Microsoft got out of the office and into homes, Apple grew up from college dorms to offices. Logitech snuck out of the office and into our gaming rooms. Now it’s time for Razer to get out of gaming and get some work done. The company announced a new collaboration this week with Humanscale, which Razer calls “the world’s premier experts of office ergonomics.”
Together, Razer and Humanscale will release three pieces of hardware in its new Productivity Suite line: a mouse, a keyboard, and a mousepad. Razer differentiates its office line with a white and grey finish–a sharp contrast from the standard black and green combination we use now. Razer says its focuses for these devices are durability and long-term comfort.
Going “Pro” with Razer
The Pro Click mouse features an ergonomic form factor, Razer’s 5G optical sensor, 8 programmable buttons “extended battery life in excess of 400 hours and multi-host connectivity for up to four devices. The Pro Type keyboard has a soft-touch coating over its surface and Razer orange switches under the keys. It offers programmable keys with macro recording, and white LED backlit keys. Like the mouse, it also offers Bluetooth and Wireless connectivity for up to four devices.
The Pro Glide mouse pad is the simplest item, and it has a textured micro-weave cloth surface, high-density, nonstick foam backing, and a cushioned surface. The pad is 360-mm wide, 275-mm tall, and 3-mm thick.
The Razer Pro Type keyboard is the most expensive of these at $139.99. Next is the Razer Pro Click mouse at $99.99 and the Razer Pro Glide for $9.99. You can pick them up through Razer’s website now and elsewhere on August 27.
First steps into the office
Razer is a longtime stalwart of the home gaming scene, but already the feature set of these shows they know what office people need. A crucial feature for me, for example, is being able to switch between two on the same keyboard. Extended battery life is crucial, too, and 400 hours on a rechargeable battery isn’t bad. The only knock I’d offer up is that neither of these devices is truly ergonomic. They’re ergonomically designed within the standard form factor, but a vertical mouse and an ergonomic keyboard would’ve been a great move for the company’s first jaunt into office hardware. Maybe if this line is successful, they’ll expand it.