Razer is amongst the first names that pops into every gamer and tech fan alike when it comes to gaming and Razer sure hasn’t disappointed us here at CES 2018.
Razer has managed to successfully build the world’s largest ecosystem of gaming hardware and software presenting fans worldwide with uber cool gadgets every time with robust build quality and stunning design especially with its take on the Razer chroma series of products with undoubtedly caught quite a few eyes to admire its stunning effects.
Needless to say it features heavily at the CES 2018 however it’s not been only lights and show from Razer this year with many exciting gadgets in its lineup. Here’s having a look at the gizmo’s showcased by Razer this year at the CES.
Project Linda concept is Razer’s interesting take on the lapdock idea. With products such as the Motorola Atrix and Windows Continuum it’s not hard to see why the idea never really took off. Razer is here to change that with Project Linda; a laptop chassis with a 13.3-inch 16:9 display which can be docked with a Razer phone. And instead of just serving as the brains of the laptop, it got repurposed as a secondary display cum trackpad.
From a hardware point of view the “laptop” is more or less identical to the Razer stealth with a 13.3″ HD touch screen display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, a built in keyboard with the proprietary Razer Chroma backlit keys, a 200GB SSD, a headphone jack and a couple of USB C and A ports. It also serves as a power bank for the razer phone when it is docked.
The Razer phone lies flush in its laptop chassis with its power button working as the power button for the laptop with the fingerprint scanner also working in tandem. Razer also decided to use the mobile’s stereo speakers as the laptops primary speakers.The laptop runs a tablet version of android with a few keyboard buttons having been remapped for android shortcuts.
Given the hype surrounding the product, there is actually no release date for the product as it is still a prototype and Razer has been far less forthcoming when it comes to releasing actual products based on these prototypes.
Phillips Hue + Razer Chrome
This year at CES, Razer introduced its new partnership with Philips HUE, with full chroma integration and sync through its Synapse 3 platform. This allows a user to seamlessly integrate all their HUE lights across all Razer Chroma enabled devices to take immersive gaming up a notch with reactive lighting syconcronised accross all light sources.
And with Chroma Studio, a user gets fine granular controls over all the HUE and chroma enabled light sources, opening up endless possibilities of customization for a totally unique set up.
Razer Mamba HyperFlux and Firefly Hyperflux
“A state of the art wireless gaming mouse that charges while you spend your time gaming” – that’s something gamers all across the world would dream of and that’s exactly what Razer has managed to present us at this edition of the CES.
The Razer Mamba HyperFlux is powered by the HyperFlux Wireless Power Technology that charges the mouse as you move it along the FireFly HyperFlux mouse Mat. The mouse promises to be ultra-light weight at just 96g and has an advanced 16,000DPI 5G optical sensor for those extremely precise movements that gamers often seek for. The ultra light weight is achieved by the fact that the mouse charges by magnetic field generated while you move the mouse, which is common considering the rapid mouse movements required in most games. This magnetic field then charges your mouse, thus helping you kiss goodbye to heavy batteries!
The mouse has 9 programmable buttons while the mat comes with two surfaces – a hard and a cloth surface to let gamers shuffle between speed and accuracy depending on the games they play. The mouse mat also features Razer’s Croma lighting as well.
Razer Nommo and Razer Nommo Pro Speakers
Razer introduced us to their new line of speakers for desktop computers – The Razer Nommo and the Razer Nommo Pro. Razer claims that they are aiming the product not only for the gamers out there but also for those who seek a high quality audio experience as well.
The Razer Nommo features custom woven glass fiber 3-inch drivers that Razer claims offers a massive improvement over normal speaker lines when it comes to producing distinctly clear audio frequencies. It also features rear facing bass ports with individual control knobs for bas s with automatic gain control. The automatic gain control helps to offer you a punchy bass experience free from distortions.
The Razer Nommo pro on the other hand takes the experience up a notch by offering you Dolby Virtual Surround Sound and is also THX certified which promises you the best in class audio experience. The drivers and the tweeters are separately fitted in their construction and are designed with the best in class components. The premium quality 3-inch drivers are coated with Dupont Kevlar fiber drivers while the tweeters are silk woven.
The speaker family also comes in Razer Chroma variants as well.
Razer Phone with Netflix HDR and 5.1 Surround Sound
Foraying its shoots into the mobile industry, Razer has presented us with the Razer phone which promises to us an unparalleled Netflix experience with its stunning 120 Hz display with UltraMotion Technology promising you ultra smooth visuals, something that also pleases the gamers out there with smooth jitter free visuals. It became the first smartphone to support both Netflix HDR and 5.1 surround sound content, keeping up with its USP to offer you the best Netflix experience.
The phone features spectacular audio experience with Dolby Atmos with THX cerfied audio quality with headphones that supports the same.
Razer hasn’t made any compromises on the specs of the phone which includes –
- A 4000 mAh battery with a type C connector for charging and data transfer
- Dual 12 MP cameras with an f1.7 wide angle lens with Dual Tone flash and an 8MP Front Facing Camera
- A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with 8GB of RAM with Adreno 540 GPU
- Quad HD Display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat .
The phone looks like an absolute beast however we would’ve loved to see it ship with Android 8.0 Oreo straight out of the box and we hope Razer commits to providing regular updates to this phone as even great hardware like this can be marred by the lack of regular updates.
Razer, this CES, made big forays into general consumer entertainment slowly shedding tag of a gaming company but nevertheless still laying its foundations strong in the gaming sector with their yet again spectacular line of products upping the bar on performance as well as maintaining a consistently in their stylish looks.
Their collaboration with Phillips definitely makes us wonder what kind of turns will Razer take – will they be more focused on entertainment or not but it’s only a matter of time and we can only wait and speculate.
Razer’s introduction of a phone does remind us of Nvidia’s similar ventures into the tablet industry but Razer has taken a cautious approach without compromising on the specs. Things do look interesting for Razer for the upcoming year!