Razer’s handheld tablet PC detailed, relaunched as ‘Razer Edge’

Razer Edge

By on January 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Razer have used this year’s CES to reveal that their ‘Project Fiona’ tablet, which they asked 10,000 people to ‘Like’ on Facebook, is set to move into production and will now be re-branded as the ‘Razer Edge’.

The tech specs for the device have also been revealed. It will come in two versions, a standard (starting at $999) and a Pro (not priced). The standard model comes with an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64 GB SSD. Meanwhile, the Pro version comes replete with an upgraded Intel® Core™ i7 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD.

The Pro will be offered as part of a bundle which includes a Gamepad Controller (which you can see in the picture), turning the Edge into a “mobile console”. The controller is priced at $249. Other accessories include an optional Keyboard Dock (coming in Q3, not priced) an Extended Battery ($69, doubles battery life) and a Docking Station which “serves as a full desktop and charging resource with three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, mic-in and stereo-out”. That’ll set you back another $99.

Both models are expected to be available in Q1 of this year.

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spkypwnsuall

inb4 RAZER SAVED PC GAMING AGAIN!

 
spkypwnsuall

oh, right, on a serious note, its a bit expensive for what appears to be a hand held console, especially for a 640m. Something tells me its a better investment to buy a full desktop and kit it out rather than try this out.

 

god… thats expensive. i mean probably not for the parts it has, but yeh, compared to full desktop solutions… eeegadz

 

pretty solid price actually, considering things like the transformer pad cost 600+ and have 1/10th of the processing power.

Can’t wait till i get to play with one to see how it all works

 

I thought it sounds like a quite reasonable piece of hardware and unlike most other portable gaming it allows me to play PC games which are games I would want to play away from home.

 

Wonder what the reliability is on everything but the 3rd party hardware….

 

The price is actually really good when you compare it to similar hardware. BTW the Pro version will be USD$1,299 according to the razer site which is VERY affordable.

The comparable Samsung XE700T1C will have an asking price of $1500 for an i5, 4GB ram and only the built-in HD4000 (so rubbish for gaming). However, it does have a Wacom pen input and higher res screen which balances things a little (worth roughly $150-200).

Remember, you CANNOT compare this to desktop hardware prices as they’re more closely related to laptop hardware. The whole point is it’s portable, so unless you can set your desktop up while sitting on the train of a morning, then the comparison is irrelevant.

Personally, I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been running a HP TM2 v2 convertible tablet since it’s release as my main laptop and I’ve been searching for ages for a tablet or convertible which actually has a dedicated graphics card as the TM2 did. While I probably won’t get the weird game controller dock, I’d definitely consider the keyboard or desktop docks.

 

people comparing portable devices prices to desktop prices probably stayed at home too long. When you have portable device it require low power hardware (which is more expensive) and uses battery not main power. the designer have to keep in mind there is no unlimited power unlike desktops.

 

How is that portable? does it come with a back pack? Doesn’t look like it would fit in any pockets of mine.

 
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