Hey everybody, Grant Hatchimonji from TabletPCReview. Today we’re showing you the Razer Edge Gaming Tablet. As you can see it is a fully functioning Windows 8 Tablet from Razer. As you can see here, the build is a little thick, it’s a little on the bulky side and that was one of the issues that we had with it in our review. It’s not terribly portable, especially once you start to throw on a lot of the peripherals and stuff but it’s also not completely unmanageable either. It’s just a little thick, a little heavy.
In terms of the ports and the buttons, up here on the top edge is where most of the action is. We’ve got a USB port over here as well as a 3.5 ml headphone drive and the volume rocker. Two buttons over here for the rotation lock and pulling up the keyboard. Then, of course, the power standby button. On the bottom here we have a couple of built in speakers as well as proprietary charging jack. On the back we have a couple of fan vents, they’re currently whirring away, and the Razer logo that lights up whenever it is in use.
This is a pretty good setup here in terms of controls. The sticks feel tight, it’s good quality. You’re offered the same array of controls that you would be if you were using a standard Xbox 360 controller. You’ve got dual sticks, triggers on both sides there, as well as bumpers. You actually have an extra part of bumpers that you can map to whatever function you’d like. Then, of course, you have the D pad, four face buttons, start and back buttons.
The only issue with the layout of controls is having these sets of buttons directly below the thumb sticks which is obviously a little awkward when you?re playing. I mean, having to coil your thumb downwards like this to press the buttons is not ideal. It’s not something that most people are used to. The same goes for the D pad on the left side. It takes a little getting used to. It’s not the end of the world but again, it’s not ideal. Other than that though, the control setup is actually very comfortable despite how much extra bulk is added to the device on the whole as a result.
It’s not perfect, though, because as we said the device is also pretty bulky as it is and once you strap this thing on here it gets even less portable and even more uncomfortable to hold. It’s very heavy, even difficult to hold with one hand.
Battery-wise, with this device is not great. When you’re playing games you can’t even get two hours worth of battery life out of a single charge. During our test we got maybe a little over an hour and a half just playing games. The tablet also has a productivity mode that’s supposed to afford it a little more battery life but even with that we barely got over two hours out of a single charge. Once you’re using it for its intended purpose which is, of course, gaming, you’re only going to get about an hour and a half worth of battery life. Which isn’t great. Also, the controller peripheral here adds a forced feedback functionality which is great but it’s just one more thing that is going to drain the battery whenever you’re playing.
That’s just something to keep in mind. It’s fun to use. It’s built well. It’s not a perfect device and in many ways it’s not a practical as you would like just because when you have a gaming device this powerful and you’re trying to make it mobile there are obviously going to be some compromises.
In terms of the peripherals, we have a couple of them here today. we have the charging dock, with can be attached to the AC adapter, and adds a number of ports to the device. Three USB ports, an HDMI port, as well as another headphone jack and a microphone jack. The real star of the show, as many of you know, is the game controller peripheral which is obviously ideal for gaming. That’s exactly what this tablet is built for.
We can actually show you how the tablet fits into the peripheral. You just slide it in here and then once you have it pressed down you push in this button at the bottom the click it into place. Once everything is clicked in here you see the buttons on the controller light up and everything is ready to go. As we said before, the tablet itself is already kind of big and bulky, kind of heavy. Needless to say this controller peripheral isn’t really helping. It makes it more unwieldy and it’s difficult to even hold with one hand because it’s getting so heavy.
Just to give you an idea of how the tablet performs we actually have a game running on it currently. We loaded the device with Steam, actually, and we have a copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution running on the tablet here today just to show you what it looks like. Obviously this isn’t the most intensive game because Human Revolution was released a couple years ago. It’s not the most recent game in the world but the tablet is capable of running anything all the way up to some of the most recent games like Crysis 3 which are very graphic intensive, very rough on the hardware but it can still manage it. Granted, not at the highest settings, but it can run it nonetheless. Having a handheld device that can run a game as serious a Crysis 3 is certainly not something to be trifled with.
To give you an idea of how powerful it is we are running this game on the highest visual settings that we could put it on. Which, for a two year game, doesn’t look very bad at all. so, that’s the Razer Edge tablet review and to find out more about the device visit tabletpcreview.com to check out our full review. We hope you like it.