updated 09:50 am EST, Wed January 10, 2007
Razer Mako and Reclusa
Razer at CES announced two new peripherals for media PC enthusiasts. Opening the introductions is the Mako (pictured), a 2.1-channel speaker system the company hopes will break new ground in desktop sound. The Mako is the only desktop audio system to not just receive THX certification but also use the engineering firm's technology to improve sound quality. THX Ground Plane creates an even soundstage regardless of the listener's position relative to the satellites, says Razer, while THX Slot Speaker's downward-firing audio helps prevent the desk vibrations that frequently create muddy bass response. A ClassHD digital amplifier also cleans the signal and is accompanied by two distinct amplifiers in the satellites themselves. The resulting output delivers 300W of total sustained power, 100W of which is shared by the satellites. Pricing and availability have yet to be released.
In addition to the Mako, Razer revealed the Reclusa keyboard for gamers. The LED-backlit input device is made for quick response during action games and has short-travel keys that reduce the delay in issuing commands. Two jog dials are placed on opposite ends of the keyboard for weapon selection or other times when fast scrolling is needed; four bumper buttons and six macro keys are also said to cut down on time spent finding keys. Customizable with a detachable palmrest and key reprogramming software, the Reclusa will ship in March for $60.