PAX West 2018: Razer to Release New ESports-Ready Keyboard, Headset and Mouse

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PAX West 2018: Razer to Release New ESports-Ready Keyboard, Headset and Mouse

At Pax West 2018, Razer unveiled not one, not two, but three new gaming pc peripherals aiming to raise the level cap. This set of separately-sold Razer accessories are designed for esports athletes and are coming right around the corner. Let’s dive into the new Razer BlackWidow Elite keyboard, Razer Kraken Tournament Edition headset and Razer Mamba Wireless Mouse.

Razer BlackWidow Elite Keyboard

The product that’s closest to availability is the Razer BlackWidow Elite, going for $169.99 with availability starting on August 31, 2018. The Razer BlackWidow Elite will be the first from the Razer BlackWidow line of keyboards to feature Hybrid On-board Memory with cloud storage via the Razer Synapse customization engine. This will allow for the storage of up to five customization profiles that can be accessed anywhere.

The Razer BlackWidow Elite continues its legacy in the realm of mechanical gaming keyboards, sporting Razer™ Mechanical Switches available in green, orange and yellow.  Each key switch option now incorporates stabilizing walls on the sides of each switch which also work as water and dust resistance for each key. The Razer BlackWidow Elite keys will feature Razer Chroma lighting offering 16.8 million color possibilities and an 80-million keystroke lifespan, with each key being able to house macros thanks to Razer Hypershift. The Razer BlackWidow Elite is also reinforced with 1000 Hz Ultrapolling and 10-key rollover anti-ghosting.

Sample of the 3 previous Razer Switches on left, new Razer Mechanical Switch with stabilizing walls on shown on exposed ESC key on right.

To complete the package, the Razer BlackWidow Elite houses a multi-function digital dial, three dedicated media buttons and a removable leatherette wrist rest which attaches magnetically. The keyboard will also host a USB 2.0 and audio pass-through to help with cable routing and to save you from extraneous wiring setups and arrangements with your PC towers.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Headset

Headset Specs

Headphone Frequency response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
Headphone Impedance: 32 Ω @ 1 kHz
Headphone Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 109 dB
Input power: 30 mW (Max)
Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
Inner ear cup diameter: 56 mm / 2.2 in.
Connection type: Analog 3.5 mm
Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft.
Approx. weight: 322 g / 0.71 lbs.
Microphone Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
Microphone Impedance: 32 Ω @ 1 kHz
Microphone Signal-to-noise ratio: > 60 dB
Microphone Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -45 ± 3 dB

Coming out in September 2018 for a very approachable $99.99, Razer brings forth a new headset with pinpoint positional sound, thanks to THX Spatial Audio. The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition will simulate 360 degree audio through its 50mm drivers. The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition offers full audio control via an inline USB audio controller. Gamers will be able to control bass levels, adjust game and chat volume balance, and toggle THX’s surround sound on and off on the fly. The headset will also sport a 3.5mm combo jack outside of the USB audio controller, opening the door for use with any gaming or non-gaming platform that supports audio through a 3.5mm jack.

Designed for the long-haul gaming sessions, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition will feature cooling-gel infused ear cushions, a soft padded headband, and hidden earwear channels that allow for comfortable contact with glasses frames. The cushions utilize a leatherette and spandex skin hybrid where the breathable spandex surface comes in contact with the side of your head while the surrounding leatherette works to lock down isolation.

Razer Mamba Wireless Mouse

Last up is the Razer Mamba Wireless mouse coming in at $99.99 with availability starting in September 2018. The Razer Mamba Wireless is a seven-button mouse that uses the Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor capable of 16,000 DPI and a resolution accuracy of 99.4 percent. It’s a right-handed mouse that uses rubberized grips for the sides, grips which have been updated from the wired Razer Mamba. The main left and right click buttons uses Razer™ Mechanical Mouse Switches, toting a lifespan of 50 million clicks.

Just like with the BlackWidow Elite keyboard, the Razer Mamba Wireless also features Hybrid On-board Memory with cloud storage via the Razer Synapse customization engine. This allows the mouse to have up to five customization profiles that can be accessed anywhere. The Razer Mamba Wireless uses Razer’s adaptive frequency technology for ensuring the best possible transmission and maintains a battery life of up to 50 hours with the Chroma LED off, or 30 hours with the LED on. If the mouse is close to losing power, simply attach the included USB cable, effectively making the Razer Mamba Wireless into a wired mouse while it charges.

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