GDC 2016: Meet the Razer Core and Razer BlackWidow X Chroma keyboard


Razer is a company that is known for some great quality products including the very well-received Razer Blade Notebook and a line of accessories for PC gamers. During GDC they held an open office event where attendees came to take a look at some of its upcoming and already released items including the Razer | OSVR – Open-Source Virtual Reality (a cheaper entry into virtual reality).

While the offices were pretty packed, I was luckily able to get some time with a few of the Razer reps and get a demo of some of the items first hand to learn more about what’s out and what’s to come.

The first item I got to spend time with was the latest entry into the Razer’s gaming/everyday notebook line the Razer Blade and the new Razer Core. While other companies have shown an add-on accessory to give their brand of notebooks more additional power by letting you access a standalone graphics card, many of them have been bulky and heavy, needing you to dock it in some fashion which has had some issues including size and ventilation. The Razer Core is a pretty great alternative since it’s relatively small and connects with a single cable, making it easy to take to with you to a friend house, or wherever you may need it.

Finally, we got to see the Razer BlackWidow X Chroma keyboard, I’ve been using mechanical keyboards for awhile now and I have to say it’s hard to go back to a regular keyboard. Here we had a chance to learn more about the keyboard itself while watching a bit of it in action.

I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now for some light gaming and writing and it feels great. I still need to play around with the Chroma configuration more to make my perfect keyboard, but I did enjoy the integration with certain games which add a nice dynamic depending on the game you played. For me it was H1Z1 and FF XIV Heavensward, but I’ll get into that more in my full review coming later.


  • Razer Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force
  • 80 million keystroke life span
  • Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • 5 additional dedicated macro keys
  • Gaming mode option
  • Audio-out/mic-in jacks
  • USB pass-through
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable
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