Tablet PCs have flirted with mobile gaming, and there are some fun titles out there that are playable on higher end Android and iPad devices. But it's not a true gaming platform, at least not yet. Give Razer a chance to shake things up. The gaming peripheral maker is throwing its hat into the tablet ring with its "Project Fiona PC Gaming Tablet" (from here on out it's just "Fiona"), a concept slate designed to play today's most popular PC games with a funky (Razer says "intuitive") control setup.
PC gamers wishing for a Razer Blade gaming laptop underneath the ol’ tree this Christmas got some news that tastes like charcoal a couple of days ago; the company’s foray into personal computing is getting pushed back until January. It’s a sudden abrupt-face from Razer’s position a couple of weeks ago, when CEO Min-Liang Tan said that systems were expected to ship before the holidays. But hey, you’ll be getting some extra features in exchange for your patience.
Usually, shaving accessories are generally regarded as a cop-out last-resort gift for the guys on your holiday shopping list. Disposable Bics still suck as presents, but the new $2,800 high-end laptop Razer’s putting out is decidedly cooler – and even though it hasn’t been released yet, you might just be able to find one under your Christmas tree this year. And hey, Razer managed to pull a Santa and hide a secret upgrade gift inside the Razer, too.
After the whole brouhaha over the cryptic “PC Gaming Is Not Dead” website, Razer’s big secret – as we told you back in August – was the Razer Blade gaming laptop, a 17-inch notebook with a i7-2640M dual-core 2.8GHz CPU, 8GB of memory, and an NVIDIA 555M discrete GPU. Now, reports say they have a bunch of little secrets in the works, too, in the form of smaller, more portable PCs.
Remember that whole “PC Gaming is not dead” ad campaign Razer launched leading up to PAX back in August? The company kept us guessing about just what the hell they were talking about for a couple of days, then pulled back the curtain and revealed… the Razer Blade gaming laptop. Unfortunately, some sticky-fingered gamer couldn’t wait the month or two to pick up the notebook for himself; Razer reports that a thief has stolen two Razer Blade R&D prototypes from the company’s San Francisco lab.
Like it or not, everything's trending toward the cloud, from music and movies to simple file backups, and now you can even store all your gaming peripheral settings on a far away server. Now accepting beta signups, Razer Synapse 2.0 is "the world's first application for storing your personalized peripheral settings in the cloud, making your settings for gaming available anytime, anywhere," Razer says.
Have you never met a Street Fighter IV opponent you couldn't hadoken into the ground with a few well-timed combos? Or maybe you're a fancy-pants modder with a following. If so, Razer wants your help in designing what it hopes will be the ultimate arcade stick for the Xbox 360 console.
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Part of the fun at hammering away on a mechanical keyboard is the audible click that emanates with each keystroke. The downside? Those around you might not appreciate an obnoxiously loud plank as much as you do. Razer's new BlackWidow Stealth Edition is a mechanical keyboard utilizing silent key switches, giving users similar tactile feedback but without all the noise.
When Razer launched their pcgamingisnotdead.com teaser site last weekend, I assumed it was going to be about some new high-end peripheral--the kind of thing the company's famous for. When they went a step further, and took out a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal I started to think this must be something more. You don't normally see that kind of promotion for just another mouse or keyboard, and besides, as Maximum PC's peripheral reviewer, I probably would have heard about something like that in advance.
Then, on Tuesday, I got a chance to see Razer's new product. And while I'm not sure it'll be the sole savior of PC gaming, it is something pretty unexpected. Meet the Blade, the first gaming laptop from Razer. This isn't just another gaming notebook, though--read on to find out why.