Razer splits hairs with cheaper, slightly better new peripherals

Razer is launching three new gaming peripherals today, including a keyboard, mouse and headset. These new accessories are priced a little lower than most of the Razer catalog, almost as budget options, but they are not cheap for any reason. Still, if the price of entry to the Razer kingdom was too high, value-conscious players could find something in line with their budgets here.

First of all, the famous BlackWidow keyboard is being updated and reintroduced for 2019, like the BlackWidow 2019. Previously If you want a full-size Razer keyboard with numeric keypad, your start options are the BlackWidow X for $ 149.99, with an exposed upper metal design, or the $ 59.99 Cynosa with wick membrane keys.

The updated BlackWidow 2019 is designed for users who want most of the features of BlackWidow X, but at a lower price. It features the Razer green mechanical switches (think, click and feel), built-in memory (allowing you to store up to 5 profiles, including configurations and lighting profiles), compatibility with Razer Synapse 3 (a management application for hardware for Razer products), and individually illuminated keys, with 16.8 million colors in the Razer Chroma spectrum.

Definitely not the $ 199.99 for Huntsman Elite with its sleek opto-mechanical switches, but those Razer Green keys have followers, and maybe it's another classic PC game. The new BlackWidow keyboard will cost $ 119.99 on the official Razer website.

If you're looking for a new gaming headset, the new third-generation Kraken may be the most complete choice you're looking for. Now comes standard with the oversized gel cooling pads and over the ears that were optional extras for the Kraken V2, complete with space for the frames of your lenses. It has support for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices thanks to a standard 3.5 mm audio connector.

Online volume and mute control, a retractable microphone with better rejection of ambient noise and a thicker headband filler complete the incremental improvements made to the latest Kraken headphones. It also comes with a combined audio cable, capable of splitting audio for platforms that require audio and microphone input ports. The Razer Kraken also retains its 50mm drivers from the previous two generations, so we assume that not many changes have been made in the quality of sound, for better or for worse.

Razer is selling the new Kraken headphones for the same $ 79.99, starting today. It comes in the default green color of Razer, a special colorway for black and blue "console editions", and a pink quartz variant (which already debuted at Valentine's as an exclusive Razer store).

Last, but not least, the Razer Basilisk Essential, an FPS-oriented cable gaming mouse with a "sniper button" (an instantaneous sensitivity switch), will be released in the US. UU For $ 49.99 after it is available in China. To keep costs down, it comes with a 6,400 DPI instead of the 16,000 DPI optical sensor seen in the more expensive Basilisk at $ 69.99. In addition, it differs from the original Basilisk in that it has a different texture / rubber pattern for the rest of the thumb, with no customized wheel tension, and only seven programmable buttons instead of eight. But, it still retains the backlighting of Razer Chroma.

Razer is also extending its RazerCare Elite protection plan to peripherals, which previously only covered laptops and phones. The price of the protection plan depends on the cost of the peripheral in question, but includes accidental damage by handling and extends the warranty of the accessories between 2 and 3 years. If it depends a lot on you.

Over the next few weeks, we will evaluate the new Razer peripherals and let you know if your new gaming accessories are worth it.

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