What happens after you become one of the biggest name in gaming PCs? If you’re Razer, you turn your attention to a market that is looking for powerful laptops to bring them into the office, into the developer studios, and out to a wider world.
Taking a look at the specifications of Razer’s base model in the 15-inch Blade family. It comes with a Core i7-7050H CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD storage, the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card, and a 4K 60Hz DCI-P3 calibrated screen. A similarly priced Surface Book 3 from Microsoft comes with the i7-1065G7, 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, and the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q graphics card.
As with any high-end Windows 10 laptop, there is some fuzziness at the edges in regards the best specifications for the job, but it’s clear that picking up a gaming laptop for the likes of professional multimedia creation or on the go application development would not be a bad choice.
Which is where Razer’s recently announced Razer Productivity Suite and some brand new peripherals come in.
One of the biggest visual challenges has already been overcome; Razer offers its laptops in Mercury White. While there’s nothing wrong with the deep black that you see on the gaming hardware, the brighter and lighter Mercury White is going to fit in with the office environment.
What does’t quite fit in is Razer’s range of gaming peripherals. Again the black remains in play, but with the addition of the Razer Chroma options, the reactive lighting systems that enhance the gaming experience aren’t quite right for this area.
Gamers are looking for peripherals that are incredibly fast and offer ridiculously tight accuracy over very short timeframes. That timeframe could be during a short piece of action during a game, or over a full gaming session. Working in front of a computer for eight hours a day is a different matter. You are looking for a quieter and more comfortable experience.
Razer has been working alongside the team at Humanscale. The US based company designs and manufactures ergonomic products that “improve the health and comfort of work life.” Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Razer’s Peripherals Business Unit on the par “I am incredibly proud of the Razer Productivity Suite that we are unveiling today alongside our partner, Humanscale, to address these issues. We firmly believe that our combined expertise and innovation will take workplace productivity to the next level.”
This is the key to the new peripherals; specifically a new look at the mouse, mousemat, and keyboard.
First up is the Razer Pro Click. This mouse has an extra long palm rest, and by design tilts your wrist to a much more natural thirty degree angle. You also have extra support for the thumb and pine, as well as eight programmable buttons you can set up.
Sitting underneath the Pro Click is the Pro Glide mousemat, offering the requisite best surface for an accurate mouse – the value here may be in keeping a consistent colour scheme over the peripherals.
Finally is the Razer Pro Type. Unlike the gaming keyboards, there is no Chroma system here that can give each key a different colour if required. What you do have is Razer’s own ‘Orange’ mechanical switches for long life, which are both quieter and have a ‘soft touch’ coating to them.
The question now is how successful Razer’s increased push into this market will be. It already has a strong name and a passionate fan base in the gaming community with a dedicated fan base. Can it do the same with productivity as it has with play?
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