Razer Brings New Laptops and Headphones to E3 – Geek

We couldn’t go to E3 without checking in with our friends at Razer. Somebody’s gotta be there to make sure no one steals their crazy prototype laptops. As one of the premier names in PC gaming hardware, we were unsurprised to see Razer unveil a revised version of its hit Razer Blade Stealth laptop. However, the company also showed off the Razer Thresher Ultimate, their first stab at console gaming headsets.

Let’s start with the Razer Blade Stealth. A gaming laptop without dedicated graphics may sound like an oxymoron, but we along with our colleagues at PCMag have been impressed by the line ever since its 2015 launch. The most recent ultraportable models make use of a 2.8GHz i7-7700HQ processor. They can also take advantage of the clever Razer Core optional device. Connect the laptop to the Core via Thunderbolt 3 and gain access to external graphics, either NVIDIA or AMD, for massively improved gaming performance.

New at E3 is the 13.3-inch gunmetal gray model of the Stealth. While the IGZO touchscreen is only 3200 x 1800 QHD as opposed to 4K, is it larger thanks to the reduced bezel. Meanwhile, the more modest color scheme, without pulsating green lights, may be attractive to more professional users who don’t need their laptops to scream “Gamer!” The new Razer Blade Stealth ships this summer starting at $1399 for 16GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 620. You can also save $100 if you buy the Razer at the same time for $399.

We all know that Razer knows PCs, that’s why to me their other E3 announcement was more intriguing. On paper, the Razer Thresher Ultimate sounds like a totally solid gaming headset. It’s available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (including Xbox One X like all Xbox One accessories). It provides Dolby 7.1 surround sound. The 2.4 Ghz wireless connection extends for 40 feet and tries to find the clearest, most lag-free signal possible, tech that sounds not unlike the Razer Lancehead wireless mouse. Other quality of life features include a mic designed to specifically pick up mouth sounds, “eSports comfort” memory foam ear cups, a band that can accommodate glasses, and controls for balancing audio so super moves in Injustice 2 aren’t quite so deafening.

As far as gaming headsets go, when the Razer Thresher Ultimate launches this summer for $250 it won’t be the only device in its class. However, it is worth paying attention to as a harbinger for Razer’s future console endeavors. The line between PC and console gaming has never been more blurred. Razer is in a unique position to take advantage of that breakdown.


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