Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Get Recognized.
Let an ISACA® certification
enhance your career.

Register for an Exam Today
World Wide Web
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Razer Edge Tablet Aims for Hard-Core PC Gamers
Razer Edge Tablet Aims for Hard-Core PC Gamers

By Jennifer LeClaire
March 29, 2013 10:24AM

    Bookmark and Share
"Razer Edge has a very specific focus and it's not right for everyone," said analyst Avi Greengart. "Razer Edge is designed for PC gamers who want the ultimate in tablet gaming -- full PC games -- in a more-affordable-than-a-laptop package." As tablets go, the Razer Edge Pro Gaming Tablet is thick, heavy and expensive. But it may find a niche in the market.
 

Related Topics

Razer
Surface Pro
Gaming



The gaming world -- and the tablet world -- is buzzing about the Razer Edge Gaming tablet. Razer calls it a tablet, a PC and a console rolled into one, but leans toward PC status. The tablet comes with four modes designed for gamers and it can run all PC games and apps.

Razer on Thursday announced that its Razer Edge Gaming Tablet will soon come preinstalled with Steam's Big Picture by Valve Software. That will make it possible for gamers around the world to launch their games more quickly.

Steam is a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC and Mac games and digital entertainment. Steam boasts more than 40 million accounts around the world and more than 2,000 titles offered.

"Razer has one mission in mind: to innovate for PC gamers worldwide," said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder, Razer CEO and creative director. "Providing users with access to Steam will enable Razer Edge users to play their favorite games with greater ease than ever before."

A Narrow (Popular) Niche

PC gamers helped design Razer Edge. The tablet is billed as the only system of its kind to leverage technology from both Intel and Nvidia. The tablet uses third-generation Intel Core processors so that advanced, full-fledged PC games will function at full capacity. Meanwhile, the Nvidia GeForce graphics offer high performance.

Avi Greengart, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, told us Razer Edge is a fascinating concept.

"Razer Edge has a very specific focus and it's not right for everyone. It often makes for really good products when a design team has focused on creating a product that's fills a specific need," Greengart said. "Razer Edge is designed for PC gamers who want the ultimate in tablet gaming -- full PC games -- in a more-affordable-than-a-laptop package."

Greengart said it's not a perfect manifestation of a tablet: "very thick, fairly heavy and pretty expensive." But it's also going after a different consumer than the traditional tablet buyer. The target audience is not someone considering purchasing a $499 iPad or even a Microsoft Surface or a Microsoft Surface Pro, which is basically a Core i5 laptop in a tablet form.

Worth the Price?

"Razer Edge is designed for people who want the ability to have street graphics, to play some of the higher end PC games. There's an accessory package that you are going to probably want to buy that gives you a full analog control," he said.

The accessory package frees up the screen so that gamers are not using the touchscreen for controls. Greengart said that's a good move because a lot of PC games aren't designed for touchscreen controls. Of course, all of this comes at a price.

"Buying these with the accessories you are going to need and the specs that you are going to want brings the price to somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000. This is not a mainstream product," Greengart said.

"On the flip side, people spend twice that buying PC gaming rigs. So is there a market for this? I think there is. Is it an especially large market? Well, it certainly doesn't include most consumers that are buying tablets or PCs. But could this find a niche with PC gamers who are looking for a unique portable gaming experience? Yes, it could."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 World Wide Web
1.   Tor Working To Fix Security Exploit
2.   Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
3.   Internet of Things Comes to DIYers
4.   Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead
5.   Social Media Haters Speak Up


advertisement
Radical.FM's Freemium Biz Model
Online radio startup asks for donations.
Average Rating:
Facebook Social Experiment Irks Us
Secretive test was legal, but ethical?
Average Rating:
Tor Working To Fix Security Exploit
Bug reportedly reveals ID of users
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.