Momma don't take my Ornata Chroma-way

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2018 - 06:08 PM |
Tagged: mem-chanical, Ornata Chroma, razer, input, rgbv

Your new word for today is mem-chanical, which describes a crossbred keyboard with both membranes and a spring, which makes the keyboard feel like a mechanical keyboard without actually being one.  In theory this is to keep the cost down, though The Tech Report points out that the Razer Ornata Chroma keyboard costs as much as many mechanical keyboards.  That said, the implementation is effective to the point where it is unlikely you could tell the difference between a mechanical keyboard and the Ornata Chroma; until you lift your finger slightly.  Learn more about this type of keyboard in general and Razer's implementation specifically in the full review.

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"Razer's Ornata Chroma keyboard tries to meld two things that usually go together like oil and water for keyboard enthusiasts: the clickiness of mechanical switches with the affordability of rubber domes. We got the Ornata Chroma's Mecha-Membrane switches under our fingers to see if Razer succeeded."

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A modular mouse? Razer's Naga Trinity

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2018 - 03:22 PM |
Tagged: input, razer, naga trinity, gaming mouse, PixArt PMW3389

As you can see below, the new mouse from Razer has a removable side which allows you to swap between a 12-button numeric keypad, a circular seven-button cluster and a more simple two button side.  The sensor is a PixArt PMW3389 with up to a 16,000 DPI sensitivity, similar to the majority of high end gaming mice.  The Tech Report liked the physical hardware, however they continue to have challenges with the Razer Synapse software with which you configure the mouse.  If you are a gamer that bounces between genres and could use the ablitity to jump between a numpad to thumb buttons this may be worth a look.

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"Razer's Naga Trinity mouse offers gamers three modular side panels with anywhere from two to 12 buttons to adapt to the needs of any game. We swapped those panels around and dove into Razer's Synapse app to see just how powerful a bite this mouse can deliver."

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Supercap the mouse, meet Razer's Mamba and Firefly Hyperflux

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2018 - 04:02 PM |
Tagged: supercapacitor, razer, Mamba, firefly, hyperflux, wireless charging, input, gaming mouse

Razer have made some interesting choices with their Hyperflux wireless mouse and charging mat.  The Mamba Hyperflux does not contain a battery, instead depending on a constant flow of energy from the FireFly Hyperflux powered mouse mat or via the provided USB cable if you want to forgoe the wireless capabilities altogether.  It seems this choice came with a price, Kitguru has seen it for sale at £249.95, the US price at Amazon is a similar number, which makes this quite expensive comparatively.  Is it worth the cost or are you just paying extra for a unique feature?  Check out the video review for Kitguru's thoughts.

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"Creating a light gaming mouse has always been a challenge for one simple reason – it needs a battery. That’s what we thought, at least, until Razer introduced its Mamba Hyperflux gaming mouse. It weighs just 96g and simply does not have a battery – instead, it uses magnetic induction to receive power directly, thanks to the use of a supercapacitor."

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Source: Kitguru

Podcast #490 - Seasonic Fanless power supply, HyperX cordless headset, and more!

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2018 - 01:37 AM |
Tagged: vulkan, video, stealth, seasonic, razer, Project ReSX, prime, podcast, Khronos Group, hyperx, gamdias, far cry 5, corsair, Carbide 275R, amd, achilles p1-l, 600w

PC Perspective Podcast #490 - 03/07/18

Join us this week for discussion on the Seasonic Fanless power supply, HyperX cordless headset, and more!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, Sebastion Peak, Allyn Malventano

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg, Ken Addison

Program length: 1:26:57

Podcast topics of discussion:
  1. Week in Review:
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  3. News items of interest:
  4. Picks of the Week:
    1. 1:15:05 Allyn: Keep an eye on Steam Specials
    2. 1:18:15 Jeremy: An office move is a chance to get 4K over Cat6? Nope.
    3. 1:23:15 Sebastian: Consider a refurb if you need a PSU
  5. Closing/outro
 
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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Razer

Overview

Compared to manufacturers like Dell, HP, and ASUS, Razer is a relative newcomer to the notebook market having only shipped their first notebook models in 2013. Starting first with gaming-focused designs like the Razer Blade and Blade Pro, Razer branched out to a more general notebook audience in 2016 with the launch of the Razer Blade Stealth.

