Las Vegas, US, January 9 — Gaming equipment pioneer Razer unveils a lot of new products at the CES again this year. Yesterday they shared information about rather exciting news, one being a cordless power mouse and mouse mat bundle, the other being a Razer Phone dock that turns into a gaming laptop.
True wireless gaming freedom
Wireless gaming equipment isn’t exactly an innovation. But there was always an aspect of charging or replacing batteries that needed some effort. Putting a mouse on a charging station overnight once a week isn’t that terrible but if you happen to forget about it and then you’re suddenly in-game, and off-power is an awful experience.
The Razer Mamba HyperFlux mouse and the Firefly HyperFlux mouse mat are the good news to address this kind of issue. How does it work? The mat gets powered and transfers energy to the Mamba mouse with a magnetic field. That means that they didn’t need to put a battery in the mouse which made it a lot lighter in comparison to other gaming mice.
Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, and CEO says, “While other companies have attempted to do wireless charging for mice, they have been unable to achieve true wireless power as their mice still need a battery to be charged. HyperFlux Wireless Power Technology is a game changer in the world of wireless gaming,” and he continues, “Gamers are no longer held at the mercy of a battery or cable. Instead, there will be true wireless freedom with a cordless gaming mouse that’s the same weight as a wired mouse.”
The price for the mouse and mat bundle is $249.99, and it’s available starting now. Since yesterday, the package is already sold out in some regions. For instance, in Germany, they are all gone by now, and the next shipping date there is in March 2018.
Android gaming phone and laptop hybrid
Unlike the Razer Mamba / Firefly HyperFlux above, Project Linda is a concept and not yet in the Razer shop. After Razer acquired the smartphone startup Nextbit Systems, about a year ago, they worked hard to build a proper smartphone with a focus on gaming. The Razer Phone was born, but they want to extend their portfolio even further. Project Linda is the idea to merge your Razer Phone with a docking station, turning it into a gaming laptop.
Once docked into the “laptop,” the Razer Phone acts as a touchscreen or second screen to give the users access to apps or tools to support their experience. You can also charge your phone as you play. If Project Linda becomes a reality, Razer would successfully close the gap between phones and computers to provide a much more integrated gaming experience.
Tan explains his point of view like this, “Android power users and laptop enthusiasts share a need for performance in a mobile form factor, which we provide with our award-winning Razer Phone and Razer laptops.” Without a hint to a release date he closes, “Project Linda combines the best of both worlds, bringing a larger screen and physical keyboard to the Android environment, enhancing the experience for gaming and productivity.”