Razer brought Project Fiona to the gaming community a year ago, asking for advice on how to make their new gaming tablet great. Almost two years later Razer has finally unveiled the tablet, and now, instead of Project Fiona, Razer has went with their traditional stingy name and called it the Razer Edge. In this article, we review the Razer Edge pros and cons. We’ll assess whether or not this Windows tablet is a good purchase.[ Also Read: Windows 8 Tablet Comparison Chart ]
Razer Edge Pros and Cons
Below you will find the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages of the Razer Edge Windows Tablet
Razer Edge Pros
- Well designed tablet, the Razer Edge looks and feels great, with an impressive weight for a heavyweight tablet and a very noticeable Razer finish which is iconic and professional. Everything on the tablet, including the accessories, seems to be designed with elegance and Razer’s rugged design. It doesn’t stand out, it isn’t flashy, but is professional and makes a statement.
- This is one of the most powerful tablet devices yet, with the base model harbouring a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of solid-state storage and the higher end version coming with a 1.9Ghz Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state storage.
- The Razer Edge comes a separate graphics chip, instead of integrated graphics, which don’t do well for gaming. The Nvidia GT 640M LE comes inside the Edge, and it packs a superior punch to anything you have ever seen in a tablet computer. It will run games at a good frame rate with almost no drop.
- Windows 8 is an excellent operating system and the user can browse through a great selection of games powered by Steam and other stores. Windows is the number one place for real games on PC, and the games are easily playable on the 10-inch device.
Razer Edge Cons
- The Edge’s 1366 x 768 display isn’t anything to be impressed over, and being a gaming tablet we would expect a lot better from Razer, especially considering the high-price for this questionable device. Colour reproduction is pretty amazing on the screen, but pixel density and quality is not very good, and could certainly be better, considering the Surface Pro has an excellent 1080p display.
- Touch on the Razer Edge is sometimes a poor experience, web pages occasionally lag and sometimes users will have an unresponsive screen for a few seconds. It seems while making games appear perfect on the tablet, they forgot to create an excellent tablet outside the gamesphere, one of Razer’s biggest problems across all their devices.
- The base model, at $999, is very expensive, and to get the full experience you will need the added SSD storage and accessories, plopping the total to about $1300. For this amount of money, you can purchase a custom PC with exceptionally better components, so you are basically paying for the form factor and Razer’s mark.
What Others Said About the Razer Edge
Below you will find what some of the critics are saying about the Razer Edge Windows Tablet.
- The Verge: “I really like the Razer Edge — I’ve had a blast using it, using subway rides and free moments to catch up on all the games I missed. But unless you have money to burn, or fit into a very particular niche in the market, there’s a good chance this isn’t the device for you.”
- T3: “Although it isn’t cheap, this is a highly effective gaming tablet, with the great advantages of games console buttons and sticks to make button jabbing more enjoyable.”
- Engadget: “Modular accessories and a dedicated GPU make the Razer Edge an intriguing PC gaming tablet, but weak battery life and usability hiccups leave us inclined to wait for a second-gen model.”
- CNET: “The Razer Edge is one of the most inventive PC gaming devices in years, but you’ll pay a premium for portability and proprietary add-ons.”
The Razer Edge has an excellent amount going for it, the design of the device and the heavyweight components inside give the gamer a chance to experience real games on a tablet form factor. The problem is for the premium price and the accessories, you are burning about $1500, something the average gamer will never do when they know they can buy a much more powerful PC.
For those looking for something like a gaming laptop, but with more of a portable and controller-based form factor, the Razer Edge is one of the best choices.Windows 8 offers Steam and all other gaming platforms, and the Razer Edge offers enough juice to play top end games like Dishonored, Far Cry and even Crysis 3.