CES 2013: Razer Edge Hands-On Preview

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Razer Edge Right GripSo How Did it Perform?

Regardless of my issues with the Edge’s portability — or lack thereof — this was, hands down, the most impressive gaming session I’ve ever had on a tablet. The 10.1-inch display looked great, though the 1366 x 768 resolution seemed like an odd choice to me. And the fact that I was playing Dishonored on a tablet was a surreal experience, not just because it was a real game and not some simplistic Android tap-and-drag nonsense, but because it was running so smoothly. I couldn’t find out the exact frames per second at which the game was running, but Razer has claimed specifically that the Edge can run Dishonored at 59 frames per second.

After seeing it with my own eyes, I can absolutely buy that claim. In an effort to push the Edge to…the edge (okay, I’ll stop now), I completely threw caution to the wind and began alerting as many guards as I could to up the amount of on-screen activity. Even with all the action and as many angry guards as I could round up onto the screen at once, I never experienced any stutter or slowdown.

In fact, I’d say that the performance was better than when I played Dishonored on my Xbox 360. Granted, the model I was using was the high-end version, the Razer Edge Pro, with an Intel Core i7 chip, NVIDIA GT 640M LE graphics, and 8 GB of RAM (with the lower-end model sporting a Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM), but it was impressive nonetheless.

Razer Edge Left GripThe reason it’s necessary to qualify that statement by pointing out that I had been using the high-end model is because for many people, that just won’t be an option. The other major drawback of the Razer Edge is that it’s insanely expensive. The base model, which will be available later in Q1, starts at $1000. The Edge Pro, meanwhile, starts at $1300 with 128 GB of storage (there is also a 256 GB model). And all of these prices are just for the tablet. If you want to get the Edge Pro with the mobile console controls in a bundle that’s scheduled to arrive in Q3, that will run you a whopping $1650.

It may be innovative, but this is not a cheap device, folks. And that’s just one more knock on the Razer Edge’s practicality.

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