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The new Razer Turret keyboard and mouse combo is the first for the Xbox One

By Koh Wanzi - on 21 Dec 2018, 11:18am

The new Razer Turret keyboard and mouse combo is the first for the Xbox One

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Razer has unveiled the new Razer Turret, the first wireless keyboard and mouse combo designed expressly for the Xbox One. Microsoft and Razer worked closely together on Xbox One keyboard and mouse support, and support was enabled just last month with an Xbox One update. 

The combo includes Razer Chroma lighting support and will work with the Xbox Dynamic Lighting feature as well for more immersive in-game lighting effects. In addition, the keyboard features a dedicated Xbox key that will launch the home menu. 

Like the original Turret, the revamped design is suited for use on your lap, but you can use it on your desk as well. The keyboard uses Razer Mechanical Switches with a 50g actuation force, while the mouse is modeled after the Mamba Wireless gaming mouse and features the same 16,000DPI 5G optical sensor. A mouse mat on the right of the keyboard slides out for lap use, and the entire setup is good for 40 hours on a single charge (with lighting disabled), according to Razer. 

The mousing surface even has a magnetized zone for docking the mouse.

Razer Turret

The Turret connects with your Xbox One using a single wireless dongle and takes advantage of Razer's Adaptive Frequency Technology (AFT). AFT uses the 2.4GHz band but constantly scans and switches to the best frequency when necessary for lag-free wireless performance. In my experience so far, it's worked really well on mice like the Lancehead and Mamba Wireless. 

However, at US$249, the Turret is pretty pricey considering that only a small handful of titles support keyboard and mouse on the Xbox One now. The list includes games like Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Fortnite, Strange Brigade, Vermintide 2, Warframe, War Thunder, and X-Morph: Defense, but many more games will need to fully support keyboard and mouse input for the investment to be truly worth it. 

Furthermore, many of the newer wired or wireless USB keyboards and mice will work on the Xbox One, so the Turret isn't an absolute necessity if you don't want to use a controller.

Razer expects to ship the Turret in Q1 2019.