Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Review: A full-blown PC trapped inside a tablet

By Mike Fahey on April 2, 2013, 1:30 PM

Like many PC gamers, I've often wished a machine capable of putting the power of a gaming rig in a portable device. Gaming laptops are lovely and have their place, but that place is often on top of a desk. After a week with Razer's new Edge gaming tablet, I realize what I really wanted was to play Bioshock Infinite in the bathroom without burning my thighs. All hail Razer, deliverer of dreams.

Razer's only review guidelines before sending along a Razer Edge loaner was that I not tell them I used it in the bathroom. I am a review guideline freedom fighter, deep in the trenches, pants around my ankles, balancing a $1,499 gaming tablet on the side of the tub before redeploying to less secluded front. And why not? I don't have to stop playing until the batteries run out.

Razer first introduced the Edge in early 2012 as an odd-looking tablet/controller hybrid with handles on either side containing buttons and analog sticks. It looked pretty ridiculous, but there was promise there. Promise I was pretty sure would never be fulfilled — a pipe dream.

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2 people like this | Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

I've probably said this before but half the fun of gaming is building a badass rig myself then spending hours tweaking said rig, swapping parts in an out, etc. in search of just a handful of fps that I'll probably never notice in-game or may just bump me up from the "high" settings to the coveted "ultra" settings. So really these tablet devices just don't do it for me. I know there's plenty of gamers that don't feel the same way. But no amount of portability will replace hardware customization for me.

JC713 JC713 said:

This my have potential with Haswell. But as of now, this is looking like trash. Bad screen, low resolution, and a bad graphics card. Maybe they can push the tablet further with Haswell, not just with the better GPU, but also with the power savings (this would allow for a 1080P screen).

Guest said:

Is that it? how about some benchmarks?

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

A full blown PC in a tablet but not @ 1366 x 768 res, bleh. I game at 2560 x 1600 30 inch display. So Im a tad spoiled I guess.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Razer has managed to pack a well rounded PC inside a tablet, and for its intended market (early adopters with cash to burn) it may be worth the price. It's a really cool gadget, too, but for everybody else, the Edge is ahead of its time since it needs better battery life and a lower price.

Mbloof said:

It would of been nice to see how long the INTERNAL battery lasted without the aid of an external/optional addon.

Some folks seem to be resolution junkies. Something this size even 800x600 would be enough - the idea here is that you can game WHERE you could not game before. However with the expected dismal battery life you can't game much - 4-6hrs might be enough to keep the kid busy on a long car trip.

Changing the CPU to a 'Haswell' design won't help matters any - even the new Intel chip does not have enough GPU umph to drive a modern game @ 800x600 let alone full 1080P sillyness or remove the need for a dedicated Nvidia mobile GPU.

The tester COULD of dialed down the graphics to bare minimum and forced using the Ivy GPU while using only the onboard internal battery to give potential buyers a real 'bare bones' performance/display quality and battery life assessment, but I suppose that is beyond the logical means of staff writers these days.

This thing does sport the power of a 'medium gaming laptop' in a small tablet form. Still pretty cool.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is one of those items that has cool factor, but still a bit pricey and low on certain specs (battery life in particular). I know this site is filled with "make your own gaming rig" techies (myself included), but if you need a portable gaming solution, this one is soooo close to covering it all. Longer core battery life, plus a good keyboard dock, and I could consider losing my laptop in favor of an Edge for the majority of my traveling. At least it has a GPU so I could access SolidWorks on the road...

Updating the Edge with Haswell will improve the processing power of the system, but it still will need GPU oomph to be considered a gaming platform. Unfortunately, it appears that Razer is pretty much married to Intel and Nvidia, so we will probably never get to see what power/performance/battery might have been possible with an AMD APU and discrete GPU combination - that would be an interesting comparison.

ikesmasher said:

Seriously, making this a lower res would have helped its battery life dramatically. I dont know why anyone wants 2500 x 1600 on a tablet with already sub par battery life ( bad battery for a somewhat understandable reason too)

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

A product of this nature will hit bumpy roads before it makes its way onto the freeway. The execution doesn't match the idea, yet, but it needed to start somewhere.

Seriously, making this a lower res would have helped its battery life dramatically. I dont know why anyone wants 2500 x 1600 on a tablet with already sub par battery life ( bad battery for a somewhat understandable reason too)

Because 1080p came out 30 years ago it seems and moving on from it is long overdue.

ikesmasher said:

And thats perfectly fine, after you come up with some revolutionary battery.

Home boy Home boy said:

I am a big fan of this writer, really enjoy the way he/she involved comedy with the review here and there but keeped it business at the same time. Including at the "Still, it's growing on me, and it's not like I can break up with it now that we've been in the bathroom together."

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Thanks but I'll pass on this. Mobile gaming just doesn't get my blood pumping. Some other lifetime maybe?

mosu said:

I7 and 8GB RAM looks like overkill to me.Do they have it in an AMD version?

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