The keyboard and mouse has never entered living rooms the same way controllers have wound up on desks. They’re large, clunky, and often require some extra setting up. Razer, ever eager to birth more peripherals, thinks they’ve found a solution.
The Razer Turret consists of a wireless “lapboard” with enough surface area on the right-hand side for the included wireless mouse. If it sounds familiar then it probably is – a prototype was shown early last year.
Both products were designed from the ground up. To keep things light, they’ve opted to use a chiclet keyboard instead of the typical membrane or mechanical setup. Yet it still manages to maintain full anti-ghosting properties, and the integrated mouse mat is magnetic to prevent the 3500 DPI mouse from sliding off.
Connection is via Bluetooth LE for consoles or the bundled 2.4 GHz wireless adaptor for PCs. There are dedicated Android buttons on the keyboard too, a throwback to its inception as a Razer Forge TV accessory.
Containing built-in high capacity lithium polymer batteries, the Turret has an estimated continuous run time of 40 hours for the mouse, and four months usage on the keyboard. When not in use, a foldable hinge keeps the Turret neatly out of the way – it actually does look good in its dock.
Co-Founder, CEO, and the public face of Razer, Min-Liang Tan, describes it as “a perfect solution for gamers to enjoy the unrivaled precision of a mouse and keyboard combination from the comfort of the couch with the durability and reliability that PC gamers demand.”
While having a mouse automatically solves the “precision” part of the problem, it doesn’t address comfort. We’re going to need a deep couch to get the lapboard propped at the right height, else we’d be toying with the prospect of wrist injury. It also means we can’t move our legs around, much less cross them, during long gaming sessions.
So while the Razer Turret is a good and sleek-looking effort, it doesn’t seem to be the answer we’re looking for.
If this does sound appealing, then more information is available on the official site.
No release date or pricing is available for Singapore just yet, but for reference’s sake it lists at US$159.99 (S$216) in the US.