Razer And SteelSeries Both Team With Blizzard
By Lisa Johnston On Jul 19 2010 - 10:27am
NEW YORK — Razer and Steel-
Series each announced they had formed
partnerships with Blizzard Entertainment
for Blizzard’s July launch of Star-
Craft II: Wings of Liberty.
The suite of Razer products includes
the Spectre StarCraft II gaming mouse,
the Marauder StarCraft II gaming keyboard
and the Banshee StarCraft II
The Spectre StarCraft II gaming
mouse is billed as a lightweight, five-button
mouse. It boasts the Actions-Per-
Minute (APM) Lighting System with a
multi-color LED that provides real-time
performance feedback through changing
lighting hues and adjustable mousebutton
force settings for optimal mouse
click speed and control, Razer said.
Other features include a 5,600 dpi
Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor and
a 1,000Hz Ultrapolling 1ms response
time. It will be available in the third
quarter for a $79.99 suggested retail.
The Marauder StarCraft II gaming
keyboard also has the APM Lighting
System, as well as elevated keys, a dedicated
on-the-fly macro recording system,
laser-etched keys, and the company’s
Hyperresponse technology. Suggested
retail is $119.
Finally, the Banshee StarCraft II
gaming headset — which also has the
APM Lighting System — comes with
a configuration utility for customized
adjustments of equalizer, pitch and
volume, Razer said. It also has a detachable
microphone boom, 50mm
drivers, built-in volume and microphone
control buttons, and “a gamingoptimized
design inspired by the Star-
Suggested retail is $119.
All of the Razer products will be
available in the third quarter.
The SteelSeries line of co-branded
products includes the StarCraft II Limited
Edition Zboard gaming keyboard
bundle, and the Limited
Edition QcK Tychus
and Marauder mouse
bundle includes the
company’s Zboard Base with Z Engine
II software, the Zboard Standard
QWERTY keyset and the Limited
Edition Zboard keyset (StarCraft
II). The Zboard keyset is said to provide
labeled commands, in-game shortcuts,
official artwork from the game,
and three race-specific mods featuring
unique abilities for each of the races.
The new mouse pads are constructed
of a high-quality cloth material with
an optimized textured surface, Steel-
Series said, that provides players with a
smooth and consistent gliding surface.
Suggested retails are as follow: the
StarCraft II Limited Edition Zboard
gaming keyboard bundle, $69.99; Limited
Edition QcK Tychus Findlay, Marauder,
QcK Marine, and Kerrigan vs.
Zeratul mouse pads, $14.99; Zboard
The SteelSeries products will be
available when StarCraft II: Wings of
Liberty launches July 27.