When Razer first introduced its gaming tablet concept, it was called Project Fiona. Since then, the idea has undergone several revisions and the final product is now called Razer Edge. Razer sought the help of the public to come up with the best possible gaming tablet, hence, the Edge is clearly a product of crowdsourcing. Razer took note of the public’s feedback which were posted on Facebook and Twitter. The product is a cohesive gaming tablet with an array of features fit for PC gamers looking for a mobile platform.
The Razer Edge sports a 10.1-inch display with 1,366 x 768 resolution, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI out slot and USB 3.0 port. There are two versions of the Razer Edge, the Standard version and the Pro version. The standard version will have an Intel Core i5 CPU clocked at 1.7GHz which can go up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost, Nvidia GT640M LE GPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 64 GB SSD. The Pro version will have an Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz which can go up to 3.0GHz with Turbo Boost, Nvidia GT640M LE GPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM and a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD.
The Razer Edge is a Windows 8 tablet at its very basic configuration, but with a few specific attachments, it transforms into three other form factors. The main attachments are the controllers which used to be fixed in the original design. They are now detachable, which is better in my opinion since they look ridiculous if they are permanently fixed. There is an optional keyboard dock which of course transforms the Edge to a notebook where you can connect a mouse for a desktop gaming setup. There is also a docking station that transforms the Razer Edge into a home console. In this format, you can connect the Edge to your home theatre system. See how the Razer Edge looks with these attachments in the video below.
The Razer Edge is priced at $999 for the base model. The gamepad controller is priced at $249, the docking station is priced at $99 while an extra battery is priced at $69. It will be available commercially starting the first quarter of 2013.