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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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