CES 2012 had one standout tablet – Razer’s Project Fiona. The tablet was designed to appeal to core PC gamers and provide the kind of experience that you could normally only get on a gaming PC. Unfortunately, the tablet was all kinds of awkward with a strange controller dock that sacrificed portability for function. The tablet is back at CES 2013, and it’s looking a lot better.
Razer announced at CES 2013 that Project Fiona is now officially called the Razer Edge. It’s a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1366×768 display powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a Nvidia GT 640M LE GPU. The tablet is equipped with Windows 8 Pro and 64GB SSD. The tablet will cost $999 when it ships early this year.
Razer worked with its community of PC gamers over the last year to refine the current Edge into a product they would love to buy. One of the most obvious changes was making the controller dock an optional accessory instead of being built into the device itself. The tablet also has an optional keyboard dock and docking station that allows users to transform the tablet into either a gaming laptop or game console.
Of course, you may be thinking that the Razer Edge is a little underpowered or its 64GB of SSD storage is too little. For those consumers, the company is also preparing the Razer Edge Pro. The design of both devices are largely the same, but the Pro features an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and either 128 or 256GB of SSD storage. It will retail for $1,299 early this year.
CES has already seen some impressive tablets that purport to do everything. None can match the power of the Razer Edge, however, and the company may just have a hit. The price is a little steep, but the most hardcore PC gamers may finally have a tablet they can call their own.