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Razer's Gaming Netbook Concept Set for Release

By - Source: PC World | B 27 comments

The Switchblade is no longer just an impressive-looking concept.

Our curiosity was well and truly piqued when peripheral company Razer showed off its concept gaming netbook, the Switchblade, at CES this year. However, it seems the product has moved on from its days as a well put together concept, as Razer is now preparing to launch the device in China.



Razer confirmed the Chinese launch at IDF Beijing earlier today. Packing a 7-inch touchscreen display, the Switchblade runs on Intel’s Oak Trail platform and a full version of Windows 7. However, the most interesting part of the device is definitely the keyboard. The fully programmable keys sit on top of an LCD panel that allows users to change the actual symbols on the keys the standard QWERTY layout to more gaming-friendly configurations.



Not a peep on pricing and release, which isn’t surprising when you consider the device is only being localized for the Chinese market now. We expect we’ll hear something a little more solid very soon. In the meantime, PC World reports that Razer has said the device will be ‘affordable.’ So, who’s interested?

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    the_krasno , April 13, 2011 11:58 PM
    Do want! With such a small screen it shouldn't need a terribly beefy GPU. Throw in a bluetooth mouse and you are set to play FPS too.
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    upsetchubbs , April 14, 2011 12:01 AM
    Hah that keyboard idea is actually kind of cool in a sense, if there are like ridges in between the keys so my fingers don't slide like on a touchscreen that's definately cool.
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    alikum , April 14, 2011 12:03 AM
    Since it's for gaming, why OakTrail? AMD has a much better offering in that segment
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    BulkZerker , April 14, 2011 12:09 AM
    Razer knows ots core, it won't upset the intel fanboys that clammor for their stuff by making them "suffer" with a "slower" amd apu.
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    scazbala86 , April 14, 2011 12:11 AM
    I was just about to say the same thing, why in the world would they use an atom instead of a fusion chip.
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    scazbala86 , April 14, 2011 12:11 AM
    I was just about to say the same thing, why in the world would they use an atom instead of a fusion chip.
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    Kileak , April 14, 2011 12:17 AM
    I was just about to say the same thing, why in the world would they use an atom instead of a fusion chip.
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    mayne92 , April 14, 2011 12:30 AM
    3 razer products I've owned in last 3 years and all of them died within a year. Their customer service spun me around in circles for so long that I gave up. F*ck razer products...
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2011 12:47 AM
    is that dota on a d-pad lol
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    pelov , April 14, 2011 1:15 AM
    dotadpadis that dota on a d-pad lol


    haha! win.

    Yea, seems like fusion would be a better idea here. But it's a razer product, guys. It's likely to be extremely overpriced, have a load of LEDs and comes with a powerglove.
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    pelov , April 14, 2011 1:24 AM
    kind of reminds me of
    http://www.freewebs.com/gamekrazythegamestore/nintendo-game-and-watch-zl-65-front.jpg
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    cold fire , April 14, 2011 1:25 AM
    Since this is Razer we're talking about. This thing will take forever to be released (that's if it ever gets released).
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    kilo_17 , April 14, 2011 2:07 AM
    This looks pretty cool!
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    JohnnyLucky , April 14, 2011 2:09 AM
    I am not interested mainly because I am used to a 30 inch monitor for work.
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    schmich , April 14, 2011 2:15 AM
    JohnnyLuckyI am not interested mainly because I am used to a 30 inch monitor for work.

    You would hold this closer to your eyes and its a handheld. You don't walk around with a monitor. You know just like you're able to use your 4" mobile phone screen.

    The reason why you wouldn't buy it is probably price and the crappy Atom chip.
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    reggieray , April 14, 2011 2:32 AM
    Epic fail because the game makers will not fall in line with that keyboard and how will it work if it has a full blown Win 7 on it.
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    memadmax , April 14, 2011 4:15 AM
    Mmmm, without a huge software/game library to choose from, this thing is DOA, next!
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2011 4:32 AM
    the way his holding it reminds me of an oversize DS with only one screen....
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    anoneemoose , April 14, 2011 4:58 AM
    Can it play Crysis? LOLz
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    molo9000 , April 14, 2011 11:25 AM
    Seems like a pretty pointless device to me.

    It's too big to fit in your pocket and therefore can't compete with real portable game systems like the PSP or 3DS or even just a smartphone.
    People are not going to carry a small laptop around just for mobile gaming. If you buy a small laptop, u do it because u need it for work or university and a 7" laptop with a 50key keyboard is a very bad idea if u want to do any work on it.

    Why would u buy this... thing... instead of a decent 10"-13" laptop? Alienware M11x anyone?
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