Last year, Razer brought a prototype to the Consumer Electronics Show. Dubbed Project Fiona, it was a tablet for gamers. Now the hardware manufacturer has come back to CES with a finished product: the Razer Edge.
The Windows 8 tablet can play full PC games on a 10-inch screen. It is a newfangled beast, and it is something Microsoft probably didn’t dream about when it pondered the design Windows 8 systems.
The Razer Edge model has a Core i5 processor, a Nvidia GT 640M GPU, 4GB RAM, and a 64GB SSD. And the high-end Razer Edge Pro has a Core i7, the same GT 640M GPU, 8GB of RAM, and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. The Edge will sell for $1,000, wile the Edge Pro will go for as much as $1,500. Both will be shipping in the first quarter.
The display has a resolution of 1,366-by-768, similar to a lot of laptops known as ultrabooks. The black design is cool, and the control buttons on either side of the handles are mapped out to mimic an Xbox controller’s control buttons. You grab either handle and hold the Razer Edge on your lap. You control movement of your head or character by using the analog joysticks with your thumbs.
The tablet is a little heavy, so you’ll want to play it while it is resting on your lap. Battery life is likely to be around 10 hours or so.
You can also convert it into a PC by attaching a keyboard. And you can connect it via HDMI port to a TV. Product manager Brian Jang said that Razer took feedback from 10,000 gamers on Project Fiona.
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