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Razer: "The PC Giants Have Stopped Innovating"

Jonathan Lester
PC, Razer

Razer: "The PC Giants Have Stopped Innovating"

After unveiling their Ivy Bridge-equipped Project Fiona tablet at CES 2012, Razer has hit out at rival PC hardware manufacturers, claiming that most tech companies have "stopped innovating and taking risks." With the state of the market currently a major talking point - some claim that it's dying out whereas others contend that this incredibly long console generation has encouraged many gamers to switch to PC - could the lack of innovation be holding the PC back? Full quotes after the break.

Speaking to Kotaku at CES, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan states that he's "sick" of hardware manufacturers refusing to take creative risks, and that Razer are the only company willing to fight for innovation.

The PC giants have stopped innovating and we’ve been left carrying a very small flag. I’m sick and tired of it. I wish they would do something about it. I wish we could do something together.

Even as these companies continue to shy away from what we do I have their CEO’s coming up to me and saying, ‘Man you guys have got some balls.’ We were just given 50 million dollars for research and development, so we’re clearly not alone in our fight to bring innovation to this industry.

When asked whether Razer would welcome competition to Project Fiona and other projects, Tan responded that 'it doesn’t matter," because they'll "do it better."

What say you, PC gamers? Is the PC market stagnating and falling back on age-old standards when it should be continually looking forward? Or is Razer full of hot air? Have your say in the comments.

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crimsoneer  Jan. 16, 2012 at 11:33

Razer is a terrible, terrible company. The sum total of their "innovation" has been adding extra buttons and LEDs to relatively decent gaming mice, before cranking up the pricetag to the point of extortion. Their only really "innovative" products, Fiona and the laptop thing, are never going to reach the market. Partly because they don't undertstand that.

We're PC Gamers. We work with modular systems. Asking for hardware makers to innovate is just...argh. Completely misunderstanding how pc gaming works.

Razer is a crass, childish company who has found a half-decent niche, but don't really understand their market. Sorry.

Last edited by crimsoneer, Jan. 16, 2012 at 11:33
hurrakan  Jan. 16, 2012 at 12:40

Razer is a terrible, terrible company. The sum total of their "innovation" has been adding extra buttons and LEDs to relatively decent gaming mice, before cranking up the pricetag to the point of extortion.

That might be true but I have a Razer Imperator mouse - and it's ok.
Sometimes it randomly disconnects and I have to re-connect it. But that doesn't happen too ofetn - and it IS more reliable than the G9 I had before.

Also the Razer Onza controller for the Xbox 360 is truly awesome. It's about a million times better than the official controller. However I couldn't get it to work when I connect it to my PC, which is extremely annoying. (I didn't email their tech support about that yet though).

DivideByZero  Jan. 16, 2012 at 21:04

Oh my god! I looked at the recent comments and for a minute thought I was going to agree with hurrakan on something... but it wasn't his comment saying "Razer is a terrible, terrible company." so I guess business as usual then :)

I personally can't stand Razer mice, but that is because I am giant-man and my hands are way to big for them. I had a death-adder and used it for a day then gave it to a mate.

I always run Logitech Mice now. G700 from my main rig and G5 for my 2nd.

The Razer Onza however looks amazing and it is good to hear it is as good as it looks... so might actually get one if you can in fact somehow connect them to the PC.

The biggest thing I hate about Razer though, is their name. As Razor was taken, why not think of something else instead of spelling it like you are trying to say Razor in a French accent.


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