Razer is showing off a concept for a gaming laptop with three displays at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. It’s called Project Valerie, and it may never come to market: not all the crazy concepts Razer unveils ever make it to market.
But there’s a working prototype of Project Valerie that can be used to play games on three 17.3 inch 4K displays at once.
Just don’t expect stellar battery life from this 12 pound laptop.
The most eye-catching thing about Project Valerie is its multi-display setup that allows you to either view just a single screen or all three at once. The mechanism doesn’t take up a lot of space, so when the laptop is folded up closed it only measures about 1.5 inches thick.
But in order to provide a decent gaming experience on three high-res displays, the laptop is outfitted with a high-power Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce 1080 graphics.
In other words, the laptop has the same basic guts as the $3700 Razer Blade Pro… which only gets around 4 hours of battery life, despite having a massive 99 Wh battery (the largest that’s allowed on airplanes, I’m told). And that’s the battery life for running average tasks. You’ll get less run time when gaming.
It’s likely that the Project Valerie laptop would get similar battery life… when used with a single screen. Open up all three screens and I wouldn’t be surprised if you get less than 90 minutes of gaming time.
That said, the multi-display system makes a certain kind of sense. A growing number of people treat laptops as their primary computers… even if they rarely leave the house. So imagine a gaming machine that’s just as powerful as a desktop, and which has a multi-display setup. Now imagine picking it up, carrying it to a different room in the house, or to a friend’s house, or anywhere else.
Sure, you’d probably have to plug in the laptop when you get where you’re going. But it’s a lot easier to transport than a desktop PC and three monitors.
And if you really want to annoy fellow passengers, you could maybe manage a short and obnoxious gaming session on an airplane.
Unfortunately the demo unit I saw was hidden away behind glass, so I didn’t get a chance to actually touch the laptop. But it sure looks cool.