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N95 masks, gamer style: Razer’s crazy face-mask prototype revealed

January 13th, 2021

The annual deluge of CES gadgets and gizmos usually tries to predict what consumer-grade tech will look like in living rooms of the near future. But after a year like 2020, bendable TVs and surround-sound systems seem less interesting than a more pressing category: tech to help people go outside during an ongoing pandemic.

That's why we're taken by the Razer Project Hazel, arguably the most high-end face-mask concept we've seen since COVID-19 began ravaging the globe. This N95 mask concept was revealed as part of Razer's CES line of gamer-centric products on Tuesday, and it showed up as a surprise entry alongside the company's usual fare of laptops and gaming peripherals.

16.8 million colors on your face? Sure, why not

Razer's sales pitch alleges that this shouldn't be surprising at all, since the company repurposed at least one of its production lines to pump out over a million disposable, surgical-grade face masks in 2020. From there, someone at the company decided to go one further and make what looks like a fancypants, LED-smothered gamer mouse... for your face. Project Hazel immediately reinforces the company's affinity for customizable lighting grids, thanks to two rings of light—which support 16.8 million colors, because, why not—circling the mask's ventilation slots. We wouldn't be shocked if Razer eventually let gamers sync these light grids with nearby mice and keyboards.

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100,000 Razer users’ data leaked due to misconfigured Elasticsearch

September 14th, 2020
This redacted sample record from the leaked Elasticsearch data shows someone's June 24 purchase of a $2,600 gaming laptop.

Enlarge / This redacted sample record from the leaked Elasticsearch data shows someone's June 24 purchase of a $2,600 gaming laptop. (credit: Volodymyr Dianchenko)

In August, security researcher Volodymyr Diachenko discovered a misconfigured Elasticsearch cluster, owned by gaming hardware vendor Razer, exposing customers' PII (Personal Identifiable Information).

The cluster contained records of customer orders and included information such as item purchased, customer email, customer (physical) address, phone number, and so forth—basically, everything you'd expect to see from a credit card transaction, although not the credit card numbers themselves. The Elasticseach cluster was not only exposed to the public, it was indexed by public search engines.

Diachenko reported the misconfigured cluster—which contained roughly 100,000 users' data—to Razer immediately, but the report bounced from support rep to support rep for over three weeks before being fixed.

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Razer’s Blade Pro 17 sports a 300Hz display, Nvidia RTX Super GPUs

May 21st, 2020

Razer on Thursday announced a new version of its Razer Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop. Like its predecessor, the device is aimed squarely at gamers and content creators looking for a powerful yet relatively thin 17-inch notebook.

This year’s Blade Pro 17 comes in three main variants. The lower two feature 17.3-inch 1080p displays and either an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q or higher-tier RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU. The top-end model features a sharper 4K panel with greater brightness (400 nits versus 300) and support for the more vibrant Adobe RGB color space, as it did with last year’s iteration. It now features an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card as well.

Of note here is that the 1080p models feature a super-fast 300Hz refresh rate, up from the 240Hz option in last year’s lineup. (The 4K display is 120Hz.) This has been a growing trend among gaming laptops in recent months—Razer, for one, already introduced a 300Hz option with its latest Blade 15 notebook. As display research site BlurBusters has noted, even if a gaming laptop is only capable of actually reaching 300Hz in older or less-demanding titles like CS:GO or Overwatch, having an ultra-high refresh rate can still help reduce motion blur and make mouse and Web-browsing effects appear more fluid.

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Clever design, lack of Bluetooth make Razer’s new phone gamepad a winner

January 7th, 2020

What does it take for a phone-compatible gamepad to get our attention in 2020, in a world where pretty much every Bluetooth-compatible game controller can connect to your favorite iOS or Android phone? At this year's CES, Razer has the answer: a controller that may boost the cloud-streaming proposition of "triple-A gaming anytime, anywhere."

The Razer Kishi, announced Tuesday at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, arguably doesn't look special. It features the same array of joysticks, buttons, and triggers you'll find on most consumer-grade game controllers. Its trick of splitting in half and sandwiching a smartphone has been done before—with Razer already having its own Junglecat controller, which does just that.

But the Kishi adds a rare combination for this kind of gamepad: a flush fit to your smartphone of choice and a wired connection.

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Razer leaks seeming Xbox One keyboard/mouse expansion ahead of schedule

January 9th, 2019
Pardon us, Razer, but how many games did you say will work with this Xbox One keyboard/mouse combo, exactly?

Enlarge / Pardon us, Razer, but how many games did you say will work with this Xbox One keyboard/mouse combo, exactly? (credit: Razer)

Last November's announcement of support for keyboard and mouse controls in 15 Xbox One titles was the culmination of literally years of Microsoft promises on the matter. Now, peripheral maker Razer seems to have accidentally revealed the feature is expanding to a handful of additional titles, including some big-name franchises.

As part of a CES stealth launch of the $250 Razer Turret—the first officially licensed wireless keyboard/mouse combo for the Xbox One—Razer provided press materials that listed 22 compatible Xbox One games. That includes the 15 games Microsoft already announced in November, plus:

  • Gears of War 5
  • Gears Tactics*
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds*
  • Roblox
  • Sea of Thieves*
  • The Sims 4*
  • Surviving Mars*

About 25 hours later, Razer issued a "corrected" press release that condensed that list considerably. While Gears of War 5 and Roblox are still confirmed for Xbox One keyboard/mouse support, the other (asterisked) games listed above were no longer included in the corrected release.

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Razer announces a gaming monitor, haptic feedback PC gaming peripherals

January 8th, 2019
A graphic showing Razer's HyperSense concept.

Enlarge / A graphic showing Razer's HyperSense concept. (credit: Razer)

At this year's CES, it sometimes seems like consumer electronics announcements are dominated by two trends: gaming gear and digital voice assistants. Gaming brand Razer made announcements related to both this week.

Arguably the most notable are HyperSense—a haptic feedback platform that makes PC peripherals like headphones, gaming chairs, and mice provide gaming controller-like feedback along with the audio in games—and the Raptor, Razer's first gaming monitor designed in-house.

Razer HyperSense

Razer Chroma, an RGB lighting solution that syncs multi-colored lights across all your peripherals to match gameplay in certain games, is one of Razer's key product offerings. HyperSense builds on that by applying the same sort of concept to haptic feedback—that is, a more sophisticated successor to the "rumble" technology from various game console controllers across the gaming ages.

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The Razer Blade Stealth gets an overhaul with a 4K display and better graphics

December 4th, 2018

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The Razer Blade Stealth was always intended to be a non-gaming machine from a company that calls itself a "lifestyle brand for gamers." Or at least, it's a computer that could blend in at a business meeting instead of screaming, "I am a gamer, look at all these crazy lights!" A 2018 update to the device that went on sale today has a tone-on-tone logo on the back that looks a little less attention grabbing than the bright-green Razer logo from before, and it doubles down on the previous model's ultraportable credentials with slimmer bezels.

But the biggest improvements are actually in performance. The new Razer Blade Stealth comes in three configurations at $1,399, $1,599, and $1,899, and the top two add discrete graphics (NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory). The entry-level spec still just has integrated Intel HD Graphics 620. The second-tier spec with the MX150 (and an additional 8GB of memory over the base spec, bringing it to 16GB 2133MHz) is only $200 more than the base spec, making it a tempting upgrade for gamers.

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