CyberPower Trinity PC, tiny PC on an HDMI stick, and more
While CES 2015 was more of an evolutionary year as opposed to a revolutionary one, there were some interesting devices in the PC space. If you’ve read our CES 2015 prediction piece, nearly all of that came true. We saw a bunch of VR headsets, assisted driving cars, and more. We’ve highlighted our favorite hardware from the show below.
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Another attempt to get Android into the living room
You can always count on Razer to introduce a surprise product or two every year at the Consumer Electronics Show. Last year it was Project Christine, a modular PC concept that may one day become an actual consumer product. And this year? Well, Razer has multiple items on tap, including Forge TV, which it describes as a high-performance Android TV micro-console with a lofty goal.
Whether or not virtual reality has the legs to go the distance remains to be seen, especially since the technology is in the crawling stage at this point. However, what we do know for sure is that there are a lot of companies excited about the potential. Obviously there's Oculus Rift VR, which is the most popular, but now we have Razer as a player. One of Razer's big reveals at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem, and we were on hand to discuss the technology with the company.
A plug-and-play digital microphone for superior recordings
It's been interesting to see Razer evolve over the years, branching out into new product categories rather than getting too comfortable in a singular category. Of course, gaming mice are still the company's bread and butter, but its product line has grown in multiple different directions. The latest product from Razer is the Seirēn, a plug-and-play digital microphone that's supposed to offer studio-grade recordings.
Razer today unveiled its "Razer Classic" product line consisting of five exclusive products that can only be purchased from the company's website. These aren't new peripherals, but a collection of "tried and true" devices that have each been given retro blue backlighting as a throwback to Razer's early days in the gaming peripheral market. The goal is to offer "contemporary performance, but with a subtle nostalgic vibe," the company says.
Razer this week announced the launch of its Naga Epic Chroma gaming mouse, the latest updated peripheral to join its Chroma family. Armed with 19 buttons in all -- including 12 mechanical buttons situated on the mouse's thumb grip -- this MMO rodent is similar to the original Naga, except that it offers customizable lighting and doesn't yet come in a left-handed version.
Sometimes it feels like speaker makers have forgotten about PC gamers. Long gone are the days when multimedia speaker announcements were fairly common, but don't despair, not all companies have hightailed it out of the PC gaming space in a Klipsch-like fashion. Gaming peripheral maker Razer has been dabbling in audio and its newest product announcement is the Leviathan, a 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound bar for gaming and movies.
One of my favorite mice of all time is Razer's original DeathAdder. Back before I wore the thing out, it felt comfortable, was lightweight and responsive, and didn't overburden me with too many buttons. Just an all-around solid mouse that Razer claims is still the best-selling gaming rodent since it was released in 2006. Fast forward to today and the original is now better than ever -- Razer just announced the DeathAdder Chroma, essentially a tweaked version of the original with a higher DPI and fancy lights.
Razer has been rather busy with adding a new feature to Chroma and, more recently, releasing Razer Cortex to help players find the best video game deals. If that weren’t enough, Razer has announced an open beta for Razer Synapse: Stats & Heatmaps.
You will no longer have to browse for the best deals
One of the best things about being a PC gamer are the great video game sales we have access to. While Steam sales are the most well-known, sites such as GOG.com have their own great sales and even EA’s Origin has been getting the general idea. So to make browsing around easier, Razer has announced the Razer Cortex which will compare prices for video games.