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Razer Pitches Switchblade Mobile Gaming PC

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Razer showed off a new idea of a mobile gaming computer, which the company claims achieves, for the very first time, a "phenomenal" combination of mouse+keyboard functionality in a mobile device.

Razer showed off a new idea of a mobile gaming computer, which the company claims achieves, for the very first time, a "phenomenal" combination of mouse+keyboard functionality in a mobile device.

The Switchblade, which looks a bit like a clumsy netbook, integrates a 7" touch screen, as well as a layer of adaptive tactile screens for the keyboard. Razer also considers a dual-screen layout.  The keyboard reconfigures itself automatically for each game that is played. The result is stunning, while you may wonder whether seven inches are enough for a decent gaming experiences - and whether the integrated Atom processor can deliver the punch necessary in a device that caters to hardcore gamers.

So, how much does it cost? Nothing, as you can't buy and won't be able to buy it for some time. It is a concept design, but Razer said that it is looking for partners to build a commercially available Switchlade. When available, we hear that a Switchlade may cost somewhere close to $1000.       

The ides reminds me of the ridiculously Optimus Maximus keyboard from Art Lebedev, which uses 113 48x48 LED displays for its keys and still sells for $2400. Art Lebedev announced in mid-2009 that it would soon be selling a new version of an LED keyboard, called the Popularis, for less than $1000 by the end of 2009, but there hasn't been much news from Art Lebedev about that keyboard.      

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    jfitz90 , January 8, 2011 12:27 AM
    You can pick up the Optimus Maximus for 1600 on think geek. Link for Proof: http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/keyboards-mice/9836/
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 8, 2011 12:53 AM
    After watching the video Razer posted of this online, I was rather surprised when they said it uses an Intel Atom, which.. uhh, isn't really known for gaming.

    Seems to me like a perfect product for AMD's Fusion APUs.

    But no matter what the hardware is, I won't be buying it when/if it comes out.
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    Anonymous , January 8, 2011 1:41 AM
    But can it play Crysis ? ha ? Haa ?
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    mister g , January 8, 2011 1:47 AM
    Probably not, however for seven inches it would make a good gaming device for the train if you could find a seat.
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    edilee , January 8, 2011 2:01 AM
    Can it play Crysis? If it can would you want to play it on a 7 inch screen? No you wouldn't.
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    joytech22 , January 8, 2011 2:24 AM
    I'd buy it if it had the AMD APU inside of it, but only if it came for under $700
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    utengineer , January 8, 2011 3:17 AM
    This will FAIL.
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    emile420 , January 8, 2011 3:22 AM
    i'm a hardcore gamer(cod series/crysis/racing games ie F1 2010), and "to me" merkin (shooting) with anything less then (we'll say)40-60 fps in a first person shooter isn't feasible it's just silly and absolutely frustrating , you stand no chance what so ever trying to play a multilayer fps with a bs/pos frame rate. but at the same time I play games like split second which is capped at a COMFORTABLE 30 fps and its amazing like I didn't know what to say (unforgivable reference), if i were to estimate the FPS in split second I'd say at least 60 fps (which would prolly be default settings with v-sync) and I would be wrong.I LOVE the idea of mobile gaming but seems to me like we're a far ways away from achieving satisfying frame rates for us hardcore gamers (if i don't make sense please take a second to re-read what I said.)

    It's the truth
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    JOSHSKORN , January 8, 2011 4:27 AM
    Why am I all the sudden thinking about the movie "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" and a game of Twister?
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    BulkZerker , January 8, 2011 5:19 AM
    IMHO only reason there's an intel chip in there is because Intel is the -expected- CPU for a gaming rig when it's made by someone other than a DIYer
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    liveonc , January 8, 2011 5:55 AM
    Why can't they just make a USB touchscreen keyboard for 17" gaming laptops instead, like an iPhone sleeve, instead of venturing into the unknown. Atom gaming=FAIL ;-)
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    boiler1990 , January 8, 2011 10:32 AM
    The Atom CPU/Intel GMA is going to kill this. It NEEDS a dedicated GPU and a real CPU to actually play games.

    The keyboard, however, is something that would be great on all laptops. There would be no need for backlighting, as the keys are already lit, and they could change functions, allowing for smaller computers.
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    stingstang , January 8, 2011 10:47 AM
    Atom, huh? By the time it comes into production, it's going to be obsolete. Pair it with sandybridge, and you're golden.
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    house70 , January 8, 2011 12:06 PM
    looks like a fail project to me.
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    COLGeek , January 8, 2011 2:38 PM
    Seems like a rather expensive toy with limited capability. Too bad. I generally like Razer but I see this going no where.
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    kelemvor4 , January 8, 2011 4:44 PM
    Hope this is a better product than the garbage mice they're selling right now.
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    11796pcs , January 8, 2011 6:26 PM
    Yes, it's an Atom processor, but you are playing on a 7" monitor. With a 7" monitor I'm sure the monitor resolution would be low enough that concerns about performance would not be a problem.

    Having said that, I still wouldn't buy one for concerns about heat.
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    demonhorde665 , January 9, 2011 12:53 PM
    emile420i'm a hardcore gamer(cod series/crysis/racing games ie F1 2010), and "to me" merkin (shooting) with anything less then (we'll say)40-60 fps in a first person shooter isn't feasible it's just silly and absolutely frustrating , you stand no chance what so ever trying to play a multilayer fps with a bs/pos frame rate. but at the same time I play games like split second which is capped at a COMFORTABLE 30 fps and its amazing like I didn't know what to say (unforgivable reference), if i were to estimate the FPS in split second I'd say at least 60 fps (which would prolly be default settings with v-sync) and I would be wrong.I LOVE the idea of mobile gaming but seems to me like we're a far ways away from achieving satisfying frame rates for us hardcore gamers (if i don't make sense please take a second to re-read what I said.)It's the truth


    a hard core gamer would know that while not ideal 30 frames a second is extremely playable especially if the game features motion blurring which bassically nulls out any noticble low frame rate above 25 fps. also being able to play every game at 40-60 fps doesnt make you a hard core gamer , just means you are rich (and arrogant ) enough to say that 40-60 is a hard core gamers fps.

    and yes i read over what you said several times , and no it's not the truth. many console games and quite a few pc games lock frames at 30 fps.
    sorry i dont mean to attack you , it's just you sound as though you look down on poeple that can't afford the fastest video card (which doesnt play all games at a steady 60 fps itself btw) so i couldnt resist saying something. teh avaerage affordable video card (200-300 price range) will actualy be getting below 60 fps in most games.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2011 3:37 AM
    i think its a great idea. This is obviously not supposed to be your main Gaming Computer but this is perfect for killing time on a lunch break or at a coffee shop....its perfect for what its designed for and the keyboard is B.A.

    lets just pray its reasonably priced.

    and to a couple posts down...im not to thrilled by the Atom Intel processor...i hope thats a bad joke.