Published on September 1st, 2015 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder
Razer Announced Two New Devices During PAX Prime 15
While I was finalizing my prep for my 24 hour Stream this past Friday, Razer went and announced two new products that I already want, for completely different reasons.
Gamers with a focus on fitness may be interested in some of the features of the Razer Nabu. As an alternative to the FitBit, Razer has taken its Nabu X and beefed it up considerably. The Nabu touts a 126×16 pixel single color OLED screen, 3-axis accelerometer and cylindrical vibration motor, paired with Bluetooth Low Energy that pushes the battery life out to 6 days.
The Nabu was announced with a fairly awesome (and gory) zombie ad, showcasing some of the features of the wristband, including the high-five contact sharing:
The Nabu Companion App gets an upgrade that wraps the multiple apps into a single home and is compatible with iOS devices from the iPhone 5 up as well as Android devices from Android 4.3 and up. Current Nabu X users can pick up the beta of the new app on the Nabu X page of the Razerzone (sadly, only Android is available right now).
The Razer Nabu costs $99.99 and it should be available for pre-order on September 15, with shipping beginning in October.
As an owner of the current Nabu, I definitely look forward to the single app, but the screen is a major score. The fact that it’s cheaper than a FitBit as well makes it my first option for upgrading, and I look forward to the social sharing possibilities at conventions moving forward.
And that brings us to the…
I could tell you a myriad of things about the Razer Wildcat, so let me rapid-fire the important bits: There are two programmable bumpers on top, two programmable, removable triggers in the rear, 4-button Quick Control Panel that lets you control audio and profile-switching, 3.5mm audio jack, optional rubber palm grips & analog stick grip caps, and it all comes in a lovely carrying case.
Beyond that, the most important thing for me is the fact that I owned a Razer Onza Tournament Edition, and it was the absolute best Xbox 360 controller I’ve ever owned. Someone understands this, which is why it’s going for over $150 on Amazon right now. Long story short: This controller looks lovely.
The Razer Wildcat will get you for $149.99 and will be available both through Razerzone.com and worldwide in October 2015.
Based on my history with the predecessors of each of these, it’s not much of a surprise that I want them in my library. I can definitely see the Wildcat going toe-to-toe with the upcoming Elite controller though, considering that both have some serious customization options and share the same price point.
Best part about it all though, is that with two new contenders, each of these device areas has to step up its game and provide a better product for hte users: Us.