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|Industry||Computer • Computer hardware • Consumer electronics • Application software|
|Headquarters||San Diego, United States|
|Robert "Razerguy" Krakoff (Chairman)
Min-Liang Tan (CEO)
|Products||Mice, Keyboards, Headsets, Mousepads, Xbox 360 Controllers, Gaming, Laptops Software|
Number of employees
|159 (December 2014)|
|Slogan||For Gamers. By Gamers.|
Razer is an American California-based company specializing in products specifically marketed to gamers. The Razer brand is currently being marketed under Razer USA Ltd.
- 1 History
- 2 Products
- 3 Software
- 4 Sponsorships
- 5 Team Razer
- 6 Criticism
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Razer was founded in 1998 by a team of marketers and engineers to develop and market a high end computer gaming mouse, called the Boomslang, targeted to computer gamers.
In May 2013, Razer unveiled the 14-inch Blade and 17-inch Blade Pro gaming laptops with 4th-generation Intel Haswell processors. The Razer Blade 14-inch portable gaming laptop was dubbed the "world's thinnest gaming laptop" which weighed just 4.1 lbs., while the 17-inch screen Razer Blade Pro featured the built-in 'Switchblade' LCD display.
At CES 2014, Razer unveiled Project Christine, a modular gaming PC. Each of the branches on the PC is a discrete component—a CPU, a GPU, a hard drive, memory—that simply plugs into the central backbone. Once slotted in, Project Christine automatically syncs the newly added module through PCI-Express (the same serial bus that discrete graphics cards and other components currently use).
Razer's products are generally targeted at gamers. The bulk of Razer's products are PC peripherals including mice, audio devices, keyboards, mouse mats and gamepads. Razer has also released a laptop (the Razer Blade), a tablet (the Razer Edge), and more recently a VOIP software Razer Comms. The Razer DeathAdder is the company's most popular product by sales numbers.
Most Razer products are named after predatory or venomous animals, ranging from snakes (mice), insects (mouse mats), arachnids (keyboards) over marine creatures (audio) to felines (console peripherals), with the Razer Blade laptops and Razer Edge instead named after bladed objects.
Razer Synapse is the cloud-based configuration platform allowing users to create macros, keymaps and change other settings like keybindings and DPI, saving them in the cloud. Synapse also allows for digital warranty registration and monitoring duration.
Razer Surround is a virtual surround sound software, converting 7.1 sound sources to stereo sound while maintaining surround sound and positional audio effectively upgrading stereo headphones to virtual 7.1 surround sound headphones. Razer Surround can be calibrated to the users' individual audio preferences with a short calibration process.
Razer Game Booster
Razer Game Booster is a software that comes with multiple functionalities. Game Booster aims to increase performance of a system by shutting down running processes and focusing resources on the game. It also allows for defragging and driver updates. It also syncs savegames and game settings to the cloud and can record in-game screenshots and videos.
Razer Comms is a gaming messenger providing free VoIP and Chat on PC and Android. On the PC it comes with an overlay technology that enables chat and voice while you are in-game. The messenger was established in 2006.
Razer Cortex: Deals is a price comparison engine that tracks and shows you the prices of digitally downloadable games across the top online game stores, clearly highlighting the best price for the game you want, saving you both time and money in Amazon Gamersgate GameStop GOG.com Green Man Gaming Origin Steam. Razer Cortex Deals is in beta. Razer cortex and languages that are supported English, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese-Brazilian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, German, Korean and Japanese.
Razer actively sponsors professional gamers from a variety of games. The games Razer sponsors range from Dota 2, Street Fighter IV, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Starcraft 2.
- Team Razer sponsors Evil Geniuses.
- Team Razer sponsors Alliance.
- Team Razer launches CLG DeathAdder 2013 model.
- Team Razer launches Evil Geniuses Taipan, BlackWidow and Goliathus products.
- Alliance wins The International 3.
- Team Razer nets over 180 podium placements.
