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Technology Razer just introduced a first-of-its-kind ‘optical’ laptop keyboard

04:35  15 october  2019
04:35  15 october  2019 Source:   bgr.com

Razer hopes Blade 15's new optical keyboard clicks with gamers

  Razer hopes Blade 15's new optical keyboard clicks with gamers Will Razer's quietly clicky, tactile optical keyboard overthrow the laptop mushocracy?The keyboard launches today in one model of the Blade 15 Advanced, the configuration with the Core i7-9750H, 240Hz 1080p screen, RTX 2070 and 512GB SSD; the keyboard ups the price by $49 to $2,649, and Razer will be rolling it out to additional configurations next year. Razer also took the opportunity to add a Quartz Pink model of the Blade 15 Advanced entry configuration (joining the pink Stealth) for the same $2,000 as its basic black sibling.

“Our Razer Blade 15 laptop with the new optical laptop keyboard is the first of its kind , providing gamers with the most advanced switch technology on the market anywhere they go.” The new keyboard is available starting today from Razer .com, as well as select retailers in the US, Canada

Razer was the first to introduce a low-profile mechanical laptop keyboard in 2016 and has now brought next-generation optical switches to the “Our Razer Blade 15 laptop with the new optical laptop keyboard is the first of its kind , providing gamers with the most advanced switch technology

If you’ve got a little more than $2,600 to spend, the world’s first optical keyboard for a gaming laptop can be yours.

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Razer announced the new hardware today which works, for now, only with its Razer Blade 15 Advanced laptop — bringing what the gaming brand promises are next-generation optical switches to the laptop. The keyboard has been designed specifically with gamers in mind who want “near-instant actuation, satisfying tactile feedback, and rapid-fire inputs.”

The way it works: The laptop and keyboard use light to result in a faster register and implementation of its keypress on the keyboard. Said another way, this is a clickier keyboard that responds to your inputs much faster, which should allow players to input more commands more quickly when they’re in the middle of an intense gaming session. Since light is what’s measured as the input source for this optical keyboard instead of physical contact with the keys, Razer is also promising zero “debounce” to ensure that each individual stroke is registered instantly, with no delay.

Razer’s new Blade 15 Advanced has a clickier keyboard with deeper travel

  Razer’s new Blade 15 Advanced has a clickier keyboard with deeper travel Some past issues might still remainTyping is one of those things that’s oh so subjective; but generally, more travel in the keys equates to a more satisfying typing experience. According to my colleague Dan Seifert’s review of the early 2019 Blade 15 Advanced, that was something its shallow keys desperately needed.

It ' s the first optical laptop keyboard . The keys have 1 .7mm of travel, Razer says, but actuate at 1 mm and require 55 grams of actuation force. Razer is also introducing the base model of the Blade 15 in quartz pink. It ' s the $ 1 ,999 configuration with an Intel Core i 7-9750H and Nvidia GeForce

Razer ’s gaming laptops tend to feature speedy processors, powerful GPUs, and other gamer-focused features like RGB keyboard lights and support for In fact, Razer says it ’ s the first laptop from any company to feature an optical keyboard . The company says that means it offers “near instant

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An infrared light beam under each key on the keyboard measures when the key is actually pressed, something Razer says allows for greater precision and speed compared to traditional laptop keyboards. The keys are also individually backlit with Razer Chrome RGB lighting, with several million possible color options and a variety of pre-programmed designed and custom patterns for users to choose from.

“Razer is a company built on firsts, (and) we focus on pushing the envelope to provide gamers with the best-in-class hardware,” says Brad Wildes, Senior Vice President of Razer’s Systems Division, as part of Monday’s announcement. “Our Razer Blade 15 laptop with the new optical laptop keyboard is the first of its kind, providing gamers with the most advanced switch technology on the market anywhere they go.”

The new keyboard is available starting today from Razer.com, as well as select retailers in the US, Canada, and China. It will be coming to more keyboard models in addition to the Razer Blade 15 Advanced in 2020.

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Save up to $400 on Razer Blade laptops at Amazon .
With Black Friday around the corner, now is a great time to spring for a laptop -- particularly if you're looking for one that can be used for gaming. Amazon will discount Razer's Blade 15 until December 2nd (or, more likely, while supplies last). If you don't want a gaming machine, but would still like to buy a new laptop this year, you may also want to check out our Dell and Lenovo roundups. Blade 15 Razer offers several different configurations of the Blade 15, but the model we think offers a good mix of internals for the price is the RTX 2070 Max-Q variant with 256GB solid-state drive and 144Hz display. Amazon plans to sell this version for $2,000, down from $2,400.

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