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Even though Razer is a primarily gamer-centric brand, the Razer Blade Stealth does not feature a discrete GPU for gaming. Instead, Razer advertises using their Razer Core V2 external Thunderbolt 3 enclosure to add your own full-size GPU, giving users the flexibility of a thin-and-light ultrabook, but with the ability to play games when docked.

Compared to my previous daily driver notebook, the "Space Gray" MacBook Pro, the Razer Blade Stealth shares a lot of industrial design similarities, even down to the "Gunmetal" colorway featured on our review unit. The aluminum unibody construction, large touchpad, hinge design, and more all clearly take inspiration from Apple's notebooks over the years. In fact, I've actually mistaken this notebook for a MacBook Pro in a few quick glances around the office in recent weeks.

As someone who is a fan of the industrial design of the MacBook Pro lineup, but not necessarily Apple's recent hardware choices, these design cues are a good thing. In some ways, the Razer Blade Stealth feels like Apple had continued with their previous Retina MacBook Pro designs instead of moving into the current Touch Bar-sporting iteration.

Razer Blade Stealth (Early 2018)
MSRP $1499 $1699 $2099
Screen 13.3" QHD+ (3200x1800) IGZO Touch Screen
CPU Core i7-8550U
GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM 16GB LPDDR3-2133MHz (non-upgradeable)
Storage 256 GB PCIe 512 GB PCIe 1 TB PCIe
Network Killer 1535 Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
Display Output

1 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x HDMI 2.0b

Connectivity 1 x Thunderbolt 3
3.5mm headphone
2 x USB 3.0 (Type-A)
Audio Stereo Speakers, Array Microphone
Weight 2.98 lbs. / 1.35 kg
Dimensions 0.54” / 13.8 mm (Height) x 12.6” / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1” / 206 mm (Depth)
Battery 53.6 WHr
Operating System Windows 10 Home 

One of the things that surprised me most when researching the Razer Blade Stealth was just how equipped the base model was. All models include 16 GB of RAM, a QHD+ touch screen, and at least 256 GB of PCIe NVMe flash storage. However, I would have actually liked to see a 1080p screen option, be it with or without touch. For such a small display size, I would rather gain the battery life advantages of the lower resolution.

Continue reading our review of the Razer Blade Stealth (2018)!!

Razer Patches Two Security Vulnerabilities

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2017 - 11:20 PM |
Tagged: razer

Back in July, a security research group, SecureState, published two vulnerabilities after privately disclosing them to Razer back in March and April. The first vulnerability could lead to a blue-screen of death for the affected machine, although it would need to be triggered by another applications running on the machine. Forcing a blue-screen could be intimidating, but there would be plenty of other things that a malicious application could do if it was able to do that.

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The second issue was more concerning, though. This one allowed, again, another application running on the machine to gain NT_AUTHORITY\SYSTEM privileges. For instance, a user could think that they’re installing a mod for a game, and their computer is completely owned. At the time, Razer did not publish an update, so the company recommended uninstalling Razer Synapse.

Now, as of August 1st, according to Tom’s Hardware, Razer has pushed the update. If you uninstalled Razer Synapse, it’s once again safe. You know, as safe as any other device driver.

Razer HDK2 Is $399 (and Even Less for Some)

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2017 - 06:21 PM |
Tagged: VR, razer, osvr

Last night, we reported on Oculus dropping the price of their Rift + Touch being reduced to $399 USD ($549 CDN). In the comments of that story, mLocke, who is a regular in our IRC chat, mentioned that Razer’s HDK2 is also $399. Even better, if you are a developer or involved in an educational institution, you can also apply to receive an addition 20% discount, which would bring the cost down to about $319 USD. There is also something about a “2 for 1 promotion” for academics and researchers, but you need to email them for that.

