Black Friday is nearly here, ready to brighten up our lockdowns with a vibrant display of neon-lit RAM sticks, shimmering backlit keyboards and the laser sensors of high-end gaming mice. There’s no better time for a bit of gaming-tech retail therapy.
Razer, manufacturer of gaming laptops, mice and all things nice, is here to help us with our festive fun, offering its latest hardware at cut prices for Black Friday.
And we’ve sifted through them to find a collection of deals that between them amount to the perfect setup for both hardcore gamers and those just stepping into the realm of PC gaming.
Razer DeathAdder V2
This green-themed mouse continues Razer’s rich tradition of high-end ergonomic gaming mice. It’s the sequel to one of Razer’s best-selling mice, retaining that classic best-in-class shape while making some key improvements.
When you click the DeathAdder v2, it’s more than just a mechanical action, with an infrared light beam registering your every click to deliver a response time of just 0.2ms. This new tech, known as the Razer Optical Mouse Switch, cuts down on those precious click times like never before.
The Razer Focus+ Sensor inside this thing has up to 20,000DPI sensitivity, offering unprecedented precision.
Grab for a low price at Amazon from 27 November
What’s a great mouse like the DeathAdder v2 without a mechanical keyboard to go with it? The Razer BlackWidow not only looks the part with its fully customisable RGB key lighting , which syncs up with in-game action (such as Ultimate moves readying up in Overwatch).
The Green Mechanical switches offer perfect clicky tactility, giving you those precious milliseconds of edge in online shooters. The reinforced side walls offer that extra stability and protection from dust, liquids and fingernail clippings (that is something that happens to everyone, right?).
Razer Kraken TE
Nothing screams ‘hardcore gamer’ like this goo-green gaming headset from Razer. The ‘TE’ in the name stands for ‘Tournament Edition’ – an apt moniker for a headset that shuts out the outside world and immerses you in its cocoon of THX Spatial Audio, delivering 360-degree positional sound that goes beyond the confines of 5.1 and 7.1.
The headset distinguishes between in-game audio and voice chat, balancing the two accordingly. But if you want to fine-tune your acoustics, just use the Full Audio Control to tweak everything from game/chat balance to bass and spatial audio.
And to top it all off, there’s cooling gel in the ear cushions – the ingenious feature you probably never knew you needed!
Razer Goliathus Chroma
It’s easy to underestimate the importance of a good mouse mat, but once you get something like the Goliathus Chroma padding your palm, you’ll see why those hardcore gamers rave on about it.
The micro-textured cloth surface ensures that every mouse movement registers just like you want, but the real magic here is the Razer Chroma lighting around the edge. This rim of light reacts to your in-game actions and alerts with its 16.8 million colour options, syncing up with your PC and Razer Keyboard lights too for a seamless display of reactive lighting. The Synapse software lets you sync the keyboard up with software like MSI Afterburner, ThermalTake and Hue lighting.
Razer Blade 17 Pro
£1699 + FOC Bundle at Ebuyer starting 26 November
Saving the best for last, we present you with Razer’s latest top-end portable gaming rig. The Razer Blade 17 Pro features an almost unfathomable 300Hz touchscreen display. And while there’s no GPU on Earth today that’ll max out the latest games at 4K at that refresh rate, the RTX 2070 Max Q is among the most powerful you’ll find on a laptop. The dream of playing Cyberpunk 2077 at searing framerates on the go may just become a reality…
All this is supported by Intel’s 10th Gen i7-10875H CPU, which boosts performance in CPU-intensive games and ensures that the laptop can handle any amount of high-intensity multitasking you throw at it.