Razer said on Tuesday that its yummy tasty Windows 8 Pro-based Razer Edge tablets will finally be available for pre-order on March 1, 2013, at 12:01am PST (3:01am EST). Here in the United States, customers will have three online sources: RazerStore USA, Amazon and Best Buy. Purchased units will be shipped to customers late that month.
We took the Razer Edge for a spin last month at CES 2013 in Las Vegas (Kevin's look) (Don's look), and were highly impressed with the device. It seemed to create its own category, cramming the components and performance of a high-end all-in-one PC into a tablet form factor. One could seemingly call it a slate rather than a tablet, or possibly a hybrid PC when connected to its keyboard dock.
The only issue Razer may face with its gaming tablet is in the pricing. Don't expect the typical iPad tag, but more in line with what Microsoft charges for the Windows 8 Pro Surface tablets. The dual-core Core i5-3317U model (1.7 GHz / 2.6 GHz) with 64 GB of storage will cost a hefty $999 USD, and the dual-core Core i7-3517U "Pro" models (1.9 GHz / 3.0 GHz) with 128 GB and 256 GB capacities will set you back $1,299 and $1,499 respectively.
And that's without any peripherals. Starting March 1, Razer will also sell the gamepad controller which turns the Edge into a huge handheld gaming rig, a home console dock for connecting the device to an HDTV, and an extended battery accessory. The keyboard dock won't appear on the market until later this year in 3Q13. Bummer.
"The Razer Edge combines the features of full-functioning PCs, touch-enabled tablets and gaming consoles into one incredible, portable form factor," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "Furthermore, the Razer Edge's powerful chipset, unique among all tablet computers, ensures that you can take advantage of the world's most sophisticated games, programs and apps on these multiple platforms anytime."
In addition to the Core i5 and i7 processors, the Razer Edge tablets will sport a 10.1-inch LED-lit IPS screen (1366 x 768) with 10-point multi-touch, Nvidia's GeForce GT 640M LE and Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPUs with 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, 4 GB or 8 GB (Pro model) of DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 2 GB), a 2MP camera, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and more.
To find out where you can pre-order this gaming tablet in the United States and Canada, head here. As previously mentioned, Razer is currently only listing three sources here in the States including Amazon, Best Buy and Razer's online store. That could change before the arrival of March 1.
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I was excited until I seen the specs and the price.Reply
1366 x 720?
gt 640m le?
For that price??? Really?
Sony has a 20" multi touch vaio all in one tablet style pc with same specs minus the gpu for $959. How does razor justify the price??
And people complain about the price of nvidia's titan. ???
Hey it's available for pre-order!!!! (crickets chirping)Reply
upgrade_1977I was excited until I seen the specs and the price.Dual core?1366 x 720?gt 640m le?For that price??? Really?Sony has a 20" multi touch vaio all in one tablet style pc with same specs minus the gpu for $959. How does razor justify the price??http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod 6883117102And people complain about the price of nvidia's titan. ???The Razer tablet is targeted to gamers so "minus the gpu" is kind of a deal-breaker for the target audience.Reply
x768 resoltuion screen = no go. Sorry my cell phone does that, if you cant do at least 1280x1024, I don't care to use your device.Reply
Money better spent on upgrading my GTX 580 3gb to a 6GB Nvidia Titan. Gaming at 2560 x 1600. My Galaxy Note has a higher res 1280 x 800.Reply
it was an awesome idea, but I fail to see how a crowd sourced build could fail to include a microSD slot, especially in the base modle with only 64GB of harddrive space (something like 30GB left after windows install). they really expect us to only have 3 -5 games on that thing for a $1000 investment?Reply
And then there's always the price, at those prices, I'd rather buy a surface pro and continue to game on my desktop. the occasional gaming experience on a tablet isn't nice enough to warrant $1300-1500 (yes, I consider only the pro modle's bigger harddrive viable as a real gaming tablet). as for the hardcore mobile gamer, the thing doesn't have enough battery life to actually be mobile, so really, why bother?
basketcase87The Razer tablet is targeted to gamers so "minus the gpu" is kind of a deal-breaker for the target audience.Reply
Well, if ya want to get technical, the Sony vaio does have a gpu, it's just an intel HD4000, which is about half the speed of the gpu in this tablet, if you even want to call the gt 640m LE a Gaming GPU. I think it would be fair to state that if they added a gt 640m Le to the Sony Vaio it would only bump the price up to $100 more on the high side.. I think the small screen would have compensated for the cost of the gpu. For that price it should have no less then a gtx 660m.
Also, I'd like to send a comment to Sony. If you put a gtx 660m in your all in one tablet pc and price it under $1500 people will be all over it like flies on #@$#. Gauranteed.
Oh, one last thing, I just want to make it clear that I do have the money and was planning on buying this thing, but I didn't think it would be this much, and I expected it to have decent specs. Even if it had horrible battery life, say an hour gaming, and it had to be plugged in. I'd rather have that then super high price, and crappy specs. This thing is basically an underpowered low res surface pro with an entry level gpu. Hardly a gaming device. Really dissapointedReply
dalethepcmanx768 resoltuion screen = no go. Sorry my cell phone does that, if you cant do at least 1280x1024, I don't care to use your device.Reply
If they did any higher the games wouldnt even be able to run. Its a tablet, they cant fit a beefy gpu in there.
The pricing is absolutely crap. Come on, how can you justify that price for a tablet with mediocre hardware? I hope no one buys this crap so they'll know.Reply