Razer’s annual RazerCon event is a showcase for the launch of the latest products for the company’s gaming and streaming customers.
This year’s event included the launch of its much-vaunted 5G gaming handheld, which it’s launching in close collaboration with Verizon.
It also showed off a slew of new keyboards, mice, headsets and other accessories, as well as two luxury collaborations.
Razer already teased this portable gaming handheld a few weeks ago, but now it’s revealed almost everything you’d want to know about it. Razer calls the Edge the “world’s first 5G gaming device”. While you could argue that most 5G smartphones could qualify for that moniker, the Edge was designed from the ground up to be a pure gaming device.
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Like Nintendo’s Switch, the Edge consists of two parts: a main unit with a screen and all the necessary internal hardware, and a set of modular, detachable controls.
The main unit features a 6.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen display running at a 2400 x 1080 resolution, with a 144Hz refresh rate. Razer claims this translates to “87% more pixels than standard competing offers”.
At the heart of the Edge is a Snapdragon G3x core with a 3GHz octa-core Kryo processor and an Adreno GPU. Razer claims it will deliver “2-3x the speeds of standard mobile platforms like the Snapdragon 720G”. It also has a built-in 5000 mAh battery.
This will not only power Android-based games that run locally on the handheld, but also compatible, cloud-based and remote gaming services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming, Nvidia GeForce Now, Steam Link and others , which are pre-installed on the device.
While the Wi-Fi version of the Razer Edge will ship solo, the 5G version will ship with the Kishi V2 Pro controller add-on. This unit is similar to previous models designed for smartphone gaming and has physical controls similar to those you would find on a console gamepad.
The Wi-Fi edition of the Razer edge will be sold exclusively through Razer.com and physical Razer stores for $399.99. The 5G version will be available exclusively from Verizon, which will provide its 5G Ultra Wideband services to connect gamers in the United States. Pricing information for the 5G edition is expected at a later date.
The Razer Edge is expected to be available to consumers in January 2023, and you can start booking units now. More information should be available closer to launch on Razer’s product page.
Razer blue screen
Razer is expanding its streaming devices into new areas with the simply named Razer Blue Screen. The chroma key panel is designed to provide a crease-free backdrop for use while streaming, either as a live background or for use with virtual backgrounds.
The Blue Screen’s 94-inch height can be rolled up into its base, which includes collapsible legs for easy transport or storage when you’re not streaming. He is available now for $149.99 at Razer.com and Razer stores.
New and updated helmets
The new version of the Razer Kraken Kitty headset, the V2 Pro, builds on Razer’s previous success with audio gear equipped with cat ears by adding bunny ears (see above) and bear ears . All three options use Razer’s Chroma RGB platform to shine in 16.8 million colors while gaming or cosplaying.
Audio hardware includes Razer’s 50mm TriForce Titanium drivers and 7.1 digital surround sound, while the headset frame uses hybrid fabric and leatherette padding.
The Razer Kraken Kitty V2 Pro is expected to be available for pre-order in Q4 for $199.99 from Razer and select retailers. It will come in Quartz (the pink version seen above) and Black versions.
The recently announced entries in Razer’s Kaira lineup are now fully licensed for Sony’s PlayStation 5. This includes a wired version of the Razer Kaira X, as well as the new Kaira HyperSpeed and Kaira Pro HyperSpeed Wireless.
All three use Razer’s 50mm TriForce drivers, while the wireless models use its 2.4GHz HyperSpeed technology.
The Kaira X is priced at $59.99, while the Kira HyperSpeed is $129.99 and the Kaira Pro HyperSpeed will set you back $199.99. The three models are available now on the Razer website.
Razer has debuted the rapidly growing list of truly wireless gaming headphones that offer both Bluetooth and 2.4GHz connectivity. Like the outstanding Epos GTW 270 set I recently reviewed, the Hammerhead HyperSpeed headset can connect via Bluetooth 5.2 or to its included USB-C dongle.
Razer claims that the earbuds and included charging case deliver 30 hours of audio, despite the inclusion of RBG lighting in the Razer logo backing each earbud. The Xbox licensed and PlayStation licensed versions will be available from November for $149.99.
Razer also announced at the event that its Quartz (pink), Mercury (white and gray), and White colorways will be coming to additional peripherals across multiple lines.
New entries in the Quartz range include the Razer Barracuda Wireless Headset, Huntsman V2 TKL Keyboard, BlackShark V2 X Wired Headset, Orochi V2 Wireless Mouse and Strider Hybrid Mouse Pad.
The new Mercury and White options will now include the Razer Barracuda Mercury Edition (seen above), DeathStalker V2 Pro and DeathStalker V2 Pro TKL White Edition keyboards and Basilisk V3 white edition wireless gaming mouse. All recolored models should be available by November.
In addition to new and updated entries in its main product categories, Razer also launched less typical products at RazerCon 2022. Among them was a watch created in collaboration with Panerai. The model will be limited to 500 pieces and will be available exclusively in Panerai boutiques and on Panerai.com.
Razer’s second luxury-focused collaboration, with supercar maker Lamborghini, produced the Razer Enki Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition. The special-edition gaming chair includes customizations such as Alcantara leather, Lamborghini’s signature orange and black colorways, and the automaker’s shield logo. He also looks at the price of luxury cars, at $1,299.
Finally, Razer launched its Razer Axon app, which provides static and live wallpapers. You can set a single wallpaper or a “playlist” of wallpapers. Either can then be synced with any peripheral using Razer’s Chroma RGB to provide colorful lighting that brings your PC’s background into the mix.
Available images include Razer’s own logos and products, wallpapers from well-known gaming franchises, and selected photos. Axon also supports multi-monitor setups.
The first 10,000 users to download Razer Axon and enter the code #RAZERCON2022 will receive a set of limited-edition RazerCon 2022 wallpapers. The following premium wallpaper packs will be available for purchase using Razer Gold and Silverwhich can be purchased or earned by purchasing Razer products or using its apps.