Razer unveiled the Razer Edge (codename: Project Fiona) at CES2013 winning the Best of Show CES 2013 and People’s Voice CES 2013 Awards. Razer Edge also won four coveted CES 2012 Awards. It’s a gaming tablet that can be played in four-modes: Tablet Mode, Keyboard Mode, Mobile Console Mode, and Home Console Mode.
Both the Razer Edge Pro Tablet (256GB) for $1,499, and the Razer Edge (128GB) for $1299 are available for pre-order. The price is staggering high, but that doesn’t stop gamers from buying one.
The Razer Blade Gaming Laptop was considered very expensive considering you can get a similar setup for less, and still about three shipping waves sold out consecutively. The Razer Edge tablet will ship on March 2013. Once that batch is sold out, the next shipping wave will go out on May 2013. If you fancy one of these, better pre-order the March wave while supplies last — which is not too long from now.
Crazy stuff! These are the tech specs for the Razer Edge Pro 256GB Tablet.
Below you can see some photos and the available optional docking mode peripherals.
|Specs||Razer Edge Pro|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz / Turbo 3.0GHz|
|Memory||8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz)|
Intel HD4000 (DX11)
NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
10.1” (IPS, 1366×768)
Multi-touch HD display
|Operating System||Windows 8|
|Storage||128/256GB SSD (SATA-III)*|
|Network||Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)|
Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI through optional Docking Station)
HD Webcam (front-facing, 2MP)
Dolby Home Theater v4
USB 3.0 x1 (green, SuperSpeed)
Audio jack (3.5mm, 4-pole, stereo out / mic in)
Razer Edge Docking Station (Home Console Mode)
The Razer Edge Docking Station connects your Razer Edge to a desktop display and peripherals. This docking station allows players to hook up an HDMI cable to a big screen TV (HDTV) and up to two gamepad controllers.
The docking station basically turns your Razer Edge tablet into a Game Console. It expands your tablet with 3x USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a MIC in/Stereo out port.
Razer Edge Gamepad Controller
The Razer Gamepad Controller for Razer Edge converts your tablet into a Mobile Console placing the tablet on a peripheral attachment that adds two analog sticks placed to the left and right of the tablet. It has a immersive vibration-feedback and direct reflective acoustics, a backlit D-Pad and action buttons. (Xinput support)
The Gamepad Controller has an optional extended battery and power adapter (sold separately).
The Keyboard Mode dock station will be available at a later time. It basically converts the Razer Edge tablet into a small laptop.
StarCraft II on the Razer Edge
Alright, I know what you are thinking. “Why not get a laptop for the same price? It’s a matter of choice. Do you want a tablet like the iPad, or the Surface but also want high-end mobile video gaming on it? Then the Razer Edge can give you that … edge. And it runs on Windows 8 (DX11). I can also hear you: “Can this piece of [beep] run my favorite video games?” get the optional keyboard mode peripheral and you can play StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III.
Let’s say you are a proGamer and need to travel to other countries to play against the best StarCraft II players. You want to travel light, without setting up a big system, or a heavy laptop. Bring the Razer Edge tablet, attach the keyboard docking station, or the Home Console docking station plugged into a big HDTV via HDMI. This video shows you StarCraft II on the Razer Edge using the Home Console docking station.