Thieves Break Into Razer's R&D Lab, Swipe Razer Blade Prototype Laptops

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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 ( check out our initial impressions here ). 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.

The theft occurred during the first weekend of November, and Razer isn’t amused. “We take this act of theft seriously and would like to appeal for its return and discourage anyone from buying the Razer Blade prototypes from the perpetrators, whether online or otherwise, as they are stolen property,” Razer said on its Facebook page yesterday .  Anybody with more information is encouraged to contact cult@razerzone.com.

The theft of two $2,800 computers would rile any robbery victim, but Kotaku shines some light on why Razer wants the prototypes back so badly ; they were not-quite-fully-operational models that were being subjected to tests, including thermal tests. Razer wants that test data back just as much as it wants the Razer Blades themselves back, the publication reports.

It looks like the thief knew what he was taking: Heathcliff Hatcher, Razer's director of global product marketing, told Kotaku that the pilferer entered the building's lobby without needing to break in, then pried open the office door and nabbed the two Razer Blades, along with a laptop and a digital camera. The rest of the electronics laying around the office were left alone.

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