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Razer Intros Chroma Peripherals With Adjustable Color LEDs

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Razer will be coming with its RGB... err, Chroma series of peripherals.

Razer announced its new Chroma feature, which is a combination of both software and hardware to customize your peripherals. The company is touting three new devices: the BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, the DeathAdder Chroma, and the Kraken 7.1 Chroma. We don't know much about the products themselves yet, but it is safe to assume that the biggest difference from their non-Chroma counterparts will be the LED color customizability.

The mechanical BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma keyboard will have individual LEDs under each key, each of which can be lit with one of 16.8 million colors. The same is true for the mouse and the headset, although we don't know yet how many different color zones these will have. Razer did launch its product page for the BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, though, so you can check that out already.

These peripherals will be driven by the Razer Synapse software, which will include a handful of preset patterns and effects such as spectrum cycling, breathing, waves, reactive typing. You can customize each LED individually, and an SDK will also be available later this year for developers to make their own effects. Razer Synapse also allows all your Razer Chroma peripherals will work together -- that is, the color scheme and effects you choose will sync across your devices -- so you will be indirectly rewarded for having matching gear.

The Razer Chroma hardware will hit shelves starting September 2014, although no information on pricing is available yet. Corsair has some competition for Razer's Chroma line with its RGB lineup of peripherals, which should also be coming to shelves within a similar time frame.

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    BigMuffinMan , August 13, 2014 12:07 PM
    Who needs good sensors and software when we could have a shit ton of colors on our mouse
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    DragonFireXY , August 13, 2014 12:24 PM
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    Who needs good sensors and software when we could have a shit ton of colors on our mouse

    It's essentially the same marketing scheme Alienware uses.
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    airborne11b , August 13, 2014 1:34 PM
    I hope they make a tenkeyless tournament edition, or that corsair makes a tenkeyless rgb keyboard.

    Whoever makes one first will get my money for sure.
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    djonz22 , August 13, 2014 5:06 PM
    179.99 http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:0s54n7mB2fIJ:store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/ThemeID.29463300/productID.306918800+&cd=2&hl=fr&ct=clnk&gl=ca
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    Root_ , August 13, 2014 8:26 PM
    LED color customizability. for each is the best thing but the the traditional green is what I seem is classy!
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    Darkk , August 13, 2014 9:00 PM
    Looks pretty cool. Hopefully they make the software also available for Linux.
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    Darkk , August 13, 2014 9:01 PM
    Looks pretty cool. Hopefully they make the software available for Linux.
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    southernshark , August 14, 2014 12:02 PM
    I like having colors, even more useful as you age, but either this is mechanical or its just junk.
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    Koobecaf Gnikcuf , August 14, 2014 12:13 PM
    Razor,,, is that the light manufactory company?
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    legend001523 , August 14, 2014 12:23 PM
    They copied of corsairs rbg k70 keyboard imo
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    The_Icon , August 14, 2014 12:57 PM
    So other than this gimmick, any true improvements over the death adder 2013?
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    BigMuffinMan , August 14, 2014 1:29 PM
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    So other than this gimmick, any true improvements over the death adder 2013?


    same keyboard, same switches, same design, only difference is the "chroma" color
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    legend001523 , August 14, 2014 4:21 PM
    the razer will be twice as expensive i think, look at their ultimate edition blackwidows, all it comes with are green lights and it's a extra 100 dollars
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    KaiserPhantasma , August 14, 2014 4:21 PM
    not that I'll bash razer with them releasing a similar product series to corsair but I actually have to thank them because with this corsair would really have to step up their game by making their software even better (more customization) and not to mention compatible (even to linux and mac....... hey fair is fair) and the price wars between the two :) 
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    jasonpwns , August 14, 2014 4:59 PM
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    not that I'll bash razer with them releasing a similar product series to corsair but I actually have to thank them because with this corsair would really have to step up their game by making their software even better (more customization) and not to mention compatible (even to linux and mac....... hey fair is fair) and the price wars between the two :) 
    Wouldn't be the first mouse razer released that allowed color customization to be fair.
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    KaiserPhantasma , August 14, 2014 5:24 PM
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    not that I'll bash razer with them releasing a similar product series to corsair but I actually have to thank them because with this corsair would really have to step up their game by making their software even better (more customization) and not to mention compatible (even to linux and mac....... hey fair is fair) and the price wars between the two :) 
    Wouldn't be the first mouse razer released that allowed color customization to be fair.


    yeah pretty sure its was their mamba that was the "first" multi colored mouse but they didn't marketed it as much as a "multi colored gaming mouse" unlike what we are seeing today with the chroma adder but still I really have to thank razer for providing competition across the board (price,hardware,software)