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    March has been a weird month, but it's about to get weirder. Razer, a company known for its gaming accessories, will be shifting production from gaming mice and headphones, to surgical masks. The CEO of the company took to Facebook to announce a new initiative that will see Razer step up to help produce masks during the shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each region that Razer has offices in will receive a donation of surgical masks, with Singapore (Razer's HQ) receiving the first shipment. This will be, according to the CEO, the first step of many that Razer will be taking to help, with plans to donate 1 million masks to various countries in need.

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  3. DBlaze

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    Do they come with the razer logo?
    Nice to see how companies are stepping up to help out.
     
  4. Memoir

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    I hope not. I can only imagine people hoarding Razer masks to try and sell later.
     
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    Definitely not the headline I expected to read this morning. I love that they're finding something they can do to help, while keeping their workers employed.
     
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    Hopefully the quality of the masks aren't as bad as the quality of their gaming products.

    All jokes aside, this is pretty great, though. People need masks, and they're donating them. Good on Razer.
     
  7. DBlaze

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    Yeah it was a joke to be fair, I hope they will exclusively, or at least at the start exclusively, ship them to places (read: hospitals and other medical facilities) that actually need them
     
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    Now I can finally say that gaming keeps me alive
     
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    I want an RGB mask pls, controllable with Razer Synapse or something
     
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    A bit cynical but since people aren't out buying razer products they need to adapt to keep earning money. But I'm happy it might help people in need.
     
  11. DBlaze

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    except the part that they're donating them, not selling them
     
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    Ther logo though does look like a wormy bacteria :lol:
     
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    Cool, that's good :3
     
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    what parts of their manufacturing could they possibly use to make masks? i know they work with fabrics for mousepads and cords, but those aren't easily changed.
    unless 95% of the work is done by human hands
     
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    Do we know what sort of lead time they are expecting for this?

    Retooling machines, rapid fabrication and the like are somewhat my thing but from where I sit there is something of a gulf between injection moulded plastic parts and some PCBs (which might well be outsourced) and the average surgical mask (never mind if they are thinking about going for something you want to be certified in like N95 if you want a currently popular designation). That or they are more low volume than I thought and have some flexible machines to do it with.

    I could possibly see some of their mats be redone for it (they are glued plastic layers with some wires in the middle), and maybe some of the bags (though they look like stock designs with logos plastered on and some choice trim).
     
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    That's selfish.
     
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    Wondering the same thing. If I had to choose a company to temporarily shift production to masks, I probably wouldn't even think of gaming accessory manufacturers.
     
  19. Clydefrosch

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    I mean, maybe the fabric cutting and sewing machinery is like cnc based, it's not exactly impossible, but I really hope this isn't just putting more asians workers through the wringer for some good pr.
     
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    "Hey gamers, here's XxPuss1DStro7erxX gonna make an unboxing vid of the new gnarly gamer masks to fight off that corona MF, gamers rise up!!"
     
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    literally nobody actually in healthcare wants seizure inducing RGB lighting on their facemasks. or to have to wear a mini ITX computer with enough RAM to run their stupid manager program, either.
     
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