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Razer is among the frontrunners in terms of gaming know-how. They make among the greatest mice, headsets, and different such gaming peripherals, all emblazoned with that traditional triple snake.
This isn’t to say that they’ve perfected it, and in terms of headsets, on this explicit space, they nonetheless have some work to do.
Nevertheless, in terms of gaming headsets, there’s a gold commonplace that nobody appears to have the ability to contact, the Astro A50 wi-fi headset.
One of many causes for the Astro A50’s enduring reputation (regardless of a $300+ worth and solely minor revisions since its launch over 10 years in the past), is the charging dock+mixamp.
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So, as we had been being nosey, trying by Patents to get forward of the sport, we had been unsurprised to see a Patent Software from the Singaporean peripheral large for a ‘Charging station for wi-fi headphones’, filed in March of 2022. This can be a fairly strong trace that wi-fi charging could be coming to Razer headsets.
You may learn by the patent by way of Google Patents if you happen to’re curious concerning the ins and outs.
Razer headset charging cradle patent
Typically, most headsets are plugged in and dumped on a desk to cost. This isn’t a chic answer for apparent causes and sometimes results in the acquisition of a headphone stand, which is an costly answer for tidiness, and little else. Because of this an official charging cradle is an enormous deal.
Razer headset charging cradle potential options
There are different fascinating issues right here too. For instance, the exploded view of the patent, viewable under, reveals the adapter plate of the charging cradle is detachable.
Not solely is it detachable, however the charging contact on the plate is linked to the primary board by a detachable cable, not soldered. Which means that the charging dock won’t solely be appropriate with the Razer Barracuda headset. (Not named within the patent, however the illustration doesn’t appear like any of Razer’s different merchandise.)
On condition that the charging cradle seems to have been designed with hot-swappable adapter plates, it signifies that there’s a very good probability of Razer creating adapter plates to suit all of their headsets, so long as the charging port is on the underside of the earcup, in fact.
We are able to’t at present ensure that the charging cradle will ship in several configurations for compatibility with totally different headsets, or whether or not you’ll buy the adapter plate your self.
Nevertheless, with the business’s present opposition to consumer repairability, we assume it’ll all be sealed up, and the aforementioned removable cable might be there to make delivery the charging cradle in several SKUs for various headsets simpler.
Apart from this, the charging cradle appears to be powered by USB Sort-C and has an extra Sort-A port for charging different stuff. There’s additionally a light-weight on the user-facing facet which “could also be configured to show lighting results (or gentle results) primarily based on the battery degree of the wi-fi headset”.
Moreover, there’s a small half labeled ‘170’ which appears to be designed to sit down within the headset continuously and could be magnetic, to make aligning the headset to cost simpler, ass having a whole male finish of a USB cable poking out is simply asking for scratches or worse injury.
With all that mentioned, Patents will not be bulletins, which means that we’d not see a razer headset charging cradle for a very long time. Nevertheless, we’d prefer it sooner fairly than later.