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Razer Shows First PC Case, Updated Nabu Smartband

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Last week during E3 2014, Razer showcased its very first entry into the PC chassis market. The mid-tower case is part of the company's "Designed by Razer" licensing program that allows third-party chassis makers to produce and sell Razer-designed branded PC cases. The first company to offer a case under this licensing program is NZXT, which will be made available to purchase from NZXT next month for $149.99 USD.

What I really liked most about this case was the lighting. The dark grey case featured Razer's signature green that lights up every port on the I/O panel on the back, making it easy to plug in peripherals for those who live in a dark cave (like myself). The case also had a tinted window on one side that revealed additional green lighting and Razer's illuminated logo mounted on the inside. Simply beautiful.

The case is actually a customized version of NZXT's H440 chassis. Included are three 120 mm FN V2 fans mounted on the front and one 140 mm FN V2 fan on the back. Also included are filters on the front side, bottom front and bottom rear. Radiator support includes 2 x 140 mm or 3 x 120 mm on the front, 2 x 140 mm or 3 x 120 mm on the top, and 1 x 140/120 mm on the back.

According to a list of specs, the chassis includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one microphone port, and one headphone port mounted on the top along with the power button. The case also has a switch to turn off the LED lighting on the back, seven expansion slots, 6+2 internal 3.5-inch / 2.5-inch internal drive bays, and support for Mini-ITX, MicroATX and ATX motherboards.

"The Designed by Razer licensing program is open to selected case manufacturers, and it is subject to a rigorous vetting process by the award-winning Razer design and engineering team prior to approval," the PR states. "The new enterprise aims to take advantage of Razer's design expertise and product engineering sensibilities. Every design feature of a licensed case will be directed by Razer in collaboration with any selected partner."

Case manufacturers that are interested in making a Razer-themed chassis can go here to find out more.

The company also had on display the Junglecat, a gamepad attachment for the iPhone 5 and newer. Similar to the first PlayStation-certified phone, the Xperia Play, the gamepad slides in and out so that the gaming controls are always with you. The peripheral includes your standard setup: a D-pad on the left, a pause button in the middle, and XYAB action buttons on the right.

Razer's smartband, the Nabu, was also on hand, but this model was lacking the OLED screen on the top. When asked about the change, a Razer rep said that it was based on feedback. Users of the alpha unit were automatically turning their wrist to look at the second OLED screen without looking at the top screen. Because of this, the bottom screen will activate only when the wrist is turned. This new design should not only help lengthen the battery time between charges, but to provide a lower price tag.

The company also announced the Nabu Beta Program, which allows "hardcore" Razer fans to stress test and provide feedback for the final Razer Nabu unit. There will be 500 beta testers chosen that will be given a code to purchase the Nabu Beta unit for just a dollar ($1.00). Participants will be required to provide software and hardware feedback to the engineering team. These beta units will be shipping in July, so head here for a chance to be chosen in the beta program.

Also on hand at the show were the company's new Kraken Neon series headsets and headphones -- special editions of the Kraken series that shed the classic green and black design for six new fluorescent colors. The company also introduced a World of Tanks Razer Kraken Pro headset, which joins the current Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse and the Razer Goliathus gaming mouse mat.

 

 

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    therogerwilco , June 16, 2014 7:27 AM
    Looks like a ripoff of the Fractal case.
    But no x-atx?! Fail.
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    Yuka , June 16, 2014 7:34 AM
    Not bad looking and I specially like the back lights. Man, It's a PITA to have your hand using a cellphone or some other light source to get some cables plugged in. I know it's not a wide usage thing, but my case is at ground level, in a dark place :p 

    Cheers!
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    Jynxin , June 16, 2014 8:44 AM
    Its not a ripoff of the fractal design R4, its the actual NZXT h440 that razor modded with green colors and special matte black color. i dont know how they can advertise it as there case when its a modded version of another company.
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    Bondfc11 , June 16, 2014 10:09 AM
    I agree with all the comments, but especially the backlighting - that should become standard for all cases.
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    thundervore , June 16, 2014 10:51 AM
    As a newly owner of the NZXT H440 Blue i can see why everyne wants to jump on this case and rebrand it. Newegg has its own exclusive orange color, MicroCenter has its own exclusive green color, NZXT has its own exclusive blue.

    This case is great but it has flaws. The fan hub sucks because it rns all fans full speed all thetime and the included fans needs to be palced in the trash as soon as you take the case out of the box because they move no air even at full speed. You need high static pressure fans for the front intake, tripple 120. If you dont have this then the case will not have enough fresh air with possitive pressure. One thing a really dislike about the case is the the PSUshoud is not removable, so when running cables it becomes tight.

    The green is a good touch but it can get annoying real fast.
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    BulkZerker , June 16, 2014 2:50 PM
    Needs more side panel fan to cool the nvidia card that the owner of such a case will install.
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    thundervore , June 16, 2014 2:59 PM
    Quote:
    Needs more side panel fan to cool the nvidia card that the owner of such a case will install.


    This case does not need side pannel fans, the just block the clean view on the internals. It is a silent case that is best used for watercooling. Air cooling is also an option but idle temps will be warmer. I switched from a case that had 2 x 120 side pannel fans and although it helped with idle temps, load temps stayed the same after switching to the 440.
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    dovah-chan , June 16, 2014 4:22 PM
    As an owner of a fractal design define R4 the H440 is definitely not a rip off of it - the only major similarity the two have is that they both have case doors on the front. Other than that they're very different cases altogether. Any similarity besides that is most likely because they are in the same price range thus will have similar features.

    As for this rebrand I guess if you $80 extra on top of $120 for the initial price of a vanilla H440 its a decent buy. Especially if you're a fan of razer or just want an all green and black color scheme.

    Personally I'm not a big fan of LEDs but razer's green on matte black scheme is okay. Really it'd just be cheaper to use cathodes or do some crafty case modding to get a similar effect without the razer logo in the mix.
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    RussK1 , June 16, 2014 5:46 PM
    It's sweeet! Being a Razer/nVidia guy this is awesome!
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    thundervore , June 17, 2014 1:43 PM
    Quote:
    As an owner of a fractal design define R4 the H440 is definitely not a rip off of it - the only major similarity the two have is that they both have case doors on the front. Other than that they're very different cases altogether. Any similarity besides that is most likely because they are in the same price range thus will have similar features.

    As for this rebrand I guess if you $80 extra on top of $120 for the initial price of a vanilla H440 its a decent buy. Especially if you're a fan of razer or just want an all green and black color scheme.

    Personally I'm not a big fan of LEDs but razer's green on matte black scheme is okay. Really it'd just be cheaper to use cathodes or do some crafty case modding to get a similar effect without the razer logo in the mix.


    The H440 does not have a door in front, it is a solid piece with vents on the side.
    The Razor H440 is not matte black, more of a charcoal gray with black accents ;) 
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