Razer Announces The Turret Lapboard And Mouse Combo

Razer has rapidly become one of the most idolized brands in the peripherals market and continues to attract a very loyal following. While some users decry about product reliability, it’s evidently clear that Razer’s appeal is something many other companies can only dream of. Various products including the Deathadder, Naga and Blackwidow sell remarkably well and Razer strives to constantly improve their current line-up. The latest addition to their range is Turret Lapboard and Mouse combo package which was originally unveiled as a prototype back in early 2015.

The Razer Turret opts for an ergonomic and ultra slim form factor which aids comfort when positioned on a user’s lap. Technically, the device supports dual wireless connectivity and connects to a console or PC lag-free with the bundled wireless 2.4GHz adapter. The Razer Turret incorporates high-capacity lithium polymer batteries with enough power to last four months. This is a fantastic choice and means you don’t have to suddenly charge the keyboard during competitive gameplay. There’s also a foldable hinge which ensures the Lapboard doesn’t get in the way and can be easily docked.

Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan described the Turret Lapboard and Mouse Combo’s appeal:

“The Razer Turret brings the immense world of PC gaming to a previously impossible frontier – the living room – where only consoles have traditionally roamed until now,”  

“Finally, we have a perfect solution for gamers to enjoy the unrivaled precision of a mouse and keyboard combination from the comfort of the couch with the durability and reliability that PC gamers demand.”

In terms of pricing, the Turret Lapboard and Mouse Combo will retail for USD 159.99 / EUR 189.99.

Technical Specifications:
Keyboard

  • Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
  • Chiclet styled keycaps
  • Dedicated Android buttons
  • Battery life of up to 4 months – The life expectancy of this battery depends upon its usage
  • Battery type: Li-Po (1500 mAh)

Mouse

  • 3500 DPI laser sensor
  • 40 hours battery life for continuous use – The life expectancy of this battery depends upon its usage
  • Battery type: Li-Po (1000 mAh)

Razer Reveals Updated Hammerhead In-Ear Headsets

Razer has decided to update its Hammerhead Pro V2 headset and Razer Hammerhead V2 in-ear headphones, which are some of the brand’s most appreciated accessories. Both of these products now feature an improved chassis, which was CNC milled from aircraft-grade aluminum, as well as new flat-style cables that are perfect for music listening sessions and mobile gaming. Razer Hammerhead products are known for their exceptional bass output, and these new headsets are no exception as they boast extra-large 10 mm dynamic drivers that are 20 percent larger when compared to their predecessors.

The Hammerhead Pro V2 includes three quick-action control buttons on its in-line microphone, which is 100% compatible with iOS or Android gadgets. Sound isolation is ensured by an optional bi-flange attachment and three ear tip sizes while a splitter cable facilitates connections with devices that have dedicated audio and microphone jacks. As for the Hammerhead V2, it incorporates all of the Pro V2’s features apart from the in-line mic and controls. When it comes to pricing, the Pro V2 will set you back EUR 79.99 or USD 69.99, while the simpler V2 costs EUR 59.99 or USD 49.99. Below you will find a complete list of specifications for these new Razer products. Would you consider purchasing them, or do you think that they’re too expensive considering their feature set?

Razer Orbweaver & Tartarus Chroma Gaming Controllers Review

Introduction


Not all gaming keyboards are created equally. Some are full-size, some are TKL and then some are so compact, they’re to be used with just one hand, such as the Razer Orbweaver Chroma and Razer Tartarus Chroma we have in the eTeknix office today. For many games these days, you actually don’t need the full keyboard. Short of playing full-blown simulations games you can get away with a smaller key set, but don’t think that because it’s shorter on keys, that these two controllers don’t offer a huge amount of features, because they’ve got a lot to offer to you and your desktop gaming setup.

We’ve got both models in today to take a look at what they have to offer, the Orbweaver features twenty main keys and Razer’s own design mechanical green switches. The Tartarus features a membrane switch and fifteen main keys, offering a slightly more affordable solution, but still packing the bulk of the features of the more expensive model, such as Razer’s Chroma 16.8 million colour RGB lighting engine, an 8-way thumbpad, a pair of thumb switches, multiple profiles, macros, adjustable ergonomics and more!

Both devices are quite similar, with great specifications, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what they have to offer.

The packaging for both controllers is nicely designed, with a clear image on the front as well as a few of the main specifications. Of course, the Orbweaver also has the details about the Razer Mechanical switches, clearly highlighting it as the premium model of the two.

Around the back, a more detailed run down of the spec in multiple languages, but we’ll get them out the box and take a closer look ourselves.

In the box for the Orbweaver, you’ll find the hard-wired controller, as well as a small collection of documentation.

The same again for the Tartarus.

Razer Nabu Smartband Review

Introduction


Smart wearables are nothing new, but it’s certainly still a growing market. With that in mind, it makes sense that gaming brands such as Razer would want to get in on the action, they already make a wide range of peripherals, and while I’m sure they would love us all to sit at our desks using Razer hardware, gamers need to get exercise too. Being able to track your fitness is no bad thing, especially if you’re trying to get in shape, but the Razer Nabu offers a little more than your average connected sportswear.

“Stay on top of everything when the Nabu notifies you of incoming calls, texts, emails, and other app alerts discreetly via the private message screen and a gentle vibration.” – Said Razer.

All the basics of a fitness band are available here, as the Nabu will use its accelerometer and built-in algorithms to give you real-time feedback on the band, as well as in the dedicated mobile app. You can track your steps walked, distance travelled, calories burnt, hours slept, active minutes and personal goals. The sleep tracker is a cool feature, as it’ll measure the actual duration you slept once you’ve finally stopped fidgeting, the sleep quality, again no doubt tracking the amount of times you turn in your sleep, as well as offering you a silent alarm via its vibration function; handy if you want to get up for your morning coffee without waking the kids.

Check out this cool product video from Razer, although amazingly it’s NSFW and features quite a lot of graphic violence… cool! Zombie dismembering aside, it does a great job of demonstrating many of the features of the Nabu.

Display and Sensor

  • OLED 128×16 single color
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Cylindrical vibration motor

Hardware

  • Single button for OLED screen access and other specific functions
  • Lithium-polymer battery with up to 6 days battery life
  • Rain, sweat, and splash proof. Not suitable for showering and submerging.
  • Charging via proprietary USB cable.
  • Wireless syncing with mobile devices via Bluetooth LE.

Tested devices

  • iPhone 5/5S/6/6 Plus with iOS 8 (or higher)
  • Android 4.3 (or higher) device with Bluetooth Lower Energy (BT 4.0 or higher).
  • Click here for a list of tested Android devices.

There are even more cool features too, such as shaking hands with another Nabu owner and you can exchange social media information and more! With support from a wide range of popular applications, you can ensure you get all the information you need, right when you need it, all right on the built-in OLED display on the top of the wristband.

