The Razer Edge first appeared at CES a year ago, but this gaming-oriented tablet is only now about to move from theory to reality, as it’s maker announced at CES 2013 that it is scheduled to be released in the near future.
This device — first known as Project Fiona — was designed in a crowdsourcing effort among PC gamers to determine the specifications for the Edge. The idea was to create a device with no compromises, that can run the broadest array of today’s most popular PC games without the need to be ported, optimized, or developed anew.
Play and Work
Of course, this device can be used like any other Windows 8 tablet, using its large touchscreen to control games, video, and other software.
For those who want more, an optional Keyboard Dock will enable users to convert the Razer Edge to a laptop, with a keyboard and mouse, as well as a removable 40 Wh battery. This won’t be available until Q3, however.
An extended battery ($69) can be connected to either the Keyboard Dock and Gamepad Controller and double the battery life.
A Docking Station can turn the tablet into a desktop, with three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, mic-in, and stereo-out. ($100)
Getting Down to Details
This tablet is going to include a 10.1-inch capacitive IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It will have a USB 3.0 port, support for Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and a front-facing camera.
There will be two configurations: the standard Razer Edge and the Razer Edge Pro.. The base model will be equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64 GB SSD.
The Razer Edge Pro is going to come with an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD.
Those getting the Razer Edge Pro will have the option to bundle a Gamepad Controller with the tablet.
Price and Availability
Razer promised today that both models will be available in the first three months of this year, with the standard model starting at $999.
The company says the tablet will be sold at a wide-range of retail outlets, as well as razerzone.com.