Review: Razer Kiyo

Sep 7, 2020

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Thanks to Razer for providing GWW with this Kiyo camera.

When the world changed earlier this year, PC cameras became an absolute necessity as many who were able to be were relegated to working from home. After hours spent on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and many other virtual meeting options, I can say that the Razer Kiyo is a standout device in a digital workspace.

THE IMAGE

The Kiyo is a streaming camera at heart. It can shift between 720p resolution at 60 fps and 1080p at 30 fps depending on your needs. Additionally, the built-in ring light (which features variable brightness) will ensure that you can find the right illumination for your beautiful face. Sadly, there is no Chroma. 

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You will look super cool with the Razer Kiyo.

THE SOFTWARE

Honestly, some of the coolest features of the Kiyo lie in the Razer Synapse software. The adjustability is quite impressive. Of course, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness. However, you can also zoom, pan, and tilt and the quality of the image does not degrade at all. 

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THE PRICE

At $99 US, the Kiyo is a bit of a premium. However, consider the very friendly built-in ring light and the Razer Synapse software and you have a very reasonable package. I am the type of person that must have matching kitchen appliances, and that OCD personality trait carries over into my office. If you are like me, dropping the money to pick up Razer’s impressive Kiyo simply to match your peripherals is a good deal. 

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Razer said, “Let there be light.” And it was good.

THE CONCLUSION

If you are a little less concerned about such things, the Kiyo still provides an excellent “bang for your buck”. Do not take my word for it, check out what it is done to my professional image:

More than likely what you'll look like on your stream or conference call.

More than likely what you will look like on your stream or conference call.

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