Razer collaborates with gamers to develop, manufacture and market cutting-edge gaming peripherals utilizing proprietary technologies that give gamers the competitive edge. We reinvented the computer gaming industry by bringing this competitive edge to gamers when professional computer gaming was in its infancy. In the mid 90s, with the advent of networked gaming and competitive first-person-shooter (FPS) games, gamers found that their legacy peripherals were inhibiting rather than enhancing their gameplay.
In 1999, the Razer Boomslang™, the stuff of gaming legends, was launched after much research. Featuring an unprecedented precision of up to 2000 dpi when other mice maxed out at 400 dpi, the Razer Boomslang, powered by proprietary opto-mechanical technology, offered up to five times the accuracy of other gaming mice. It came as no surprise when professional gamers widewide such as Jonathon “Fatal1ty” Wendell and Sujoy Roy readily adopted the Razer Boomslang as their gaming mouse of choice. In just two years, more than 100,000 Razer Boomslangs were sold by Christmas.
The next quantum leap came with the unveiling of the Razer Diamondback™ in San Francisco at the Grand Finals of the World Cyber Games 2004. The Razer Diamondback™ was the world’s first 1600 dpi optical gaming mouse. Powered by Razer Precision™, the Razer Diamondback was the first gaming mouse ever to sweep all the major gaming awards available at that time. It also outclassed an entire genre of gaming hardware to be awarded the highly coveted Razer BoomSlangGamespot's Gaming Hardware of the Year 2004 accolade. The Razer Diamondback was considered the de rigueur gaming mouse of its prime with most of the leading gaming professionals adopting it as their weapon of choice.
Having led the technology arms race and overpowered competitors, Razer once again stamped its authority in gaming technology in the fall of 2005, by launching the Razer Copperhead™.
Sporting the world's first 2000dpi laser sensor in a gaming mouse, the Razer Copperhead scored another world first by being an “intelligent mouse,” possessing 32kb of onboard memory powered by Razer Synapse™. It is also the fastest mouse today, utilizing a full speed USB bus when other mice are still low speed USB devices, and is up to 8 times faster in terms of data polling.
Razer Tarantula Gaming KeyboardShortly after the Copperhead, the Razer Tarantula™ was launched. It is the first definitive keyboard created for Gamers by Gamers, featuring anti-ghosting capabilities, 32kb of onboard memory powered by Razer Synapse, 10 programmable gaming hot keys and an optimized Hyperesponse™ gaming key-top with fully replaceable keys. The Razer Tarantula was launched at CES 2006 (Las Vegas) and immediately was a finalist in the Best of CES Show.
The realization that gamers also need excellent positional audio and crisp acoustics led to the launch of the Barracuda™ HP-1 and AC-1, Razer’s initial foray into audio. Hot on the heels of the Barracuda, Razer unveiled the Razer DeathAdder™ towards the end of 2006. Featuring a 3G Infrared sensor, 1800dpi and easily 2.25 times faster than conventional mice, the DeathAdder also has a response time of 1000HZ/1ms and 5 customizable buttons.
Right about then, Microsoft and Razer decided to co-develop and co-brand Microsoft’s next generation of gaming peripherals, culminating in the Microsoft|Razer Habu gaming mouse, and the Microsoft|Razer Reclusa gaming keyboard.
Further diversifying the product line for gamers, it was in the Spring of 2007 when Razer and THX announced a partnership on Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mousenext generation audio products. With that, the Razer Mako™ was announced at CES 2007, Las Vegas, and garnered Wired Magazine’s ‘Most Innovative of CES.’ The Razer Mako is in a class of its’ own, with an innovative downward firing design eliminating distortion from the ‘desk-bounce’ phenomenon, which creates a rich, omni-directional soundstage with a broad and uniform response pattern.
Undoubtedly, Razer is the worldwide leader in terms of professional gaming peripherals. While we are light years ahead of our competitors in terms of technology, design and ergonomics, we are not resting on our laurels but are developing other key products and peripherals with the gamer in mind to bring that competitive edge to gameplay that Razer is synonymous with.
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Razer collaborates with gamers to develop, manufacture and market cutting-edge gaming peripherals utilizing proprietary technologies that give gamers the competitive edge. Razer products have earned critical praise and won multiple awards from around the world for their precision, sensitivity, usability and distinctions in product design. Engineered to near perfection, Razer’s reputation of being the leader in gaming peripheral technology is embodied in every single Razer product.
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