One of the hottest tablets of 2013 is getting closer to its release, with the powerful Windows 8 gaming tablet Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro already made available for pre-order in the US and Canada.
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Razer have announced that Razer Edge Pro have sold out in pre-orders on their homepage, but that some units are still available from Amazon, starting at $999.99 for the Razer Edge, or $1299 for the Razer Edge Pro. The pre-orders of this high-performance tablet will start shipping March 29 for those who ordered early.
The tablet that is now Razer Edge is the result of Razer crowdsourcing the PC gaming community for their opinion on what specific hardware, specifications , and even price they would want on the dream tablet of their choice. This tablet development by Razer was previously known as Project Fiona after Razer unveiled the project at CES 2012, until Razer finally unveiled the end result on January 8 this year.
Now touted as the most powerful tablet in the world, we are looking at a 4-mode high-performance Windows 8 tablet that have already won several awards since it was officially launched at the CES 2013 in January.
Razer Edge is first of all built to be the best PC gaming tablet available today, but as a fully fledged Windows 8 tablet with high specs, it also offers additional capabilities. Razer Edge is hence constructed as an all-in-one (AIO) tablet, with four speciality modes:
Tablet Mode – The Razer Edge as a regular stand-alone Windows 8 tablet.
Keyboard Dock Mode – With the optional keyboard it can be used as any other laptop or notebook.
Mobile Console Mode – Using the Gamepad Controller with immersive vibration-feedback, analog sticks, backlit D-Pad, action buttons, and direct reflective acoustics, you get handlebar console style gaming with full PC game support and XInput support.
Home Console Mode – With a Docking Station, the Razer Edge can be connected to a desktop display or to a TV through the HDMI 1.4 port connectivity, all with multiple gamepad controllers, as well as adding 3 USB ports, and doubling as a charger for the Razer Edge at the same time.
Both the Razer Edge and the Razer Edge Pro features a high-speed solid state drive, and a Nvidia GeForce Series GPU, but they differ a little where the Razer Edge is powered by a 1.7 GHz Intel i5 processor (3317U), 4 GB of RAM (DDR3), and have 64 GB of SSD storage, whereas the Razer Edge Pro is powered by a slightly more powerful 1.9 GHz Intel i7 processor (3517U), 8 GB of RAM, and the option of either 128 GB or 256 GB of SSD storage.
Price and Availability
The 64 GB Razer Edge starts with a price of $999.99, with pre-orders available already.
The Razer Edge Pro is priced at $1,299 for the 128 GB version, and $1,449 for the 256 GB version. The shipping and release date for the Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro is March 30.
Some of the accessories that will bring the Razer Edge to life will be released on the same day. This includes the Gamepad Controller at $249, and the Docking Station at $99, while the optional keyboard dock will be released during the summer.
– Jim Miller