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Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Will Ship with Steam

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Razer is saving you the trouble of downloading and installing Steam on the Razer Edge gaming tablet.

Razer said on Thursday that its Intel-based gaming tablet, the Razer Edge, will come packed with Valve Software's Steam platform. This will allow PC gamers to download and install their library of Steam-based titles right out of the box. The tablet also works seamlessly with Steam Big Picture, the company said.

"Razer has one mission in mind: to innovate for PC gamers worldwide," says Min-Liang Tan, co-founder, Razer CEO and creative director. "Providing users with access to Steam will enable Razer Edge users to play their favorite games with greater ease than ever before."

Reviews for the Razer Edge Pro have begun to surface, and one of the major complaints revolves  around the battery life. It supposedly provides a solid 45 minutes of PC gaming -- 3.5 hours as a standard tablet -- before the device must be plugged into the wall, a total departure from the idea that gaming on the go should last longer than an hour. There's an extra optional battery adding another two hours of juice, but that sets the consumer back another $69 (USD).

Another complaint has centered on its weight. With the optional $250 Gamepad attached, it weighs roughly four pounds – the 3G version of Apple's iPad only weighs 1.46 pounds. That said, after a while, PC gamers may find themselves wanting the $100 docking station instead to connect a keyboard and mouse, and play PC games the way they were intended.

As stated in a brief hands-on back at CES 2013, Razer has essentially created a new market with the Edge, cramming a powerful AIO PC into a 10-inch form factor. The battery drain and overall weight is expected given what's packed inside – you could say it's a slate since its focus is on high performance, not elegance. Pricing also starts at $999, so Razer may have a hard time convincing PC gamers to drop their cheap Android tablets and iPads.

Still, so far the Razer Edge Pro reviews have been overly positive across the board despite these two complaints. With Steam installed, PC gamers will have more than 2,000 titles to choose from right out of the box.

"The Razer Edge has more than enough power to play the latest and greatest Steam titles and it is completely built with PC gamers in mind," says Greg Coomer, product designer at Valve. "The tablet is a great way to experience everything Steam has to offer, including Big Picture mode."

The Razer Edge gaming tablet can be purchased directly from Razer, or from Amazon starting at $999. Actual units will begin shipping soon.

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    anxiousinfusion , March 29, 2013 7:26 PM
    Quote:
    The tablet is a great way to experience everything Steam has to offer


    But can it run any game Steam has to offer?
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  • 18 Hide
    anxiousinfusion , March 29, 2013 7:26 PM
    Quote:
    The tablet is a great way to experience everything Steam has to offer


    But can it run any game Steam has to offer?
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    zomow , March 29, 2013 7:42 PM
    Because Steam is such a hassle...
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    chumly , March 29, 2013 7:59 PM
    this is the only tablet available wit a discreet gpu. although it's pretty niche, i could see the attraction to raiding on the toilet. you would never have to leave if you got a fridge and phone in there.
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    edgewood112358 , March 29, 2013 8:01 PM
    Anand actually did a full review on this thing, if anyone cares : http://www.anandtech.com/show/6858/the-razer-edge-review
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    iknowhowtofixit , March 29, 2013 8:58 PM
    I don't need to pay $1500 to play Peggle....
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    bowzef , March 29, 2013 9:34 PM
    Ri
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    bowzef , March 29, 2013 9:36 PM
    it's a rip off why would anyone bother? there is plenty hand helds that are cheaper , the hardware in this table is max of $400, never understand why tablets are so bluntly ripping of the consumers
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    zehnman2 , March 29, 2013 9:45 PM
    I think its pretty impressive that it can handle some decent games. I think it has a GTX 660m crammed in there with an i7 option as well...
    that being said, I'm fairly certain no one will buy it because i don't think it will serve well as a tablet OR a gaming pc. I
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    vmem , March 29, 2013 9:57 PM
    It's a good idea, it'll open a new market, if they keep it up for the next 5 years, then we'll have a MATURED gaming tablet market :) 
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    Theflyingp , March 29, 2013 10:40 PM
    "Razer is saving you the trouble of downloading and installing Steam on the Razer Edge gaming tablet."

    ...I'm sorry, what? It's less than 2MB..
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    siuol11 , March 29, 2013 11:24 PM
    Knowing the quality of all the Razer accessories I've bought over the years, I wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole.
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    bustapr , March 30, 2013 12:26 AM
    zehnman2I think its pretty impressive that it can handle some decent games. I think it has a GTX 660m crammed in there with an i7 option as well...that being said, I'm fairly certain no one will buy it because i don't think it will serve well as a tablet OR a gaming pc. I

    if it were a 660m in there, it would actually be good, but no. it has a 640m, which is not good.
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    chumly , March 30, 2013 1:28 AM
    If you actually look at the benchmakrs, it's playing a lot of games >60 fps @ 1366x768. That's better than the M$ surface can do. There honestly isn't another piece of hardware in this things class (after all it is just a tablet, you don't even have to buy the handlebars).

    Yes, it's a little heavy.
    Yes, the price is too steep.

    However (comma) this is a very good indication of things to come. I like the idea of a tablet being as powerful as a desktop (who wouldn't?). At the same price point as the M$ Surface, this having a discreet gpu makes this the winner in my book.
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2013 1:33 AM
    hopefully version 2 will ship with something like a 750m at the same price point, then id be interested

    Maybe, they could release an AMD APU version at a similar price to an iPad that would be very popular and games would look so much better than any other tablet
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2013 1:51 AM
    hopefully version 2 will ship with something like a 750m at the same price point, then id be interested

    Maybe, they could release an AMD APU version at a similar price to an iPad that would be very popular and games would look so much better than any other tablet
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    janetonly42 , March 30, 2013 5:00 AM
    Fot the cash they want for this anemic device you could put together a decent real computer that would actually play SkyRim and others on STEAM.
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    11796pcs , March 30, 2013 6:46 AM
    This thing is ridiculously niche.
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    bull22 , March 30, 2013 9:31 AM
    This is one of the first steps towards a better and cheaper gaming tablet market. I for one am excited to see this thing not do well so us as consumers can get plausible prices
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    zeratul600 , March 31, 2013 2:21 PM
    oh god people her it's so narrow minded, damn its a pc in the size of a goddamn tablet, of course that is gonna be heavy and drain a lot of power, but this thing could actually means a change in the form of pc, not like that stupid thing saying that tablets will kill pc, this is a pc evolved in the form of tablet, who cares if i can't pay it, I just pray a lot for it to become a successful product and they begin to make it cheaper, just like it always happens with new technologies. BTW I dont know who the the f*ck will say that razer has low quality products, but for me they made the best pc products that I'd ever use
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    lradunovic77 , March 31, 2013 9:40 PM
    Joke OS for joke tablet where some joke from MS thought that tablets are PC and some another joke from Razer thought that must be true, let's build hardware for that joke OS

    Windows -> time to die.