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The best PCs, gadgets, and wearables of CES 2018

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LAS VEGAS—Each year, electronics companies big and small use the CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas to introduce their upcoming slate of products. The majority of products are niche products for a specific audience or tweaks to previous models. But a select few are exciting.

The following are the gadgets, computing devices, and wearables announced or shown at CES that most impressed the Ars team. Some were selected because they promise to bring fresh ideas to users, while others were selected because they appear at first glance to be impressively engineered and designed for quality.

Unfortunately, some of the world's most innovative tech companies don't make a big showing at CES. Instead, they choose to announce or show their products elsewhere—or they don't make an appearance at all. For that reason, Ars can't claim that this is a comprehensive list of the most promising devices of the year.

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Razer Phone will be the first smartphone with both HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support for Netflix

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Netflix is everywhere these days. It's built into TVs, set-top boxes, game consoles, and it probably won't be long before there's a toaster that comes with the streaming service pre-installed. If you're a Netflix addict who does a good amount of viewing on a smartphone, it looks like Razer's "smartphone for gamers" is going to be the very first to offer both HDR10 and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support. Yes, now your smartphone can give you a better viewing experience than you probably get in your own living room. Welcome to the future.

Razer made the announcement today as part of its CES news lineup, and is quick to point out that the Razer Phone is the very first smartphone to score Dolby 5.1 certification which it says is the most common layout in home cinema.

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Razer Phone will be the first smartphone with both HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support for Netflix originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 9 Jan 2018 at 20:26:19 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Razer’s phone-powered laptop is less crazy than it seems

Razer Project Linda laptop phone dock

As well as the usual deluge of smart TVs and internet-connected fridges, CES always brings some concept ideas of what gadgets might look like in a few years.

Last year, Razer brought a three-screen laptop, which blew the appropriate number of minds. This year, they’ve gone one better with Project Linda, a 13-inch laptop that’s entirely powered by a tiny Android phone.

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Razer’s phone-powered laptop is less crazy than it seems originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 9 Jan 2018 at 10:50:46 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

CES 2018: Philips and Razer Team Up for Game-Activated Hue Lights

Philips and Razer today announced a new collaboration that allows Philips' Hue line of lights to integrate with Razer Chroma-enabled devices.

When using a device that features Razer Chroma, which includes everything from the Razer Blade line of laptops to Razer Chroma keyboards, gaming controllers, and mice, allowing your Philips Hue lights to react to whatever game you're playing.

You can choose to set each bulb to a preferred color or sync all of your lights with one touch using Razer's Synapse 3 hardware configuration software.

With Chroma Studio, you can also create different lighting effects across all Synapse-enabled devices that extend to Hue lights or use pre-configured effects like cascading waves or fire.

Razer says that its Razer Chroma devices and Hue lights are able to provide a fully immersive gaming experience, activating with game cues. When there's a flickering lamp, for example, the lights in the room will flicker, or when you score a kill, you'll be rewarded with a unique lighting scene.


Game developers can use Razer's Chroma SDK to built lighting effects that will impact Hue and Chroma devices, and many games have already adopted support, like Overwatch, Quake Champions, Factorio, Killing Floor 2, and more.


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Razer Phone review: How to build a smartphone for gamers

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Aside from the occasional tiny Chinese manufacturer, you really don't see all that many new competitors in the smartphone space these days. There's a couple of obvious reasons for that, of course, not least of which is the fact that Apple and Samsung have swallowed up so much market share it's virtually impossible to actually compete against them. Nevertheless, Razer — the company that made its name a decade ago with flashy gaming keyboards, headsets, and other gear — now has a smartphone of its very own. If that sounds crazy it's because it is, but the even crazier thing is that this huge new venture just might work.

Set to be released on November 17th, the Razer Phone is very clearly a product of Razer's early 2017 purchase of startup smartphone maker Nextbit. It looks and feels almost identical to the Nextbit Robin, though with a few small tweaks to its overall design and some much beefier hardware. As you might expect, it's being positioned as the ultimate gamer's phone, and in that respect it excels. To put it simply, the Razer phone is an absolute beast when it comes to specs.

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RAZER PHONE REVIEW: HOW TO BUILD A SMARTPHONE FOR GAMERS originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 9 Nov 2017 at 12:57:59 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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