Razer hopes Blade 15’s new optical keyboard will click with gamers


Razer’s new gaming laptop keyboard uses infrared technology for extra speed.


If you like tactile and clickable keyboards – or frankly, are picky about the feel of a keyboard – there’s a good chance you can’t stand the quiet but slow-running and mushy keyboard on the keyboard. Razer Blade 15 range of laptops. So Razer returned to the drawing board for its thin and light gaming laptop and emerged with a new low profile optical switch that further combines a mechanical switch feel with the speed and low profile benefits of optical technology. .

The keyboard launches Monday in a model of the Blade 15 Advanced, configuration with the Core i7-9750H, 240 Hz 1080p display, RTX 2070 and 512 GB SSD. The keyboard increases the price from $ 49 to $ 2,649, and Razer the will deploy in additional configurations next year. Razer also took the opportunity to add a Quartz Pink model of the entry-level Blade 15 Advanced configuration (join the Pink Stealth) for the same $ 2,000 as its basic black sibling.

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Now you can get a Quartz Pink Razer Blade 15 to match your accessories.

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At rest, a optical switch blocks an infrared beam. Then when you press, the block moves briefly, so that the beam can hit the opposite side, which initiates (actuates) the strike. The foundations, which otherwise seem quite similar to a scissor switch, provide a more clickable feel and dictate the actuation force of 55 grams. Until we can tap quantum entanglement for our typing needs, light is the fastest mechanism for key actuation, making optical switches theoretically more sensitive than mechanics or membrane. The actuation mechanism works similar to Razer Huntsman Elite desktop keyboards.

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The new switches activate at 1 millimeter, with a full travel of 1.7 mm. Although 1mm might seem like a pretty high actuation (the distance from the top at which a hit is registered) – Razer Full Size Green Switches also have 1mm actuation and 55 grams of force, and many keyboards are typically 2mm – not quite the same feel due to the shorter total stroke compared to a mechanical keyboard as you hit bottom faster. 1mm is about 60% of the height of new optical switches, while that same 1mm on a 4mm switch is 25% of the distance.

It doesn’t necessarily make it better or worse, just different. But the increased travel of the new switches, up 1.1mm, and increased tactility definitely felt a lot better in my extremely brief fingers.

Because there is no physical contact, optical technology facilitates zero anti-rebound – it registers only one keystroke – and in theory, the absence of friction considerably increases the life of the switches. He has a n-key rollover (so go ahead and mash them all at once) and keep the per-key RGB lighting from previous models.

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