Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2013 - 02:46 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: razer, Comms, Teamspeak, Ventrillo
The Steam overlay makes text communication easy between any combination of friends in game and out. Despite the popularity, just about every team has a voice over IP (VoIP) solution to coordinate within a match. Talking is simply superior to typing while simultaneously attempting to not get yourself killed, crashed, or otherwise not-winning. Teamspeak and Ventrillo are the two most popular solutions for clan voice communication; while both are free applications for clients, some uses require server license fees over and above the actual server cost itself.
Razer Comms is a free service, currently in beta, for text and audio chat. Using the overlay metaphor, the application tries to be very unobtrusive to the game it rests upon. The service apparently uses good-quality codecs, according to the little hear-say I overheard the last couple of days. They also advertise that the service, since it is not owned by the clans which use it, will hide each user's IP address. While there is very little you can do to someone by knowing their IP address, and most of that could be circumvented by powercycling your modem, it does have some limited advantages.
In terms of a business model, unless the service develops some way of gaining revenue, the only way I can rationalize Razer funding this project is boosting their brand power. Razer already has some level of infrastructure from their Synapse projects and it is possible that the company is willing to eat the loss with the expectation of increased hardware sales. If this service will continue to be both free and ad-free, I cannot see any other reason for Razer to bother besides: eat the loss, make gamers happy, and wait for them to want a new mouse or tablet.
I can also see a slim chance, a very very slim chance, that Razer hopes to contiuously expand this service into a full gaming platform as Valve did with Steam. A fun thought, but nothing I would actually expect at this point.
Razer Comms is currently only available for English Windows users, although other languages will arrive soon.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2013 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, mechanical keyboard, gaming, razer, blackwidow ultimate
With a name like Razer Blackwidow Ultimate, this new mechanical keyboard has a lot to live up to. It comes with the Razer Synapse software familiar to many, which allows you to program the LED lights behind the keyboard for mood typing as well as programming up to 10 profiles with different keys and macro key settings. It has headset and microphone jacks for those not using a USB headset and USB-Passthrough for those that do. R&B Mods like the overall performance and look of the keyboard but were a bit taken aback by the $135 asking price. It also seems strange that Razer does not advertise the type of mechanical switch this keyboard uses.
"Mechanical keyboards are high demand these days as more and more people have realized how nice they are to game on with their quick response time and keys. Today we are going to review the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate mechanical keyboard, it will be tested in various situations and also see if it is better than the competition that we have tested in the past."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E.5 PC Keyboard @ eTeknix
- CM Storm Trigger (Cherry MX Green) Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
- Cooler Master CM Storm Power-RX Hybrid Mouse Pad @ Tweaktown
- Mionix Naos 8200 Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Mouse Review @ TechwareLabs
- Steelseries World of Warcraft Wireless Gaming mouse @ Rbmods
- Tt eSports Level 10 M Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming mouse, CMStorm, steelseries, roccat, logitech, razer, madcatz
Gaming peripherals were a very large market in 2012, with Cherry switches suddenly becoming a household name and with gamers actually arguing over the best type of switch for keyboards. That was not the only big change for gaming peripherals as this year has seen many companies make a serious effort to make a name as a provider of gaming mice and established companies adding new features to their existing products. If you have had trouble deciding which mouse best fits your needs, this roundup at MadShrimps might be of help. They've included the CMStorm Sentinel Advance II, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7, SteelSeries' Sensei RAW, the Roccat Kone XTD, Razer's Imperator 2012 and the Logitech G300; one of which should suit your gaming needs.
"In this group test I will focus on a specific feature and gaming goal to reduce the variables as we go on a quest to find some of the best First-Person-Shooter wired mouse out there. To properly gauge the performance of my new gaming rodents I spend several weeks with each to get to know the ins and outs, their features and deliver a good dose of my personal opinions on these mice."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AZiO Levetron CM-2000 Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- TTesports Level 10M Gaming Mouse @ Rbmods
- ROCCAT KONE Pure Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- TT eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Mouse Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Ozone Xenon Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
- Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cmstorm Quickfire TK @ Rbmods
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile, Shows and Expos | January 9, 2013 - 02:58 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: CES, ces 2013, razer
Last year Project Fiona was presented by Razer and we felt as awkward about it as it looked.
This is a new year and it looks like Razer took a bit of feedback from critics of yester-CES. The design itself looks quite similar than it did except that the controller-handles are now detachable. The Edge can operate in four different modes: tablet, keyboard, the controller-handles, and “home console” mode.
The Home Console mode allows you to dock your tablet and access it using 3 USB ports, HDMI, and 3.5mm audio in/out. You can use it as a desktop or as a home theatre PC. Also with Steam’s Big Picture Mode it sees the big picture as a potential Steam Box.
