Razer Nabu slated for launch in US in next two months
Game peripherals manufacturer Razer is adding support for WeChat to its Nabu smartband, while also confirming the device is shipping soon. The two companies are apparently working together on ways to use the Nabu, including exchanging contacts by shaking hands and comparing fitness statistics with friends using WeChat, as well as allowing the wearable device to display notifications from the messaging service.
Tight-fitting headset covers all-around needs for gaming, everyday listening
Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers want a universal set of headphones, some weigh the difference in the configuration, while others just want something with a good built-in microphone for voice chat. What about gamers looking for their next set of headphones for longer gaming sessions? Razer, a brand many gamers are familiar with, may have a solution with the Kraken Pro headset. But is it good enough for gaming as well as everyday needs? Find out in our review.
Overwhelming response from fans looking to grab one of 500 beta units
Those vying for a chance to beta test Razer's Nabu smartband might be facing some stiff competition. Razer reported today that more than 250,000 applications were submitted for a chance at getting one of the first 500 devices. The company also announced that it extended the deadline for applications until July 9 because of the high demand.
Android TV set-top box set for fall release with an emphasis placed on gaming
One of the first Android TV boxes has already been announced, but it might not come from a vendor consumers were expecting. Gaming company Razer, famous for their mice and keyboards, said today it would be creating a micro-console based on Android TV technology which Google confirmed on Wednesday at the I/O conference. The console comes at a time when there is a single major Android gaming machine, the Ouya, already on the market.
Fans can apply for a chance to test the device, purchase Nabu for one dollar
Razer is moving into its next phase of testing with the Nabu smartband, offering fans a chance to test the device before it goes on sale. The company posted on its website this week that it would be moving into a limited beta program starting in July. The test is setup to be extremely small in number, as well as the company being selective as to who it will allow to participate.
Companion app identifies compatible games, remaps buttons
Gaming peripheral maker Razer has announced the Junglecat, a combination case and gamepad for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Unlike some alternatives, the controller is designed to be small and thin enough to fit in a pocket. To that end only the bumper buttons are always exposed; a D-pad and four pressure-sensitive face buttons slide out from behind the case. Native iPhone ports and buttons remain accessible at all times.
Razer Nabu hopes to avoid Fitbit Force skin irritation problems
Razer is delaying the release of its Nabu connected wristband, in order to make sure the device is safe to wear. In the wake of the Fitbit Force skin irritation fiasco, which saw users complain of rashes on their skin where the band was worn, the gaming peripheral manufacturer will be performing more medical testing on the fitness tracker, pushing the release back from the original first-quarter launch date until late May.
May include full-sized analog sticks
More information has reportedly leaked on Razer's upcoming iOS game controller, codenamed Kazuyo. The combination case/gamepad is expected to include features like pressure-sensitive buttons, and full-sized analog sticks, which should make some games easier to control. Since earlier incarnations, the device appears to have been given a more rounded design.
Beta version uses Dropbox to backup game progress and settings
Razer's Game Booster has been gained another feature in its recent beta release, bringing cloud-saving capabilities to the software for game save files and settings as the company branches out further. The new Game Save Manager currently supports over 2,000 titles with more being added.
Fitness features paired with notifications
As expected, many CES exhibitors chose to focus on wearable technology this year. Razer was among the companies attempting to make a foray into the growing market, introducing the Nabu wristband that provides smartphone notifications and fitness features. We met with one of the product engineers this week to try on a prototype and see how it compares to Nike's FuelBand and more complex devices such as the Galaxy Gear.
Razer Nabu offers fitness band tracking with smartphone notifications
Razer has seemingly stepped outside its comfort zone and developed a life-tracking wristband, something a large number of other companies have also done at CES. The Nabu is a mix between a smartwatch and fitness tracker, combining the movement tracking elements of items such as the Fitbit Force with smartphone notifications and added social and gaming features.
User can remove, add components from modular PC without prior knowledge
Gaming hardware producer Razer is looking to update the way people build gaming PCs, by announcing its concept modular gaming system at CES. Project Christine is effectively a large rack that holds modules containing various computer components, in theory enabling users to build, customize, or upgrade their computer without needing any extra technical knowledge.
Unusual design may allow iPhone to tilt up to 45 degrees
Gaming hardware maker Razer is working on a Made for iPhone-certified controller, a leak hints. Images depict a case-style product similar to the Logitech PowerShell, allegedly codenamed the Kazuyo. An unusual aspect though is the Kazuyo's ability to tilt an iPhone or iPod up roughly 45 degrees, potentially giving players a better viewing angle.
