Razer Edge: Another Gaming Console Comes Our Way
Last year it was called Project Fiona. Now it’s Razer Edge.
Packed with powerful internals, the Edge could be the most powerful gaming tablet yet. No, it’s not Android so it’s not like Project Shield — another gaming darling of this year’s CES. It’s a PC on a slate’s body though it would beat most PCs available right now.
The Razer Edge comes in two versions, very much like how Windows Surface comes in RT and Pro. The regular Edge is powered by Intel’s 3rd gen Core i5 clocked at 1.7 GHz. That’s accompanied by a superb NVIDIA GT640M LE graphics chip, 4 GB of DD3 RAM and 64 GB of solid state drive storage. The Pro has a better 3rd gen Core i7 with the same GPU with RAM doubled and your choice of 128 or 256 SSDs.
Display is not comparable to the iPad or Nexus 10; its 10.1″ LCD only has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. If this is not acceptable to you, you could always hook the Razer Edge to your HDTV via HDMI. That would need a dock that would transform the device to “console mode”. Besides the HDMI port, the console dock also adds three more USB 2.0 port to the single USB 3.0 port on the tablet. This will also be where you will connect the game pads.
Speaking of modes, the Razer Edge could also turn to PC mode by connecting a keyboard or in gaming tablet mode by connecting special controllers (see pictures). Both keyboard and controller adds an extra 40 Watt-hour battery to the device. This is very important because the Razer Edge itself only lasts up to four hours when playing games. For regular tablet use, the Edge lasts around eight hours.
The Razer Edge is a Windows 8 device and that’s all we know on the software side for now. Remember that the current Surface tablets available are running Windows 8 RT so this device has a slight “edge”. Bloatware are absent, thankfully, so you’ll have all that SSD space for yourself.
With all those components present, you don’t expect the Razer Edge to be cheap right? Buying this tablet would cost you $999 for the standard version while the Pro model is priced at $1299. If you want to use it as a home console, you need to add a hundred for the dock. The controller costs $250 while the keyboard, which isn’t available until at least July, costs $200. The Razer Edge would be available sometime next month.
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