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Razer Kishi controller brings console precision to iPhone games

Razer is launching the Kishi Universal Gaming Controller for the iPhone. Finally, I’ve got something that gives me an unfair advantage in a Call of Duty game. It’s a stretchable accessory that can fit most new iPhones, adding game controller analog sticks and buttons to your mobile gaming experience. It connects via the Lightning connector and wraps around the edges of the iPhone. I used it to play Call of Duty: Mobile. I came in first in two of my first three matches, and in my third match I had 26 kills and one death. It works with Fortnite as well, if you can still play it on your iPhone (some players can do so despite litigation between Epic and Apple, particularly those who don’t have to update the game). And admittedly, maybe there were some bots in my Call of Duty: Mobile battles, but I still did better than usual. Fortnite in particular is a cross-play game, where mobile players can go up against console and PC players. Usually when that happens, the mobile players get slaughtered because touchscreen controls aren’t as good as a mouse-and-keyboard or gamepad. The Kishi goes a long way toward leveling the playing field. The Razer Kishi for Android launched earlier this year, and Jeff Grubb played with it. Above: The Razer Kishi costs $100. The Kishi has clickable analog thumbsticks, a bunch of face and multi-function buttons, and an 8-way D-pad. The Kishi works with iPhone 6 Plus and newer devices. The Razer…Continue readingRazer Kishi controller brings console precision to iPhone games

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The Razer Blade 15 with a 4K OLED display is $300 off

Buy Blade 15 laptop (4K) at Razer – $1,999 This gaming laptop has more going for it than just a 4K, 60Hz OLED screen. It runs on a 10th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q. The Blade 15 earned a spot in our gaming laptops buying guide as one of our favorite machines, and aside from the display, those are the specs we recommend on this machine. A 4K display isn’t necessary for most people — nor do you need it to get the most out of this gaming laptop. You could save an extra $100 and opt for the model with a 1080p, 144Hz panel and get the same core experience. But if having a 4K screen means a lot to you (or you just want to get the most bang for your buck), the model on sale for $1,999 fits the bill. We gave the Blade 15 a score of 89 and praised it in part for having a sleek design that matches the power that its specs provide. Measuring 17mm thick, the Blade 15 is much slimmer than other gaming laptops — its 4.7-pound weigh may deceive it a bit, but its premium design and build quality means that you’ll be able to stick it in a 15-inch laptop bag without trouble. It also has a comfortable keyboard and trackpad and lasts close to nine hours on a single charge (which is more than many…Continue readingThe Razer Blade 15 with a 4K OLED display is $300 off

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Razer updates its BlackShark headset with THX spatial audio

The BlackShark V2 is a souped-up version of that model. It has titanium-coated 50mm drivers that deliver THX spatial audio with “added vocal clarity,” ultra-soft ear cushions and a removable version of the same mic. You can connect it to a USB sound card, and you’ll have what Razer describes as advanced audio and mic controls. Razer Razer also announced it will release THX Game Profiles via Razer Synapse on August 6th. The profiles are customized for specific games, with each title’s developer certifying them. According to the company, they “allow players to enjoy [the developers’] gamers the way they were truly meant to sound.” The software is only compatible with the $99.99 BlackShark V2 for now. Support for other headsets and headphones will arrive later. There are two modes for each profile. THX Environmental Mode is all about realism and immersion, while THX Competitive Mode focuses more on directional cues and spatial awareness, to help you pinpoint where enemies are. You’ll be able to fine-tune how each game sounds. At the outset, there’s support for 18 titles on THX Game Profiles, including Apex Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. More will be added in the coming months. Source linkContinue readingRazer updates its BlackShark headset with THX spatial audio

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Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2020) review: great gaming on the go

