If you’re a PC gamer, you know who Razer is and what they do. Razer has made superb gaming mice and keyboards since 1998, now they’re ready to show the rest of the world what they can do. For 2011, Razer is showing off the Switchblade and Onza.
The Switchblade is perhaps one of the most intriguing devices I’ve seen in a long time. At first sight, you might think it’s a laptop or netbook. Boy, you couldn’t be more incorrect! Since Razer is a gaming company, the Switchblade was created to deliver quality gaming experiences on the go. This isn’t a new platform, it is a PC at heart, however the design of the system is what makes it unique. The Switchblade has two screens, one in the ‘normal screen position’, and one under the keyboard. Both screens are touch sensitive. Now, you might be a little confused… a screen under the keyboard, touch sensitive, what? Basically, the keys are transparent, the LCD screen under the keys can morph into anything you want, or better yet, morph into the primary keys needed for a specific game. In other words, Razer is making outstanding use of the limited space on a mobile device. Keys can be letters, pictures, arrows, or whatever you want. So if you’re playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops on the Switchblade, you can have the WASD keys turn into up, left, down, and right arrows respectively. Also, your number keys are replaced by pictures of the actual weapon, so there’s no longer a need to remember which key represents a particular weapon. Finally, the Switchblade will be able to automatically know which game you’re playing, and instantly morph the keyboard for that particular game.
The Switchblade is still a concept, so there’s no official release date or pricing. Not to mention, the design might change. The only tech spec that’s solid is the Switchblade will be running on the Intel Atom platform.
Razer isn’t only entering the mobile device market, they’re also attacking the console market. Onza is a controller for Xbox 360 and it comes in two editions, standard and tournament. The controller looks similar to the stock 360 controller, but it comes with the Razer logo and some other cool features.
Standard & Tournament Edition Similarities
Tournament Edition Only Features
The standard and tournament editions will be available on January 17th, 2011 and will retail for $39.99 and $49.99 respectively.