This week sees the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) taking place, with tech companies from far and wide unveiling new products. Among these is Razer, the company that is many gamers go-to for many of their needs. Yesterday Razer revealed two new laptops, alongside a face-mask and a gaming chair. There’s a fair bit to go through so let’s start with the laptops.
Razer Blade 15
The Razer Blade 15 is the less powerful of the two, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a powerful laptop. There are two models; the base and the advanced. Even then, there are multiple choices in terms of things such as display and GPU. The base model will always feature a 6 core 10th generation Intel i7, as well as a 512GB SSD and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a HD webcam and a single-zone RGB keyboard. The base model can have either a NVIDIA GeForce 3060 or 3070 depending on which you choose, and either a 144Hz Full HD display or a 165Hz QHD screen.
The advanced model builds on this even further, offering an 8 core 10th generation i7 and a 1TB SSD. The advanced model has a choice of three GPUs; NVIDIA GeForce 3070, NVIDIA GeForce 3080 8GB or NVIDIA GeForce 3070 16GB. There is also a choice of screens ranging from 360Hz Full HD to OLED 4K 60Hz. RAM comes as either 16GB or 32GB DDR4. The Razer Blade 15 starts at $1699.99.
Razer Blade Pro 17
The Razer Blade Pro 17 is even more of a beast. Sporting a 2.3GHz 8 core i7, this can be turbo boosted up to 5.1GHz. The display is a 360MHz 17 inch screen with a 3ms response rate. RAM is either 16GB or 32GB of DDR4 however this can be upgraded to 64GB. Storage also comes in the form of either 512GB or 1TB but both are upgradable to 2TB. As with the Blade 15 there are a range of GPUs to you to choose from. The Blade Pro 17 starts at $2299.99.
Project Hazel – Smart Mask
As a fellow gamer you may well also share a fascination with RGB. I’m not sure what it is about it but for some reason we just love it. Even though Project Hazel has RGB, it has so much more than that. The mask, which builds upon the N95 surgical mask, features a transparent design to allow others to see facial expressions such as laughing. This also doubles up to allow those hard of hearing to lip-read. Interior lights in the mask automatically come on in the dark, allowing you to always be able show off your smile.
Project Hazel also sports a built-in microphone to allow for clear speech. The microphone uses Razer VoiceAmp Technology to amplify your voice so you can always be heard. No more shouting through your mask to get your coffee order! The mask also features replacable and rechargable ventilators that, when placed into the fast charging wireless case disinfect them with UV light to remove any bacteria or viruses. Two customisable lighting zones offer over 16 million colours so that your mask never matches anyone elses.
“Razer acknowledges the uncertainty in the road ahead, and so it was our duty to help protect our community members and prepare them from invisible threats … The Project Hazel smart mask concept is intended to be functional, yet comfortable and useful for interacting with the world, while maintaining a sociable aesthetic.”Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer.
Every gamer needs a good gamer chair. Project Brooklyn is an “ergonomic gaming chair into a full-fledged entertainment powerhouse that delivers breathtaking, next-gen immersion for both PC and console gaming”. Built using carbon fiber and even more RGB, the chair acts as a “fully immersive gaming station”, featuring tactile feedback in the seat and a 60-inch rollout display. Mounted onto the back of the chair is a 60 inch OLED display, which can be deployed at the touch of a button.