Razer Edge - PC Gaming Has Never Been More Portable

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Tablet with an identity crisis?

When you hear the phrase “tablet gaming, what comes to mind? Angry Birds, Infinity Blade and The Walking Dead games? Well what if we told you that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Batman: Arkham City and Far Cry 3 were now tablet territory? That’s the dream being dreamt by the gaming aficionados at Razer. The makers of high-end gaming laptops like the Razer Blade and slick peripherals like the Razer Sabertooth controller now present the Razer Edge. This Windows 8 tablet for the hardcore set comes in two flavors: Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro.

We reviewed the Pro, which has an i7 Intel processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2GB Nvidia GT 640M LE and the option of a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive. Essentially, it’s a W8 slate with the guts to game, but it’s made player-friendly through excessive accessorization. Sold separately there’s a Docking Station for easy charging and port access, and the Gamepad controller, a one-of-a-kind rig that gives you console style control sticks, bumpers and triggers.

Razer Edge

The Pro review unit with the 256GB SSD retails for $1,450, while the lower-end version is $1,000. Tacking on a Gamepad is an additional $249, and the dock is $99, so you could be spending $1,700 or $1,800. For that kind of money, you could buy a laptop with far more power and functionality than this accessorized tablet. A laptop would be more portable too, since it has no extra gear to haul.

These are the exact same reasons that we couldn’t love the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Acer Iconia W510 as much as we wanted to. Still, while it lacks portability and affordability, the Razer Edge does have two big things going for it: power and novelty. When docked in the Gamepad controller, the Edge is fun to hold, and everyone who saw us playing gawked and wanted a turn.

Getting your hands dirty

At a little over 2 pounds and 0.8-inches thick, you can tell that it’s packing a little more heat than your average W8 slate. The question is though, just how well does it pull it off? Pretty well, we’d say.

We tested the Edge using a handful of tough titles, and it managed more than playable frame rates in all of them. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3, Dirt 3 and The Witcher 2 all played admirably at the Edge’s native resolution of 1,366 x 768. We also kept the graphic details at medium. Putting them higher than that, or layering on the anti-aliasing, dragged the frame rate down. One of the most impressive things about the Razer Edge Pro was the way it could go between a resource hogging title like Far Cry 3 and the Windows 8 Start Screen. With just a press of the Windows button it toggles between the two with nary a stutter.

Staying in control

In our opinion, there’s not much point in owning the Razer Edge unless you spring for the gamepad controller. It’s an extra $249, so coupled with a Razer Edge Pro at $1,450, you’re looking at a $1,700 investment. That stings, a lot, but with the gamepad controller you get a very unique gaming experience, and everything you need to actually boot up and play a game that’s not optimized for touch.

Just like the Razer Edge tablet, the gamepad controller exudes quality construction and feels very nice to hold. It also has its own battery, which gives a much needed boost to the Edge’s overall battery life.

The first time you play a game, you’ll want a keyboard. After that, the Gamepad and Big Picture make a great team

When the Edge sits in this rig, it feels like you’ve crossbreed an Xbox 360 controller with a Wii U GamePad. If you’re using the Gamepad controller, going into Steam’s Big Picture Mode is a match made in heaven. Big Picture and the Gamepad created the most seamless experience we had on the Razer Edge, but there were hiccups.

Having to copy-paste CD keys to activate games was annoying, and when we played Far Cry 3 and Batman: Arkham City, third-party services like Games for Windows Live reared their ugly heads, and were far less optimized for a controller. The first time you play a game, you’ll want a keyboard. After that, the Gamepad and Big Picture make a great team.

We completely support the Razer Edge’s idea of putting gaming first in the tablet experience. The poor battery makes it significantly less portable and we wonder whether embracing Android would make more sense

Power hungry

Battery life is one place where the Razer Edge’s portability really comes into question. In a battery drain test looping an HD video with full brightness and Wi-Fi connected, the tablet lasted 4 and half hours. Not bad, but this puppy is designed to do a lot more than watching movies. Playing Far Cry 3 using both the tablet and the Gamepad’s battery, we got just a little over two hours of gaming. That’s not terrible, considering the horsepower at work, but don’t expect to game through a long flight.

We completely support the Razer Edge’s idea of putting gaming first in the tablet experience. The poor battery makes it significantly less portable and we wonder whether embracing Android would make more sense.

Razer Edge specifications


·         Packaged Quantity: 1

·         System Type: Slate Tablet PC

·         Mechanical Design: No keyboard

·         OS: Provided Microsoft Windows 8

·         Notebook type: HD display, Gaming

Processor / Chipset

·         CPU: Intel 3rd Gen Core i7, 3 i7-3517U / 1.9 GHz

·         Max Turbo Speed: 3 GHz

·         Number of Cores: Dual-Core

·         Cache: 4 MB

·         Features: Hyper-Threading Technology


·         RAM: 8 GB, ( 2 x 4 GB )

·         Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

·         Speed: 1600 MHz / PC3-12800


·         Hard Drive: 256 GB SSD

·         Interface Serial: ATA-600


·         Type: 10.1 in Yes - IPS

·         Max Resolution: 1366 x 768 ( HD )

·         Widescreen: Yes

·         Features: 10-point multi-touch

Audio & Video

·         Graphics Processor: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE / Intel HD Graphics 4000 - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM

·         Memory Allocation: Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0

·         Video System Features: NVIDIA Optimus

·         Camera: Yes

·         Resolution: 2 Megapixel

·         Sound: Stereo speakers , Stereo microphone

·         Compliant Standards: Dolby Home Theater v4


·         Type: Touch-screen

·         Communications: Wireless 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0


·         Technology: Lithium polymer

·         Capacity: 5600 mAh

Connections & Expansion

·         Interfaces: USB 3.0, Headphone/microphone combo jack, Dock

Dimensions & Weight

·         Width 11 in

·         Depth 0.8 in

·         Height 7 in

·         Weight 33.9 oz


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