When StarCraft II releases to a rabid fan base who have helped make the original one of the most popular games of all time, Razer will be ready and waiting with a handful of StarCraft II themed peripherals, including a mouse (Spectre), keyboard (Marauder), and headset (Banshee).
"We are all huge StarCraft players here at Razer, so we are really excited to give gamers a first glimpse at the StarCraft II gaming peripherals," said Robert 'Razerguy' Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "The peripherals were created with our newly developed APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System™ and feature a gaming-optimized design inspired by the StarCraft universe to complement the on-screen action."
Billed as "tournament ready," the Spectre is a lightweight rodent with fingertip grips, five buttons, an ultra-sensitive 5600DPI 3.5G laser sensor, mouse button force settings, multi-color LED system, 1000Hz ultrapolling, 1ms response, and a hardware configuration utility. Probably the most unique feature is the LED system, which provides real-time performance feedback by changing hues.
Availability: Q3 2010 Price: $80
Also "tournament ready," the Maruader comes with a multi-color backlit keyboard with an APM (Actions-Per-Minute) lighting system for real-time feedback, just like the Spectre. The Maruader also features "optimized spacing with laser-etched keys," Razer's Hyperesponse technology, 1000Hz ultrapolling, 1ms response, and a hardware configuration utility. In other words, it's the Spectre in keyboard form. Unique to the Maruader, however, is a dedicated on-the-fly macro recording system.
Availabiltiy: Q3 2010 Price: $120
If you guessed that Razer would also bill the Banshee headset as "tournament ready," well, you were wrong, but if it's any consolation, so were we. Marketing hype aside, the Banshee does sport a StarCraft inspired design, just like the Spectre and Marauder, and the same multi-color APM as the other two peripherals. The included configuration utility lets user make customized adjustments to the equalizer, pitch, and volume. Other features include a detachable microphone boom and a "comfortable circumaural construction."