As with any other Razer product, the NABU is very nicely packaged, with a clear image of the product on the front and, of course, those more than familiar Razer colours.

Around the back of the box, a quick technical rundown, as well as a plastic panel that acts as a size guide for the wristband; very handy!

Open the box and you’ll find, ta da! Another box.

This one is more like a presentation box, and you’ll find a nicely secured NABU wristband on the interior, as well as a small pull-out drawer at the base for the accessories.

There’s a small USB charging cable, which naturally comes with the Razer Green header, a small link attachment for the wristband to adjust the size, and the usual documentation.

Asus and Razer Releasing Graphics Card Enclosures for Laptops

Asus and Razer are both releasing graphics card enclosures in 2016, bringing desktop GPU power to laptops via a Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 connection. The ROG XG Station 2 from Asus and Razer’s Core enclosures were unveiled at CES last week, PCGamesN reports, and both provide an alternative to bulky gaming laptops – that alternative being an even bulkier unit, comparable in size to a mini PC –  hot on the heels of Alienware’s Titan X-powered Graphics Card Amplifier.

The Asus ROG XG Station 2 is “a custom interface that lets notebooks harness the power of desktop graphics cards to significantly boost gaming performance,” according to the company’s press release (via PC World). While the ROG XG Station 2 is “specifically designed for Asus laptops and graphics cards,” it works with other systems and cards and uses PCI-E x4 across two Thunderbolt 3.0/USB Type-C connections.

The Razer Core, meanwhile, has a 500w power supply, which can power most any high-end graphics card, with four USB 3.0 ports to both provide power and pass through data to a laptop, plus an Ethernet port, according to PC Gamer. Its Thunderbolt connector supports up to 40Gb/s bandwidth.

Neither Asus nor Razer have announced the price or release dates for their respective graphics card enclosures.

Would you like the option to be able to turn your laptop into a gaming rig, or are you happy relying on your desktop PC?

Razer Offers 50% Off For One Day Only

These days you can’t just play a game, you must have everything to play it. From your mobile phone being turned into a Gameboy to remote controlling a tank with a PS4 controller, the consoles don’t always take the highlight. Events like CES bring together companies from all over the technology industry came together and they notice how much you care. Razer wants’ to thank everyone, by offering you 50% off for one day only.

At CES, Razer was awarded the Best of CES People’s Choice award, something that apparently has not happened before in the 49 years since CES started. To thank everyone, they’ve decided that on the 15th of January a special deal will be open to offering 50% of all their peripherals.

In order to claim this deal you will need two things, firstly you will need a Razer Insider account. Secondly, you will need to have linked the Insider account to your Razer ID. Guidelines on how to do all this can be found here, as well as the link you need to retrieve your code to activate the discount.

It should be noted that this discount is only available on peripherals and accessories, so no buying a giant Razer system for 50% off. The worst part of this deal can be found in the terms and conditions, though:

  • Each customer/shipping destination is allowed to place only one (1) order with a maximum of one (1) item.
  • Only the first order from each customer/shipping destination will be accepted and any subsequent orders will be cancelled. In addition, Razer reserves the sole and absolute discretion to cancel any orders that exceed the limit stated above. Razer shall not be liable to any customer in relation to such cancellations.

With the offer running from the 15th at 9 am GMT to the 16th at 8.59am people in Europe will have some nice Friday night shopping to look ahead of them. Don’t worry if you’re in another region, though, as the deals are available in for customers located in North America/Asia-Pacific, for more details and how to redeem this deal check out the page here.

Razer Showcase Nabu Watch @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The new Razer Nabu Watch is on show in Las Vegas, and it’s clearly a big departure from the current Nabu wristband, it’s a lot bigger for starters! This is, at the very basic level, a digital watch. It features a separate battery that can last about 18 months and has a nice green LCD display for telling the time, it’s a watch and that’s about it. However, tucked just below the display is a secondary display, powered by its own rechargeable battery, This second display is a smaller version of the Nabu wristband, so it still gives you all the smart fitness tracking features you’ve come to know and love from that, as well as notifications, facebook messages and more. The battery life on this will be a few days long, so you’ll need to remember to charge it, just remember that the watch will keep on ticking under its own battery for a very long time.

I’m not completely sold on the rugged and somewhat oversized design, but it does look pretty cool and the softer wrist strap feels comfortable to wear.

Overall, it’s a cool two in one device and the price is said to be around £129.99 / $149.99, which is certainly more affordable that some similar devices on the market. What do you think of the new design?

Razer Core External GPU Enclosure Demoed by AMD @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Razer’s latest Stealth Blade ultrabook can be accompanied by an external graphics card enclosure which supports a maximum size of 5.98 in./152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in./44 mm (Width) x 12.20 in./310 mm. This is more than enough to accommodate the majority of GPUs available today including the unbelievably long Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X which measures 305mm. The installation procedure only takes a matter of seconds as the aluminium housing slides open without any effort and only requires a single screw to hold into position.

Even more fascinating, AMD GPUs are hot-swappable with a single Thunderbolt 3 USB-Type C cable. This is unlike anything I’ve seen before and a huge selling point. Please note, this is only possible due to AMD’s drivers and any NVIDIA GPUs will blue screen and require a hard reboot.

On another note, the device only requires a single PSU cable which powers the unit while charging the main laptop. This cuts down on clutter and makes the device a more portable proposition. Other features include Gigabit Ethernet, Chroma lighting, and four USB 3.0 ports. Overall, the Razer Core impressed me a great deal and the advent of hot swappable AMD GPUs is fantastic!

Razer Orichi Mobile Bluetooth and Wired Hybrid Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands on the market, having a huge range of mice that are suited for virtually any kind of gaming environment. Their latest mouse, the Orichi, is certainly a bit different from the usual crop of Razer gaming mice, but that doesn’t mean we’re not expecting great things from it. The Orichi features a compact design, making it ideally suited for those who travel a lot. Having a huge gaming mouse isn’t always ideal when you’re playing on a notebook, or even if you just have limited space, or simply prefer a smaller mouse. The benefits are obvious, as a smaller mouse is lighter and much easier to store, but has the cut-down size affected the performance.

Bluetooth technology is great and virtually any modern laptop comes equipped with it, meaning you’re no doubt already capable of quickly connecting the Orichi and getting into the action. Of course, when it comes to gaming competitively, there are many who refuse to use wireless tech, but don’t worry, as the Orichi comes with a dual function and can be used in a wired mode for lightning fast response times.

“Engineered with Bluetooth 4.0, the Razer Orochi is designed for portability and is the ideal companion for gamers who are always on the move. Switch conveniently to the wired mode to experience gaming-grade performance, control, and accuracy at a blistering 1 ms response time.”

Equipped with an 8,200 DPI laser sensor, wired and wireless modes, extra long battery life, 16.8 million colour RGB lighting and more, the Orichi is certainly well equipped. Let’s jump in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The packaging follows the usual Razer theme of black and green, as well as a nice image of the mouse on the front of the box, and a few major features detailed along the bottom.