Razer opens up pre-orders of 14-inch Blade notebook
Razer has put its 14-inch Blade notebook up for pre-order. The portable gaming computer has a 1600x900 display, a Haswell-based quad-core Intel processor running at 2.2GHz, Nvidia GTX 765M graphics, 8GB of RAM, and the choice of 128, 256, or 512GB SSD storage inside a case just 0.71-inches thick. Set for shipping in two to three weeks, the Razer Blade is priced at $1,800 for the lowest capacity SSD, $2,000 for 256GB, and $2,300 for the largest.
Razer Blade equipped with 14-inch display, Haswell, Nvidia GTX 765M GPU
Razer has unveiled a pair of gaming notebooks that are both less than an inch thick. The updated Blade and the larger Blade Pro refine the design of the gaming peripheral producer's previous notebook, while also updating the internal components to include a fourth-generation Haswell processor from Intel, and moving from an Nvidia GTX 660M to a GTX 765M GPU.
Google Street View covers 50 countries, pushes large update
Google has added Street View coverage to areas of Hungary and Lesotho. Users of Google Maps can now explore the countries in Europe and Africa, making the total count of countries covered by Street View now 50. A Google blog claimed it as the largest single update of Street View imagery, which includes updates for nearly 350,000 miles of roads across 14 countries.
Gaming tablet set for first-quarter release, controller separately
Gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer has finalized the crowd-sourced design and specifications list of the Project Fiona gaming tablet. Rebranded the Razer Edge, the Windows 8 tablet PC has been put up for pre-order for a first-quarter release, though the optional extra side controller mount will be made available later in the year, as opposed to being included from the start.
Gaming tablet with removable controllers to house Core i5, i7
Razer has revealed specifications for its long-awaited gaming tablet. Project Fiona, last seen by Electronista at CES and also appearing at the FCC without the side controllers, will have an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor powering it, after visitors to the company's Facebook page made decisions on its list of internals.
Adjustable mouse capable of tracking at 8200dpi
Peripheral manufacturer Razer has started shipping its Ouroboros ambidextrous gaming mouse. The highly adjustable wireless mouse was originally revealed in July alongside the BlackWidow keyboard line, and retains all of its customizable parts, designed to accommodate the vast majority of different hand sizes and shapes.
Filing suggests controller as having separate battery
A tablet by gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer has appeared in filings at the FCC. Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet, last seen by Electronista at CES earlier this year, appears to have lost the handlebar-style controllers on the sides. A filing note relating to accessories mentions a Razer-branded controller, suggesting it as an optional attachment.
Military-style gaming headphones
In the world of gaming headsets, headphone manufacturers lean towards using either a military-inspired design for a good looking product, or high-end components for a great audio experience. It is rare when a company tries to accomplish both, something that Razer is attempting to do with its aviation-styled BlackShark headset. Does it manage to sound as good as it looks? Read our review.
Improvements made to heat dissipation system
Razer is putting its gaming notebook back on sale, with some improvements. The Blade retains most of its original design, including the LCD multi-touch display and ten dynamic adaptive keys on one side that give extra customizable controls to games and applications. The major change seen in it is a complete reworking of its thermal system, using larger vents and specially designed heat pipes to divert high temperatures away from sensitive components.
Razer-branded version of Battlefield 3 headset released earlier
Razer is bringing out another gaming headset, this time inspired by aviation. A stark contrast from the Kraken Pro Gaming Headset launched two weeks ago, the BlackShark Stereo Gaming Headset is designed to look like headphones worn by military helicopter pilots. A version of the headset designed from the ground up for Battlefield 3 was released during E3, with this edition losing the game-related branding.
Green headphones use 40mm neodymium drivers
Gaming accessory producer Razer has shown off its new headset at GamesCom in Germany. The Kraken Pro Gaming headset is claimed to be designed with comfort in mind for players of time-consuming games such as World of Warcraft, with an optimal weight and "snugness" determined after extensive testing with professional gamers.
Customizable macro keys, gesture controls added
Razer, following on from the BlackWidow, is bringing out a new gaming keyboard with a touchscreen. The DeathStalker Ultimate uses the same customizable LCD trackpad and buttons as found on its Switchblade handheld PC concept and notebook computer Blade, as well as including tri-color backlit chicket keys, anti-ghosting for up to 10 simultaneous key presses, and a braided fiber cable among other features.
