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01-08-2013, 07:10 PM
i thought we had a thread on this...


At last year's CES, Razer unveiled Project Fiona, a gaming tablet concept with dual analog sticks and a full complement of buttons, a touchscreen device with viable video game controls. Project Fiona is back at CES 2013, rebranded as the Razer Edge, a gaming tablet that has been reimagined and newly "designed for — and by — PC gamers," says Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan.

The new Razer Edge's new design was crowd sourced by PC gamers, Tan says. Razer fielded more than 10,000 emails and survey responses from its fan base, feedback that helped mold the new design of the Razer Edge.

According to Tan, PC gamers had three recurring requests: a tablet powered by an Intel Core i5/i7, a mid-tier, discrete GPU and a particular benchmark, to run Battlefield 3 on the go.

The result of that feedback is the Razer Edge, which Razer claims is "the most powerful tablet in the world." The Edge features a 10.1-inch multitouch screen, Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0 port and a full Windows 8 operating system.

The gaming tablet will ship in two configurations, the standard Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro. The base model is equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GT640M LE GPU, 4 GB DDR3 RAM and a 64 GB solid state drive. The Razer Edge Pro comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GT640M LE GPU, 8 GB DDR3 RAM and the option for a 128 GB or 256 GB solid state drive.

In addition to Razer's Windows 8 tablet, the company will release a lineup of accessories designed for playing the Edge in multiple configurations. The gamepad controller accessory offers the ability to play any PC game "out of the box" on a pair of analog sticks and programmable buttons, transforming the Razer Edge into a portable console-like device. An optional keyboard dock, which includes a built-in 40 Wh battery, turns the Edge into a laptop-style system for playing keyboard and mouse dependent PC games.

Razer will also release a docking station for the Edge with three USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI 4.1 port and stereo out. During our interview with Tan, he casually referred to the docking station as the Razer Edge's "home console dock," a means of turning the tablet into a dedicated gaming console or "Steam Box."

"It works beautifully in Big Picture mode," Tan said, emphasizing that the Razer Edge will run Windows games like Dishonored, Dirt Showdown, Skyrim and massively multiplayer online games without any sort of optimization or porting.

The Razer Edge is planned to ship sometime in Q1 2013 with retail prices starting at $999. Razer says it plans to sell a bundle featuring the Razer Edge Pro and the gamepad controller.

Razer plans to show the Edge gaming tablet at CES this week. Polygon will have hands-on impressions with the Razer Edge later today.


01-08-2013, 07:19 PM
Now that sounds all very awesome, definitely a thumbs up from me, nice job Razer. A full OS is something more tablets need and them be some great gaming capabilities.

It seems quite reasonably priced compared to laptops which match those specifications too, it's not ridiculously over-expensive like I expected it to be at first glance, and like Alienware would have made it. Looking on Amazon, the RRP of an Acer laptop with similar specs (http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V3-571G-9686-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B009JXK23O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357684996&sr=8-2&keywords=Nvidia+GT640M) (6GB RAM, 2.2GHz i7, same GPU, no SSD) is $850, offered at $750. May look at buying one but I'd wait for a sale or for it to be reduced tbh.

Can't imagine battery length will be all that great though.

01-08-2013, 07:29 PM
more pics


kinda wants - i need to get rid of my gaming PC tower... it's an ugly piece of shit lol

The buttons and analog sticks that were attached to Project Fiona a year ago have been adapted into a $249 tablet sleeve, with a full array of analog sticks and face and shoulder buttons to the side of the screen (there's even an extra shoulder button that brings up the Steam menu directly from inside games).
You can also hook the Edge up to a TV using an optional $99 dock that gives the tablet HDMI output as well as extra USB slots.

01-08-2013, 07:31 PM
That's pretty damn cool, I really really like that feature if it just can be done with any game. I'd rather this than a gaming laptop I reckon, if I can get a good price. It's not #1 on my extravagant purchases list just yet though, but it's there.

Drunken Savior
01-08-2013, 07:54 PM
Hah! That's nearly the same specs as my 1.3K laptop, except I have a 650M and not a 640M. I was playing XCom and SimCity4 on a 5 hour flight recently with no slowdown.

01-08-2013, 08:09 PM
They should show it running Crysis. Then we'll know it really is the shit.

01-08-2013, 11:17 PM
Now this looks a little better. I don't know though, I mean, it's another solution to pc gaming I guess. I don't know. I'm still with 720/ps4.

01-08-2013, 11:28 PM
it's a solution for those wanting a win8 tablet, without gpu compromise

01-09-2013, 11:32 AM
I am more exited about the Nvidia Shield, streaming PC games on this thing is a neat idea. :P


01-09-2013, 02:58 PM
In this given situation I would alos probably pic The Nvida Shield. Its streaming capability is what is most impressive about it.

01-09-2013, 03:11 PM
The streaming function is neat, but any game you can stream this can just play by itself, anywhere, on it's own hardware. So I'd much rather have this than the Shield actually, price not being a factor. Putting price back into the equation it's less straight forward but I'm still leaning to the Edge. Just seems to be extremely versatile.

We're really getting spoilt with cool tech huh. Shield, Piston, Valve's own Steambox, and now the Edge.

01-09-2013, 03:27 PM
If I had to choose betweenthe nvidia and the tablet I think I would have to go with the tablet by a slim margin right now. Both are interesting hardware.

02-22-2013, 10:51 PM
They should show it running Crysis. Then we'll know it really is the shit.

what about crisis 3?


Paper exe
02-23-2013, 03:04 AM
Looks nice and all but we already got the DEFINITIVE (FACT) gaming tablet available! no need to look to all of these heavily inferior hardware


and here's another pic to further proof my point


02-23-2013, 08:07 AM
I'm gonna have to side with Paper on this one.

Not one bit interested in all those questionable electronic devices that will probably turn out to be trash. The Wii U has the streaming options already aswell as exclusive software.

Also, the PS4 will stream to my Vita.

Paper exe
02-23-2013, 08:18 AM
I'm gonna have to side with Paper on this one.

Not one bit interested in all those questionable electronic devices that will probably turn out to be trash. The Wii U has the streaming options already aswell as exclusive software.

Also, the PS4 will stream to my Vita.

I was only joking, I never put any thoughts in it to be honest. I am not serious must of time :P

But you know since you mentioned it I am gonna side with you Wii U is a system made for games and got exclusives same goes with the PS4/Vita I'll stick with those. :)

The button layout on these hardware are confusing anyway. It's been B the A since more than two decade in video game time that's the stone ages. Why reverse it and destroy logic it self?!

02-23-2013, 09:53 AM
My god, it runs a Crysis game...

Also, urm, I don't think you two understand what the Edge is if that's your opinion. It's just a new variation of PC gaming, the first gaming tablet. It's not really competing with the Wii U, they're not equivalents. Saying you prefer the Wii U to this is like saying you prefer a kettle to a fridge. You'd be getting them for different reasons. You'd be asking why would you want this over a gaming laptop or desktop.

This is made for people who want a high-performance gaming PC and would rather a tablet than a laptop to travel with. The good thing about this is it's priced very competitively, and running Windows 8 it's releasing with the biggest library of games out of any gaming platform. With the additional features, this could well be worth it. It's the first bit of 'luxury tech', as I call it, that I'd be interested in.