If you're already sick of the usual Windows 8 tablets announced so far in Vegas this week, you might appreciate the audacity (relatively speaking) of the Razer Edge gaming tablet, the finished product of the crowdsourced Project Fiona.
While the heart of the Razer Edge (and Edge Pro) is a 10.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, the guts are essentially those of a gaming laptop. Depending on which model you purchase, you get a choice of an Intel Core processor and an Nvidia mobile graphics card -- no Atom CPU and integrated graphics here. In the case of the Edge, it includes a Core i5 processor, an NVidia GT640M LE GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state drive. If you're even more hard core, the Edge Pro packs an Core i7 CPU, double the RAM, and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD.
But you won't get the full effect of the Razer Edge without the optional add-ons. The Edge Pro will be available in a Gamepad Controller package that includes a pair of controllers with analog sticks and vibration feedback; the Gamepad Controller is a $249.99 option for the Edge. There's also a $199.99 keyboard dock with what appears to be illuminated keys, along with a $99.99 docking station that includes three USB ports and an HDMI output jack. Finally, you can get a $69 extended battery that fits in the gamepad controller or keyboard dock and doubles what will probably be the Edge's fairly meager battery life.
Still interested? Then you'll be glad to know that the tablet will be shipping in the first quarter of 2013, according to Razer. The base Edge model will cost $999, while the Edge Pro will start at $1,299.99.
Hands-on reports (like this one) point out how thick the Edge is and how hot it gets, neither of which should surprise anyone given what's stuffed inside. But it's also something gamers will think is a real gaming system, not just an Android tablet with some controllers attached to it.
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