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Razer Building Smaller Gaming Devices Besides Laptops

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Razer's CEO hinted that the company will release small form factor systems once the Razer Blade laptop hits the market next month.

In a short interview with PC World, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said that the company plans to release additional systems once its 17.3-inch Razer Blade laptop lands on North American store shelves in December. Although he didn’t provide specific details on the future products, he confirmed that they would be "small form factor systems."

Earlier this year at CES 2011, the company revealed a concept device called the Razer Switchblade. Based on Intel's Atom processor, the netbook-like device promised to bring traditional PC desktop gaming to a portable form factor. Razer replaced the typical mouse and keyboard interface with an "ultra-sensitive multi-touch screen, dynamic tactile keyboard, and an intelligent user interface that adjusts the configuration and key layout on-the-fly based on game content and user requirements."

According to the company, the 7-inch Switchblade concept measures 172 x 115 x 25-mm, and features both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. As of this writing, the product page indicates that Razer is still working with selected partners to design and launch products based on the concept design. However the company announced back in April that the Switchblade would launch in China first with several pre-installed games.

"We think we have a phenomenal opportunity in China," he said. "I think that our focus is on China, and then we'll explore the rest of the world."

That said, there's a good chance Tan's recent comment to PC World about upcoming "small form factor systems" in North America could mean the Switchblade is finally landing stateside. That's just speculation of course, and for now US-based customers will have to make due with Razer's $2,800 gaming laptop, the Razer Blade. It will feature a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, a Nvidia GeForce GT 55M GPU, and a programmable LCD panel mounted next to the keyboard when it ships in December.

Recently, Razer was broken into and two Blade prototypes were stolen.

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    molo9000 , November 23, 2011 8:45 PM
    Nobody wants to play PC games on a 7" screen.

    A Nintendo 3DS or a Playstation Vita or whatever are 1/2 the price and 10 times more fun if you want mobile gaming.
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    LuckyDucky7 , November 23, 2011 8:08 PM
    That keyboard on the device in the picture is awful. They seem to forgot how important Shift keys are to a computer user, much less a gamer- every FPS game out there uses Shift to sprint or run (or walk).
    They also forgot to add a touchpad- they can't seem to make up their minds on whether or not this is a portable machine or not. It's sort of the worst of 2 worlds- normally you're aiming for the best.

    And, why Atom processors? Why not go the smart way and use an E-450? That costs just as much and is more powerful than an Atom with Ion.

    Otherwise, it's a neat concept. But is it really that useful in its aims?
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , November 23, 2011 8:40 PM
    LuckyDucky7That keyboard on the device in the picture is awful. They seem to forgot how important Shift keys are to a computer user, much less a gamer- every FPS game out there uses Shift to sprint or run (or walk).They also forgot to add a touchpad- they can't seem to make up their minds on whether or not this is a portable machine or not. It's sort of the worst of 2 worlds- normally you're aiming for the best.And, why Atom processors? Why not go the smart way and use an E-450? That costs just as much and is more powerful than an Atom with Ion.Otherwise, it's a neat concept. But is it really that useful in its aims?

    LuckyDucky7That keyboard on the device in the picture is awful. They seem to forgot how important Shift keys are to a computer user, much less a gamer- every FPS game out there uses Shift to sprint or run (or walk).They also forgot to add a touchpad- they can't seem to make up their minds on whether or not this is a portable machine or not. It's sort of the worst of 2 worlds- normally you're aiming for the best.And, why Atom processors? Why not go the smart way and use an E-450? That costs just as much and is more powerful than an Atom with Ion.Otherwise, it's a neat concept. But is it really that useful in its aims?
    The keys change with every game ;)  . three are little screens on the keys, so i would asume that when playing an FPS it would have a sprint key to the left for your pinky.

    http://www.razerzone.com/switchblade/gaming
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , November 23, 2011 8:41 PM
    ahhhh stupid toms coments wth
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , November 23, 2011 8:43 PM
    ahhh I can't spell
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    molo9000 , November 23, 2011 8:45 PM
    Nobody wants to play PC games on a 7" screen.

    A Nintendo 3DS or a Playstation Vita or whatever are 1/2 the price and 10 times more fun if you want mobile gaming.
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    RabidFace , November 23, 2011 9:00 PM
    This is such old news. Surprised that Toms didn't link this video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiQ0AnlfBu4

    "The CEO of Razer could sell me air and I would buy it ;) " (credit to a YT user comment)

    That comment made me laugh so hard almost a year ago.

