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Built-in tactical advantage: Razer’s latest hardware releases

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If you’ve ever played a competitive, online, or multiplayer game, you already know that a powerful PC is merely the start of a great setup. Yes, you’ll want those top specs, those shiny graphics and flawless memory, but without a solid selection of peripherals and hardware to compliment your PC, it’s all wasted potential.

Fortunately, high-end and high-spec keyboards and mice are more affordable than ever, and can be combined to create not only a solid PC build, but also an aesthetically pleasing layout. Whether you’re looking for that highly responsive mouse that will register even the smallest of micro movements, or a keyboard that can be customised in hundreds of ways, Razer’s new collection has something for every gamer.

As a trusted brand name, Razer is consistently putting out high-quality PC peripherals that are ready to plug and play. In this article, we’ll take a look at three of its new releases for this quarter – the Razer Deathstalker V2 Pro keyboard, and the Deathadder V3 Pro and Basilisk V3 Pro mice.

Razer’s head of its PC gaming division, Chris Mitchell, is understandably excited about the latest line-up of peripherals. When asked what’s helped Razer stay relevant for so long, he points to the company’s “focus on listening to the community, a willingness to innovate (and yes, sometimes fall flat), and investing heavily in pushing the boundaries of R&D and ultimately authenticity.”

And as for how Razer’s products can be a boon to your PC gaming experience, Mitchell believes that “once you go beyond the obvious of performance and ergonomics/comfort is where it gets interesting. Attention to detail and little things can be incredibly delightful and convenient.” Let’s take a look at those new products in more detail.

A new addition to the Deathstalker line, and one that looks better than ever, the Deathstalker V2 Pro is as sleek and stylish as it is powerful. The low-profile optical switches keep things streamlined, with full RGB backlighting and an ultra-long 40-hour battery life, so you can keep things going wirelessly. If you’re looking for a keyboard that does it all, the Deathstalker V2 Pro might be exactly what you’re looking for.

If you’re the type to play fast-paced games that rely on keyboard shortcuts and combos – such as League of Legends, Valorant, or any battle royale game – the Deathstalker V2 Pro’s ultra-slim optimisation means you can slide across the keys with ease. Make sure you select the Linear Low-Profile Optical Switches for those barely-perceptible silent keystrokes.

If you’re more of an RPG fan, someone who likes to solve puzzles, or explore vast open worlds, you might prefer the Clicky Low-Profile Optical Switch. These crisp keys mean that every letter you type has a rewarding tactile response, making it the perfect keyboard for those who switch between work and play. Either way, the keys are all designed to keep things smooth and sleek.

What’s more, the Deathstalker V2 Pro is backed up by Razer’s HyperSpeed Wireless and Bluetooth 5.0. Lag? Never heard of it. The wireless USB dongle can be paired with multiple devices, and can be stored within the keyboard casing, making it super easy to take anywhere. On the back, you’ll find three quick-access profile buttons, meaning you can switch keyboard control between PC, tablets, and more at the touch of a button.

“A quick toggle for 3 different Bluetooth profiles on the Deathstalker for example may seem like nothing at first,” says Mitchell, “but is just incredibly convenient for switching between different devices.”

Now for the mice. First up we have the Razer Deathadder V3 Pro, an ultra-lightweight ergonomic powerhouse, specially curated for esports enthusiasts. This streamlined new shape was engineered alongside top esports professionals, and weighs 25% less than its predecessor.

With low weight and no drag to speak of, the Deathadder V3 Pro is your secret weapon when it comes to games that rely on your reaction times. Equipped with this mouse, you can expect to never again be held back by a clunky piece of hardware, instead becoming accustomed to gliding with ease. You’ll also be freed from a trailing wire, but without sacrificing any responsiveness thanks to the Razer HyperPolling Wireless Dongle compatibility, which ensures a true 4000hz wireless polling rate.

Despite its lithe appearance, this mouse packs in industry-leading tech specs, such as the Razer Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor, the world’s most precise optical sensor. You’ll be able to customise every detail, from the ultra-fine asymmetric cut-off, which sets a lift-off and landing distance individual to you, to the custom keybinds of Razer Hypershift.

If you’re still at the cutting edge but want a mouse that still feels familiar, the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro takes everything you know and love about Razer mice and dials it up a notch. Simply put, this is the most advanced gaming mouse Razer has ever produced, pushing the limits of performance, customisation, connectivity, and control with a suite of innovative features.

The Razer Basilisk V3 Pro takes everything that made its predecessor an incredible gaming mouse and goes wireless, streamlining your setup without sacrificing responsiveness. The mouse polls at up to 4k Hz when used with the HyperPolling Wireless Dongle meaning you’ll never have to compromise on accuracy.

Smoothly speed through content with the Razer Hyperscroll Tilt Wheel, which free spins until stopped, or switch to tactile cycling which is ideal for gaming. Pair the mouse with a Razer Wireless Charger and you’ll also never have to worry about the battery dying.

Marvel at the 13-zone Chroma lighting with full underglow, adding a futuristic flair to your gaming sessions. With over 16.8 million colours and countless lighting effects, you’ll never get bored of your mouse’s look. Experience greater immersion as the colours sync with your games using Chroma integration.

As for what comes next, Mitchell says that Razer will go “wherever the community brings us to, wherever we can break performance barriers, more customization, more material investigations, more choices. And staying true to our core values while doing so.”

Whatever your playstyle, these new hardware items will be the perfect addition to your setup, lending a colourful yet classy appeal to your desk while enhancing every aspect of your gameplay through esports and beyond. Check out the rest of the Razer collection on the company’s website.

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