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Razer Edge: Hands-On With The x86 Gaming Tablet At CES 2013

Razer's Edge: Battery Life And Conclusion

The Edge can do what no other tablet can currently match, and that's a viable argument in favor of its price premium. The games Razer had out on display, DiRT Showdown and Rift, ran smoothly at high detail settings. In Home Console Mode on a large television screen, the Edge drove Dishonored at 1920x1080 with no performance issues.

With all of that said, we know a little something about PC gaming hardware, and it won't be difficult to find titles able to push a GeForce GT 640M LE beyond its limits at 1920x1080, or even at the display's native 1366x768. This is the best graphics processor you'll find in a tablet, but it's not a high-end component by notebook standards. On the desktop (one of this device's proposed usage models), the GeForce chip would barely be considered an adequate entry-level GPU. So, you can't expect miracles from the Edge.

How about battery life? Power is what makes or breaks a mobile device, after all. Razer tells us to expect between four to six hours of run time from the Edge if you're cruising around on the Windows desktop. It'll only last about an hour if you're gaming on it, though. The extended battery pack adds another 40 Wh of capacity, and can stretch you out to two hours of gaming, at best. Even then, using the extended battery means buying a Keyboard Dock or Gampad Controller to mount it in.

Alas, physics catches up to the dream of 3D gaming during a cross-country flight. Razer, your customers were willing to buy a device two times heavier and two times thicker than an iPad. I think they probably would have accepted a nice, big battery to keep the party going a little longer.

Despite its idiosyncrasies and compromises, I still want Razer's Edge more than any other tablet that exists. The reason is simple: it's the only one capable of playing enthusiast-class games, and I'm a gamer.

For me, the ideal application of this thing would be keeping it on a docking station with a keyboard and a mouse as a lightweight desktop, with the versatility to take out for short jaunts whenever a tablet could come in useful.

But as with most innovative ideas, I'm more excited about what the Edge might become in a couple of generations as Intel and Nvidia further improve performance at lower power ceilings. If Razer were to bundle an Edge 3.0 with a docking station for the same price and give it a few hours of battery life in games, it'd be the home run I thought it'd be the first time I saw it.

Razer says the Edge will be available for purchase before the end of this quarter. We're looking forward to taking it for a spin, and getting a better sense for how it compares to the Shield and Surface Pro.

  • mayankleoboy1
    But as with most innovative ideas, I'm more excited about what the Edge might become in a couple of generations as Intel and Nvidia further improve performance at lower power ceilings.

    Precisely. And this is why Razer Edge is going to fail on release.
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  • obsama1
    It would have been better if they had waited and put in a Haswell CPU in it.
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  • roninx
    I'm a gamer, and I do a lot of business travel, so the Edge appeals to me for use on airline flights. My only concerns are about the battery life and whether its comfortable to hold with the game controller for extended periods of time.

    I wonder whether someone could build a device that was only a 7" or 10" screen attached to a game controller with HDMI and USB connections. Combine that with a gaming laptop and a huge battery that could fit in a laptop case under the seat in front of you. Then you would get both light weight and extending gaming time. Obviously, you're not going to fit an M18x down there, but something like a W110ER with a 200 watt-hour battery could work nicely.
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  • DarkSable
    Hmm. I'd never, never buy one of these, but I sincerely hope it succeeds.

    Why? Simple. If it does, then there will be more people wanting to play split screen games on the windows OS. That means that there will be more of said games made, which means I win.
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  • I dont understand. Is the batterylife extended with 2 hours gaming with the additional batterypack, or is it extended with one hour of gaming?

    Both batterys are the same size, but all reports about batterylife says different things.
    Usually its 1-2hours of gaming with 6-8 hours non gaming tablet use.
    But does this mean 2-4 hours of gaming and 12-14 hours of normal use with the extended battery pack, or does it mean 30 minutes to one hour of gaming and 3-4 hours of normal use without the extra battery?

    I also want to know how easy it is to pause the game, pop out the tablet from the mobile controller dock, change battery in the dock, and pop the tablet back.
    If this is easy to do, and if the batterylife of one battery is 1-2 hours of gaming and 6-8 normal use, i will not see batterylife as a problem. I will just buy some extra batteries for 5-10 hours of gaming and 30 - 40 hours of tablet use. But i will skip this machine if batterylife of one battery is 30min -1 hour of gaming, and instead hope others will buy and wait for the second generation razer edge.
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  • sna
    I like it .. and all people who say negative things about it , like Battery life , and wait for next CPU .. wake UP

    this thing STILL HAS HD4000 , and you CAN shutdown the 640M GPU , and use the HD4000 for battery life like any tablet in the market.

    and when there is a POWER source near you ... plug it and use the 640M , like in Trains , Planes , etc ...

    but I tell you somthing , some people who "want it" and cat have it , are ....
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  • cleeve
    Gabriel TardeI dont understand. Is the batterylife extended with 2 hours gaming with the additional batterypack, or is it extended with one hour of gaming?
    Depends on the game.

    But demanding games will be 1 hour of battery life out of the package, and 2 hours with the extended battery.
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  • cknobman
    CleeveDepends on the game. But demanding games will be 1 hour of battery life out of the package, and 2 hours with the extended battery.
    Sorry but that is just not going to cut it especially for the mobile gaming market (which what this appears to be targeting).

    This is a great idea but technology and pricing just are not quite there yet. This needs to be capable of gaming on the standard batter for ~3hours and they need to be able to package the thing with the gaming dock for $1000
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  • cleeve
    cknobmanThis is a great idea but technology and pricing just are not quite there yet. This needs to be capable of gaming on the standard batter for ~3hours and they need to be able to package the thing with the gaming dock for $1000
    Sounds like our conclusion. :)
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  • lordravage
    "the Edge drove Uncharted at 1920x1080 with no performance issues."

    Did I read correctly that you were playing Uncharted on a PC?
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