Be a light jockey with Razer’s Chroma HDK

Just as the monochrome LED has largely given way to its more advanced RGB descendent, strips of individually-addressable RGB LEDs are on the verge of sweeping across the horizon of PC hardware. Razer is making sure it can be the center of that disco party with its Chroma Hardware Development Kit (HDK).

The heart of the Chroma HDK is a control module that receives its marching orders over a micro-USB cable from Razer's Synapse or Chroma Studio software applications. The module can control four individually-addressable RGB LED strips with 16 LEDs per strip, for a grand total of 64 color-changing lights. The kit comes with two 20" (50 cm) LED strips and a pair of 11" (30 cm) ribbon-style extension cables.

The control module has multiple ways to get its electricity, allowing buyers to power the Chroma HDK whether it's inside a computer case or mounted externally as part of an RGB LED installation that extends to the user's computer desk.

The Chroma HDK with the control module, two individually-addressable LED strips, and a generous supply of cables will cost $80 when it goes on sale later this month. The expansion pack of two additional light strips will set buyers back another $29.

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    • Fonbu
    • 2 years ago

    They just need to engineering an RGB LED magnetically coupling fidget spinner with an electric motor that is powered wirelessly through a usb mat. The mat can be mounted onto pc chassis. That would be a real light show. Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything, could give them ideas….

    • The Egg
    • 2 years ago


      • hasseb64
      • 2 years ago

      you needed to edit that?

        • Mourmain
        • 2 years ago


    • Questar
    • 2 years ago

    Please, make the whole PC bling thing stop!

      • Ifalna
      • 2 years ago

      No one forces you to buy into it.

    • Amien
    • 2 years ago


      • chµck
      • 2 years ago

      at first glance, i thought that was some guy rubbing his nipples, cause he likes the RGB so much.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    Good gravy, those prices.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      Yep, Ben, ’cause Razer is the Apple of gaming gear. They have good stuff, but it too high end compared to value-priced options for poor mortals.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        You’re right, of course. I just marvel that people will pay it.


        And really, if people will pay it, why *wouldn’t* Razer want to charge it? Same for Apple. Apparently people are willing to spend the money.

        • Air
        • 2 years ago

        Maybe it’s sarcasm, but Apple actually makes some good quality stuff to try to justify it’s prices, while razer practices overpricing in its purest form: overpricing just because.

          • Pettytheft
          • 2 years ago

          You can actually pick up a lot of Razer stuff on sale though.

          • mcarson09
          • 2 years ago

          It only takes one update from Apple to Bork your toy.

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      [url=<]By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.[/url<]

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