Around the back, we can see more features, such as the dual function wired/wireless, fully programmable buttons, RGB lighting and the ambidextrous design.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you ready to play. There’s all the usual documentation, some cool stickers, a protective carry pouch, USB cable and two Duracell AA batteries.

Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer has one of the most diverse range of gaming mice on the market today, with all kinds of unique shapes, sizes and specifications to suit a vast range of gamer’s and gaming styles. The Diamondback is one of their most iconic mice, having been around in one form or another since 2004, and having undergone several rather major redesigns in that time. Just look at the timeline below and you can see just how far it has developed in that time.

Their latest model is supposed to be the best one yet, ditching the now archaic 1800 DPI 3G infrared sensor in favour of their latest extreme hardware, the 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor, the very same one we recently tested in Razer’s insanely good Mamba 2015 mouse. Designed for use with both left or right hands, as well as a super slim ergonomic design that is ideal for palm, claw or fingertip grips, the Diamondback promises to be a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to gaming, and should appeal to quite a lot of gamers, be that pro gamer or just those who want a nice mouse to use at home.

“The Razer Diamondback made its debut in late 2004 at the World Cyber Games and took the gaming world by storm. This iconic gaming mouse was born from extensive research and engineering, hundreds of design iterations, followed by countless rigorous test sessions with eSports athletes. Featuring the world’s first optical gaming sensor, the original Razer Diamondback delivered the greatest accuracy and speed of its time.” – Razer

Specifications

  • Ambidextrous form factor
  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 g acceleration
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Chroma customizable lighting
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • 7 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 60 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x 30 mm / 1.18 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 89 g / 0.09 lbs (without cable)

System Requirements

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows® 10/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
  • Internet connection
  • 100 MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, licence acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

A slim box with a few teasing details on the front, such as the full-spectrum Chroma lighting engine and 16,000 DPI laser sensor.

Around the back, a few more specs, such as the 7-foot braided cable, programmable buttons, Razer synapse and the ambidextrous design.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, a few cool Razer stickers, as well as the hard-wired Diamondback mouse.

The cable is nice and long (7-feet) and comes fitted with a gold-plated USB connector.

2015 Keyboard Buying Guide

Picking the right keyboard is a fairly complex battle these days, there’s a huge range of products out there and so many well established (and relatively new brands) that all have shiny and attractive products. Even then, the prices and configurations can vary wildly from model to model, even though they all do the same basic things, so which one is the right one for you? We don’t actually know! What I can tell you are some of the best keyboards we’ve tested recently here at eTeknix, round-up some of their best features and help you find one for your budget, and one that ticks all the right boxes for you in terms of features.

We’ve got one fantastic collection, as you can see in the image above. There are mechanical, membrane, plunger and Romer switches, different sizes, prices and more in our keyboard pile. We’ve tried and tested every single one of them and would happily go out and spend out hard-earned cash on any of them, but we would love to know which one you would want to buy? Let’s jump right in and take a quick look at what each one of them has to offer.


Ozone Strike Battle

The Ozone Strike Battle has long been my favourite keyboard. It’s quite a contradiction for me too, as I love a big keyboard, full of features and packed with macro keys, but the TKL design of the Strike Battle was something I fell in love with quite quickly. It has virtually no bezel on the body, so the desktop space it occupies is incredibly compact, leaving more room for your mouse and other desktop treasures.

This is also one of the lightest keyboards I’ve ever seen, at least for a mechanical, which combined with the small size means that it’ll fit in your backpack with ease, making it a great weapon of choice for travelling to LAN gaming events. It’s also exceptional value for money, especially for a keyboard that features the well tried and tested Cherry MX Switches. The only downside of the lightweight design is the keys are quite clanky, something that I personally fixed with a set of O-ring mods.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red
  • Form factor: TKL
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RED LED with Brightness adjustment
  • Price £58.63 @ PCNation

Check out our full review here.


Razer Blackwidow Chroma

One of the more expensive models on the market is the Razer Blackwidow, but it’s one that is loved by gamers all over the world. Razer is a great gaming brand with a huge range of products, and the Blackwidow Chroma is certainly a stand out product in their range. The backlighting on this is some of the best RGB lighting I’ve seen, with really vivid colours that will excite those who love a bit of customisation.

In terms of the performance, the BlackWidow is a slight diversion from the usual Cherry MX boards we see, as Razer developed their own brown and green variant switches. They’re finely tuned for gaming and offer even better durability, but subjectively, they’re at least just as great as any other premium switch. The angular design and slick build quality are certainly standout features, making this a great addition for any desktop gamer, Razer fan or otherwise.

  • Switch type: Exclusive Razer Mechanical
  • Available switches: Brown or Green
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RGB LED (Chroma)
  • Price £139.95 @ Box

Find more information on the Chroma here.


Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB

Another expensive model here, although when you’re looking at the best of something, prices are often going to sweep to the higher end of the spectrum more often than not. The G910 is the latest and arguably the greatest keyboard from Logitech. It comes packed to the brim with exciting features that make it well suited to PC gaming, from a range of dedicated macro keys, ARX dock, multimedia controls, custom shaped ergonomic key caps, two detachable wrist-rests, per-key RGB lighting and more.

What really stands out here, however, is the Romer-G mechanical switches, a hybrid of traditional mechanical and plunger switches, which feature a light action, a tactile bump and a lower actuation point for super fast response times. They tick all the boxes for an almost greatest hits of different switch types, all bundled into a single package.

  • Switch type: Exclusive Logitech Romer-G
  • Available switches: Romer-G standard
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: RGB LED (font only, no underlighting)
  • Price £129.99 @ eBuyer

Check out our full review here.


G.Skill KM780 RGB

G.Skill may have made a great reputation in the memory market, but recently they’ve taken the peripherals market by surprise, with the release of the rather amazing KM780, a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard that has every feature you could ever hope for and more. The build quality is exceptionally good, with a huge black brushed aluminium chassis, a durable rubber grip wrist rest, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls, RGB lighting and so much more. It’s certainly one of the more unique looking keyboards too.

They are an unproven name in the peripherals market, but with such great looks and build quality, as well as a fully Cherry MX switch layout, it’s not hard to guess how well it performs. Additional features, such as the detachable wrist rest, optional gaming key caps, USB and HD audio cable pass-through and lovely RGB lighting make this a great keyboard for gaming and day-to-day desktop use.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Brown
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RGB LED
  • Price $159.99 @ Newegg

Check out our full review here.


TteSports Poseidon Z

The TteSports Poseidon Z is quite a simple looking beast and quite frankly, it is. It has all the basics and little else, but what it does have, it does really well. The compact design is great for those who want to free up a bit of desktop space, and the slimmer design means it’s much easier to transport too.

