CES 2013 Gadget Pick: Razer Edge/Edge Pro Gaming Tablet

By January 13, 2013
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Sadly, I was not able to attend the Consumer Electronics Show this year but LAST year, I had one thing on my mind heading into the show: see Razer’s PC gaming tablet and put my hands allllll over it while shooting our segment. Last year, Project Fiona was quite the CES darling by taking home CNET’s “Best of CES 2012” People’s Voice, Stuff magazine’s “Hot Stuff”, IGN magazine’s “Best of CES” and Laptop magazine’s “Best of CES awards) and was the talk of Twitter the entire convention. Last year, Razer’s hopes were that Fiona would be ready by December of last year. I was ready to shell out for it but alas, it was not ready for retail. Boo.

Then everything changed, right down to the name…and it is GORGEOUS.

Fiona reappeared at this year’s CES as Razer Edge and upon seeing her, I yelled “TAKE MY MONEY NOW” upon seeing the changes that were made to her beautiful chassis.

Designed by PC gamers for PC gamers, Razer let the gaming community decide the end-game chipset, weight/thickness, features, price points and in turn, the community helped create what Razer’s calling “the most powerful tablet in the world today” and utilizes technology from both Intel AND NVIDIA. With third generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA’s GeForce graphics, the Edge gives your eyeballs visual pleasure…which is what the world’s 300 million strong PC gamers have been begging for.

And before you ask, Edge will run on Windows 8 and PC games CAN run natively without the need to be ported, optimized or developed anew (this basically means you don’t have to spend a buttload of unnecessary time tweaking the game before you can play it) and the out-of-the-box functionality (meaning you can take it out of the box, fire it up and go) is AWESOME.

Edge comes in two models: Edge and Edge Pro. The base model has an Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64GB SSD while Edge Pro comes replete with an upgraded Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 128GB or 256GB SSD.

If you’re a console gamer with an aversion to PC gaming like me, don’t despair; the Edge has a couple of different attachments (sold separately) to suit your needs in the form of console-like plug-in controllers…

…or you can go with snap-in configuration which puts the controllers on the sides of the tablet (I wish they’d have re-worked the design on them, though…it’s still a little weird to deal with). If you’re an Xbox/PS3 kid, I’d recommend the plug-ins; it gives you the same experience you’re used to.

OR if you wanna take a break and check yer email, Facebook, Twitter or social media vice of your choice, there IS a keyboard attachment available (but again, sold separately).

Enough talky! Check this out!

NEAT, right?

But of course, everything I tell you comes with a caveat…I know that for someone like me who’s always on the go and slightly afraid of PC gaming (hot keys are my kryptonite) and a Mac girl, I would pick up the Edge Pro (which comes with the console controllers) but if you’re a seasoned PC gamer, I don’t know if you’re gonna wanna shell out what essentially could buy you a pretty nice kitted out gaming laptop. Up to you, Yankee Doodle!

Razer Edge will be on the market sometime in Q1 (aka next three months). For more info on the Edge and Edge Pro, hit up Razer’s official website.

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Cricket Lee
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