Ignore the pun, respect the hardware: Hands-on with the Razer Edge

Ignore the pun, respect the hardware: Hands-on with the Razer Edge

After a year of listening to its fans, Razer has officially unveiled its completed gaming tablet, the Edge.  

Check out our review of the Razer Edge Pro gaming tablet. 

Last year at CES, Razer continued its trend of showing off a new prototype, and then letting its fans go to town on it to help determine the final design. The 2012 debut was named Project Fiona, and was being hyped as the first tablet designed specifically for PC gaming. It was essentially a large tablet running Windows, with a pair of cylindrical controllers on either side that could rival a 360 or PS3 controller. It was a PC gamer’s answer to tablet mania, and a highlight of CES 2012.

Fast forward a year. Razer has ditched the permanently attached controllers in favor of a removable tablet that can dock into a cradle that contains those controllers. The same change opened the tablet to docking into other peripherals, including a keyboard, as well as a chargeable dock that offers three USB 2.0 ports, a mic-in and stereo-out, and an HDMI port for output to a TV. When combined with Steam’s Big Picture, this device already offers most of what Valve and Xi3 are hoping for with the “Steam Box,” which was officially just announced on Monday under the prototype name, Piston. As with all tablets, the Edge also features a touchscreen.

These three options alone – touchscreen, game pod, and keyboard – cover most forms of gaming, from mobile to console to PC. And it can do so thanks to the powerful hardware running Windows 8. Although the Edge can easily accommodate Android games, Web-based games, and even console-quality games through services like Steam, it really is made with PC gaming in mind.

It features Intel Core processors, and comes in two models. One is billed as the standard Razer Edge and comes with an i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3, and a 64GB SSD. The Razer Pro, however, features an i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3, and either 128GB or 256GB of SSD. Both models contain an Nvidia GT640M LE GPU, and both contain batteries that will last three to four hours under intense use, or up to eight hours with less intensive use, like Web browsing or standard tablet usage. They each support Bluetooth 4.0 and include a USB 3.0 port.

The Razer Pro will also offer multiple bundles beyond the different hard drive models. One available upon launch will feature the Gamepad controllers. These will also be available separately for $249. The keyboard, which features its own battery, will be available in Q3.

An extended battery is also available for preorder for $69, and the TV docking station is available to preorder for $99.

Check out the video above with Razer’s Director of Global Product Marketing, Heathcliff Hatcher, as he gives us a closer view at the Edge.