    But as for the device, I see it working with a niche market, and only if the hardware is there to be able to run most games on low/medium settings. And not just 10 year old games.
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    tlmck , November 23, 2011 9:59 PM
    LuckyDucky7That keyboard on the device in the picture is awful. They seem to forgot how important Shift keys are to a computer user, much less a gamer- every FPS game out there uses Shift to sprint or run (or walk).They also forgot to add a touchpad- they can't seem to make up their minds on whether or not this is a portable machine or not. It's sort of the worst of 2 worlds- normally you're aiming for the best.And, why Atom processors? Why not go the smart way and use an E-450? That costs just as much and is more powerful than an Atom with Ion.Otherwise, it's a neat concept. But is it really that useful in its aims?


    I believe the shift keys are the up arrows.
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    foogoo , November 23, 2011 10:26 PM
    Razer products are garbage. I bought a nostromo and it never worked properly even after several support calls and many driver updates. I threw it in the garbage as a reminder to myself never to buy another razer product.
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    Novulux , November 23, 2011 10:34 PM
    foogooRazer products are garbage. I bought a nostromo and it never worked properly even after several support calls and many driver updates. I threw it in the garbage as a reminder to myself never to buy another razer product.



    But...my mousepad is working just fine. :o 
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    flipster , November 23, 2011 11:21 PM
    Quote:
    a Nvidia GeForce GT 55M GPU


    That's GT 555M.
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    Anonymous , November 24, 2011 12:38 AM
    with a battery life of 25 seconds all yours for just 2500. revolutionary netbook here we come!
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    lordstormdragon , November 24, 2011 2:40 AM
    foogooRazer products are garbage. I bought a nostromo and it never worked properly even after several support calls and many driver updates. I threw it in the garbage as a reminder to myself never to buy another razer product.


    Work for Logitech much? Or your mother just can't afford Razer's products, perhaps.
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    Nintendork , November 24, 2011 2:56 AM
    Atom + gaming? Never see so much fail.

    E-350/E-450, no need for a useless low end gpu.
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    lordstormdragon , November 24, 2011 2:58 AM
    I very much agree with you there, Nintendork. Why does this thing have an Atom? Even a Tegra would be better... And for the GPU it's got what, a "Larrabee"? (laughs!)

    But it's a cool concept, just overpriced and underpowered. It should just have an Apple logo on it.
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    eddieroolz , November 24, 2011 3:07 AM
    They got the design for their other laptop perfect; this one, not so much.
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    lordstormdragon , November 24, 2011 3:13 AM
    eddieroolzThey got the design for their other laptop perfect; this one, not so much.


    This isn't a laptop, Eddie. Please use your "reading" next time.
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    Borisblade7 , November 24, 2011 3:20 AM
    lordstormdragonWork for Logitech much? Or your mother just can't afford Razer's products, perhaps.

    To be fair, i have their razer cacharias headset and its awesome, however their mice are garbage plain and simple. Terribad ergonomics, just flash and hype. They look great and sound cool but are designed like crap. Logitech does do better mice hands down. My Razer Naga collects dust, its terribly designed, which is sad cause i love the idea, but its ergonomics are one of the worst of any mouse i have ever had. My G700 is far better.
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    Borisblade7 , November 24, 2011 3:29 AM

    These laptops are waaaaaaaaaay overpriced. Doubling or tripling the price just for the funky keypad on the side? Talk about all hype. No idea what these custom keypads cost but if its so bad as to make these things have absurd prices then they need to ditch em or come up with somethin else. Do a decent 10 or 11 inch laptop and do it around 700-1000 bux depending on reasonable options and you can sell em very well. The other option is to use the new fusion chipsets, i have one on a cheap laptop i got for 340 and im very surprised at how well it runs things. DCUO is smooth at stock settings, all source engine games like L4D2 run maxed out well over 60fps, WoW runs great, as do every other game. No you cant run crysis 2 maxed out on dx11 mode with uber rez textures, but with this small screen you cant see many of the effects anyway so turnin on somethin you cant see is pointless. Seriously, 340 and it runs like a champ. The AMD fusion chips are pretty sweet. And btw its an one of the new A4 chips. I had the intel equivalent, and they run games like crap, its not even close.
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    lordstormdragon , November 24, 2011 4:02 AM
    Boris, this isn't a laptop. It's a small portable gaming device, the only one of its kind, period.

    Seriously, read the article. I know you're talking about their Blade laptop, but this article isn't about the Blade laptop. Literacy exists somewhere, I just know it.
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    the_krasno , November 24, 2011 4:27 AM
    To the guy bitching about his nostromo: get the DeathAdder, it's the best mouse ever.
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