Razer expands into PC cases with custom-designed NZXT H440

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First Razer built mice and headsets and PC accessories. Then Razer built its own computers—the Razer Blade laptop and the modular Project Christine. Now the inevitable has happened: Razer's built a PC case. The company's big product reveal for E3 2014 is a custom Razer-designed NZXT H440 case, a sleek black obelisk with the usual neon green highlighting.

The NZXT H440 is part of Razer's "Designed by Razer" initiative, which means they didn't actually manufacture the case. Instead, they took a mid-tower case design from NZXT and ran it through Razer's design team in San Francisco, tweaking the materials and aesthetics to meet Razer's specifications.

Razer CEO shows off E3 gear: Kraken Neon headset, NZXT H440 case

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Our friends at Techradar joined Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan at the company's E3 booth for a video interview showing off the new NZXT H440 case and the Kraken Neon Pros. We also get a look at the Junglecat, a mobile phone gamepad, but we expect you'll skip ahead to the new hyper-colored new Krakens.

Razer sharpens up their new Blade gaming laptop

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Razer have announced their new thin and light gaming notebook will have a hefty screen upgrade along with the new Nvidia 800M series GPU.

We’re not quite talking 4K resolutions here but the 3200 x 1800 native resolution of the Indium Gallium Oxide (IGZO) panel isn’t far off the resolution we’ve seen from the beautiful, similarly IGZO-based 4K screen from Asus. Razer is calling the screen QHD+, because the world needs more display-based acronyms.

Razer CEO hopes Project Christine will make upgrades easy for casual gamers

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Written by Jonathan Deesing

Tuesday at the International CES, Razer unveiled Project Christine—its newest product aimed at creating a fully modular high-end gaming PC. At first glance, it hardly looks like a PC at all, but each of its strange modular spokes is a computer component.A thermal cooling tower forms a backbone, which has a number of modules that snap in and out. The modules—roughly the size of a paperback book—represent various components of a computer such as its GPU or CPU.

Razer reveals Project Christine, a modular gaming PC, at CES 2014

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We’re in the midst of CES 2014’s gadget and computer hardware information avalanche and it’s starting to get a little difficult to separate the exciting announcements from the announcements we’ll forget about before the show’s over. For example, how do you feel about Razer’s announcement of Project Christine, a modular gaming PC? I mean, look at it. That doesn’t look like any PC I’ve ever seen. Where's the dust-clogged exhaust fans, the fire-hazardous tangle of cables, and the unsightly, space-inefficient case?

Steam Controller isn't enough: why PC gamers need a couch-friendly keyboard and mouse

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In 2013 Valve told us that it’s making a controller, an operating system, and is sanctioning PC manufacturers to create Steam Machines. The three-pronged campaign to put Steam in your living room, deliberately revealed ahead of the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, was the biggest PC gaming news of the year. It’s a move that establishes Valve as something that resembles a platform holder, something it’s been hesitant to do despite being the PC’s biggest online retailer.

Razer's Project Fiona is now the Razer Edge gaming tablet

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Razer were busy teasing this device as Project Fiona a year ago. It re-emerged from the obscurity of Razer's R&D shroud this week at CES this week with a new name and some new moves. The ungainly handlebar controllers that we saw a year ago are detachable, the base unit can slot into a keyboard to turn it into a more conventional desktop unit, or you can carry it around and use it as you would any touchscreen tablet.

It's also quite powerful. An Intel Core i7 chip, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a solid state HDD and an NVIDIA GT 640M LE GPU should push decent framerates to the 10.1" 1366x768 screen. The downside? You'll need $1,299.99 to buy one. Razer are giving potential customers a chance to register interest on the Razer Edge site now alongside a video showing off the Edge in its various guises. Watch that and grab the full specs below.

Win a copy of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a Razer Lycosa keyboard and a Razer Imperator mouse!

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To celebrate the launch of Firaxis' brilliant Earth defence strategy game, 2K Games have teamed up with Razer to give away an awesome gaming bundle to five lucky, talented and probably rather dashing PC Gamer readers.

Each winner will receive a copy of XCOM: Enemy Unknown in an actual box, a Razer Lycosa keyboard and a Razer Imperator mouse, both of which, rather more obviously, also come in boxes. The keyboard is described on Razer's site as a "nexus of dominion", which sounds like the kind of thing that might come in handy when facing down a terrible extraterrestrial threat.

Razer reveals new Blade laptop

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Over at PAX this weekend, Razer has been showing off a new version of its Blade laptop. Named the Blade R2 – for obvious reasons, and not to differentiate it from a disappointing Daywalker flick – it's externally identical to the original, but with updated insides and a lower price tag.

There's still no news on whether or not it will be available outside of the US, however.

Razer partners with top DOTA 2 team Team Zenith

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Peripheral maker and perennial esports supporter Razer has formed a partnership with one of the world’s top Dota 2 teams, Team Zenith as they prepare for the Valve 2 International tournament in August.

