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Razer reveals the Blade gaming laptop at PAX

By: BatRastered Aug 30, 2011 | 183 Views | 8 Comments

You want to play PC games on a laptop, but don't want to sacrifice true portability? Razer has the answer, but it will cost you...

Yeah, $2,800 is a little steep for a laptop these days. It is made of milled aluminum like a Mac Book Pro and has some insane specs:

  • 2.8GHz Intel® Core™ i7 2640M Processor
  • 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
  • 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
  • 2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
  • Built-in HD Webcam
  • Integrated 60Wh Battery
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
  • Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
  • 16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)

No word on how long that battery will last with all that power hungry hardware, but dang that's a sweet setup. The custom "switchblade" buttons that change based on the game your playing and the touchscreen/touchpad mouse are not really available anywhere else, so there's that. I still can't help but think that I could buy a Mac Book Pro plus a super high powered desktop for that much money though.

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Another Piece of Hardware to make World of Warcraft Addicts Jump

By: jalexbrown Jan 28, 2011 | 363 Views | 10 Comments

As if people playing World of Warcraft didn't already waste a lot of time...now there's a new way!

You know World of Warcraft...the one game that everyone's playing, the one that enabled Blizzard to buy a sixteenth yacht?  Did you ever think that the World of Warcraft addicts needed yet another way to spend more time getting their fix?  If so, I have some news for you!

 

Razer, the company that has created a few other World of Warcraft themed PC peripherals (at a ridiculous price point), announced earlier this month that they're prototyping a new gamer-themed netbook called the Switchblade.  The Switchblade's specs are unknown, but Razer did show off a dynamic keyboard that is quite interesting; essentially every key is a tiny touch screen, and games will include templates that will give the keys a custom look for different games.  If you're playing World of Warcraft, for instance, your keyboard keys will actually show the spell icon to which it's binded.  If that's not a cool idea, I don't know what it is - and if it sounds expensive, I'm guessing you're going to be right.

 

Although the Razer seems the perfect gift idea for any World of Warcraft player, it's not just a World of Warcraft machine; it's a full-fledged gaming laptop in a netbook form factor.  Since the specs aren't revealed, we're yet to be able to conclude if the Switchblade will really be able to compete with true gaming laptops such as the Acer Republic of Gamer series (unlikely, but hey, anything's possible).

 

For more information, check out this video (which includes interviews with a couple people):

 

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What do you think?  If you're a World of Warcraft player, will you be buying this?  Have you bought any of Razer's other (overpriced) peripherals?  And most importantly, does the Switchblade have the potential to create a whole new segment specifically for gamers within the netbook market?

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Razer Onza hands-on CES 2011 with goukijones

By: goukijones Jan 10, 2011 | 1178 Views | 10 Comments

Quick there's a scruffy white dude looking at the xbox controller, send out the cute little Asian girl. Heard. goukijones literally gets a hand all over experience with the new Razer Onza controller for Xbox 360.

Seriously, everything was completely professional. I did not care for this controller at all. I don't like cords and it comes with a 15 foot cord. sad face. There is no confirmed wireless version. The two extra shoulder buttons are programable and that is a cool idea. But they are too close togther. Maybe that would take some getting used to. I was also not impressed with the d-pad. Microsoft just created the twisty d-pad, which is great. The Razer Onza has another flat surface for the d-pad. Jimmy don't like that. The highlight of the controller is the adjustable thumbsticks. I really think that will make a huge differnce in any FPS experience. Hey yo, send me a wired one for free and then maybe I'll consider buying a wireless one.

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Razer Onza available for pre-order January 17, 2011

By: ThaBrad Jan 6, 2011 | 612 Views | 13 Comments

Razer finally announced the release date of the Onza. With it's adjustable thumbsticks, extra bumpers that you can remap, and 49 dollar price tag, what's not to like?

For over a year now I have been looking and searching for more information on the Razer Onza and when it would be released. Finally today I get an email letting me know that it's been released... sort of. It's an email letting me know that it'll be available for pre-order January 17.

I think this controller will put every other controller out there to shame. First off, it's cheaper, and who don't like a good deal Jimmy? Secondly, the ability to adjust the sensitivity of your thumbsticks is awesome. I remember how much more I liked the stiffness of the original xbox controllers over the new 360 ones. It makes those need for precision situations a lot more easier to deal with. The third good reason to get this controller is an extra set of bumper stops at the top that you can re-map to any other button on the controller. This means when a certain move or action requires you to use the directional pad, you can remap it to a bumper so you don't have to take your fingers off the stick, Awesome to say the least!

There are two versions, the tournament edition and the Standard. From what i've read it seems like the tournament edition comes with the adjustable thumbsticks and that's the only addition. The full set of features for the Tournament Edition are:

  • 2 Adjustable resistance analog sticks
  • 2 Multi-Function Buttons
  • 4 backlit Hyperresponse action buttons
  • Precision D-Pad
  • Non-slip rubber surface (For all of those Sweaty and Heated "Endless" battles with yourself)
  • Quick released USB connector
  • Fully PC compatible
  • 15 foot, lightweigh, braided fiber cable

They come in a white or a black background. The standard controller is only 39.99. I don't know about you guys but I'll definately be making an order on the 17th, popping in Halo Reach, and using the precision of my newly adjusted thumbsticks to pwnn some Jimmys.

 
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