Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by Raijin, Jan 7, 2016.

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  1. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Razer keyboards use a special font developed in-house. Some people are bugged by the fact that the "R" actually looks like a lowercase "r" while every other letter key is capitalized. In addition to this, lowercase "Razer Font" has letters that look like capitals. Take a look at the 'enter,' 'shift,' 'ctrl,' 'prt sc,' etc. keys which are written in Razer Font lowercase but have uppercase letters.

    So basically Razer Font uppercase has some lowercase looking letters and lowercase has some uppercase looking letters - a bit strange.

    The font on the new Blade Stealth is entirely different from what Razer has traditionally used. It actually resembles the font used for Razer Insider and some of the newer product pages seen at Razerzone.com. I put together this image for easier comparison:

    [From top to bottom: Blackwidow, Deathstalker, Blade, Blade Stealth]

    Interesting facts: The symbols on the Deathstalker and Blade are backlit while the symbols on the Blackwidow and Blade Stealth are not. Symbol placement for the Blade is unorthodox. Most of the text on the Deathstalker is aligned to the upper-left corner of each key while in most other cases it is roughly centered.

    The designer in me loves this new font. Uppercase looks like uppercase and lowercase looks like lowercase. It's sleek and consistent. I'm just annoyed because I recently bought a new Blackwidow and I suspect Razer might change the font when they decide to refresh their keyboard line.

    If they do make the font switch, actually on second thought, even if they don't, I really hope Razer starts offering to sell us sets of replacement keycaps for our mechanical keyboards. A keycap set is long overdue. Custom keycaps would be cool too. The matte black finish on Razer products is susceptible to wear and tear - the paint wears/scratches off after a while. Sellers on ebay want $5-7 PER keycap :eek_:
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  2. Predator5

    Predator5 Well-Known Member

    The new font look much better and clean to me.
  3. DennyW

    DennyW Active Member

    I hope all future products will get the new font. I also find it intriguing that the font have different orientation in each keyboard. For example on the Blade it is in the middle while on the Blade Stealth it is a little to the top right hand corner. Also the Deathstalker is towards the top left hand corner and the Blackwidow is towards the top.
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  4. hueyyang

    hueyyang Member

    Old font is indeed ugly
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  5. mltan

    mltan CEO Staff Member

    Good eye - this is our new font that we're moving to with our 2016 design refresh. It's also developed inhouse at Razer over the past 2 years.
  6. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    I like the way it looks - also, I really wish that my symbols and FN info was illuminated on my Blackwidow Chroma Stealth!!
    I have memorized where most of the symbols and functions are, but some I just don't use as often and I have to pull out my phone to put light on the keyboard and figure it out.
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  7. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    I like the stealth fonts thought. Very simple and slick :)
  8. Predator5

    Predator5 Well-Known Member

    You need 2 years to develop a font? Why does it take so long?
  9. gezeni

    gezeni Member

    Two questions:

    Can we get one change? The A and E to match the new look of the logo? Or ship the mech keyboards with alt key caps and let us change them if we want those two? Or just sell them in the store? I'd also like a THS replcement for either the win key or the right click button.

    Second, can someone explain to me the ordering of multiple characters on the same key? Like / and ? being swapped sometimes? Like the second keyboard in the above image (I think the Deathstalker?).
  10. juk3sy

    juk3sy New Member

    I actually like the old style, the new is indeed very clean but perhaps a little too generic, nothing about it says razer to me. Swappable key caps would be an awesome option though, keep everyone happy.
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  11. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    To create a font that quintessentially represents the spirit of gamers, you have to start again and with great intent and disconnect from the past.

  12. okonietoperza

    okonietoperza Active Member

    But... but... I really liked the old font and my lowercase r.... :<
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  13. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    The old font had character and could instantly be identified with Razer, the new font is generic. Also, I see no reason not have backlighting cutouts for the secondary keys.
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  14. Tinikko

    Tinikko Member

    Give it times.. It should become "more razer"
  15. robinsad

    robinsad Active Member

    are we able to download the font to use in nabu app development for example?
  16. clonex10100

    clonex10100 Member

    I think the new font is to plain, i like the old razer font.
  17. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    I like the new font, it looks kind of cleaner as mentioned before
  18. I like the new clean front but I will miss my lower case "r" :heart:
    I would also love custom keycap sets for example a CS:GO orientated set for the hardcore CS players that maybe has a tiny flash bang icon where your flash bind is
  19. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Call it plain or generic, but this look is actually very popular among designers. It looks similar to some of the most well-known and respected (and expensive) fonts out there - looks a bit like the light verions of Helvetica Neue Light, Proxima Nova, Avenir, Segoe UI, etc.
  20. KappaSh0t

    KappaSh0t Member

    I prefer the fonts on the BWC as it is thicker and clearer to see
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