Razer Chroma hardware development kit announced

razer chroma desktop pcRazer has revealed that it will soon be serving up a Chroma-branded hardware developer kit (HDK) for adding RGB LED illumination to desktops.

The HDK is based on the company’s Chroma technology as seen in its peripherals. This dishes out up to 16.8 million colours and different lighting effects to give your desk a personal light show.

The kit will be powered by a beta version of Razer Synapse 3.0 that will launch alongside the Razer Chroma HDK in the third quarter of 2017.

The Razer Chroma HDK will consist of a module sporting four lighting channels (strip connections), and two strips containing 16 LEDs each.

The kit can be installed inside a desktop PC or externally for back lighting. All it needs is a USB connection for data and power.

The kit includes a USB-to-DC power cable for additional power and brightness for external setups, and a Molex-to-DC power adapter if the kit is installed inside a PC.

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Razer Synapse 3.0

Razer Synapse 3 will include a new tool called Chroma Studio.

Not only will this enable you to configure the kit with custom colours and lighting effects. Furthermore, you’ll be able to synchronise all the lighting effects across your Razer Chroma devices.

razer chroma desktop set upAccording to Razer, this tool is even capable of providing specific effects across all Chroma-enhanced peripherals based on their physical location with each other.

That sounds awesome to me. I can see being able to programme a wave effect. A very cool wave effect. Let’s say one starting on the left side of your keyboard, flowing across the keys to the right side. Not only that, it would then continue on to a connected mouse physically located to the right of the keyboard… and then in to your PC case. Neat, huh?

Acer says:

Users can shape and bend the LED strips to fit virtually any surface to light up an entire room, home or office for total game immersion. The individually controllable lights are integrated into Razer Synapse 3. The HDK supports 4-channel output with a total capacity of 64 RGB LEDs.”


• Razer Chroma HDK: U.S. $79.99 / EU € 99.99
• Razer Lightpack Extension Kit for Chroma HDK: U.S. $28.99 / EU € 34.99

More details can be found over at the Razer Zone website.

Specs at a glance

Module size:3.9 x 2.7 x 0.6 inches
LED strip length:19.6 inches
Extender cable length:11.1 inches
Micro USB data cable length:39 inches
USB to DC power cable length:59 inches
Kit contents:1x HDK module
2x LED strips
2x extender cables
Micro USB data cable
USB to DC power cable
4-pin Molex to DC cable
DC power adapter.