Build quality is rock solid, there’s some LED backlighting for a little extra flair, but at the end of the day, that’s about all you get. The keyboard is equipped with Kailh mechanical switches, which come with the advantage of being a lot cheaper to buy, making it a great mid-price entry to the mechanical keyboard market and a big step up for those coming from a membrane switch keyboard. It’s great for gaming, but the simple design means it wouldn’t look out of place in the office either.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Kailh Switch
  • Available switches: Brown or Blue
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Blue LED
  • Price £64.99 @ CCL

Check out our full review here.


TteSports Commander

Another entry from Thermaltake, with their super affordable Commander, what’s so special about this one? It’s incredibly cheap! Using the more common membrane switches and cheaper construction, it’s now about to blow you away, but there’s a lot of keyboard here for very little money, with the added bonus that it also comes bundled with a gaming mouse!

If you’re looking for an affordable entry into PC gaming, then this is certainly the best place to start. It’s keys are light and responsive, the design looks great and there’s still some nice features, such as the LED lighting and multimedia key shortcuts to add to the already excellent value for money.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Tri Colour LED
  • Price £23.99 @ CCL

Check out our full review here.


CM Storm Quick Fire XTi

Much like the Poseidon Z, the Quick Fire XTi is a little back to basics in terms of features. The no-fuss design is certainly something that appeals to me and it’s also a proven choice for many pro-gamers too. The slim design doesn’t take up too much space, but what really makes this keyboard stand out is the build quality. Cooler Master keyboards are one of the things that will still be around in a thousand years time, they’re incredibly durable, which is great if you’re prone to rage quitting.

Fully equipped with Cherry MX switches, and one of the few keyboards on the market that offers MX Green as a switch type, this is simply one of those keyboards that once you try it, you won’t want to stop typing on it, ever. It’s a joy to use, looks nice and sleek and the price is pretty reasonable too given the build quality. A great option for LAN gamers, at home gamers, the office or anywhere for that matter. I also love the red and blue lighting, which can be combined to give you pinks and purples, but it offers up some lovely warm colours that certainly add to the appeal.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Blue, Brown, Red, Green.
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: No
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: Red and blue LED per-key lighting
  • Price £129.99 @ Box

Check out our full review here.


Cougar 700K

Cougar have been cropping up more and more this last year, with an absolutely fantastic range of gaming mice and keyboards. One of the ones that stoop out for me was the Cougar 700K as it’s one of the best looking mechanical gaming keyboards on the market, and also one of the more unique ones at that. With detachable wrist guards, a fantastic ergonomic layout, brushed aluminium chassis, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls and an on-board macro engine, it’s certainly versatile.

There’s a range of Cherry MX switches on offer, so it’s easy to find the one that best suits your needs, although I personally think the MX Red is especially good on this model. It’s a little expensive, but with such great build quality, as well as a cool bonus features such as the USB and audio pass-through, it’s a competitive option for those wanting a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red
  • Form factor: TKL
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RED LED with Brightness adjustment
  • Price £89.99 @ OCUK

Check out our full review here.


Roccat ISKU FX

The Roccat ISKU FX is, in my opinion, one of the absolute best membrane keyboards on the market. It’s got super fast and low set keys that are an absoulte joy to work on, but with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high-end mechanical gaming keyboard. There’s full RGB lighting, dedicated multimedia keys, dedicated macro keys with on-the-fly recording, three rather handy thumbster keys, a built-in and durable wrist rest, and so much more.

It’s a little greedy in terms of required desktop space, but for this money, you’re going to struggle to find so many features anywhere else. It also comes with the benefit of the rather sublime Roccat Talk desktop software, which allows extensive settings customisation, as well as syncing features with other Roccat products.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size + Macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: RGB LED
  • Price £79.99 @ PCW

Check out our full review here.


Roccat RYOS MK Pro

Not a fan of membrane keyboards? Don’t worry, you can still get all those lovely gamer focused features of the ISKU FX from Roccat in a more premium model, the RYOS MK Pro. Now, I’m sure Roccat would like me to class this as an entirely different keyboard, but just look at it, it’s very similar to the ISKU FX, just with a fully mechanical switch setup and a slightly thicker, heavier and more durable design overall.

It’s just as featured packed as the ISKU, but with better build quality and world-class Cherry MX switches, as well as USB and HD audio pass-through, making it a great choice for those who love their mechanical keyboards, so long as you can spare the extra financial investment, of course.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red, blue, black and brown.
  • Form factor: Full-size + Macro and Thumbster keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: Blue LED with timing and delay effects
  • Price £99.99 @ Currys

Check out our full review here.


CM Storm Octane

 

We finish up with another budget friendly offering, the membrane switched Octane from Cooler Master. It’s a pretty humble keyboard, but the design looks great with the matte black finish key caps, a little LED lighting, and as a very welcome bonus, a set of basic multimedia keys on the top row.

For gaming on a tight budget, the Octane is hard to beat, but its value is even further improved by the bunded 3500 DPI optical mouse, making it great for those who need a complete setup. Both the keyboard and mouse feature 7 colour LED lighting, giving you some scope for desktop customisation, and the membrane switches are remarkably pleasant to type on overall.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Seven colour LED
  • Price £34.99 @ Box

Check out our full review here.


 

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Razer Mamba 16,000 DPI Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer, one of the biggest and most recognisable gaming brands on the market, are back once again with their latest version of the popular Mamba mouse. The Mamba comes equipped with a range of extreme features that are said to put it far above the competition, making it ideal for competitive gaming, but also just as versatile for day-to-day at home use and work.

“Boasting the world’s most precise 16,000 DPI gaming mouse sensor, the Razer Mamba provides you with unsurpassable accuracy, so you’ll have an even greater edge over your competition. With its ability to track 1 DPI increments and a lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, the Razer Mamba helps you to react instantly while you skillfully maneuver your way to victory.”

The 16,000 DPI sensor is going to provide some interesting benefits for gaming, as you’ll be able to swap DPI and quickly navigate even the largest RTS/MOBA maps with extreme precision. Being able to tune in your own DPI settings in 1DPI increments is also pretty special, as it frees you from the constraints of some mice, which only allow you to pick various levels, such as 200/400/800/1600/etc. Not content with a fully customizable sensor, the mouse buttons can also be tuned using an included tool, allowing you to pick from a lighter response, or a more distinctive click, and everything in-between.

Still not enough features? How about extensive RGB lighting customisation, or the choice to switch between wireless and wired modes with a 1ms response time? Plus the cable means you can use it in wireless mode, but continue using it while it is changing, so there’s no excuse to stop playing.

The packaging is nice and simple, with a great image of the Mamba on the front, as well as a few specs on the side detailing the adjustable switches and the charging system.

Around the back, an image showing off the charging dock, which also comes with RGB lighting effects.

The box opens out to reveal a quote from Razer, as well as a steel tin presentation box.

