by Rory Buszka on May 14, 2007 in Peripherals
You know that Razer makes great gaming peripherals, but did you know they also produce products suited for the professional and stylish type? Today we are taking a look at their Pro|Click mouse and Pro|Type keyboard which both look great and function well.
Even if Razerâ€™s products arenâ€™t your cup of tea, you still canâ€™t help but respect the reputation Razer has managed to build among the very upper echelon of PC and gaming enthusiasts. Razerâ€™s products embody an attention to detail which, in this writerâ€™s opinion, virtually no other PC peripherals manufacturer has been able to match. Razerâ€™s products focus exclusively on performance in PC gaming applications; as such, youâ€™re unlikely to find them on the desks of the local H&R Block.
Recently, however, Razer rolled out their â€œRazer Pro Solutionsâ€ brand, whose aim is to bring that same level of design excellence and styling prowess to â€˜professionalâ€™ users. Those who are familiar with Razerâ€™s gaming product line will recognize a few of the Razer Pro products, specifically the Pro|Click v1.6 mouse, which is simply the Razer Diamondback with a white plastic shell and light gray buttons, and the Pro|Type, which is essentially the Razer Tarantula in white.
The Pro|Pad is simply a white Razer eXactMat. Like Razerâ€™s gaming product line, these â€˜proâ€™ products target the high-end professional user, and that usually means Macs (hence the glossy white finish). Indeed, the press release (from 2005) which announced the Razer Pro Solutions brand was titled, â€œRazer meets Mac.â€ However, all models in the Razer Pro Solutions line retain full Windows capability â€“ Vista drivers are already available for the Pro|Click v1.6.
Razer released the Pro|Type keyboard at CeBIT, but the Pro|Click v1.6 dates back to the very beginning of the Razer Pro division. Both are based on products which have already proven themselves to be solid performers in the demanding, highly-competitive gaming market, so they already have a significant amount going for them. Finally, with the availability of the Pro|Type, itâ€™s possible to have a full complement of Razer|Pro input devices, which may be precisely what the doctor ordered for those who are looking for more features and functionality than Appleâ€™s own keyboard and Mighty Mouse can provide.
The arrival of both the Pro|Click and Pro|Type elicited considerable excitement â€“ with Razerâ€™s reputation for producing some of the very best input devices out there, I set immediately to work, putting both peripherals through their paces. Would the same features that won legions of gamers over to the Razer brand prove useful in a professional, productivity-oriented setting? Read on to see what I found out.