Razer Inc. (stylized as RΛZΞR), is an American global gaming hardware manufacturing company established in 2005 by Singaporean entrepreneur Min-Liang Tan and Robert Krakoff, after securing a large investment from Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing and Singapore's Temasek Holdings. The company has dual-headquarters in Singapore and San Francisco, California and has been listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since November 2017.
|Traded as||SEHK: 1337|
San Diego, California, U.S.
San Francisco, California, United States
Number of locations
|Min-Liang Tan (CEO & Creative Director)|
Robert Krakoff (President)
Khaw Kheng Joo (COO)
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According to Razer's IPO Prospectus, Razer has "built the largest global gamer ecosystem of hardware and software and services".
Razer is considered one of the pioneers of eSports as well as one of the biggest brands in eSports today. Its founder, Min-Liang Tan has been credited as the brain behind Razer, directing and overseeing the design and development of all of its products.
Razer began as a subsidiary of kärna LLC in 1998, created to develop and market a high-end computer gaming mouse, the Boomslang, targeted to computer gamers. Kärna ceased operations in 2000 due to financial issues. The current iteration of Razer was founded in 2005 by Min-Liang Tan, a Singaporean NUS graduate and the brain behind the company, and Robert Krakoff after they procured the rights to the Razer brand.
In May 2013, Razer unveiled the 14-inch Razer Blade and 17-inch Razer Blade Pro gaming laptops with fourth-generation Intel Haswell processors. The Razer Blade 14-inch portable gaming laptop was dubbed the "world's thinnest gaming laptop" which weighed just 4.1 lbs., while the 17-inch screen Razer Blade Pro featured the built-in 'Switchblade' LCD display.
At CES 2014, Razer unveiled Project Christine, a modular gaming PC. Each of the branches on the PC is a discrete component—a CPU, a GPU, a hard drive, memory—that simply plug into the central backbone. Once slotted in, Project Christine automatically syncs the newly added modules through PCI-Express (the same serial bus that discrete graphics cards and other components currently use).
At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016, Razer has been selected for People's Choice Winner for Razer Blade Stealth Ultrabook. The company won the year before for the Razer Forge TV, and this year, it took home the prize for the Razer Blade Stealth Ultrabook, a super-slim gaming laptop.
In July 2017, Razer filed to go public through an IPO in Hong Kong. In October of the same year, it was confirmed that Razer plans to offer 1,063,600,000 shares at a range of $0.38-$0.51. On November 14, Razer was officially listed on Hong Kong stock exchange under the stock code 1337, a reference to leet speak commonly used by gamers. Razer's IPO closed 18% up on the first day of trading and was the 2nd most successful IPO of 2017 in Hong Kong.
In April 2018, Razer announced that it is planning to fully acquire e-payments platform MOL for about $61 million.
In July 2018, Razer made its debut in Malaysia by launching an e-wallet service called Razer Pay.
In February 2019, Razer announced it was closing its Razer Game Store as part of the company's realignment plans.
Razer's products are generally targeted at gamers, and include gaming laptops, gaming tablets, and PC peripherals such as mice, audio devices, keyboards, mouse mats, and game pads. Razer has also released a VOIP software called Razer Comms. The Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse is the company's most popular product by sales numbers. Most Razer products are named after predatory or venomous animals, ranging from snakes (mice), insects (mouse mats), arachnids (keyboards) over marine creatures (audio) to felines (console peripherals), with the Razer Blade laptops and Razer Edge instead named after bladed objects.
- The base Razer Blade Stealth model has a 2,560x1,440 pixel resolution touchscreen display, a Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 128GB of M.2 solid-state storage, this is upgradable to 3840 by 2160 with 512GB of M.2 solid-state storage. The Blade Stealth was announced alongside the Razer Core. On June 14, 2017 Razer announced an updated version of the Blade Stealth, with a 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200x1800) screen. It also made the 7th generation Core i7 and 16gb of RAM standard on every 13.3-inch Blade Stealth.
- On December 4, 2018, Razer released another version of the Razer Blade Stealth with a fresh design. The new model is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz (Turbo Boost to 4.6GHz) and a full HD display that can be configured up to a 4k touch display. Nvidia’s MX150 discrete graphics chip is also available on this laptop which allows consumers to play light games such as Fortnite and League of Legends at high resolution.
- The Razer Nabu is a smart band developed by Razer with features such as mobile app notifications, fitness tracking, and more which was first released in December, 2014. In 2015, Razer released a new version of the Razer Nabu called the Razer Nabu X.
- At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Razer released the Nabu Watch, a dual-screen smartwatch: it integrates an always-on illuminated backlit display, that takes care of standard features such as date and time, and a second OLED screen, which is activated by raising your wrist and is where you can explore its smart features. It requires Android 4.3 (or higher) device with Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth 4.0 or higher) capability
- Razer Synapse is software downloaded from Razer to configure the RGB lighting and change the settings of Razer peripherals. Razer Synapse 3, the newest version allows improved control and more products are Synapse Enabled. Razer Synapse allows you to configure different settings on all Razer peripherals. 
- Razer SoftMiner is a program that aims to use the time when a computer is turned on. It runs using the GammaNow compute engine to solve blockchain algorithms and rewards users with Razer Silver. 
- Razer is part of the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, a virtual reality device and open-source software that enables programming for any variety of VR technology.
- The first gaming controller Razer released was the Razer Onza. It was released in late 2010, followed by the Razer Sabertooth which was released in 2013. In 2015, the Razer Wildcat gaming controller was announced, available for pre-order and was in stores by October 2015.
- The Razer Core was announced at CES 2016 alongside the Razer Blade Stealth. It was intended as a way to extend the functionality of the Blade Stealth by adding 4 additional USB 3 Type-A ports, as well as a gigabit ethernet port, and the ability to connect a discrete graphics card to the blade. This was done using a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C 3.1 charging cable connecting the Core to the Blade Stealth. The 2016 Razer Blade also has support for the Razer Core.
- Razer has partnerships with NZXT and Lenovo to add Razer branding to NZXT computer cases, and Lenovo Pre-built desktops.
- Razer bought the THX sound brand on Oct 17, 2016.
- Razer bought the company Ouya on Jul 27, 2015.
- Razer bought the smartphone start-up Nextbit, and later also designed their own phone, the Razer Phone
- Razer Partners with Ignition Design Labs to Bring Gaming Grade WiFi Networking to the Home
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