Ambidextrous gaming mouse uses dual-sensor tracking system
Razer is adding to its already extensive gaming peripheral line, introducing a new mouse and several keyboards. The Ouroboros is a fully customizable, ambidextrous wireless mouse designed to accommodate most hand sizes, while the rebooted BlackWidow 2013 gaming-focused keyboard series adds a new offering and two improved models, including a version with backlit keys.
Gaming mouse works for southpaws
While wandering around the E3 show floor, Electronista stopped by Razer's booth to handle the company's new Taipan gaming mouse. The new offering features an ambidextrous build, equally comfortable and usable for southpaws and righties alike.
Razer seen fostering Apple-like culture
Voodoo PC founder and former HP veteran Rahul Sood in a commentary put Razer in a unique position among Windows PC builders. He saw it at a minimum inheriting the title Voodoo had before HP bought it, taking over the high-end gaming PC space. Razer's new Blade notebook also represented a rare instance of a Windows PC developer striving for the level of quality from Apple, paying attention to the experience of the product, not simply chasing specifications.
Razer outs Mass Effect 3-themed gaming gear, more
Gaming peripherals maker Razer has just introduced its Mass Effect 3 branded gear. Developed by and licensed with BioWare, there are seven peripherals in total. This includes a gaming mouse, mouse pad, gaming keyboard, Xbox 360 controller, Xbox 360 headset, iPhone 4/4S case, and messenger bag. All the peripherals are based on Razer's existing products.
Company "working hard" to meet demand
Razer has announced that it has sold out of the first batch of its Blade gaming notebooks within 30 minutes. The high-end notebooks were originally slated for the holidays, however the launch was eventually delayed until late January as the company made a last-minute decision to switch to SSD storage.
Razer 2012 lineup tested at CES
We had the opportunity to explore Razer's whole CES 2012 lineup this week. The company kicked off the year by shipping the Blade and revealing thhe Naga Hex mouse, but its true surprise was exploring tablets with Project Fiona. We'll see how all three have fared after the break.
Mouse targets pro and serious MOBA/RPG gamers
Gaming hardware maker Razer has launched a new mouse targeting professional gamers and serious role-playing game (RPG) and multi-player online battle arena (MOBA) players. The Razer Naga Hex features six mechanical thumb buttons and can support up to 250 clicks a minute. The embedded laser responds at a sensitivity of 5,600dpi.
Razer Project Fiona to be unveiled at CES
PC gaming peripherals maker Razer has released a teaser video for a mysterious new gadget it plans to reveal at CES on January 10. A video put up on the company's 'PC gaming is not dead' website (and embedded below) suggests something called Project Fiona will be unveiled. The video shows gameplay from Assassin's Creed Revelations, Tom Clancy's Hawx2, and FireFall, suggesting hardware capable of supporting these titles is coming. This may indicate a revamped or follow-up version of the SwitchBlade handheld gaming PC, which was unveiled at last year's CES as a prototype, may arrive.
Razer CEO explains Blade delay
Razer chief Min-Liang Tan stated this week that the Blade's SSD upgrade would lead to the gaming notebook missing the holidays. The switch to the much faster storage happened at the "eleventh hour," he said, making it impossible to ship in 2011. The first models of the 17-inch notebook would ship in mid-to-late January instead.
First interested parties to get t-shirt and flask
Razer has announced that its Tiamat 7.1 surround-sound gaming headset, which was first unveiled in August, will not arrive before the holidays. The company suggests it is still working on "final touches," pushing the expected launch date back to late January.
Razer to ship gaming laptop in time for holidays
Razer's gaming notebook,
the Blade, should soon be available for pre-order and shipping in time for Holiday gift giving. The portable was
announced in August and targets gamers looking for a truly mobile playing experience. Razer claims the laptop's thin black design with silver highlights was inspired by the Army's KA-BAR combat knife.
Razer working on small gaming device, said CEO
Gaming peripherals and device maker Razer will release a small gaming system, the company's CEO, Min-Liang Tan, revealed to PCWorld. Currently, the only gaming system the company makes and plans to release next month is the 17.3-inch Blade, which is a gaming notebook. Tan simply referred to the products as small form factor systems and didn't provide any more details.
Synapse 2.0 brings custom settings to the cloud
Gaming peripherals maker Razer has just detailed Synapse 2.0, its app for storing device settings in the cloud. This will allow gamers to access their customized button layouts, macros, and more personalized settings from any web-connected gaming rig. Onboard device memory, such as the original Synapse, will be made obsolete with Synapse 2.0.