The box is the perfect safe house for the Mamba, helping you protect your investment when ever you need to store the mouse between uses.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, the charging dock, a black braided cable and, of course, the Mamba mouse.

Lenovo and Razer Partner for New Gaming Systems

This is one of the pieces that I almost skipped due to its content, but then I thought: Why not give our readers a good laugh on a cold winter Tuesday. Why? Because Lenovo and Razer announced that they will “Revolutionize Gaming Devices” with their new cooperation. This was announced during DreamHack Winter where Razer revealed their first gaming desktop prototype that will be fully presented at CES 2016 in Vegas.

The two companies have partnered for this adventure and the new Razer Edition gaming PCs will be Lenovo’s Y-series gaming devices with special Razer Edition models. So in short, just the run-of-the-mill default pre-built gaming PC with some fancy lighting and probably some bundled Razer peripherals.

I have no doubt that quite a few people will buy these systems just as people are buying Dell’s Alienware systems, but will it truly be something special? I don’t think so and it certainly isn’t a revolution unless they can push the price to an amazingly cheap one, but that isn’t something I would count on either. Branded systems like these tend to sell for a premium price and as such lose the appeal for the average consumer.

The two companies are naturally thrilled themselves as it can be seen in the official comments below. Would you buy a Razer-Lenovo Y-series pre-built gaming PC? I think I already know the answer to that, but let us know anyway.

“We are thrilled to partner with Razer and bring out the best from both companies to deliver a better, more immersive gaming experience for customers,” said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager, Workstation BU, Gaming and Industry Solutions, Lenovo. “While we bring to the table our engineering expertise, design muscle and scale, Razer adds in the finesse and experience of serving the gaming community for the last decade. We believe our partnership is a strong first step that will lead to the delivery of winning PC gaming solutions and a brand new experience to our customers.”

Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan said, “This agreement opens opportunities to advance the gaming lifestyle through world-class product in unprecedented ways. Lenovo is the world’s #1 PC maker. Razer is the world’s #1 gaming lifestyle brand. Together we have the passion, insight and operational capabilities to delight and empower the PC gaming community worldwide.”

Razer Launching Corporate Investment Fund in 2016

Razer is one of the leading peripheral manufacturers in the world and continues to grow at an impressive pace. More specifically, in 2014, the company was valued at over $1 billion due to an undisclosed investment from Intel. Over the last few years, Razer has expanded beyond the peripheral market and sold products in other sectors such as the Razer Blade 2015 ultrabook. Their financial success has given them the room to open a corporate venture capital fund which allow clients to use Razer’s industry expertise. CEO and co-founder Min-Liang Tan told Techcrunch:

“The plan is really to find strategic companies that we can help and [that can] leverage off of our profile,”

“We’re really globally covered… and can pretty much [assist them] before they even more into a new geographies or jurisdictions.”

“We can [tell portfolio companies that] this is what we learned in this jurisdiction. For example, here’s our European sales manager and they can talk to him. He’s not going to help you do your work, but he’s sure as hell going to take you 70 percent of the way there by telling you what the pitfalls are. We’ve got people on the ground who have been doing the exact same work [for years],” 

Razer is already a massive brand name and believes they can employ their marketing skills to help clients become a success story. The current market situation is fragile, and it’s incredibly difficult to be a commercial success. As a result, I can see this venture becoming quite popular as companies or individuals seek an investment. Currently, there isn’t a specific date set for Razer’s capital fund, but it looks likely to begin sometime in 2016.

Blizzard and Razer Reveal Official Overwatch Gaming Gear


If the news of the new Razer Chroma Naga Chroma 12-button MMO gaming mouse wasn’t enough for you today, then you will also be pleased to hear that Razer has joined forces with Blizzard Entertainment to release a set of officially licensed Overwatch gaming gear!

Blizzards new 6v6 first-person shooter looks set to take the competitive gaming world by storm, which means there will be demand for some equally action packed peripherals. The new range of Razer hardware comes fully equipped with the Razer Chroma RGB lighting engine, adding the ever popular BlackWidow keyboard, DeadAdder gaming mouse and the Goliathus Extended Mouse Mat, all kitted out with a kick-ass Overwatch theme.

“Overwatch is one of the most sought-after titles out there and it’s a blast to play,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’re excited to bring Blizzard players, our own fans, and PC gamers everywhere the preferred FPS peripherals of eSports athletes from world-leading teams. Clad in a custom-designed theme and with in-game Chroma lighting effects created by Blizzard specifically for the keyboard and mouse, these peripherals add another layer of immersion to the Overwatch experience.”

Not only that, but the Chroma API has been tweaked too, allowing Overwatch to offer up dynamic lighting effects and changes based on the in-game action. Actions such as your heroes colour, cooldowns, Ultimate ability readiness and more can be represented directly on the peripherals lighting system.

“We’re excited to be working with Razer to bring Overwatch players and FPS fans a line of high-quality gear to take into battle,” said Matt Beecher, vice president of global consumer products at Blizzard Entertainment. “The development team has come up with some cool ways to integrate Overwatch’s gameplay with Razer’s technology, giving Blizzard gamers a whole new way to customize their experience.”

The release date isn’t known yet, but I expect it will be very soon to catch the Christmas rush. Prices are detailed below.

  • DeathAdder Chroma Overwatch: $79.99/99.99EUR
  • BlackWidow Chroma Overwatch: $179.99/219.99EUR
  • Goliathus Extended Overwatch: $34.99/42.99EUR

Razer Announce Naga Chroma MMO Mouse


Razer is undoubtedly one of the most popular brands when it comes to PC gaming hardware and the latest addition to their lineup looks set to be one of their greatest yet. The Razer Naga Chroma, a high-end gaming mouse designed for the MMO market, comes equipped with the new Razer 5G laser sensor, which is capable of tracking up to a true 16,000 DPI, and is adjustable in 1 DPI increments. Designed to tackle ultra-high resolutions and multi-display setups, the high DPI is certainly attractive, and the precision control over the tracking speed is certainly a welcome addition.

“People thought we were crazy when we invented the MMO gaming mouse — and the Razer Naga went on to surpass even our own expectations — but now, many of our competitors are trying to recreate the design of this game-changing device,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’re confident that the sensor technology we are utilizing will keep Razer Naga users a step ahead of their competition.”

With 12 concave mechanical thumb buttons, the Naga Chroma joins the Naga Epic Chroma, and there’s also a wireless option available for those who desire it. Those who want to complete their Razer hardware setup will also benefit from pairing other Chroma devices, as you’ll be able to synchronize other devices RGB lighting configurations. Furthermore, the Chroma SDK and hardware API will allow developers to tailor visual cues to the Chroma lighting system.Availability:

  • Razerzone.com – 6 November 2015
  • Worldwide – November 2015

Product features:

  • Total of 19 MMO optimized programmable buttons
  • 12 button mechanical thumb grid
  • True 16,000 DPI 5G Laser Sensor, with 0 interpolation
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Tilt click scroll wheel
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB cable
  • Approximate size : 119 mm / 4.68 in (Length) x 75 mm / 2.95 in (Width) x 43 mm / 1.69 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 135 g / 0.30 lbs with cable

The Naga Chroma MMO Mouse is set to launch in the US with an MSRP of $79.99.

