Razer gave thin and light gaming a major kick in the pants when it introduced its Blade laptop last year. It earned a 9 verdict (and our respect) in our review of the $2,000 model, which offered up impressive gaming performance in a package measuring just 13.6 inches by 9.3 inches by 0.66 inches (that's 0.05 inches thinner than a dime when you stand it up) and weighing 4.1 pounds. This year's refresh upgrades the 14-inch QHD+ territory (3200x1800), so what do you do with 'old' models? Apparently you try offloading them on students for a 20 percent discount.
Razer has hard time convincing manufacturers to jump on board
Project Christine might never happen due to a lack of third-party involvement, according to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan. The modular desktop PC, revealed back in January, was supposed to be a way to bring PC gaming to consumers in an easy format without the difficulties and complications of swapping out parts. However, due to a lack of support and interest from manufacturers, it appears that the conceept will never see the light of day.
An impressive display to accommodate all that power
Razer has revealed the specs and features for its new Razer Blade laptop. The new 14-inch Razer Blade’s biggest feature is the 3200x1800 touchscreen display that features 5.76 megapixels. It is a significant upgrade from last year’s model that featured a 1600x900 resolution display. According to Razer, the laptop’s state-of-the-art IGZO IPS display panel results in a 250 percent increase in contrast ratio over last year’s model.
People are always talking about not having to reinvent the wheel, but what if the purpose of the wheel changed? It's an admittedly rough analogy to what Razer has done, which is try to reinvent the mechanical switch. According to Razer, all mechanical switches up to this point have been designed for typing, whereas the new Razer Mechanical Switch was purpose-built for gaming applications.
You may never know the sorrow of losing a save file again
Razer has announced its new Save Game Manager feature. The feature will be coming to itsRazer Game Booster program and will allow users to save any title’s save files. The new save feature, which will be in beta upon release, is compatible with any game that has local save files and will support backup services for over 2,000 titles. Users will also be able to manually add games to take advantage of this service to Dropbox.
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We pour one out for Katherine, then discuss all the sweet gear we spotted at CES.
The No BS Podcast has returned, both from the holiday break, and from CES, and we've recorded Episode #216. Sadly, things are starting off on a somber note, as Editor-in-Chief Katherine Stevenson has announced she is leaving the magazine to pursue other interests here at Future US. She will be sorely missed, and we wish her the best of luck at her new gig. Since we must carry on, we did, so we jumped into a discussion of all the hardware we saw at CES, including the Steam Machines, 4K panels, Razer's Project Christine, and Oculus Rift. Gordon had his ear to the ground for CPU news at CES too, and discusses what Intel told him at the show. We also all have a chat about AMD"s new Kaveri APU. We finished the proceedings with our Editors' Picks, and the Gordon tackled the controversial topic of comic books being made into movies and wearable computing.
Easily one of the most unique products being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) so far is "Project Christine," Razer's modular PC concept. Depending on the level of interest in such a design, Razer says this could turn from a concept build into a shipping product by next year. We wanted to learn more about Project Christine, so Jimmy headed over to Razer's booth for a thorough examination.
There's no need to try and reinvent the wheel, and some might argue the same applies to desktop PCs. Not Razer, a company that's best known for its PC gaming peripherals. Razer has set out to reinvent gaming desktops with a modular PC concept that's currently called Project Christine. The idea is to simplify the processing of setting up a PC, make future upgrades easy, and eliminate obsolescence.
Razer's first foray into the wearable computing market
Gaming peripheral maker Razer has proven on more than one occasion that it isn't afraid to step out of its comfort zone and try its hand at different types of products. This time the company is trying its wrist. Meet the Razer Nabu, a smart band device that "fits technology seamlessly into your daily life." It does this by communicating with your smartphone, but it's far from a one trick pony.