Since Razer came out with a bang with it’s new Razer Edge gaming PC Tablet, a lot of people have been talking great things about it. The only negativity that comes from it seems to be it’s price, and some complaints of features that are either missing, or not done well. Lets take a look into the Razer Edge.
With a starting price tag of $999, you’re getting the only gaming tablet out on the market. Others may say “Oh well our tablet is a gaming tablet”…this is completely untrue. No other tablet has comparable hardware, or comparable features like a game pad. With the hardware put into the Razer Edge, you’re getting a different, new, and unique experience. You’re getting an Intel Core i7 processor which allows a fast machine, you’re getting a GTX 640M graphics card…most laptops with this are at least $1000, 4GB DDR3 of RAM starting out, which can be upgraded to 8GB. Above everything else you’re getting a tablet that was designed for PC gaming, designed to be a home use tablet, just the ultimate entertainment machine. So far that sounds like $1500 to me easily. Oh and the Razer Edge Pro model…is only $1300 for some major upgrades. Double the RAM, better CPU, and a product to label you as a beast.
Lets get in deeper with this though, lets look at the specs in a little more detail. Thanks to Engadget.com they’ve made it very easy to compare the Razer Edge to it’s competitors.
|Razer Edge||Microsoft Surface Pro||Acer Iconia W700||Toshiba Satellite U925T||Dell XPS 12|
|CPU||Base Model:1.7GHz Core i5 (2.6Ghz with Turbo Boost)Pro: 1.9GHz Core i7 (3.0GHz with Turbo Boost)||3rd Gen Intel Core i5||1.7GHz Intel Core i5 3317U||1.7GHz Core i5-3317U||1.7Ghz Core i5-3317U / i7-3517U (up to 3.0GHz with Turbo Boost)|
|GPU||NVIDIA GT640M LE||Intel HD 4000||Intel HD 4000||Intel HD 4000||Intel HD 4000|
|Internal storage||64 / 128 / 256GB||64 /128GB||128GB||128GB||128 / 256GB|
|Screen size||10.1 inches||10.6 inches||11.6 inches||12.5 inches||12.5 inches|
|Screen resolution||1,366 x 768 pixels||1,920 x 1,080 pixels||1,920 x 1,080 pixels||1,366 x 768 pixels||1,920 x 1,080|
|Screen type||IPS||ClearType Full HD||CineCrystal IPS||TruBrite IPS with Gorilla Glass||400-nit display with Gorilla Glass|
|Weight||2 lbs||2 lbs||2.09 lbs||3.35 lbs||3.35 lbs|
Reported 8 hours of tablet use and
2-4 hours gaming**while using additional 40Wh extended battery pack
|42 Wh (estimated 4 hours)||4850 mAh, 54 Wh (7 hourstested)||38 Wh (5 hourstested)||47Wh (5:30 hourstested)|
|Front-facing cam||2MP||720p||1.3MP||HD webcam||1.3MP|
|Ports||USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio, docking port||USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio, MicroSDXC, Mini DisplayPort||USB 3.0, Micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio||USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio||USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio|
|Keyboard||Sold separately||Sold separately||Sold separately||Built in||Built in|
|Operating system||Windows 8 64-bit||Windows 8 64-bit||Windows 8 64-bit||Windows 8||Windows 8 64-bit|
|Availability||Q1 2013||Q1 2013||Available now||Available now||Available now|
As you can see it’s biggest advantage is the GT640 (This may be the same as a GTX 640M I do not know for sure). Aside from that it uses a better CPU compared to it’s competition, the closest being the MFST Surface Pro which has its exact CPU specs unlisted currently. The rest of the competition has almost nothing on it other than cameras and the resolution. Is having not as good as a camera going to keep you from getting this though? It shouldn’t. You might be asking why isn’t it 1080p? Well being a geek I can only give my input on experience and knowledge..and I would say it’s probably because running games like Battlefield 3, Far Cry 3, and other high end video games on a device can cause some stress on the hardware at 1080p…but going with 720p can dramatically reduce the stress on these parts and give better performance. This machine can probably run 1080p no problem for these games, but with small devices like this one, you’re looking at heating issues if you’re going to max everything out often.
So for the $1000 version you’re basically getting the MFST Surface Pro but with a better CPU, GPU and battery. You are missing out on a 720p rear facing camera, and 1080p screen resolution…and that’s really about it…so from what is presented here, it is easy to say that the Razer Edge is your best choice. Only 1 tablet currently compares, and even then you’re looking at the same prices, with some major and minor differences.