So Razer makes gaming cases. That’s neat. The standout marketing claim on Razer’s Arctech cases is that they will improve performance and battery life. By keeping your device cool.
So do they? The short answer is generally Yes!
Now I’ve come to this conclusion after spending way too much money on a thermal imaging camera and way too much time playing games on my iPhone.
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In this video, I’m going to review both slam the Arctech Slim, praise the Arctech Pro and then show you what I did in order to prove Razer isn’t trying to pull a fast one over our eyes with their claim of making your iPhone run better by running cooler.
At MobileReviews Eh! Monty and I base our reviews on actual usage. So when a company like Razer puts out the ludicrous claim that their case can cool your iPhone, well, Monty decided to put that claim to the test. I was happy just regurgitating Razer’s marketing fluff like all the other “reviewers” do.
So I dropped a $100 dollars on the Arctech Slim and Pro THS and $25 bucks on a laser thermometer. Now you’d think this would all I needed to test Razer’s claim but did you know , laser thermometers doesn’t work on the back of iPhones? It works on windows, on mirrors but on the back of the iPhone, the temperature measurement constantly changes with distance.
So to do this review right, I needed something better. So I went and bought a FLIR One Pro. I know. I’m committed. #ReviewerNotInfluencer
Honestly, I am not kidding about the wet-paper towel. The case doesn’t actually extend past the bottom of your iPhone so if you were to drop it accidentally while texting, the only thing stopping your iPhone from breaking, is your iPhone. In that instance, a wet paper towel might actually provide more protection than this Razer case.
So is the Arctech Pro editions any better? They are. From a case perspective.
Does Thermaphene work?
So mobile gaming is a big thing right? It is. iOS developers have made close to 100 billion dollars and most of that is through gaming. Check out my IMHO episode for the full story.
So with these Arctech cases, Razer’s probably looking to capture the hearts of some hardcore Candy Crushers? The unique feature of the Arctech case is a layer of material called Thermaphene.
And as I said at the beginning of the video, I think it actually works.
Now if you’re wondering what’s the easiest way to get your iPhone all hot and bothered, it is NOT gaming but rather recording hours upon hours of slo-mo video. The hottest my iPhone got while playing COD mobile was ~37 degrees whereas my slo-mo video method was ~44.5 degrees.
For each of my tests, I would capture 7 minutes of slo-motion video, and then record the temperature using my Flir One Pro before taking off the case and doing another reading immediately after.
For the Razer Arctech THS Pro, the iPhone was at 42.7 degrees right after case removal which was around 1.5 degrees different. I did this test a couple of times and thought “huh, it must work”.
But I was curious to see how other cases did so I ran the exact same test with mostly a bunch of cases from the Top 10 list which included the UAG Monarch, the Otterbox Symmetry, the Mous Contour, the Apple Silicone case, Pitaka MagCase Pro, the Spigen Tough Armor and the Catalyst Impact Protection.
So out of this grouping of cases, Pitaka Magcase was the worst, followed by the Catalyst Impact Protection, then the Mous Contour, UAG Monarch, Symmetry and Tough Armor.
So the iPhone in the Razer cases were generally 1 degree C cooler was generally cooler than all the other cases. So Razer’s not trying to pull a fast one on us. Which is a good thing.
But how much will a 1 degree change effect on your iPhone? Your iPhone isn’t like a custom gaming rig where each the manufacturer of each part generally has no idea which part it’s going to be used with so you had to tinker a lot of you wanted to maximize your rig.
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