January 9, 2013

The gaming tablet of the future

Gaming has evolved in a huge way over the past few years with hand held and mobile gaming environments gaining popularity. The next step in the evolution of mobile gaming comes in the form of a tablet capable of playing full blown PC titles on the go. Razer has just unveiled the Razer Edge gaming tablet. The Razer edge was announced at CES 2012 under the code name “Project Fiona”. The tablet will feature a full version of Windows 8 (not the dumbed down W8 RT), 3rd Gen Intel i5 and i7 CPUs and Nvidia Geforce graphics. The idea is to take your PC game library with you wherever you go……literally. You’ll be able to download and install your favorite PC titles on the Razer Edge to have at your fingertips while out and about, start a game on your desktop and have to leave for a trip? not a problem, save your game in the cloud and resume while in transit, or if you have to put that save game file on a USB drive and transfer it over to the Edge for non stop gaming goodness.

The Razer Edge also bridges the gap between PC and Console in a way, it has controller support for controller enables games and split screen multi-player. Or you can purchase the accessories for the full experience and have handles that function as a controller, a dock for use with a traditional controller and multi-player and a keyboard dock for the PC experience, and of course theres touch for touch enabled games like Civilization V. And if your worried you’ll get a half-assed experience with choppy frame rates and low quality visuals you need not worry. There are two models to choose from upon release, the Edge and the Edge Pro.  The Edge will come with an dual core Intel i5 1.7Ghz / 2.6Ghz turbo, 4Gb DDR3 1600 RAM, Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics chip and a GeForce 640M LE discrete GPU and 64Gb SSD. The Pro will sport a 3rd Gen dual core i7 1.9Ghz / 3.0Ghz turbo CPU, 8Gb DDR3 1600, Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics and a GeForce 640m LE discrete GPU and 128/256Gb SSD. While you wont get maxed out eye candy with this you will get a solid performance for PC gaming on the go without the cumbersome weight and bulkiness of a gaming laptop. The cost for these will set you back $999 for the standard Edge and $1299 for the Edge Pro. Full Specs are listed below.

*availability has yet to be announced, there is a notify me option in place of a buy option*

Razer Edge (base model)

  • Intel Core i5 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.7GHz / Turbo 2.6GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB 1600MHz)
  • Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (1GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
  • 10.1” (IPS, 1366×768) 10-point capacitive touch
  • Windows 8
  • 64GB SSD (SATA-III) (The Razer Edge comes with great software to enhance your gaming experience. This software uses significant storage. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage.)
  • Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)
  • 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)

 

Razer Edge Pro

  • Intel Core i7 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz / Turbo 3.0GHz
  • 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz)
  • Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
  • 10.1” (IPS, 1366×768) 10-point capacitive touch
  • Windows 8
  • 128/256GB SSD (SATA-III) (The Razer Edge Pro comes with great software to enhance your gaming experience. This software uses significant storage. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage.)
  • Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)
  • 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)

 

Personally I would love to have one of these, what about you? what are you thoughts on the newest most powerful tablet in the world to date?

 

2 comments

  1. PimpmasterF - January 11, 2013 10:05 am

    I imagine you could load W7 on it Im just not sure how, I put W8 on my desktop and its been good for gaming, its a little faster than W7 in some areas but its definetly no slower and Ive had no issues with any of my games on it

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  2. Rick "CABXYZ" - January 11, 2013 12:29 am

    I was looking at the beefier Surface tablet, but at around the same price range this is a much more attractive offering. How’s Windows 8 in terms of gaming though? Could 7 be loaded instead?

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