CES 2019: Razer - For Gamers, By Gamers


Razer, the company that's almost become synonymous with PC gaming, has released lots of new goodies at CES 2019. Making more than just peripherals now, Razer has its Blade lineup of laptops and is expanding even further, to incorporate as much of the PC market.

Razer Blade 15

The updated Razer Blade 15 is now equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards for even more on-the-go gaming performance. The latest top-tier models will feature an 8th Gen Intel© Core™ i7-8750H six-core processor, 16GB of memory, and up to 512GB of SSD storage. Rounding out the rest of the specs is a 15.6" Full HD 144 Hz display, a Windows Hello-capable IR webcam, and the usual list of ports and Internet connectivity options. Users can also opt for a 4K model with touch support and 100% Adobe RGB color, if needed. Whether you choose an RTX 2060, 2070, or 2080, all models are AI and real-time ray-tracing ready. The RTX 2070 and 2080 models will feature a Max-Q design to ensure performance and user comfort within the Blade's compact chassis.

Raptor Gaming Monitor

Sinking its claws into the monitor market, Razer's Raptor monitor is built with many key features gamers are seeking. It's made with a 27" IPS panel, featuring WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution, 1 ms response time (MBRT), 144 Hz refresh rate, and support for AMD FreeSync technology. While it's mainly gaming focused, it also covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and supports HDR content for users who want a bit more color than the standard display. Specs aside, it features a unique design that combines the base, backplate, and a cable management solution. Also, it wouldn't be for gamers if it didn't have RGB lighting, so the Raptor has Chroma-powered LED strips on the base that users can customize and sync with other Razer peripherals via the Synapse software. Connectivity options include HDMI, DisplayPort, USB Type-A, and Type-C.

Razer Tomahawk and Tomahawk Elite

Razer isn't new to the PC chassis market, if some of you remember the partnership with NZXT and Antec. This time around, Razer is working with Lian Li, outfitting the Lian Li O11 Dynamic with Razer-esque aesthetics and, of course, RGB lighting. The mid-tower Tomahawk was designed in-house and features a minimalist design with a small footprint and support for up to an ATX motherboard. On the flip side, the Elite version reverses the motherboard orientation by 180 degrees, placing the graphics cards higher at the top for better airflow. The top panel is also hydraulic powered, to lift itself up for additional ventilation. If that weren't enough, the side panels feature vertical wing opening doors for easy access, exactly like ones you'd see on high-end sports cars, so expect to turn some heads.

Razer Hypersense

Razer got its fame in the PC peripheral market and seems to be doubling down with Hypersense, an ecosystem of interconnected haptic-powered gaming devices for superior gaming immersion. In layman's terms, Razer wants to make your peripherals buzz. Combining a wrist rest, mouse, headset, and even chair, each device is outfitted with tactical feedback for 360-degree coverage of positional audio and in-game events. Here's how Razer explains its vision: the wrist rest covers sensory perception of footsteps or events incoming from the left, the mouse offers feedback based on weapons or events from the right, a headset offers 360-degree ambient coverage for all-around awareness, and the chair provides feedback for large impact events like explosions or events coming from behind. Razer is currently working with game developers for deeper integration, so expect your games to move you literally, in the future.

Bonus: Chroma x Alexa

In a somewhat odd combination, Razer has partnered with Amazon, allowing Alexa devices to control Razer Chroma lighting. It's currently in the works, but expect something along the lines of asking Alexa to turn your keyboard backlighting on or off, changing your system lighting to different colors, lowering your mouse DPI to 1600, and much more.

What do you think of Razer's offerings at CES this year? What are you looking forward to the most? Will Alexa be able to sync your Chroma lighting to your favorite EDM tracks? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section, below.