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

As Computex 2018 wears on in Taipei, Razer is shaking things up by announcing that its mechanical switches and Chroma integration are headed to third-party products later this year.

In terms of mechanical switches, all three of Razer's offerings will be available (opens in new tab) to third-party keyboard manufacturers. Those include the clicky green switch, the silent but tactile orange switch, and the quiet and fast yellow switch. There's no word yet on who we'll see launch keyboards with Razer's switches integrated, but it'll be interesting to see products hit the market later this year.

Razer Chroma partners

Perhaps a bigger deal for those who like to add a little (or a lot) of color to their setups, is that the Chroma ecosystem is opening up to partners (opens in new tab). Razer already does this with Philips Hue lights, but companies around the PC industry will soon be able to tap into the Chrome ecosystem to match colors and lighting patterns. From Razer:

The Razer Chroma Connected Devices Program will enable partners such as MSI, NZXT, AMD, Thermaltake, Lian Li, Vertagear, Gigabyte, and Ducky the ability to tap into Razer's lighting protocol through an API that lets them enable Chroma lighting through a single click on their software platforms.

Again, there's no word on what to expect, but it's likely we'll see PC cases and other peripherals land with Chroma integration starting near the end of 2018.

If, however, you're looking to hop on the Razer train now, the company's BlackWidow Chroma 2 (opens in new tab), along with its other gaming peripherals, are up for grabs now.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

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  • I hope their quality control has improved. I bought a BlackWidow with their in-house green switches and it didn't last a year before some keys began randomly registering multiple strokes with one press. A check of various forums showed this to be a common problem that could rarely be fixed reliably so I just threw it away.