Razer Blade notebook has custom gaming overlay
Razer wrapped up its teaser run with word of its first-ever PC, the Blade. The gaming notebook has the 17-inch profile of a desktop replacement but is both inspired by the design of 17-inch MacBook Pro while beating it in key areas: at .88 inches thick and 6.97 pounds with an aluminum body, it's almost as light as Apple's system but is slightly thinner.
Razer hints big PC gaming news this week
Razer hinted at grand plans this week with a teaser. Proclaiming that "PC gaming is not dead," it promised news on August 26. The company pitched itself as the champion of gaming and noted both the size of the PC gaming base and decried the "shoddy console ports" that people believe define PCs today.
Razer swings first ever real 7.1 headphones, more
Razer swung out a wide range of gaming hardware and accessories on Tuesday that included a few extras for Apple users. For everyone, the Tiamat 7.1 is billed as the first true 7.1-channel surround sound headset. By packing five drivers in each earpiece and coordinating their output, it can replicate not just the seven main satellite points but the subwoofer channel as well. Owners can individually adjust the output of each channel and revert to a regular stereo signal if they like.
Razer Electra gets into over-ear mobile audio
Razer dipped into over-the-ear mobile audio Wednesday with the Electra. The over-the ear headset still has leatherette pads and a thick, flexible headband but is small enough to work for commutes and other listening on foot. They also carry an in-line mic and remote that work with iPhones as well as, officially, BlackBerry, and HTC-made phones.
Offer Mac form factor with progamming & drivers
Razer has brought out special editions of three keyboards designed specifically for Mac gamers. The BlackWidow, BlackWidow Ultimate, and Anansi keyboards are now available with the standard Mac key layout. These keyboards also incorporate Mac native drivers and, as a result, can be programmed much like their Windows counterparts.
Razer, Hasbro out Transformers 3 gaming gear
Gaming peripherals and accessories maker Razer has just unveiled three new products carrying Transformers 3 branding. This includes specially painted versions of the company's DeathAdder mouse, available in yellow, red, silver and purple. The former two colors are festooned with the Autobot logo, while the latter are only available with a Decepticon symbol.
Razer Orochi now in black chrome for Mac, PC
Razer's atypical notebook gaming mouse got an update on Friday in the Orochi Black Chrome Edition. The hybrid Bluetooth and USB mouse is now available in a much more luxuriant-looking dark, glossy polish. Inside hardware remains the same and uses a 4,000DPI sensor that works at full speed when wired and at a still-fast 2,000DPI wireless to keep the bandwidth and battery life in check.
We look at Razer gaming hardware live
Razer has used E3 to unveil a new set of Star Wars: The Old Republic peripherals that we got a look at on the show floor through a glass csae. The Gaming Keyboard is by far the highlight of the group: it uses an Art Lebedev-inspired set of adaptive keys that change their context depending on the circumstances in a game, such as for calling up specific Force powers in SWTOR. A touchscreen, however, is genuinely new: the LCD resembles a large trackpad and supports multi-touch, and should potentially be very good for games that can use it, presumably including BioWare's online RPG.
Razer prices and dates Hydra game controls
Razer helped start a long weekend Thursday night by setting out its launch plans for the Hydra, its dual-stick motion game controller. Pre-orders for the peripheral we first saw at CES are due to start in May with shipping in June for $140. A full version of Portal 2 will come with the game and give access to a special Hydra-enabled add-on that lets users move and spin mirror boxes and other objects they can pick up in the game.
Switchblade Razer to come to Chinese ISP Tencent
The Razer Switchblade introduced at CES will see its first market release in China thanks to a newly announced partnership between the device's maker and Chinese ISP Tencent, Netbook News said. The portable gaming device has Windows 7 preloaded and will not only get access to QQ Speed, a chat program, but be optimized for games like Crossfire, League of Legends, and Dungeon & Fighter. The netbook-like device's keyboard can change function and appearance depending on the software loaded.
Microsoft discontinues Sidewinder range again
After discontinuing its line of Sidewinder gaming peripherals in 2003 and then bringing it back in 2007, Microsoft has decided it will again axe the range, VR-Zone found. The move is believed to come as a result of added competition from dedicated brands such as Razer and SteelSeries as well as major but more universal companies, including Logitech. The software giant is also falling behind in releasing updated devices.
Razer freshens up DeathAdder with Black Edition
Gaming peripherals maker Razer has just introduced the third version of its DeathAdder USB mouse with the DeathAdder Black Edition. The new variant has an all-black finish and gets rubber side grips for a better hold. Otherwise, the same 3,500dpi 3.5G infrared sensor and right-handed design are carried over.