It goes without saying that mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, are becoming respectable gaming platforms. Moreover, ultra-compact desktop computers hope to overthrow traditional desktop computers, such as is the case with Valve and its Steam Box computers. Ultimately, new multimedia entertainment devices are flourishing as they take advantage of the surge in new emerging platforms. Razer, the famous high-end hardware and accessories manufacturer, has officially introduced the Razer Edge, a tablet with the technical specifications of a high-end PC, and various extras that turn it into a versatile gaming platform.
Last year it was presented at CES 2012 as Project Fiona, where its specs were unveiled. For the first time, we were able to see the gamepad accessory that works as a handgrip for the tablet, providing a similar experience to that of the controls on Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U, for example. However, unlike other similar devices such as the Archos GamePad, which runs Android, the Razer model runs an adapted version of Windows 8 (it’s not certain if it is the Pro or the RT edition). It has high-end specifications, making it great for playing any recently released game or software. Here are the Pro model’s features:
– Intel Core i7 Dual Core with Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz/Turbo 3.0GHz processor.
– 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz)
– NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
– 128/256GB SSD hard drive (SATA-III)
The basic model, on the other hand, carries an i5 processor, 5GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal memory. Both versions have a 10-inch multi-touch screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and all kinds of additional ports. In fact, its connectivity is what really makes it shine. Razer Edge will be sold along with three peripherals, which will make it a device for all of your needs: 1) a charging dock with several connection ports in the back, 2) a keyboard base that turns it into a fully-functional desktop computer, and 3) the previously mentioned grip controller with analog joysticks that connects to the tablet.
The bad thing is that this much power comes with a high price tag. The basic version will be sold for $1,000, while the Pro version will cost $1,300, both of which will first be released in the U.S. It is an excessive, although understandable, price, given that it is a versatile device that can be used as a personal computer, a powerful gaming machine, or a robust tablet.