Razer Announces Naga Chroma With 16,000 DPI Sensor

The Razer Naga has been an incredibly popular choice for MMO enthusiasts requiring a huge array of programmable side buttons. Given the success of this device, Razer decided to launch the Naga Epic Chroma which features RGB lighting, a 1000Hz polling rate and 12 buttons. While this is a fairly recent mouse, Razer wants to up the ante and offer a similar model with an improved 16,000 DPI sensor.

As you can see from the technical specification, the Naga Chroma utilizes an ultra-precise sensor with a lift-of cut-off distance as precise as 0.1mm. Additionally, there is 0 interpolation and up to 50 G of acceleration.

Other notable features include fully customizable RGB lighting, a braided cable, and tilt scroll wheel.  In terms of pricing and availability, the Razer Chroma will cost $79.99 and should start shipping from November 16th. I’m not entirely sure who needs a mouse which supports extreme sensitivities, but the overall package is pretty impressive. 

On another note, I expected the price to be slightly higher considering the sensor’s huge range and Chrome lighting. I can see this selling incredibly well among MMO and MOBA players. The mouse is also aesthetically pleasing and should suit palm, and claw grips.

Are you currently using a high-DPI mouse?

Razer Announces BlackWidow Ultimate 2016

Razer has announced the latest addition to its long-standing BlackWidow mechanical keyboard line-up which features a 10 key roll-over and wide array of visual effects. However, the BlackWindow Ultimate 2016 doesn’t offer any kind of RGB lighting and simply revolves around quirky transitions via the individually backlit green LEDs. On another note, the keyboard utilizes Razer’s propitiatory mechanical switches with a rating of 60 million key strokes. The switches come in two forms, a tactile, clicky green version requiring 50g of actuation force and a quiet brown switch with 45g of pressure. According to Razer’s CEO, Min-Liang Tan, the switches are entirely built for gaming purposes and creates a unrivaled value proposition:

“There isn’t a gaming keyboard out there that offers better value,”

“From the customizable backlit keys to the fact that our Razer mechanical switches are the only ones designed especially for gaming, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 is the perfect keyboard for any gamer looking to upgrade to mechanical keyboards.”

So what price bracket does the keyboard fall into? Unsurprisingly, it’s extremely expensive for the feature set and comes in at $109.99 and £99.99 in the UK. As you can see, this is a terrible currency conversion rate resulting in a much higher cost for UK residents. Razer has also removed all the macro functionality on the left side, so you cannot map any custom-commands. The switches are Chinese and produced quite cheaply compared to Cherry MX alternatives and the body is still constructed from flimsy plastic which shows every inch of grease.

It might seem like I’m being unfair but honestly, there’s so many other alternatives around the £100 price bracket with Cherry MX switches, a better PCB. and aluminium faceplate. That’s not to say the BlackWindow Ultimate 2016 is a bad keyboard, but in today’s market, the specification leaves a lot to be desired. Although, as with any Razer product, it will probably sell extraordinarily well.

What do you think of the BlackWindow Ultimate 2016 and its price?

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Razer Unveils Its Orochi 2016 Wireless Gaming Mouse

Razer has decided to upgrade its already impressive Orochi notebook gaming mouse in order to make sure that it meets the demanding requirements of modern gamers. The 2016 Orochi by Razer is packed with a plethora of modern technologies that allow it to deliver unprecedented accuracy and battery life, which makes it perfect for those who are used to gaming on-the-go. The mouse is based on a 4G, 8200 DPI laser sensor that provides movement speeds of up to 210 inches per second with 50 G acceleration.

While the Razer Orochi 2016 is a great choice for all games, it shines when it is used in FPS games or MOBA games where accuracy and quick reaction times are critical. Another highlight of this new mouse comes in the form of Bluetooth Low Energy technology that guarantees more than double the battery life when compared to its predecessor. The wireless mouse can be used over 60 hours continuously in gaming mode, which is quite impressive. Its polling rate is 125 Hz in wireless mode, but this can increase dramatically to 1000 Hz in wired mode.

Last but not least, we should mention Razer’s unique Chroma lighting system, which allows the user to choose from 16.8 million available colors for customization purposes. Customizing the mouse’s colors can be done using the Razer Synapse software. When describing this new product, Razer co-founder and CEO, Min-Liang Tan, stated the following:

“With the recent advances in sensor and Bluetooth technology, it was time for us to bring the Orochi up to date, which involved a complete redesign of the entire mouse. We’ve retained the portable form factor and added rubberized side grips, but on the inside is where the big changes have happened. This is a whole new feature-packed mobile gaming mouse.”

Below you will find a list of the mouse’s specifications:

  • Dual wired/wireless Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling (Wired) / 125 Hz Ultrapolling (Wireless)
  • 1 ms response time (Wired) / 8 ms response time (Wireless)
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • 8200 DPI 4G laser sensor
  • 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • Battery life: Approximately 60 hrs. (continuous gaming) or 7 months (normal usage)
  • Ambidextrous form factor with textured rubber side grips
  • Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • Seven independently programmable buttons
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 1 m / 3.28 ft. braided fiber USB charging cable
  • Approximate size: 99 mm / 3.90 in. (Length) x 67 mm / 2.64 in. (Width) x 35 mm / 1.38 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 110 g / 0.24 lbs.
  • 2 x AA batteries

The Orochi 2016 will become available worldwide starting October 2015, and it will carry a price tag of  €84.99 or $69.99. Will you be buying one?

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Razer Unveils Esports Focussed Wildcat Controller

Razer has announced the Wildcat controller which is an alternative to Microsoft’s modular-designed Elite gamepad. Retailing at $150, the Wildcat is touted as a “pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade” device featuring ultra-responsive buttons and a comfortable shape to reduce hand fatigue during long gaming sessions. The layout is remarkably similar to the Xbox Elite controller and includes a huge array of customizable buttons which allows you to alter the gamepad to your own taste.

Technical Specification:

  • 2 shoulder Hyperesponse Multi-Function Bumpers
  • 2 removable Hyperesponse Multi-Function Triggers
  • 4 Hyperesponse ABXY action buttons
  • 4 button Quick Control Panel
  • Optional trigger stops for rapid-fire
  • Zero slow-turn analog joysticks
  • 3.5 mm audio port for stereo audio output and microphone input
  • Optional rubber palm grips
  • Quick-release cable feature
  • Carrying case
  • Detachable 3 m / 10 ft lightweight braided fiber cable with Micro-USB connector
  • Approximate size : 106 mm / 4.17” (Length) x 156 mm / 6.14” (Width) x 66 mm / 2.60” (Height)
  • Approximate weight (without cable) : 260 g / 0.57 lbs

From the rear angle, we can see the ergonomic placement of various buttons, USB charging port and optional rubber grip covers.A closer look unveils two easily accessible triggers predominately used for racing games. Thankfully, these can be removed if they interfere with your natural hand posture.

