Razer's Blade has always been one of our go-to laptops for its compromise between size, weight, build quality and performance. The latest iteration of the 14-inch Blade is out in Australia now, and it's even more useful thanks to a shiny new Nvidia GTX 1060 mobile graphics chip under the hood.
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Razer's eSports suite comprises three products — the $119.95 DeathAdder Elite mouse, the $50.95 Gigantus mousemat, and the $169.95 Kraken 7.1 V2 headset. That $340.85 investment — count those pennies — promises to make you git gud at eSports. It didn't do that for me, but that doesn't change the fact that Razer has made some really nice peripherals.
I'd customised the brightly lit keyboard of the Razer Blade Stealth with all the meticulousness of a gamer, but I hadn't just customised it for games. When it opened up Photoshop, the most mundane of apps, and the entire keyboard was a rainbow of coloured keys. The Heal key was green, the Move key was blue, and the Crop key was red. While not as fancy as the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar or the customisable OLED keys on the old Razer Blade Pro, this was a little spec of useful customizability for productive people, and it comes in a $1479 gaming laptop.
Razer has a gaming problem. That might be confusing to hear if you just know the company for its excellent keyboards and mice. Razer is a company built for gamers by gamers, and it has a well-deserved reputation for making great products for its core audience. Some of its products are so good, in fact, that they should be used by way more than just gamers.
My first gaming mouse completely changed PC gaming for me. I’d previously thought of such peripherals as luxuries only for hardcore gamers, those who entered tournaments and won, and I was but a lowly pub match scrub. I'm still a lowly pub match scrub, but now I consider my gaming mouse a necessity for my hours-long DOTA 2 sessions. As Razer’s new Naga Hex v2 claims to be the gaming mouse for MOBA fiends like me, I was eager to find out if it would help me to improve my K/D/A.
Laptops made by gaming companies are usually big, chunky, heavy, bulky slabs of plastic and metal and silicon and glass that you have to carry around with both hands. You don't want to take them too far from their chargers either. Usually. Razer's new Blade Stealth is a laptop from a gaming company, but it's not necessarily a gaming laptop; it's a laptop that can be used for gaming if you're so inclined, but straight out of the box it's essentially a MacBook Pro — but a cooler MacBook Pro, because it's black and has flashy lights.
Laptops haven't really been exciting for a while now. They keep getting thinner and lighter, trying to fill that narrowing gap between your phone and a desktop computer. Each strikes its own balance between portability, capability and affordability, and generally you have to pick which two of those things you want to go for.
At least that's how I felt about the laptop space before I spent three weeks with Razer's Blade Stealth ultrabook, a matte black aluminum slab of disruption that is somehow just as well-engineered and light — not to mention way more powerful — than the super-portable computers from Dell and Apple, all while having a significantly smaller price tag.
Meet Razer's newest ultrabook — the Blade Stealth — with a new sleek form factor, the latest Intel Core i7 processor and QHD or 4K display panels.
Starting at $1,549 and with the highest-end version priced at $2,449, this is Razer's attempt to replace your portable computer, your desktop computer and your gaming computer all in one swoop.
There's no shortage of competition in the capture card market these days, whether you're looking to record footage on consoles or PC. And considering Razer already supplies peripherals for every other aspect of broadcasting — mice, mousepads, keyboards, headsets, microphones, even the Razer Blade laptop — it only makes sense for them to get into the capture card game, too.
Unfortunately, the Ripsaw costs a lot. And when you can get the same hardware and performance — almost literally, in fact — elsewhere for substantially less, it makes the Ripsaw a hard sell.
I'm by no means a hardcore gamer — whatever that even means in the growing world of esports and Let's Plays. I'm not travelling to competitive tournaments or staying up nights, bloodshot and caffeinated, playing the latest and greatest RPG or MMO. Yet I do log a considerable amount of Steam hours, and in my amateur pursuits of gaming glory, I've mostly stuck with keyboards included on gaming laptops (small New York apartments abhor gaming rigs). I've used plenty of mechanical keyboards before, but for my gaming needs, nothing ever felt substantially better than what was already attached to my laptop. But after two weeks of toying with Razer's new Blackwidow X Chroma, I'm starting to rethink my position.
Although the PC chair is the place to be for a tense Counter-Strike match, there's no substitute for the comfort of a couch when it comes to a marathon gaming session. Anyone with a PC hooked up to their TV knows that while remote controls and Bluetooth controllers can do a pretty good job, there's still no substitute for a proper keyboard and mouse. Razer's new Turret combo packs a foldable keyboard and mouse into a dock, unfurling into a complete gaming platform that can rest on your lap.
"For gamers, by gamers" is the kind of motto that sells liquid-cooled spec-obsessed towers, headsets, rumbling lounge chairs, and ergonomic mice with more buttons than a double-breasted suit. Razer, however, has these words stamped into the back of its wearable Nabu, which it'd like to remind us is not a smartwatch, but a watch with smart features.
A minimalist version of the popular BlackWidow keyboard, Razer's new BlackWidow X Chroma is smaller, sleeker and more straightforward. It's also cheaper, says Razer, but it'll still set you back $330 in Australia. Man, mechanical keyboards are expensive.