Razer Edge – Who Is It Really For?
The gaming community has lately received one of the most powerful high-end gaming tablets of 2013; Razer Edge. This power-horse gaming device comes with a mammoth 10.1 inch display, Windows 8 OS and features a Core-i5 processor. The RAM is 8 GB while there a 64 GB SSD memory. The graphics are powered by Nvidia GeForce GT640M GPU, which takes them up in line with high-quality graphics of gaming laptops and desktop. Read on for the detailed review.
The back of the device contains an engraved Razer logo. There are double vents above the logo, which keeps the hot air running out, so it won’t heat up anytime soon while being used. The body is made of plastic, while a thin bezel surrounds the glass of the display. 10-point multi-touch is supported by the display.
The underside contains the ports to where the charger is attached. At the top of the device, there’s a volume and auto-rotate button, a headphone jack and a USB port that’s compatible with USB 3.0.
Interface, apps and software
The tablet comes with Windows 8 as the native software, so users are presented with the tile-based interface. The best feature of the device is perhaps Steam, which comes pre-loaded and allows gamers to experience the world of PC online gaming and download their favorite titles to play. The experience is further enhanced if the device owners have access to fast wireless internet such as the one present on this website link.
Steam also features a Big Picture mode, which requires the Gamepad controller (available as a separate purchase). The platform will label the games which are optimized for the mode and which aren’t. The tablet also features Razer Launcher, which comes with a simple interface that can be used to launch the keyboard and titles. Users can also use the launcher to create shortcuts to apps and features they want to launch quickly.
There’s a separate Docking Station that’s available for purchase costing $99. It comes with a power plug and can be attached to the tablet easily. The dock allows gamers to connect a mouse and a keyboard, as the tablet itself contains a single USB port. The dock’s back has a port for mic jack, headphone jack, HDMI port jack, power jack and three separate USB 2.0 ports. The downside is made of hard rubber, which means the user doesn’t have to worry about the dock slipping.
There’s also a separate GamePad controller costing $249 available for purchase, and it takes the gaming experience on the tablet further up the notch. The controller is made of high-quality materials and comes with a native battery. There are dual analog sticks and shoulder buttons. Start Select buttons, a D-Pad and four buttons beside the analog sticks make it all more appealing.
However, the GamePad further increases the weight of the gadget, making it uncomfortable to hold and play. The elbows would need to be kept on the desk or the device needs to be rested on the lap to play with the GamePad’s added bulk.
While the Razer Edge is a magnificent gaming device, the price tag of $1000 is not going to be affordable by everyone. The battery time while playing game is 1 hour, while it runs for 2.5 hours as a regular tablet. There’s a separate battery stack worth $70 that will extend the gameplay to an extra 2 hours.
With all the separate accessories, the investment can go up to $1500. While its value (price, battery life and features) doesn’t match to laptops and desktops available for the same price, it may be bought by those who have some cash to burn and are gamers looking to try new stuff.
About the author
Muhammad Ali is my name and I see myself as a devoted and hard working software engineer striving to keep up to date with the latest inventions and technologies in the IT world. Likeness for writing is one of the reasons that brought me here.I relish and strive on facing challenges and coming out of them with flying colors.
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