In gaming, ‘Pro’ can mean a lot of things but Razer is using the term to define it’s entry into the office productivity space. The new line called Razer Productivity Suite was made in collaboration with Humanscale, a leader in workplace ergonomics. The emphasis of the new peripherals is ergonomic design to reduce fatigue from long use as well as precision and speed for workflow tasks.
“The vast majority of office peripherals are based on one-size-fits-all designs and technology, becoming a source of frustration to the user and hindrance in the working day,” said Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Razer’s Peripherals Business Unit. “I am incredibly proud of the Razer Productivity Suite that we are unveiling today alongside our partner, Humanscale, to address these issues. We firmly believe that our combined expertise and innovation will take workplace productivity to the next level.”
The Productivity Suite sounds like a whole family of products but for now, it’s only the Razer Pro Click mouse, Razer Pro Glide mouse mat and the Razer Pro Type keyboard.
Razer Pro Click
Of the three products, it’s actually only the new mouse that was designed in collaboration with Humanscale. The companies say the Pro Click is specifically designed to minimise the health risks associated with long-term mousing, including Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. To achieve this goal, Razer shaped the mouse to position users wrist at a neutral 30-degree angle which prevents discomfort and injuries.
The Pro Click shares some similar cues to our favorite mouse, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate — which include a contoured thumb supports but adds palm and pinky supports as well. It has a 16,000 DPI 5G Advanced Optical Sensor for high precision work such as design.
It connects wirelessly via a 2.4Ghz USB-A dongle and supports multi-host Bluetooth for up to 4 devices simultaneously. Battery life is exceptional, rated at 200 hours wireless and 400 hours on Bluetooth which is four times that of the Basilisk Ultimate.
The mouse has 8 programmable buttons which are rated for up to 50 million clicks. It also eschews the traditional Razer black colour scheme in favour of a more ‘professional-looking’ white. The white is contrasted by the textured grey sides and gorgeous metallic finished scroll wheel. It also ditches the green snakehead logo in favour of a simpler Razer text which removes any idea of being a gaming peripheral.
The new Razer Pro Glide mouse mat is perfectly matched to the Pro Click mouse. Itis made from a textured micro-weave cloth surface that matches the colour scheme of the Pro. This sits on top of a non-slip and thick, high-density foam backing that adds cushioning for long term comfort. The mat allows for smooth, jitter-free movements and accurate pointing of the Pro Click mouse.
Razer Pro Type
To round off the Productivity suite is a new Pro Type mechanical keyboard. This new keyboard comes with Razers proprietary Orange Mechanical switches which have a tactile keystroke that is quiet, perfect for professional working environments that won’t appreciate noisy keyboards.
The keys have a soft-touch coating which Razer says improves all-day typing comfort and resist fingerprints so your keys always look shiny white. The keys are fully programmable with macro recording and are backlit as you’d expect of a Razer keyboard. However, the lighting is limited to a single white colour because colourful keyboards just aren’t professional, am I right?
Like the Pro Click, the Pro Type keyboard connects wirelessly via a USB dongle and offers the same multi-device Bluetooth. As someone who typically has a desktop PC and a laptop, it’s awesome to have a single keyboard for both devices which I can switch without fussing with cables. But don’t fret, you lag-free purists can still use the bundled white, braided USB-C detachable cable to play and charge the keyboard. And when it’s fully charged, the Pro Type keyboard will lass 12 hours with lighting on wireless 2.4gh and Bluetooth.
That doesn’t sound too impressive but if you opt for turning off the lighting and using either Bluetooth or 2.4Ghz exclusively, battery life shoots up to 80 hours and 78 hours respectively.
Price and availability
The Razer Productivity Suite is available now worldwide from the Razer.com store and authorised resellers from the 27th of August 2020.
The Razer Pro Click Razer Pro Click retails for $99.99 USD / €109.99 MSRP, the Razer Pro Type: $139.99 USD / €149.99 MSRP and the Razer Pro Glide: $9.99 USD / €11.99 MSRP.