After Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has been envisioning true portable gaming for many years and coming up with an array of prototypes and concept devices, 2013 is the year that his vision is finally coming true. Hot on the heels of the 17 inch Razer Blade gaming laptop comes the diminutive 10 inch Razer Edge gaming tablet that packs a punch in performance.
The Razer Edge has a 10.1 inch IPS touchscreen with 1366 x 768 pixels of resolution. But unlike any other tablet this size, the Razer Edge packs the components you’ll normally find in bigger and thicker 13 or 14 inch laptops. It runs a full version of Windows 8 (not the RT tablet version) and packs Intel’s Ivy Bridge 3rd generation processors, DDR3 RAM, Nvidia GT640M LE laptop class graphics, a USB 3.0 port along with compatibility with various peripherals such as a docking station, a keyboard dock, Razer’s console controllers and a gamepad dock.
Let’s talk about accessories for a while because the ones available for the Razer Edge are pretty interesting:
The Razer Edge docking station is the most noteworthy because it allows you to turn the Razer Edge into a living room game console, or what some folks might call a make-shift Steam Box console. The docking station hosts 3 USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI port for connecting to your television and audio ports.
This lets you pipe video games and other content to your big screen at home and play them via Razer’s optional game controllers. Because the Razer Edge packs hardware that you’ll find in a laptop (versus mobile processing chips commonly found in other tablets), you’ll be able to play PC games right out of the box without any fuss. Razer’s CEO also emphasized the Edge works well with Steam’s Big Picture mode.
The Razer Edge runs standard Windows 8 and is able to double as a conventional tablet when you’re not gaming. An optional keyboard dock comes with a built-in extra battery and lets you turn it into a laptop for productivity.
The gamepad dock is a unique peripheral, which comes bundled with the Pro version of the Razer Edge, which attaches to the tablet just like a docking station. It sports two ‘handlebar’ gamepad controllers, one on each side, which allows you to game on the go while making the Razer Edge more ergonomic to hold.
The Razer Edge will come in two flavors: the regular version sports a 1.7 GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of solid state storage and will start at $999. The Razer Edge Pro soups things up with a 1.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and options for 128 GB or 256 GB solid state drives. The Pro also comes bundled with the gamepad dock pictured above. The Razer Edge Pro will start at $1299. Both versions of the Razer Edge will be available in Q1 2013 and Razer is already taking orders for the Razer Edge and its Pro variant.
Razer has quoted some performance numbers of the Edge tablet. The Razer Edge can play Dishonored at about 60 FPS, DiRT Showdown at 40 FPS and can also play Skyrim and other mass-multiplayer games smoothly.