The package also includes removable textured thumbsticks and offers the choice between a convex or concave setup. I have to admit though that the included screwdriver looks very cheap, and something you would expect from a $1 mobile phone repair kit. Another benefit of Razer’s design means you can opt for a lavish green finish or traditional looking Xbox One colour scheme. Personally, I think the default styling has a fairly tacky feel and doesn’t contain the elegance of Microsoft’s Elite controller.

It’s fascinating to see a competitor to the extremely expensive Microsoft Elite controller so soon, and with an identical price point, it’s difficult to say which offers the best value for money. Obviously, Razer has a certain appeal amongst PC Gamers as a brand and this could make the Wildcat sell rather well. However, on initial impressions alone, I would opt for the official Microsoft version instead.

NZXT S340 Razer Special Edition Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


NZXT are one of the go-to brands for people building a gaming system, and that’s hardly surprising given that they’ve created some of the coolest looking and best-performing gaming chassis available and have been doing so for many years! From their legendary Phantom and Switch series to the more recently popular H440 and now their S340. Today we’re taking a look at the latest entry in their S340 series, which is at its absolute core the same S340 they launched at the end of last year, but it has been given a cosmetic makeover courtesy of popular gaming brand Razer.

The new chassis still features the same specifications as the original S340. There’s a good amount of storage space, room for large graphics cards, lots of cooling support and much more.

The new edition comes in a slick powder black paint job, giving it a dark and rather stealthy appearance. The black interior also means the side panel window has a mirror effect on it today, partly due to the sun beaming through the windows in our office, but with my eyes and not the camera lens, you can actually see in the chassis just fine.

The right side panel is a flat black panel, nothing fancy, but certainly neat and tidy.

Aside from the powder black finish, the next big change is the front panel. The original S340 had a smooth front panel, but this one comes with a gorgeous Razer logo right in the middle and to make it just that little bit cooler, it’s even LED backlit!

Even with the LEDs off, the logo stands out really well thanks to a reflective and bright colouring.

Everything is the same as before here, with the usual rear I/O LED light switch at the top, a 120mm fan pre-installed, seven expansion slots and the PSU cut-out. One nice touch, the snap-off covers of the original are now reusable covers; hurray!

The PSU is installed from the rear of the chassis, and this is done by removing the four thumbscrews and mounting plate.

The top panel has a 120mm fan pre-installed, although you can swap this out for a 140mm if you desire. I actually would have preferred them to utilize the full space and pre-fit a 140mm, but I’m just being picky in that respect.

One subtle change is the USB 3.0 ports, which have been switched for the Razer produced green ones, the same you find on Razer produced notebooks; these looks really cool!

There’s a full height dust filter tucked into the front panel which can be removed from the top edge without removing the front panel. It’s magnetic and washable, so removing it and cleaning it, then re-installing it, is a nice and simple task.

The base of the chassis has a clip-in dust filter for the PSU, nothing fancy, but it’ll get the job done. There’s a pair of LED strips along the bottom, no surprise that these are green LEDs to match the Razer theme.

NZXT Announces the New S340 Special Edition PC Case

If you are planning a black and green PC build or you just are a Razer fan, then NZXT’s newest special edition chassis might be just the right fit for you. NZXT just announced the new S340 Special Edition PC case and it looks as awesome as we’ve come to expect it from NZXT. It is also a durable chassis, made of 90 percent steel.

This isn’t just a normal NZXT S340 chassis in a new colour scheme, it also brings new features along with it. One of them being a cable management bar that avoids separating the front inlet and the remainder of the housing, allowing complete control of cables for a refined appearance and cooling optimised through better air circulation.

The NZXT S340 has a pretty compact form factor and allows you to create a pretty powerful setup with its dimensions of 445 mm height and 432 mm length. No need to put a giant block next to your desk if smaller can do it.

The chassis allows for water cooling setups with 280mm radiator support at the front and it comes with two 120mm FN V2 fans at the top and rear. The integrated PSU shroud will keep those unpleasant cables out of sight and creates an overall cleaner look in the chassis.

Special Edition Features:

  • Front panel featuring back-lit triple-headed snake logo
  • Cable management bar with triple-headed snake logo
  • Green power LED
  • Green under-glow LED with rear on/off switch
  • PCI slot base cover for a flush look and funneled airflow
  • Signature green USB 3.0 ports
  • Tinted window panel
  • Matt black finish

Common S340 Features:

  • 360 degrees of steel casing surrounding the all-steel chassis
  • Grommet-less cable management bar keeps cables tidy with ease
  • Full 280 mm radiator support in the front
  • Compact form factor coming in two inches below competing mid towers
  • Detailed design and engineering with tons of small touches
  • Very easy to build in for new and experienced users alike
  • Integrated PSU shroud for an ultra-clean build
  • Fully filtered intakes
  • Includes 2x 120 mm FN V2 fans, top and rear

The price of this special edition S340 NZXT chassis is set to £69.99 ex VAT / €99.99 ex. VAT. We will, of course, have a review of this chassis ready for you shortly, so stay tuned.

Razer Begins Taking Pre-Orders On Mamba Tournament Edition Mouse

Razer announced a refresh of the extremely popular and highly revered Mamba gaming mouse during E3 last month. This device utilizes a gigantic 16,000 DPI sensor and sports two variants; a wireless and wired edition. The wireless version features Razer’s in-house Adjustable Click Force Technology which allows the end-user to manually alter the pressure required to actuate the left and right mouse buttons. In contrast to this, the wired or “Tournament Edition” mouse opts for a standard clicking motion despite being targeted at professional eSport players. However, the  Tournament Edition’s retail price is $90 while the wireless model will cost a staggering $150.

Each version of the Mamba contains Razer’s RGB Chroma lighting system to create an ostentatious look. Razer is so confident about the Tournament Edition’s widespread appeal that they have opened pre-orders, despite targeting a release in mid-August. Please note, pre-orders have a very limited window between July 23 until July 31st. While the Tournament Edition is the budget variant, I doubt many consumers will be overly concerned about the lack of Razer’s adjustable switches. It does seem strange though giving the wireless option a better switch type as it’s more susceptible to latency.

Would you recommend Razer peripherals to a friend or loved one? Will you be getting the new Mamba?

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UK Retailer GAME Announces New Razer Partnership

GAME have confirmed they will now be an official stockist of Razer products and renew their focus on PC peripherals. Previously, the store chain offered a very limited range of PC hardware and predominately showcased mice from Mad Catz in a secluded corner. Finally, GAME are starting to acknowledge the rapid growth of PC Gaming and realizing in an increasingly digital world that hardware is vital to their success.

