Tuesday, February 19th 2013

Razer Re-Releases StarCraft II Peripherals

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, announced the re-release of its peripheral lineup for Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion, the highly anticipated next installment of the acclaimed StarCraft franchise. The entire suite of StarCraft II peripherals, designed specifically for the prestigious real-time strategy (RTS) game, is once again available in all its glory. The line includes the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse, the Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard and the Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset.

"The initial response we received on the announcement of the original StarCraft II peripherals was simply amazing and, as a way of giving back to our diehard fans and the StarCraft community, we want to make these products available once more," said Min-Liang Tan – co-founder, CEO and creative director of Razer. "These peripherals speak to the quality of Razer products as a whole and give StarCraft players the edge they crave on the battlefield."


The Razer Spectre, Razer Marauder and Razer Banshee all feature custom-backlighting to match any gaming rig and are able to electrify StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm gameplay through an APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System. The APM Lighting System offers a fully integrated gaming experience that responds directly to a player's maneuvers and speed, providing vibrant performance feedback that gamers can see. Each peripheral also features a gaming-optimized design with an emphasis on portability for tournament play and is stylized with design elements from the StarCraft universe.

The announcement comes in the wake of StarCraft II's successful 2012 tournament season.

Additionally, fans of the popular RTS title can enter for a chance to win each of the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm peripherals by going to www.razerzone.com/HOTSsweepstakes.

About the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse
Tournament-ready and designed for StarCraft II, the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse is a lightweight, five-button mouse designed to provide precision and control for RTS gamers. The Razer Spectre features the newly developed APM Lighting System with a multicolor LED that provides real-time performance feedback through changing lighting hues and adjustable mouse button force settings for optimal mouse click speed and control. Equipped with a powerful 5600 dpi Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor and a 1000 Hz Ultrapolling/1 ms response time, the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse gives gamers exactly what they are looking for in an RTS mouse.

PRICE: US $59.99; Europe €59.99

FEATURES:
● StarCraft II-inspired Design
● Lightweight, Fingertip-Grip 5 Button Mouse
● 5600 dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor
● Backlit Mouse with APM Lighting System
● Mouse Click Button Force Adjustment
● 1000 Hz Ultrapolling/1 ms Response Time
● Hardware Configuration Utility

AVAILABILITY:
Available now

About the Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard
Designed for StarCraft II, the Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard is a full-featured, tournament-ready keyboard maximized for compact design. The Razer Marauder features a multi-color backlit keyboard with an APM Lighting System that provides real-time performance feedback through changing color hues to complement the gaming experience. Enhanced with elevated keys for rapid command input and improved gaming performance and a dedicated on-the-fly macro recording system, the Razer Marauder is built with a gaming-optimized design inspired by the StarCraft universe.

PRICE: US $99.99; Europe €99.99

FEATURES:
● StarCraft II-inspired Design
● Optimized Key Travel Distance
● Backlit Keyboard with APM Lighting System
● Optimized Spacing with Laser-etched Keys
● Razer Hyperesponse Technology
● 1000 Hz Ultrapolling/1 ms Response
● Hardware Configuration Utility

AVAILABILITY:
Available now

About the Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset
Designed for StarCraft II, with a focus on maximum performance, comfort and sound isolation, the Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset features a newly developed, multi-color APM Lighting System that provides real-time feedback on player performance. The Razer Banshee is equipped with a configuration utility for customized adjustments of equalizer, pitch and volume. Other special features include a detachable microphone boom for easy transport and a comfortable circumaural construction, all in a gaming-optimized design inspired by the StarCraft universe.

PRICE: US $89.99; Europe €89.99

FEATURES:
● Gaming-Optimized Performance & Comfort
● StarCraft II-inspired Design
● Backlit Headset with APM Lighting System
● Circumaural Design with 50 mm Driver Units
● Built-in Volume & Mic Control Buttons
● Detachable Microphone Boom
● Unified Software Configurator

AVAILABILITY:
Available Now

About the Razer StarCraft II Zerg Edition Messenger Bag
The Razer StarCraft II Zerg Edition Messenger Bag features artwork from the game and is designed to protect gaming gear in style.

PRICE: US $79.99; Europe €79.99

FEATURES:
● Tear-resistant, weather-proof heavy duty 1680 DEN ballistic nylon outer shell
● Single shoulder sling design for added mobility
● Easy, one-handed release chest clasp enables quick and convenient access
● Built-in compartments for laptops, gaming peripherals and portable gaming device
● Padded inner lining protects electronic devices and provides ample shock absorbency while on the road
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28 Comments on Razer Re-Releases StarCraft II Peripherals

