Razer takes its mechanical and Chroma switches to third-party devices

As the Computex 2018 moves forward in Taipei, Razer is shaking things up by announcing that its mechanical switches and Chroma integration will target third-party products later this year.

In terms of mechanical switches, Razer’s three offerings will be available to third-party keyboard manufacturers. These include the green switches, the silent but tactile orange switch and the silent and fast yellow switch. It’s not known yet who we’ll see launching keyboards with Razer’s built-in switches, but it’ll be interesting to see products released later this year.

Perhaps a major problem for those who like to add a little (or a lot) of colour to their settings is that the Chroma ecosystem is opening up to partners. Razer already does this with Philips Hue lights, but companies across the PC industry will soon be able to take advantage of the Chrome ecosystem to combine colours and lighting patterns.

The Razer Chroma Connected Devices program will allow partners such as MSI, NZXT, AMD, Thermaltake, Lian Li, Vertagear, Gigabyte and Ducky to access Razer’s lighting protocol through an API that allows them to enable Chroma lighting with a single click on their software platforms.

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Razer takes its mechanical and Chroma switches to third-party devices

Razer takes its mechanical and Chroma switches to third-party devices

Again, there is no information on what to expect, but we are likely to see cases of PCs and other peripherals landing with the integration of Chroma at the end of the year.

However, if you are looking to get on the Razer train now, the Razer BlackWidow Chroma 2, along with its other gaming peripherals, is now available.