We haven't seen many tablets at CES 2013 but Razer has introduced the Edge which it calls the world's first tablet designed for PC gamers. We took a look at the powerhouse tablet at CES so here's our Razer Edge hands-on review.
Since the Razer Edge is designed for PC gaming, it has a PC-like specifications. And since it has a PC-like specifications, the Windows 8 tablet is somewhat on the chunky size. It has a 10.1in screen size but weights almost 1kg, and that’s without the accessories which are available.
Accessories include a keyboard dock so you can use it like a laptop, a case with controls on either side turning it into 'mobile console mode' and a simple docking station to make it a console connected to a larger display.
We're impressed with the spec of the Razer Edge which is powered by an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 or Core i7 processor. The regular model comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 64GB SSD while the Razer Edge Pro has 8GB of RAM and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. Providing graphics on both models is an nVidia GeForce GT 640M LE with 1GB or 2GB of RAM respectively. Razer calls it the most powerful tablet in the world.
If those storage capacities don't sound like enough then you can utilise the USB 3.0 port to attach an external drive, in the same way you can with the Microsoft Surface. Other ports include HDMI and a headphone jack. There's also a front facing 2Mp HD webcam.
The problem is that you have to pay a lot of money to get what is effectively a gaming laptop without the keyboard and trackpad. The starting price for the Razer Edge is $999 so you'll have to have deep pockets for the luxury of carrying around your gaming PC. And no, the price doesn't include any accessories.
Considering the high price tag, it's a shame that the Razer Edge's 10.1in touchscreen has a resolution of 1366 x 768. Viewing angles are good though because it's an IPS screen. Since the tablet is designed for gamers who are most likely accustomed to a Full HD 1080p experience, this probably isn’t good enough.
We found performance around Windows 8 to be smooth, which is unsurprising considering the components. Gaming performance was pretty good but not flawless, we experienced a few signs of lag. We’re looking forward to putting the Razer Edge through its paces in our lab when we can.
It's impossible to test out battery life at a show like CES but we were told that if you take the Razer Edge out and about it will last for two hours if you’re gaming the entire time. If you're just going to flick around Windows 8 and run the odd application, the tablet should last between five and six hours, according to Razer.
SHOULD I BUY RAZER EDGE?
The Razer Edge is certainly a powerful tablet, but it's a high price to pay for what is a hefty device just so you can play PC games on the move.