E3 2010: Razer Releases Starcraft II Gaming Mice, Keyboards and Headset

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This year at E3, Razer took the wraps off of a special series of Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty-inspired gaming mice, gaming keyboards and gaming headsets.  Razer, known for their high-quality gaming peripherals, created Starcraft II variants of their Spectre mouse, Marauder keyboard and Banshee gaming headsets.

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Razer Starcraft II Banshee Headset Specifications:

  • Built-in volume and microphone control buttons
  • Detachable microphone
  • Backlit headset with customizable lighting effects
  • Circumaural design with 50mm drivers

The new Banshee headset takes advantage of Razer’s new “Actions-per-Minute Lighting System” (APM) setup, which analyzes gameplay and provides users with feedback depending on the player performance. The APM system has been built into the new Spectre and Maurauder, as well.

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Razer Starcraft II Marauder Specifications:

  • Improved key travel distance
  • Backlit keys with multiple lighting combinations
  • APM customizable lighting setup
  • Razer “hyperresponse” technology
  • Laser-etched key facings
  • 1MHz ultrapolling
  • 1ms response

The new Starcraft II Marauder features the same Razer-designed APM lighting setup as the Banshee. Razer also implemented a new on-the-fly dedicated macro recording system – in the middle of the game, users can hit a button, fly through a specific key sequence, then assign it to one of the Marauder’s specific macro keys.

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Razer Starcraft II Spectre Specifications:

  • APM customizable lighting setup
  • “Fingertip-grip” five-button mouse
  • 5600DPI laser sensor (3.5G)
  • Adjustable button force settings
  • 1MHz ultrapolling
  • 1ms response

Razer developed the new gaming accessories with Starcraft II in mind partially because they’re big fans of the game. Says Razer USA president Robert Krakoff:

We are all huge StarCraft players here at Razer, so we are really excited to give gamers a first glimpse at the StarCraft II gaming peripherals. The peripherals were created with our newly developed APM Lighting System and feature a gaming-optimized design inspired by the StarCraft universe to complement the on-screen action.

All of the peripherals are tied together with a solid silver and black design with a (by default) blue-backlit lighting setup.  The new Spectre gaming mouse is expected to retail for $79.99, the Marauder keyboard will sell for $119.99 and the Banshee headset will also come in at $119.99. All three are scheduled for release in the third quarter of this year.

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