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That said, the OSVR HDK2 doesn’t come with a controller, unlike the Oculus Rift + Touch. Also, while OSVR is expected to form the basis of OpenXR, because Razer donated the API to the Khronos Group, it doesn’t support as much as Oculus or the HTC Vive. That said, if you’re a developer that only cares about your own content, it works with Unreal Engine 4 and Unity, and you can probably add support to other engines yourself. (Update @ 7:47pm: I just realized that this previous sentence doesn't mean what I intended it to. There's a lot of engines that already support OSVR, including Lumberyard and CryEngine. I meant that if you're working on your own, then the SDK is available as well. I didn't mean that Unity and Unreal Engine were the only ones with available plug-ins.)

So, for a consumer that is torn between both deals, I would probably point you to the Oculus one. If you’re a developer, educator, or researcher, then you might want to reach out to OSVR and see. It might be your best option.

Source: Razer

Move over Razer Blade, we want to see the Razer Core

Subject: Mobile | April 25, 2017 - 05:24 PM |
Tagged: external gpu, razer, razer blade, Razer Core

Razer updated their Blade gaming laptop with a GTX 1060 and i7-7700HQ along with a bump in the 16GB of memory to DDR4-2400 and an 256GB M.2 Samsung PM961 SSD.  That is not what makes this review from Kitguru interesting, it is the additional product which came with the Blade that does.  The Razer Core is a housing for an external GPU which connects over Thunderbolt 3.  You can install either an AMD or NVIDIA GPU which 310mm or less in length which can be powered by a 500W PSU, which is pretty much any GPU on the market.  Kitguru installed a GTX 1080 and compared the performance of the integrated GTX 1060 to the higher end card; you can see the results here.

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"We began our recent review of the 2017 Razer Blade by telling you that Razer had updated the graphics chip from GTX 970M to GTX 1060. The laptop has continued to evolve and now it’s the turn of the CPU which has been changed from Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake to Core i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake."

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Source: Kitguru

The New Razer Blade Pro V gaming laptop, THX certified audio included

Subject: Mobile | March 28, 2017 - 01:58 PM |
Tagged: thx, Razer Blade Pro V, razer, gaming laptop, 4k, 1080

THX Certification, likely familiar to any movie-goers, is a standard which details certain display and audio requirements and it would seem that the new Razer Blade is the first gaming laptop to meet their standards.  The display is 4K 17.3" IGZO G-SYNC panel, which has an LED backlight and capacitive multi-touch and is capable of displaying 100% of Adobe RGB colour space.  The audio is a 7.1 Codec which supports Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition as well as a THX Certified 3.5mm combo audio port which can drive high end headphones.

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Inside you will find a Core i7-7820HK, overclocked to reach a peak of 4.3GHz, an 8GB GTX 1080, 32GB of DDR4-2667 and two PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 of up to 2TB in size.  As well the Razer offers an ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard and Killer DoubleShot Pro, which is a Killer Wireless-AC 1535 NIC as well as a Killer E2500.

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You can read the full PR under the fold or head straight to the website.

Source: Razer

Razer Announces Yellow Mechanical Keyboard Switch

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2017 - 07:49 PM |
Tagged: razer, mechanical keyboard

Since they ended their reliance upon Cherry’s MX line of switches, Razer created / co-created their own line. Until this month, desktop keyboards contained one of two, color-coded entries: the Razer Green or the Razer Orange mechanical keyboard switches. The Green is designed to be similar to the Cherry MX Blue, with a 50cN activation force and a clicky response. The Orange, on the other hand, aims at the Cherry MX Brown, with a 45cN activation force and a bumpy response, without a click. As such, both of them have some sort of feedback at the point of activation.

(One cN weighs about as much as a gram on the surface of the Earth.)

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This month, Razer announced the Razer Yellow switch. They are claiming this one is linear and silent, with an activation force of 45cN. Comparing back to my table, you would see this fits right in with the Cherry MX Red switch, although Razer has, again, changed the design slightly, mostly around travel distance. I’m personally not really a fan of linear switches on keyboards, mostly because I type and I tend to bottom them out. Still, they are a beloved option for many, and now Razer provides the option.

The Razer Yellow switch is just available in the Razer Blackwidow Chrome V2 at the moment.

Source: Razer