- Team Razer nets $3.5 million in prize money.
- Team Razer sponsors Counter Logic Gaming – launches CLG DeathAdder and CLG Goliathus eSports edition.
- Team Razer launches the Team Liquid Goliathus eSports edition.
- Razer sponsored Taipei Assassins win the RIOT Season 2 finals.
- Razer sponsors the Team Liquid Star League.
- By the end of the year, Team Razer sponsors over 50 competitive gaming teams worldwide, with more than 400 gamers in 35 countries.
- Team Razer nets $3million in prize money.
- Razer commences partnership with Team Liquid, StarCraft II community and professional team.
- Razer sponsors the IGN Pro League 3.
- Razer sponsors SlayerS_BoxeR, Team Liquid, Manaflask, and Method.
- Razer sponsors the Intel Extreme Masters.
- Razer sponsors Korean organization 'WeMade Fox'.
- Razer launches the Razer Sphex eSports editions with Sky, Team Dignitas, Meet Your Makers, and Mousesports.
- Razer sponsored Warcraft III professionals Xiao Feng "Sky" Li and Jaeho "Moon" Jang bear the Olympic torch through china in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Razer sponsors Evil Geniuses.
- Razer sponsors the Electronic Sports World Cup Germany.
- Razer sponsors the Intel Extreme Masters III.
- Razer establishes an office in Seoul, Korea, to focus on extensive testing with professional gamers.
- Razer continues to sponsor the CPL, with renewed support for Quake and Counter-Strike.
- The Razer DeathAdder is launched, quickly becoming one of the most popular mice in competitive gaming.
- Razer forms Razer Comms
- Razer sponsors the Cyber Athlete Professional League (CPL) with $100,000.
- Razer becomes the first official sponsor of Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel.
- Razer holds Quake Invitational in Sweden at Café Nine; sponsors four other professional Quake players.
Notable partnered players/teams
Team Razer has partnered with many professional eSports athletes. These include:
- Team SlayerS
- Evil Geniuses
- Team Liquid
- Team Dignitas
- Counter Logic Gaming
- CJ Entus
- KT Rolster
- Team Titan
- Mastermind e-Sports Club
- paiN Gaming
- Hanoi Full Luois
- Lim “BoxeR” Yo-hwan
- Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel
- Jonathan "Loda" Berg
- Justin Wong
- Lee "Flash" Young Ho
- Lee "JaeDong" Jae-Dong
- Lee "NaDa" Yoon Yeol
- Jang "Moon" Jae Ho
- Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis
- Henrik “Froggen” Hansen
- Andy "Reginald" Dinh
- Alexei "Cypher" Yanushevsky
- Li "Sky" Xiao Feng
- Ken "SephirothKen" Hoang
- Kevin "PPMD" Nanney
- Adam "Armada" Lindgren
- Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
Notable Tournament Partners
- IEM (Intel Extreme Masters)
- CPL (Cyber Professional League)
- WCG (World Cyber Gamers)
- BWC (Blizzard World Championships)
- ESWC (Electronic Sports World Cup)
- IGN Pro League 3
- GSL (Global StarCraft II League)
Razer Synapse was met with negative reviews from both critics and customers. According to critics it is extremely unreliable. Also criticizing the internet connection required by the software. And according to Razer, some of its products, once used with Razer synapse cannot be used with legacy drivers again, making them synapse-dependent.
- Mouse (computing)
- Keyboard technology
- Avago Technologies — manufacturer of some of Razer's mouse sensors until it left the mouse sensor business and licensed its mouse sensor technology to PixArt Imaging
- Agilent Technologies — manufacturer of some of Razer's mouse sensors until its spinoff of Avago
- PixArt Imaging — Current manufacturer of former Avago mouse sensors
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- Portnoy, Sean. with Intel Haswell processors-7000016154 "Razer launches 14-inch Blade, 17-inch Blade Pro gaming notebooks with Intel Haswell processors". zdnet. Retrieved 26 September 2013.