CES 2012: Razer

After the announcement of the Blade, Razer seems to be going under the radar. There were new stuff over at their website, such as some licensed products, Tiamat headset, and the Stealth Black Widow, but to me they are nothing to get excited about.

However during the CES 2012 at Las Vegas, Razer have announced two new products. One is the Razer Naga Hex, which still doesn’t excite me. But the other one really blow my mind, it’s the revelation of Project Fiona.

Now let’s talk a little bit about the Naga Hex. It seems that they acknowledge a lot of reviews that mentioned about too much buttons and three (or is it four?) of the side buttons closest to the hand are hard to reach. So they address that issue by releasing the Naga Hex, which simplify the number of side buttons, shape, and locations. See the picture below.

Other things to consider about the Naga Hex are :

  1. New graphic design / facelift on the top surface.
  2. Physical switch on the bottom of the mouse to switch the function of the side buttons to map keypad number from 1 – 6.
  3. Interchangeable thumb rest and compatibility with previous Naga add-ons.
  4. The Naga Hex will be driverless and you have to use Razer Synapse 2.0 (the cloud service) to customize the mouse.

More on Razer Naga Hex : http://www.razerzone.com/hex

Now to the more interesting stuff, which is Project Fiona. In case you haven’t heard, it is a PC gaming  tablet. Yes, it’s in a tablet form factor but powerful enough to run modern PC games. I think Razer is the first at attempting this kind of gaming peripherals.

Razer claims that the Fiona is still a prototype, however they have a working model shown at CES 2012. The Fiona has a 10.1″ (capacitive?) display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and it will be running Windows 8. It is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, which is reported to be the nex generation Ivy Bridge. The rest of the specs are as follows:

  1. Hybrid user interface for PC gaming
  2. Intel® Core™ i7
  3. 10.1″ 1280×800 display
  4. Full-screen user interface supporting multi-touch
  5. 3-axis gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer
  6. Force feedback
  7. Dolby® 7.1 surround sound
  8. WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  9. Bluetooth® 3.0

Although I was not quite satisfied with my previous experience with Razer product, I have to admit that the Fiona is getting my full attention. The real question now is: “How much will it cost at launch?” considering the previous Razer Blade was launched with a very steep price tag.

Until that info comes, we’ll just have to be satisfied with what they have on their website and announced at CES 2012. For more info on Project Fiona and the picture gallery, go to http://www.razerzone.com/projectfiona

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