Razer Artemis is a custom keypad/joystick/tablet peripheral for MechWarrior Online

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Jumping joysticks! Hardware-maker Razer and MechWarrior Online developer Piranha Games are collaborating on a peripheral called the Razer Artemis. The prototype doesn’t have a listed price or ship date, but this may be the first time a (what’s likely to be) hundreds-of-dollars device will be sold for a free-to-play game.

'Like' to have a left handed MMO mouse?

Adam Oxford at

In these days of equal opportunity and well enforced rights of access laws, it seems almost unforgivable that one group of gamers is still unconsciously discriminated against. But then, it wasn't until I'd worked with a particularly militant south-paw dep ed that even liberal'ole me came to realise just how few of our toys take left-handedness into account. This realisation grew stronger every time a right-handed mouse was thrown in my direction.

You've been able to get left-handed guitars, left-handed golf clubs, left-handed hammers and even left-handed pencils on almost every high street since 1968, but only Razer makes mice suited to the one in ten people for whom ergonomics is a backward science. And they only released their first DeathAdder lefty two years ago. Which is great for FPS player, but what about MMOers? Won't somebody think of them?

Razer CEO ponies up $10K to fund Wasteland 2

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This really is a magical, hippy-dippy time for gaming, isn’t it? First, Tim Schafer rocks the world with a successfully crowdsourced project most major game publishers would be too afraid to touch, now executive producer Brian Fargo and members of the original Wasteland team have banded together on Kickstarter to produce a sequel, raising over $500K in just 24 hours. With less than a third of its $900K goal left to go, the Wasteland 2 project just got a big boost from an unexpected donor.

Roccat ask whether PC gaming is dead

Adam Oxford at

Crazy Euro-peripheral manufacturer Roccat has stumbled upon a great wheeze marketing wheeze: a teaser site which questions whether or not PC gaming is dead, along with a countdown to something which may 'save' it.

But, waitaminute. Haven't we seen exactly the same strategy from another keyboard and mouse pedlar not so long ago? Yes, I'm certain Roccat's new site rings a bell.

Razer's Project Fiona is a tablet

Adam Oxford at

Remember Razer teased us with its Project Fiona hardware last week? After literally days of waiting it's drawn back the curtain to reveal that Fiona is... a tablet.

Bet you didn't see that coming, did you? Or did you...?

Razer to reveal "Project Fiona" at CES 2012 next week

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It's not simple, delightful, or even magical, but it is called Fiona, and Razer say that it will bring an "all new form factor" to PC gaming. The mystery product will be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012, which starts next Tuesday.

There's speculation that Project Fiona could be Razer Switchblade thingy, which was shown as a concept design at CES 2011. The keys on the Switchblade are supposed to act as windows to a second screen beneath, allowing the layout to change depending on the game you're playing. It also has a touch screen interface, and is teeny. Let this very serious man tell you all about it.

Razer Blade gaming laptop prototypes stolen

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Razer recently announced that a pair of prototype Blades, the company's upcoming gaming laptop, were stolen in early November in a break-in that appears to have specifically targeted at the prototypes. Razer global marketing director Heathcliffe Hatcher told Kotaku that the thieves left most of the electronics in the office untouched, while the Blades vanished from different parts of the office.

Razer has made a public appeal on Facebook for the return of the laptops, an appeal that Razer told Kotaku was motivated by its need for the testing data from those prototypes.

Razer: PC gaming is not dead. It's... portable?

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Very very shiny. I'll admit, I was a little skeptical about Razer's viral marketing site, www.pcgamingisnotdead.com, but it turns out to have been worth hanging around for on this Friday afternoon before the bank holiday.

The big announcement is the Razer Blade, which is being billed as the “world's first gaming laptop”. I imagine Alienware, ASUS, MSI, and Dell might have something to day about that, but there you go.

The Blade, though, does look very nice. It has a 17inch screen, but is just two and a quarter centimetres deep, which earns it the right to the name at least. That makes it thinner than an equivalent MacBook Pro, although it's fractionally heavier at 3.2kg.

Inside, there's a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor with 8GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive. The graphics card is a bit disappointing – the NVIDIA GeForce GT555M it sports is OK, but may struggle to doi justice at the 1920x1080 resolution of the screen.

What's Razer's big announcement?

Adam Oxford at

Razer has launched an online viral marketing campaign recently, ahead of a big announcement on Friday. It must be big - it's been backed up by a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal (Global Edition).

The campaign is based around the concept that "PC gaming is not dead". Something we could have told them for considerably less than they spent on the agency which designed the website to go along with it.

Razer launches Battlefield 3 range

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Gaming peripherals manufacturer Razer has unveiled a new range of kit branded with logos and artwork from EA's forthcoming Battlefield 3.

I say new, but the 'Collector's Edition Peripherals' are actually the existing BlackWidow keyboard, Imperator mouse, Onza controller and Scarab mousemat with new paint jobs themed around the shooter. Specs and performance will be the same as the (impressive) kit that's already out there.