Razer’s Edge tablet is a 10 inch Windows 8 tablet aimed at gamers. It has the guts of a mid-range PC gaming laptop, including an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and discrete graphics. Razer will also offer optional accessories including a game controller that add buttons and D-pads on the sides of the tablet.
Razer introduced the Edge at CES in January, and now the company says it will be available for pre-order starting March 1st for $999 and up.
At that price you get a model with an Intel Core i5 processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 64GB of storage, and NVDIA GeForce GT640M graphics.
Razer will also offer optional upgrades including a Core i7 processor and 128GB or 256GB solid state disks.
Razer will offer three different optional accessories for the gaming tablet:
- $250 GamePad Controller with gaming buttons and an extra battery
- $100 Docking Station which lets you hook up the tablet to a TV for big-screen gaming
- Keyboard dock for typing and PC-style gaming (price TBD)
Prices for the tablet alone can go as high as $1449 if you get a top-of-the-line model, which may seem like a lot of money for a tablet that gets about 3 hours of battery life during normal use and half that while playing demanding PC games.
But the Razer Edge is the first tablet of its type that’s actually capable of playing many of the latest PC games with graphics quality set to medium.
The Razer Edge is sort of like a Microsoft Surface Pro, and it’s priced like one. But while Microsoft’s $999 tablet comes with a digital pen and a pressure-sensitive screen, the Razer Edge comes with discrete graphics. If the Surface Pro is aimed at business and artistic applications, the Razer Edge is designed from the ground up for gaming.
I’m a PC gamer. I built my PC FOR gaming.
I think Borderlands 2 is the best thing since like…Quake 2.
Somehow they’ve managed to not interest me one iota.
How is that?
I’m with you on that. What size and resolution monitor are you using? Oculus VR is coming….
Maybe because the resolution is low? Or because the battery life is low? Or because with a discrete GPU we are expecting it to get pretty hot and run into heat issues? Or because the price is pretty high? Or because 256GB is the max storage capacity? Or because most PC games are not made for touch and a 10″ screen? Or all of the above?
I always thought a portable gaming machine like this would be cool, but I’m not sure if technology is up to it yet. It seems neat, but impractical at the moment. I don’t feel a need to play PC games on the go, though this might be a nice machine for people who travel a lot and miss their gaming while on the road.
Sounds nice but it doesn’t seem that the technology is here to make this thing worth buying. Battery life is very low and the 10″ tablet will probably get very hot. I wonder if people will experience thermal throttling while gaming.
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