Razer Is Making A Haptic Feedback Gamer Cushion, Plus Lots Of Other Cool Stuff
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Razer Is Making A Haptic Feedback Gamer Cushion, Plus Lots Of Other Cool Stuff

Razer has revealed its new lineup of gaming hardware and lifestyle gear at CES 2024, including the next generation of Razer Blade laptops, the new Razer Iskur V2 gaming chair, and most importantly, a haptic-feedback gaming cushion. Strictly a concept for now, the cushion–dubbed Project Esther–uses Razer’s Sensa HD technology to make you physically feel every action in a game. From explosive effects to more nuanced sensations like a subtle heartbeat, these haptic sensations are delivered through 16 haptic actuators spread throughout the cushion.

The idea is for this haptic feedback device to be compatible with most gaming and office chairs through the use of an adjustable strap system, and on a technical level, game developers will have full control over the haptics’ directionality, multi-actuator experiences, and multiple-device integration between different platforms and peripherals. On the topic of gaming chairs, Razer’s new Isku V2 looks like a slick piece of furniture for those long gaming sessions.

Project Esther
Project Esther

This chair features an adjustable lumbar support system, a spring-loaded mechanism that’ll adapt to your body’s curvature, and can be further fine-tuned for your individual comfort. High-density foam cushions, durable synthetic leather materials, and an impressive 152-degree recline tilt completes the package.

On the hardware side, Razer has several new versions of its Razer Blade laptops releasing this year. The marquee features in the Razer Blade 14, 16, and 18 laptops are Calman-verified displays for professional-grade color accuracy. There is also Windows 11 dynamic lighting control for immersive RGB experiences, enhanced audio with THX Integration, and an extended battery warranty.

The Razer Blade 16 laptop is particularly impressive, as it packs a worlds-first 16-inch OLED 240Hz display, an Intel Core i9-14900HX processor, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 laptop GPU into its slim frame. This will be an expensive laptop with a starting price-tag of $2,999, and it’ll be available to preorder today. The Razer Blade 14 is being positioned as an ultra-portable alternative (preorders open on January 23) and the Razer Blade 18 is a more traditional powerhouse that you can keep on your desktop or travel with. Pricing and a release date for the Razer Blade 18 haven’t been revealed yet, but Razer says that this model will arrive later this year.

This high-end Razer Blade 18 is equipped with a 4K 165Hz 18-inch display and Thunderbolt 5 for high-speed connections so that you can hook up multiple high-resolution gaming displays, high-speed storage devices, and all-in-one docks to it while maintaining a high level of performance.

Razer also showed off its new USB-C dock. With this compact model, you’ll get 11 ports spread across USB-A, USB-C, Gigabit ethernet, HDMI, a 3.5 mm audio combo jack, and UHS-I SD/MicroSD card slots. For audiophiles, the 3.5mm audio jack delivers advanced 7.1 surround sound, and the HDMI slot can output up to 4K 60Hz. It looks like a durable piece of technology as well, as it’s constructed from a thermally optimal aluminum alloy. Priced at $120, it’ll be available starting today.

Lastly, Razer unveiled the Aether Monitor Light Bar. For anyone looking to create an RGB gaming atmosphere in their room, this device can pipe in a rainbow of diverse colors through with its front-facing and rear-facing LEDs. Razer says that it has been crafted to complement most monitor sizes and curvatures and it can be securely attached with its flexible mounting mechanism.

For more of the cool technology revealed at CES 2024, you can check out details on Nvidia’s new line of RTX 40-series GPUs and Samsung’s no-glasses-required 3D monitor.

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