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Razer’s new webcam and microphone are made for streamers

Light your face and express your opinion with two new peripherals.
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Razer is known as a gaming laptop, mouse and keyboard maker, but it actually offers a wide variety of products, like Xbox controllers, power banks, and even an upcoming phone. Razer also makes webcams like the Stargazer, which is built for streaming video games. Now Razer is upping its streaming game with two new "streamer certified" peripherals, a webcam with a built-in ring light called Kiyo as well as a USB condenser mic named Seiren X.

The $100 Kiyo's built-in light has 12 levels of brightness to help light your face for those important picture-in-picture streams on Twitch. It also outputs high-def video at 720p with 60 frames per second (FPS) or 1080p at 30 FPS. The Seiren X also retails at $100 and comes with a removable desk stand so you can set it up anywhere you're streaming from. It connects via USB and has 25mm condenser capsules and a tighter recording angle that's optimized for streaming, according to the company.

"Streaming has become an integral part of the gaming community," said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan in a statement. "We took a hard look at what streamers really needed, and engineered products to support those specific use cases. The result are products that produce professional quality streams while remaining accessible to beginner users."

Ring lights aren't anything new, of course. I had one that you could slide onto Apple's old standalone iSight camera years ago. Still, the Kiyo could be attractive to someone who has a darker room and needs to stream a better image. There are plenty of microphones to choose from, but if you're using other Razer gear, the affordable Seiren X might entice you, too.

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