#1
Fourstaff
Now in purple, eh? I would like them to release something better than those instead. A mechanical keyboard is a must, and I don't see it anywhere
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#2
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: Fourstaff
Now in purple, eh? I would like them to release something better than those instead. A mechanical keyboard is a must, and I don't see it anywhere
I agree. Once you go mechanical you can't go back. Its like going SSD. You cannot go back to a "normal" HD.
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#3
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Fourstaff
Now in purple, eh? I would like them to release something better than those instead. A mechanical keyboard is a must, and I don't see it anywhere
do you really see the same group of people who would buy a game themed keyboard also pay the premium for a mechanical keyboard?
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#4
Fourstaff
by: Easy Rhino
do you really see the same group of people who would buy a game themed keyboard also pay the premium for a mechanical keyboard?
I would buy a Starcraft II themed keyboard if its mechanical, or a Steelseries (insert game here) mouse.
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#5
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Fourstaff
I would buy a Starcraft II themed keyboard if its mechanical, or a Steelseries (insert game here) mouse.
why?
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#6
Fourstaff
by: Easy Rhino
why?
Why not? A little decal over plain ol black/white is always nice, especially if its only a little more than what you would pay for the plain version. The difference between Steelseries Xai normal and "game version" can be as little as £0.
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#7
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Fourstaff
Why not? A little decal over plain ol black/white is always nice, especially if its only a little more than what you would pay for the plain version. The difference between Steelseries Xai normal and "game version" can be as little as £0.
why not? because i am a grown ass man and i don't want my electronics to look like kids toys.
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#8
Fourstaff
by: Easy Rhino
why not? because i am a grown ass man and i don't want my electronics to look like kids toys.
Matter of taste then. I usually prefer dull boring stuff, with a splash of colour here and there. A childish looking peripheral fits that perfectly :)
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#9
Widjaja
Razer releases something I find pretty ugly.

Not something which happens often.
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#10
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: Easy Rhino
why not? because i am a grown ass man and i don't want my electronics to look like kids toys.
Then why do you love Apple so much? BADABOOM!
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#11
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Fourstaff
Matter of taste then.
a matter of taste would be choosing between a black keyboard and a grey keyboard. this is a matter of maturity. my point is: bundling a "toy" keyboard like this one with a mechanical keyboard would put its price-point out of range of the intended audience.
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#12
Liquid Cool
I feel like an idiot...I've never heard of Starcraft II. Although, I clicked in to join the discussion because of the blocky looking mouse. Any time I see something that 'might' fit my left hand....I have to take a look. The choices of worthy mice...are very limited.

I agree with the mechanical keyboard/SSD analogy.

:)

LC
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#14
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Fourstaff
They are charging $100 for it, I can buy Blackwidow for the same price.

RAZER BlackWidow 2013 RZ03-00391500-R3U1 Black USB...
exactly. so that would mean throwing a mechanical keyboard in this mix would almost double the price of the product making it out of range for its audience.
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#15
tokyoduong
That mouse looks really uncomfortable. I have tried a lot of gaming mice. I still have not found anything better than a G500 that is anywhere near the $50 range. I bought mine for $35 and I don't think mice or keyboards should cost $100 or more.
I wish I can use the old IBM mechanical keyboards and give it a new shell. Maybe I can get one and just paint it all flat black.
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#17
Fourstaff
by: Easy Rhino
exactly. so that would mean throwing a mechanical keyboard in this mix would almost double the price of the product making it out of range for its audience.
No it will just carry a 50% premium. Hardly "out of range" if you are already a $100 keyboard.
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#18
lZKoce
The whole set is pretty good for the game it is designed to. It is a themed set. The mouse is pretty short for claw-type grip. Check out some of the South Korean pros and you quickly see why and software bundle that comes with it is pretty useful. You can see you APM based on the colour you set. For SC2 is nice, for anything else I highly doubt it.
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#19
Ghost
Are they going to re-re-release this stuff before Legacy of the Void too? :laugh:
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#20
morphy
Look at it this way. It could be a lot worse..they could be releasing SWTOR themed peripherals.:laugh:
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#21
okidna
by: Ghost
Are they going to re-re-release this stuff before Legacy of the Void too? :laugh:
Probably.

They could have yellow or green color theme for Protoss's related merchandise :laugh:
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#22
erasure
these products looks close to alienware
alienware products looks close to logitech
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#23
zAAm
Interesting, since the original Marauder keyboard can display the exact same colour since it has RGB backlighting... Why would anyone replace it with the new version??

Also, my friend had one and the tactile feedback was just horrible. So it will definitely not improve your gaming...
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#24
Sir Alex Ice
Well, what do you know, Razer is at it again, spreading a lot of bulshit:
- the Starcraft II peripherals have been available since launch, there has been no shortage
- the build quality is abhorent, within 4 weeks of use I got spots where the paint was gone. and I don't have acid for sweat like the aliens have acid for blood
- the prices are an insult, same number for both US and EU means in EU they are ~30% more expensive
- the mouse sensor has a fit on the screen if hair from my cat interferes with it, dances around and generally annoys the hell out of me, especially in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, it messes badly with my targeting

The only thing to like is the changing of lights done automatically depending on which application is on.
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#25
tacosRcool
I own the Razer Marauder keyboard and I love it! Never wanted a mechanical keyboard
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