According to the press release, this deal will result in:

“A host of new and exciting PC gaming accessories currently not widely available in the UK will be available in store and at GAME.co.uk.”

So what can we expect to see on store shelves? GAME seems to be actively pursuing the Chroma/RGB market and believes the customization will prove to be extremely popular with enthusiasts. This means we should expect to see the Blackwidow Chroma, Firefly, Tartarus Chroma and more. Charlotte Knight, GAME Retail’s managing director said,

“This partnership is another great step towards ensuring that PC gamers are completely at the forefront of GAME’s customer proposition,”

“Razer is at the forefront of innovation in PC technology, so it’s going to really enhance the entire PC gaming experience.”

While this may be true, the pricing model from existing GAME products leaves a lot to be desired. The company is a brick and mortar store which means they have to pay fairly high rents and struggle to offer similar prices to popular online retailers. Furthermore, Razer are not synonymous with offering affordable peripherals so I’m unsure how well these will sell. One other interesting notion is GAME might allow for pre-owned accessories or trading in PC hardware towards other products. However, a lot depends on the trade-in rates which are traditionally very low.

Let us know your experience with Razer products and if you would recommend them.

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Razer Introduces Firefly Mousepad With RGB Lighting

LED here, LED there, and LEDs everywhere. That must have been the motto for the meeting where Razer came up with their new gaming mouse pad. It features, yes you guessed it, custom LED lighting.

I’m really torn here. One one hand this is incredibly cool and I don’t know why it hasn’t been done before, on the other hand, it’s almost taking it a step too far.

The Razer Firefly is the first hard gaming mouse mat with Razer’s Chroma lighting feature built-in where it lights up along it left, right and bottom sides. You can sync it with other Chroma enabled Razer devices for virtually limitless color combinations.

The mousepad itself has a micro-textured finish for the balance between control and speed and the reflective surface has been optimized to ensure your mouse movements translate into precise cursor movements.

“The Razer Firefly opens up a new category for the Chroma family,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’ve designed the Razer Firefly with the best components for a gaming mouse mat, along with the new, fully-customizable Chroma lighting. No one said you can’t win with style.”

The Razer Firefly has an MSRP of $59.99 USD or €74.99 in Europe. The availability is set for June 2015.

Product Features:

  • Micro-textured finish for balanced gameplay
  • Optimized surface coating for highly responsive tracking
  • Chroma customizable lighting
  • Non-slip rubber base
  • Razer Synapse enabled (for Chroma customizable lighting)
  • Gold-plated, USB connector (to power the Chroma customizable lighting)
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 355 mm / 13.98-in. (Length) x 255 mm / 10.04-in. (Width) x 4 mm / 0.16-in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 380 g / 0.84 lbs

System Requirements:

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP (32-bit) / Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
  • Internet connection
  • 100MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of the product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

Razer Launches Seiren Pro Digital Microphone with XLR Recording

Razer launched a new microphone aimed at users that do their own live streams and youtube videos, the new Seirēn Pro Digital Microphone with both analog XLR and digital USB connection. The XLR cable allows it to be plugged directly into mixing boards and cameras and users can chain together multiple microphones and instruments to the board with this XLR option for increased flexibility.

“With the success of YouTube, Twitch and the likes, there is a greater demand for high-fidelity recording equipment than ever before,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Our second condenser microphone, the Razer Seirēn Pro, delivers what video game streamers are looking for and provides great value to YouTubers, musicians and anyone looking to capture sound clearly.”

If you wish to complete your setup, you can get optional accessories such as a shock mount and pop filter are also available to pair with the new microphone. It has four adjustable recording patterns, Cardioid, Stereo, Omni, and Bi-directional. The quick controls for pattern switching, headphone volume, and mic gain are conveniently placed and the built-in headphone amplifier should provide a zero latency output.

 

The microphone as a 24 bit, 192 kHz sample rate, three 14mm condenser capsules and a frequency response from 20Hz to 20KHz. The sensitivity is rated to 12.5mV/Pa and it has a max SPL of 120dB. The headphone amplifier supports up to 16 ohms at a power output of 130mW and a frequency response of 15Hz to 22kHz.

Razer’s new Seirēn Pro microphone won’t come cheap, but it does pack some nice features. The MSRP is set to $249.99 in the US and €299.99 in Europe. The shock mount and pop filter will each cost you an additional $49.99/€49.99 or you can buy it all in a complete bundle for $299.99 or €349.99. Availability is set for sometime this month and pre-orders can already be placed at Razerzone.com.

Why the New Razer Blade is the Gaming Laptop to Beat

Why the New Razer Blade is the Gaming Laptop to Beat 

With the advent of online gaming, we have seen a growing number of new devices introduced that are dedicated to suit this purpose. The most prominent of these in recent times was the Nvidia Shield tablet, which was in fact the first product of its type to enter the market towards the end of 2014.

Cofounder and CEO Tan, said: When we debuted the Razer Blade in 2013, we set the benchmark for gaming laptops – and other companies worldwide have followed in our footsteps. We continue to listen as gamer needs evolve and the new Razer Blade again sets the industry standard by which gaming laptops are measured.

It is not just mobile devices that are benefiting from this trend, however, as there are also a rising number of functional gaming laptops available on the market. Although these products typically have multiple functions, they are designed primarily to process complex games and deliver an incredibly high level of graphics and audio quality.

A Market Leading Proposition

In the current market, the recently released Razer Blade stands out as the seminal product of choice. This represents the second generation of Razer’s ultra high-definition gaming laptop, which boasts powerful hardware and an incredibly immersive display. It also shares many similarities with the original model, borrowing heavily from its successful design elements and using these as a foundation to create a more refined laptop. This also drives an improved gaming experience, both in terms of visuals and the requisite processing speeds to deliver seamless gameplay.

In terms of similar design features, the product has an impressive 14-inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel screen. The latest model also has touchscreen capabilities, and while the quality of the display can hardly be categorised as 4K it is close enough for casual users not to detect a discernible difference. It is here where the Blade supersedes the first generational model, however, primarily through the move to a more powerful, 970M chipset. This allows for enhanced graphics and fluent gameplay at relatively elevated settings, while eliminating the prospect of blurred or unclear imagery.

Final Thoughts

Between the new GPU and a mobile Core i7 (which is typically found on larger laptops), the Blade is far more than a slim line computer with advanced gaming capabilities. It is in fact a well-engineered and dedicated gaming laptop, which offers PC-standard processing speeds and the type of graphics usually reserved for high-end consoles.

Razer’s new blade laptop is ideal for you whatever your preference, whether you enjoy traditional games such as shoot-em-ups, or if you enjoy gaming on sites like casinotropez.com, which is now switching to a responsive website design so that the site performs well on multiple devices. Throw in a slim, lightweight and eye-pleasing laptop design, and you have a complete product that can wow gamers from around the world.