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Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer now reportedly a billion dollar company

  1. Razer, known for its gaming peripherals and devices, has joined the elite club of billion-dollar companies. According to a TechCrunch report, the San Diego-based company recently attained a valuation of over $1 billion, thanks to new funding from Intel Capital, the...

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  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,202   +596

    Hopefully with the extra money and the new intel board members, they can start making products of higher quality. Their mice and keyboards feel cheap.
     
  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,457   +606

    The f****g DeathAdder man. I don't need to point out the awards its won and tournaments its used in.
    I had a DeathAdder for 5 years and its the best mouse I've ever owned and it originally, single handily, put Razer on the map.
    I got a G502 Proteus core now.

    My BlackWidow Ultimate doesn't feel cheap and neither did my Deathadder. (sold)
    Not being a homer I would tell it like it is.
     
  4. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 315   +93

    Razer software is known to cause many BSoD's. While I haven't gotten one in awhile myself, it'll come and go in episodes. If you care to trace any logs you have back far enough, while your system is in tip-top shape, chances are the culprit is a Razer driver; this is assuming you maybe have one once in awhile that cannot be explained, unless you scour it with other programs to link it to a software cause if detected.

    They're also taking the cheap route on hardware, such as the knockoff Cherry MX keys on your keyboard in particular made by Khalil--you get what you pay for. I'm not saying they haven't made good hardware, like the Deathadder and older Lachesis, but they're heading away from that which is sadly the norm nowadays.

    As it sits now, Zowie, Mionix, Ducky, and others are far superior to them while being the same or lower price. I even see many people I know who used to swear by them, only turn their backs on Razer. And because their input devices are used in many competitive leagues doesn't mean the players like it; it's a sponsorship, which means you get free stuff to use as you wish, as long as you make it obvious what brand it is and speak highly of them in return.
     
  5. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,457   +606

    Agreed.
    But Razer isn't the only company trying to save a buck by getting a better deal on their parts. Corsair and Logitech have been caught doing the same, and some of their peripherals weren't exactly reliable shining stars.
    As bad as Razer though? No.
    Thats true in general but not for the DeathAdder. Its been an editors/gamers choice for years and still wins best overall gaming mouse comparisons and/or various awards. I know Toms gave it the best RTS mouse recently.
     
  6. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 315   +93

    Yep, that's why I'd never consider any of them. It was only until recently that Corsair caught my eye again with their new K70 keyboard, the RGB model with a hefty $150+ price tag. But yeah, Logitech I would say is certainly better, while not the best as you say.

    That's what's been surprising me. Of all the moves they've made up to now, they've kept one product up to customer's expectations as it was when it first released back way when. With the amount of people buying it, I would assume it would be clear that people want more quality stuff like that rather than the rest of their selection, but I'll never have the mind of a company marketer to understand :p
     
  7. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 900   +15

    I am now browsing this site using a razer proclick 1.6 (which is essentially a diamondback, based on the PCB) and I have a copperhead mouse in another PC. they are both beyond 6yo and still running strong.

    yes the razer driver is horrible, and they will cause random BSODs without me knowing it until I unplugged the damn mouse. using X-Mouse control to remap my side buttons now. it's free and pretty reliable.

    not planning to buy another razer products anymore. somehow I think the brand is too associated with gamers or teenagers. but I should mention that both my razer mice are well-built, considering the year they're built.
     

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