Our review unit (priced at $1450) is configured with a 1.9GHz/3.0GHz Core i7-3517U CPU, 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 640M LE (2GB) graphics card, 256GB of solid-state drive, and includes the Gamepad Controller so all of our benchmarks will be tested with those specs.
The base unit, priced at $1000 is configured with a 1.7GHz/2.6GHz Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce 640M LE (1GB) graphics, 64GB SSD Drive, and DOES NOT come with the Gamepad Controller, which is one of the largest selling points of this device.
Windows 8 has a touch-based interface, which caters to the Razer Edge tablet very well. It takes about 5 seconds to cold boot and 1 second to wake from sleep, which is almost instant. Navigating through Windows 8 “Metro” mode is as good as it can get and all of the built-in Applications such as Internet Explorer, Messaging, and Photo apps worked without fail. The Razer Edge is as functional as any Windows 8 tablet.
The whole point of the Edge isn’t really about running Windows 8 and productivity software, though. Its main purpose is to run the latest games in a small package without any compromises — and it does it surprisingly well. I spent a good amount of time playing through the new Tomb Raider game and had no performance issues, stuttering, and artifacts on the screen at Normal settings and High quality settings. However, I noticed some loss of frame rates at Ultra, and the Razer chokes on Ultimate.
With a 10.1-inch screen at 1366×768 resolution, Normal and High settings was more than acceptable if my sole purpose was to use this for portable gaming. Hooking up to a 1920×1080 LEDTV using the docking station however, caused some stuttering even at Normal settings, but if I adjusted to a lower 1600×900, the game performed fine. I had similar experiences when playing Devil May Cry and Bioshock Infinite as well.
At this point, if you want to have the ultimate desktop gaming experience when hooked up to a higher resolution monitor, you are still better off with a desktop PC or a gaming laptop. However, as a portable gaming tablet, there really isn’t that much competition.
|wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):
||PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):
|3DMark measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
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The docking station allows the Razer Edge to function as a desktop PC for an extra $99. On top of just acting as a charging cradle, you get a standard HDMI port, 3 USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks. There is no Ethernet port present but you can use a USB to Ethernet adaptor, which is sold separately. HD movies played beautifully at 1080p on an external display such as a TV and there was no stuttering or loss of frame rates at 1920×1080.
Those who want to use the Razer Edge as a productivity tool, a keyboard attachment is currently in the works so you can use it like a laptop, which is kind of similar to Logitech’s keyboard case for the iPad. We will cover more on that once it becomes available.
The Razer Edge has an Intel WLAN 802.11b/g/n card along with Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities. I had no issues connecting to both my Netgear and Airport Extreme routers. I also paired my Microsoft Wedge Mouse and LG Tone HBS700 stereo Bluetooth headset and both worked flawlessly. There is no 3G/4G capabilities so you have to find a hotspot if you want to do some multiplayer gaming on the go.
The Edge is powered by a 5600Mah battery, which allows you to get about 2-3 hours with the newer games available. I sat through Starcraft II for just about 3 hours before the unit shut itself off, and Tomb Raider lasted about 2.25 hours at Normal settings.
You can double your playing time by adding a battery pack for an additional $69.
To benchmark battery life we used the new PowerMark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming, and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than most tests, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than most benchmarks.
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