January 15, 2013

Razer Edge: The Tablet For All Your Gaming Needs

Simply put, the Razer Edge is a pure gaming tablet. But it’s not that simple. With the right accessories, the Edge transforms from a tablet to a gaming machine to a desktop. Picture the Microsoft Surface Pro but instead of being designed for productivity, it’s a portable gaming rig.

Razer introduced its gaming tablet concept at CES 2012. Called Project Fiona then, the company turned to its millions of fans on social networks and used the last year to essentially crowd-design the final project. It’s not a stretch to say the Razer Edge was built by gamers for gamers.

Tablet Mode

The Edge is a legit gaming machine with a legit gaming machine’s price. The Edge starts at $999 but the magical extras like the Gamepad Control and Docking Station cost extra. Depending on the price, the Edge is powered by a Core i5 or Core i7 with a dedicated Nvidia GPU. I spent a few minutes with the Edge and it played Dirt 3 seemingly just as well as my Core i7 gaming monster.

Keyboard Mode

But it’s the Edge’s versatility that makes it stand apart. The company listened to its fans and made the gaming controls a dockable accessory. Not playing Borderlands 2? Pop the tablet out and play some Angry Birds on Windows 8 or watch a video. Need to do some work or simply play a game with a mouse and keyboard? Drop the Edge into the optional tabletop dock and it transforms into a desktop computer capable of running a monitor (just like the Surface Pro).

Mobile Console Mode

The Razer™ Edge Pro is powered by Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA® GeForce™ graphics powering a 10.1” high definition multi-touch display, and a rugged high-speed solid state drive that screams incredible performance in a portable form-factor.

Home Console Mode

Edge Pro
Processor Intel Core i7 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz / Turbo 3.0GHz
Memory 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz)
Video Intel HD4000 (DX11)
NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
Display 10.1” (IPS, 1366x768)
10-point capacitive touch
Operating System Windows 8
Storage 128/256GB SSD (SATA-III)#
Network Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)
Others Stereo speakers
Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI)
HD Webcam (front-facing, 2MP)
Array microphones
Dolby Home Theater v4
USB 3.0 x1 (green, SuperSpeed)
Audio jack (3.5mm, 4-pole, stereo out / mic in)

Credits: http://www.razerzone.com http://techcrunch.com
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