The biggest question about the Blade Stealth 13 isn’t actually about the Blade Stealth 13. It’s about the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, the best ultraportable gaming laptop ever made. For a while, that title belonged to the 2019 Blade Stealth 13. Prior to last year, it was highly unusual to see any GPU more powerful than an MX 150 in a thin and light machine. (The reason rhymes with “schooling.”) That Razer crammed an Nvidia GTX 1650 into a chassis that was just 3.13 pounds and 12 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches was astonishing to see. There was nothing like it on the market. That’s not true anymore, thanks to the Zephyrus, which not only houses a powerful GPU (up to an RTX 2060 Max-Q) and CPU (up to AMD’s eight-core Ryzen 9 4900HS) in a chassis that weighs just over 3.5 pounds, but it’s also aggressively priced: the tricked-out model is just $1,449. After spending time with that device, it was hard for me to imagine recommending anything else for gaming on the go. Razer’s work was cut out for it. Good Stuff Sturdy, compact, beautiful build Colorful keyboard with updated layout Powerful gaming specs with a 120Hz screen Bad Stuff Expensive compared to portable competitors Performance can’t match larger gaming laptops Large top and bottom bezels (by current standards) In a vacuum, the $1,799 Blade Stealth 13 is an improvement over last year’s model: the chips are more powerful, there’s a faster screen, and Razer made a much-requested…Continue readingRazer Blade Stealth 13 (2020) review: great gaming on the go

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Amazon’s one-day Razer sale includes a $250 discount on the Blade Stealth

Buy Razer Blade Stealth 13 at Amazon – $1,450 Buy Razer Kraken X USB headset at Amazon – $48 The Razer Blade Stealth is a beast of a laptop in a relatively unassuming shell. Engadget’s Devindra Hardawar gave it a score of 83 when he reviewed it at the end of 2019 in part for its sleek and sturdy design — and it’s impressive that Razer stuck so much power inside the thing. The model on sale comes with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and a 13.3-inch 1080p 60Hz display. Putting all of that in a 3-pound laptop isn’t easy, but Razer pulled it off and made a laptop that’s just as good for regular work as it is for gaming. But the Blade Stealth has its limits, as does every other gaming laptop. While titles like Overwatch could be played smoothly at 1080p 70FPS, others like Destiny 2 fell to 40FPS to 70FPS when played at 1080p. The Max-Q graphics inside the Blade Stealth aren’t a sure-fire guarantee for 60FPS gaming all day, every day, but they are much more reliable than GPUs in other laptops of this size. One of the biggest downfalls of the Blade Stealth when it first became available was price. Its $1,800 original price was a hard pill to swallow, but this sale price of $1,450 makes it a much easier sell. The Kraken X USB headset will likely be appealing to even…Continue readingAmazon’s one-day Razer sale includes a $250 discount on the Blade Stealth

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Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini review — I like this tiny mouse

Razer has begun shrinking many of its gaming peripherals, and that now includes the excellent DeathAdder mouse. The DeathAdder V2 Mini does what it says on the tin. It is the same great mouse with its excellent design and sensor, but now it’s significantly smaller. That also means lighter. And I’m finding that I love using this mouse even compared to its full-size counterparts. The DeathAdder V2 Mini is available starting today for $50. As part of the rollout of this device, Razer is also introducing its Razer Mouse Grips. These are decals that can add a textured surface to the specific contours and grooves of Razer mice like the DeathAdder Mini. That’s available separately for $10 also beginning today, July 9. First, let’s talk about the mouse. The Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini is like holding air Razer says that its mini mice are for people with small- or medium-sized hands. Now, I don’t want to go off about talking about having big hands — that’s weird. I’ll just say that I can’t quite palm a basketball, but the L and XL gloves at Home Depot are both too small for me. It’s worth noting that the store doesn’t have small or medium men’s gloves, which is probably a reflection of masculine insecurities. VB Transform 2020 Online – July 15-17. Join leading AI executives: Register for the free livestream. But the point is that I don’t think I have small or medium hands, and yet I find the DeathAdder Mini…Continue readingRazer DeathAdder V2 Mini review — I like this tiny mouse