CES 2011 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2011
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Next up at the Razer booth were a few its more recently-released products, starting with the BlackWidow Ultimate Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The BlackWidow series feature full mechanical keys with 50g actuation force. They use Cherry MX Blue switches for the keys, which provide great "clicky" feedback, and have a two-year deal for them. Every single key is customizable, plus there are five additional macro keys to suit your gaming needs. Unlike other mechanical keyboards on the market, these were clearly created with gamers in mind. You can have up to ten customizable software profiles and switch to them on the fly. Robert stated that they considered including onboard memory to store the profiles, but that would have added significant cost. Depending on the success of the BlackWidow series and the demand, he said it's a definite possibility for the future.
As far as the difference between the vanilla BlackWidow and the BlackWidow Ultimate that we were shown, the latter features a USB port and audio in and out jacks on the right-hand side, as well as individually backlit keys with five levels of lighting (off, three levels of brightness, and pulsating). The current model is only available with Blue LED lighting because, as with onboard memory, providing multi-color lighting would have added to the cost. But again, Robert stated that it will probably be something included in a subsequent model. The current MSRP for the BlackWidow Ultimate is $129.99, with the vanilla BlackWidow coming in at $79.99.
Another neat keyboard on display was the TRON Gaming Keyboard, which was designed by Razer for Disney. Not only does the TRON Gaming Keyboard feature a full backlit keyboard, but it also has light and sound effects straight out of the TRON movie. It also comes with a detachable number pad that can be mounted on either side of the main keyboard. It carries a slightly heftier price tag of $149.99, but it looks absolutely stunning. If you want to complete the collection, you can also grab the TRON Gaming Mouse and Mat. Like the keyboard, the mouse features light and sound effects from the movie. It has an ambidextrous design with seven Hyperesponse buttons, a 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5g Laser Sensor, 1000Hz Ultrapolling with a 1ms response time, zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet, and a braided seven-foot USB cable. The TRON Gaming Mouse Mat is a hard mouse mat featuring a Bioluminescent Tracking Glow Trail — a blue glow trails behind as you move the mouse. Unfortunately, it wasn't dark enough at Razer's booth to see the trail very well. The mouse and mat set retails for $129.99, or you can pick up just the mouse for $99.99.
Next up was the Razer Naga Epic, which is just like the original Naga, but like the Orochi and Mamba, now features dual mode wired/wireless functionality. According to Robert, the original Razer Naga has been hugely popular with MMO gamers, so this seemed like the next logical step forward. If you don't care for wireless functionality, then maybe you'd rather grab the Razer Naga Molten Special Edition instead, which features a pretty awesome molten design with pulsating crimson glow. The Naga Epic retails for $129.99, while the Naga Molten Special Edition retails for $79.99.
Lastly, Razer was demoing Portal 2 using the Razer Sixense motion controller that we learned about at CES 2010. It looks like Valve may have another winner on its hands!