommend and deliver great digital game deals to you," the Irvine, California-based company said. "We will be investing in other ways to deliver great content and introduce game promotions through Razer Gold, our virtual credits system." The store, first launched in the US and Europe markets and later Southeast Asia, offered exclusive game deals and discounts on peripherals. The company will still honor any preorders made through the store. Games that have already been purchased will work, but you'll have to retrieve the Steam or Uplay product keys before the store closes. Source
  8. Razer is selling its first pink laptop Just in time for Valentine’s Day Image: Razer Razer is making a pink laptop. Okay, technically, Razer is making a limited edition Razer Blade Stealth Quartz laptop, which happens to be pink. It’s on sale just in time for Valentine’s Day, and, in the words of Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, it will “steal hearts everywhere.” No matter what color you call it, it’s a big step forward for Razer, chromatically speaking. IT WILL “STEAL HEARTS EVERYWHERE,” APPARENTLY This isn’t the first time Razer has made pink gear — the company released four Quartz products last year — but this year’s lineup is far more extensive. There’s a Basilisk mouse, Huntsman keyboard, Kraken headset, Seiren X microphone, and more that are joining the pink-hued lineup. Image: Razer Razer isn’t explicitly saying that it’s hoping to target female customers with all of these pink products — the company’s press release just makes extensive references to Valentine’s Day throughout — but it's a pretty safe inference to make. NO PINK TAX To Razer’s credit, the company isn’t charging a “pink tax” on the Quartz edition products; they will cost the exact same price as their regular counterparts (although the pink versions are set to be a limited run). The Razer Blade Stealth Quartz is set to cost $1,599.99. That gets you an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe SSD, a discrete Nvidia MX 150 GPU, and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 13.3-inch display. The other Quartz accessories will cost the same as the non-pink models. If you haven’t immediately grasped why this is significant, you have to remember that Razer products have always had a very particular aesthetic, best described as what you’d get if you soaked a regular laptop in a mixture of Mountain Dew and snake venom and then struck it repeatedly with lightning at the dead of midnight. That’s been the company’s bread and butter for years, chasing the same “hardcore elite gamers” design that’s been part of the gaming PC world for decades. This new pink laptop is part of a recent trend from Razer: its Blade Laptops have gotten more mature designs and alternate colors like the gunmetal Blade Stealth Blade, the white Blade, and now this new pink option, and the company has started selling more accessories in colors that aren’t neon-lit black. Basically everything still has a giant snake logo on it, but it’s a start. The Quartz products are available starting today from Razer for a limited time in the US, China, and Canada. Source
  9. CES 2019 is here, and that means it’s time for the near-annual tradition of Razer’s cool new hardware prototype. This year, Razer is showing off the Razer Raptor, a 27-inch gaming monitor, marking the first time that the hardware company has stepped into the standalone display space. But there’s an additional twist here: the Raptor isn’t just a cool CES prototype. It’s also going to be a real product. Razer is planning to ship the Raptor later this year for $699.99. Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge The Raptor looks like a pretty impressive monitor for PC gaming, too. Putting aside specs for a minute, Razer seems to have really delivered on design here. There are some absolutely razor-thin (pun intended) bezels around the display. Another nice touch is the integrated cord management system on the back. Razer actually includes special flat, Razer green-colored cables for managing inputs without spoiling the design (specifically, a power cord, HDMI, Display Port, USB-C and USB-A). As for the actual display, it’s in line with other top gaming monitors: it has a 27-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and between a 1ms (with Motion Blur reduction) and 7ms (typical) response rate. The screen reaches a brightness of up to 420 nits, and it supports HDR (although Razer hasn’t specified which HDR standard, specifically). The one downside: there’s only support for AMD’s FreeSync tech, not Nvidia G-Sync. GRID VIEW Razer isn’t skimping on materials, either: the base is built out of forged aluminum with a fabric / metal backplate. And since it’s a Razer product, there are Chroma-compatible LED light strips. On the software side of things, the Raptor will support picture-in-picture input capabilities, meaning you’ll be able to view multiple inputs at once. There’s also support for screen mirroring a Razer Phone 2 via a USB-C connection, allowing you to use your smartphone with a full screen, mouse, and keyboard. Image: Razer In addition to the Raptor, Razer also announced an update to its Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop — the Razer Blade 15 Advanced — which upgrades the existing Blade with Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 20-series laptop GPUs as well as a long-requested Windows Hello-capable camera for logging in. The Razer Blade 15 Advanced will be available with either an RTX 2060 (with 6GB GDDR6), RTX 2070 Max-Q (with 8GB GDDR6), or RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6) for a GPU. All Advanced models will offer a hexacore 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor (which Razer already offers on the older Blade 15), 16GB of memory, and they can be configured with up to 512GB of SSD storage. The updated Razer Blade 15 Advanced models will start at $2,299, and they should be available on January 29th. Razer also offered a tantalizing hint of what it’s exploring for the future of the Blade lineup with two addition tech demos. One is a Blade 15 with a 1080p display that offered up to 240Hz refresh rates, and the second is a Blade 15 with a 4K OLED touch display. For now, these are just prototype demonstrations, but even if they don’t show up on the Blade as actual options, it’s interesting to see what Razer is considering for the future of its laptops. source
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