Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer has unveiled the “world’s first crowdsourced” gaming tablet running Windows 8. The Razer Edge is quite the powerful device, power by Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, NVIDIA’s GT 640M LE, and up to 8GB of RAM. It can transform from a tablet, to a PC, console or handheld depending on the optional accessories the tablet is paired with.
Razer has demoed the Edge at the 2013 CES with different games to showcase the four different configurations. A touchscreen-optimized Civilization V shows off tablet mode, Dirt: Showdown shows off its split-screen output to an HDTV via HDMI. For the traditional PC gamer, they have a keyboard dock and Bluetooth mouse, while Dishonored shows off the console aspect with a side-mounted gamepad controller.
Delivering great performance has come at the cost of battery life and affordability. Without a power cord of extended battery, the Edge has about an hour of battery life, while it has around four to six hours of connected gameplay. Razer’s $70 extended battery – that can connect to both the keyboard and gamepad – doubles gaming time, bringing it to two hours tops. The other accessories aren’t cheap either, the gamepad controller comes bundled with the Pro edition but costs $250 alone, the keyboard dock and docking station will set you back $200 and $100 respectively.
The base Razer Edge comes with a Core i5 processor, NVIDIA’s GT 640M LE, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD without any bundled accessories and costs $999. The top of the line Edge Pro has a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SDD, and comes bundled with a gamepad controller at $1,299. 256GB of storage adds an additional $200. The concept is great but costs a tad bit considering the measly two hours of gameplay. Check out Razer for more information.