At Computex 2018, Razer has announced that their Razer mechanical switches will be coming to third-party keyboard makers and select partners will also be able to connect their devices to the Razer Chroma ecosystem. Currently only available on Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboards, Razer’s switches are “designed to last 60 percent longer than standard mechanical switches.”
“Many keyboards on the market today claim to be made for gamers, but all of them use switches design for anything but gaming,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “Our switches, on the other hand, are designed specifically for gaming. We’re pumped that more partners are validating the advantage they offer and look forward to extending these benefits to even more gamers.”
All three varieties of the Razer mechanical switches will be offered to third-party keyboard makers and standalone sales of the switches will also be forthcoming for homebrew and DIY keyboard enthusiasts. The current set of Razer Mechanical Switches include:
- Razer Green Switch: features a tactile bump and distinctive click sound along with optimized actuation and reset points for best in class gaming and typing performance.
- Razer Orange Switch: features a tactile bump and feedback without the audible click. Offers the same optimized performance with less actuation force as a Razer Green Switch, while maintaining a quiet gaming experience.
- Razer Yellow Switch: features an ultra-fast actuation of only 1.2mm and quiet performance for rapid-fire keypresses and lightning-paced gaming.
We’ve reviewed a few Razer peripherals already and their mechanical keyboard lineup is pretty solid with their first-party custom switches. It’ll be interesting to see third-party products using Razer’s switches inside.
On the lighting front, Razer Chroma lighting allows for a more immersive and reactive gaming experience. Already integrated into games like Overwatch, Fortnite, Diablo, and more, Chroma supported devices sync with each other to provide a unified lighting experience. However, there are many components such as PC cases, cooling fans, and motherboards that offer RGB lighting but, of course, can’t be synced together due to their different platforms.
“Gamers today own multiple RGB lighting-enabled devices, but they can’t enjoy a truly immersive experience because these devices don’t talk to each other,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “For the first time ever, we’re letting our partners tap into the Chroma ecosystem so we can bridge that gap for the benefit of all gamers.”
Third-party keyboards with Razer mechanical switches and third-party products with Razer Chroma support from MSI, NZXT, AMD, Thermaltake, Lian Li, Vertagear, and Ducky will launch later this year.Source: Razer [Switches] Source: Razer [Chroma]
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