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Chroma HDK explanations

Discussion in 'Razer Chroma' started by Cpt.Radburn, Feb 10, 2018.

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  1. Cpt.Radburn

    Cpt.Radburn Member

    Hey there guys, I was interested for a little bit in the new HDK by Razer.
    Still, it seems like I'm too dumb to understand how it works.
    Can somebody explain me the various connections, where should i plug it, etc.?
    If you wanna post some pics of your HDK it's fine too, I wanna see what people can come up with :D
  2. okonietoperza

    okonietoperza Active Member

    Cables go to ports that match

    That's about it. If they don't fit, try it the other way
  3. Cpt.Radburn

    Cpt.Radburn Member

    So is it really that simple? I was just dumb, thanks mate :D
  4. Jenjar

    Jenjar Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    I think its easy if you install it out of the PC, I don't know what it is like installing inside a PC case and such.

    If you wanted to wait on getting one a couple more days, mine should be here on tuesday, I will be able to explain it better then when I get my hands on it :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:.
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  5. kakerushin

    kakerushin Well-Known Member

    Go and watch randomfrankp's video about it.

    If you wish to install it inside your pc, it's fine. However, it's best installed outside and behind your desk or your monitor. The lights are best shown to you this way while gaming or showcasing your setup. Just an example:

  6. Cpt.Radburn

    Cpt.Radburn Member

    Thanks friend, i wanted to install some strips inside the case and some other behind my desk, do u think it could be possible with some wire managing?
  7. kakerushin

    kakerushin Well-Known Member

    It depends on several things - your desk length, your type of computer case and its position to your desk. The Chroma HDK module needs to be in the center of it all so you can run the LED strips around. This comes with 2 LED strips and 2 Extender cables. In my case, I ordered additional 2 LED strips and cables but haven't set it up on my desk yet for a couple of reasons. To give you more information so you could plan your layout, here are some boring specs:

    • Razer Chroma HDK (module): 10 cm / 3.9 in (Length) x 7 cm / 2.7 in (Width) x 1.5 cm / 0.6 in (Height)
    • LED strip length: 50 cm / 19.6 in
    • Extender cable length: 30 cm / 11.1 in
    • Micro USB data cable: 100 cm / 39 in
    • USB to DC power cable: 150 cm / 59 in
    • 4-pin Molex to DC cable: 30 cm / 11.8 in
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  8. Cpt.Radburn

    Cpt.Radburn Member

    Thanks again, I think I can do it with the extender cables.
    You are just amazing, i'd give you like 12 cookie if I could :D
    Well, problem solved, thanks and thanks and thanks!
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  9. Cpt.Radburn

    Cpt.Radburn Member

    dont worry mate, no need to rush it.
    Anyway, if you wanna share some pics at job done, it's not a problem, I like Chroma things ;)
  10. Jenjar

    Jenjar Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Ok, it came in and I got it set up today. It is quite easy to hookup, you plug the DC power into the little HDK block it comes with (You can use Molex or the wall plug and the adapter it comes with to do this), and that gives it power. Then you plug the micro USB into the HDK block and plug the USB into your PC. I never bothered to see what it would be like inside my PC as of yet.

    One thing though, depending on your desk setup and where you put the HDK block, the micro usb cord may not be long enough. I have the block near the top on the backside of my monitor, and that is on quite a high desk and the PC is on the ground. It would have been around ~12 inches too short, so I just got my micro usb cord that came with my PS4 and used that since it is much longer, and as of so far it has been working just fine using that cord (Although the one from Razer seems super thick, I would not use a different cord unless you are like me and you need too).

    Otherwise thats really it, seems like the adhesive on the strips and the block is strong, and the LED's are quite bright and they are easy to control using the Synapse 3 software.
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  11. Cpt.Radburn

    Cpt.Radburn Member

    Seems fantastic, thanks for your reply bro! I'm glad it worked fine for you :D
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