The technical specifications are slightly more solid than last year:
- Intel Core i7 (2 core, 4 threads) @ 1.9GHz Turbo to 3.0GHz
- Intel HD 4000/NVIDIA GT 640M LE
- 8GB DDR3
- 126/256GB SSD
- Intel WLAN (B/G/N + Bluetooth 4.0)
- 10.1” IPS 1366x768 10-point touchscreen
- Windows 8
So what do you think? While I expect it will be out of my budget and I would probably just barely survive on 256GB due to recent 20-25GB games -- I think it looks pretty good.
PC Perspective's CES 2013 coverage is sponsored by AMD.
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Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2012 - 01:31 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: razer orochi, razer, PC, mouse, mobile, laptop, gaming
Razer has been on an updating kick this month with a number of its gaming mice being refreshed with better hardware and support for Synapse 2.0 (cloud syncing) software. This time, Razer is turning to its mobile lineup and giving the Orochi an upgrade for a 2013 release.
The ambidextrous mouse can be used in a wired or wireless configuration. While the original Orochi featured a 4000 DPI laser sensor, the updated model upgrades the sensor to 6400 DPI. Further, Razer has bumped up the Bluetooth radio to one rated at Bluetooth 3.0 specifications. Powered by two AA batteries, Razer has reportedly improved battery life by a significant margin. The company rates the mobile gaming mouse at up to 30 hours of continuous gaming, and three months of normal use.
The refreshed mouse maintains the traditional LED-lit scroll wheel, mouse buttons, and two side buttons of the original Orochi. Interestingly, it comes in a shinier "chrome" colored variant in addition to the standard black blade addition.
The refreshed Orochi 2013 is available for pre-order now for $69.99. According to the Razer website, the blade edition will ship in 1-2 weeks and the chrome variant will ship in a little over a month.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2012 - 09:53 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: razer, mouse, mice, krait, gaming, 6400 dpi, 4G sensor
Earlier this month Razer announced that it would be updating its DeathAdder gaming mouse with a new sensor and texturized grips. Now, it looks as though the peripheral company is going to be updating its Krait mouse as well.
The budget gaming mouse will be getting an updated 4G infrared sensor that has a maximum of 6400 DPI resolution for sniping precision. The DPI can be changed on the fly with the Krait as well. Measuring 116mm x 52mm x 36mm and weighing 85 grams, Razer has kept the same overall form factor and design as the original Krait, but has removed the strip of LEDs on the side and replaced them with new texturized rubber grips that are designed to improve grip. Support for Synapse 2.0 is also coming to the new Krait mouse, which will allow you to sync your mouse settings to other computers.
Compared to the original Krait's 1600 DPI, the updated model should bring the classic design into the hands of modern gamers that are used to higher precision mice. At least that's the idea. It will be interesting to see how well received Razer's updated designs will be.
According to EXPreview, the updated Krait will cost 299 Yuan, which works out to just under $50 USD. Unfortunately, there is no word on a specific release date.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2012 - 10:31 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: synapse 2.0, razer, mouse, gaming mouse, deathadder
Razer recently announced an update to its DeathAdder gaming mouse. Orginally released in 2006, the company is refining the design with a better sensor, improved grips, and support for its latest Synapse software.
On the outside, Razer has kept the same right-handed optimized design, but it added rubberized side grips with texture that the company believes will improve grip and control. The internals of the mouse have also been updated as Razer has included an improved 4G infrared sensor. According to Razer, the new sensor is capable of 6400 DPI resolution. Other specifications of the sensor include 200 inches per second and 50G acceleration ratings. The new DeathAdder also supports Razer’s new Synapse 2.0 firmware software which allows cloud syncing of your mouse settings.
Razer USA president Robert Krakoff had the following to say abou the updated design:
"We didn't want to fix anything that wasn't broken," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "We focused instead on enhancing and optimizing the proven merits of the Razer DeathAdder, utilizing next generation technologies and further ergonomics tweaks to make a perfect gaming mouse even better."
Of course, the DeathAdder features five programmable buttons, Razer’s Ultraslick mouse feet, gold-plated USB connector, and a seven foot braided cable.
Dimensions of the updated DeathAdder are 1.27 mm (L) x 70 mm (W) x 1.73 mm (H). Further, it weighs in at 105 grams or approximately 0.23 pounds.
The new version of the DeathAdder is available now worldwide for $69.99 in the US or €69.99 in the EU.
Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2012 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ambidextrous, gaming mouse, razer, taipan, input
The stats on the packaging of the Razer Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse are impressive, an 8200 DPI 4G dual sensor system, 1000MHz ultra-polling and nine programmable buttons make this a serious gaming mouse but for many it will be the fact that this mouse can be comfortably used with either hand. Of course since it is symmetrical there is no way to adjust the length, width or height of the mouse as some other companies have been experimenting with. MadShrimps like the performance of the mouse in office applications as well as gaming but were not as impressed with Razer requiring you to create an account to have access to their software suite and, for some reason, they wanted more LEDs.
"The new Taipan ambidextrous mouse from Razer weights no more than 132 grams, comes with a high performance 4G Dual Sensor System with 8200DPI and makes use of the Razer Synapse 2.0 software for easy customization of the 9 programmable Hyperesponse buttons."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Kone XTD @ HardwareHeaven
- CM Storm Recon Mouse with Skorpion Bungee Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Steelseries Sensei MLG edition @ Funkykit
- ogitech t620 Touch Mouse & t400 Zone Touch Mouse @ Hardware.info
- SteelSeries Black Ops 2 Peripherals @ LanOC Reviews
- Rosewill RK-9100 Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard for Mac Review @ Madshrimps
- Tesoro Durandal Ultimate Mechanical keyboard @ Rbmods
Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2012 - 04:54 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: razer ouroboros, razer, mouse, gaming mouse
Gaming peripheral company Razer recently released a new high-end gaming mouse called the Razer Ouroboros. Named after an ancient symbol of a serpent or dragon, the Ouroboros is by no means using outdated technology. For $129 USD or €129.99 in Europe, the Ouroboros offers up wired or wireless connectivity, and a 12 hour battery life in an ambidextrous design. Users can adjust the length of the mouse as well as the angle of the back arch. Additionally, the Ouroboros mouse comes with one of two side panels for each side (four total) that can be switched out to make it right or left handed.
The new Razer mouse comes from the company's Mamba pedigree. Specifically, it is packing an improved version of the 4G Dual Sensor technology that boasts up to 8,200dpi resolution. In the wireless mode, the Ouroboros features a 1ms response time and a claimed 1000 Hz polling rate. It is powered by a single AA battery that can provide up to 12 hours of use on a single charge for long gaming sessions (general desktop use and standby time should extend the battery life much more). The Ouroboros also includes LED lighting, left and right mouse buttons, a scroll wheel, and dedicated DPI switching buttons. The company's Synapse 2.0 software is also compatible with Razer's new mouse.
The Ouroboros will be available some time in Q4 2012 for $129.99. Razer has set up a website for more information and photos of the new gaming mouse which you can find at razerzone.com/ouroboros. As a long-time user of the original (pre-dual sensor tech) Mamba, the new Ouroboros looks to be a promising gaming mouse. Just about the only feature it doesn't seem to have is adjustable weights, which always seemed like a neat feature to have.
Is it worth $129? It's hard to say without getting my hands on it in person, but it certainly looks good! What do you think?
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2012 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, gaming mouse, logitech, saitek, razer, roccat, corsair, epicgear
A sampler of gaming mice from a wide variety of companies is now available at Hardware.Info, which can be a handy tool for those looking for a new mouse. No longer is it choice between Logitech and Microsoft, the list of companies supplying the mice includes A4 Tech, Corsair, Epicgear, Razer, Saitek and more. If you want a large heavy mouse, one designed for macro button programming or a mouse you can adjust into a variety of shapes to ensure the most comfortable fit for your hand then this roundup has you covered. There is no winner, as everyone wants a little something different from their own mouse but if you'd like an idea of what is out there then they have you covered.
"To many computer users the mouse is just a necessary little tool for operating their computer. As long as it has two buttons and a wheel and the cursor goes where it's supposed to, most people are satisfied. Gamers are more demanding, however, in terms of comfort, performance, and features. We reviewed 13 gaming mice to find out what's currently out there.
A decent mouse is crucial for the serious gamer, that is why we are in the habit of regularly doing a round-up of the latest gaming mice. The 13 mice in this comparison test vary quite a bit in price, from £45 to £69. It’s a pretty big difference, which should mean that the performance and features should differ significantly as well. The only way of finding this out for sure is by a thorough test. And that’s exactly what we did."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Kone+ @ Bjorn3D
- SteelSeries Kana Mouse Review @ XtremeComputing
- CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Laser Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Corsair Vengeance M90 Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
- MadCatz Official Xbox 360 Force Feedback Racing Wheel Review @ eTeknix
- CM Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard Review @ Techgage
- Tesoro Durandal & Durandal Ultimate Gaming Keyboards @ Metku.net
- Cmstorm Trigger mechanical gaming keyboard review @ Rbmods
- Corsair Vengeance K90 MMO Keyboard Review @ Techgage
- Corsair Vengeance K90 Keyboard @ TechwareLabs