By Kevin Kelly
Razer has long been synonymous with hardcore gaming peripherals from mice to keyboards, but they are slowing moving into the field of gaming computers as well. At CES last year they unveiled their miniature Switchblade gaming computer concept, which has seen its tech migrate to their Blade gaming laptop, and at CES 2012 they also unveiled Fiona, their new handheld gaming device that takes PC gaming on the go.
The Fiona is a PC tablet aimed only at the gaming audience. It runs full PC games on a Core i7 Intel Ivy Bridge processor, allowing you to run current generation games, inside of an integrated housing that offers a controller experience with force feedback while gripping the device. The device also runs Dolby Home Theater v4 for PCs. While we’re skeptical about such a small device that runs full PC games, if this things works, sign us up for two of them.
First announced last year at PAX, Razer also showed off their powerful Blade gaming laptop that takes some cues from the Switchblade and integrating the LCD keys and interactive touchpad into the system. The touchpad changes on the fly depending on what game you’re playing, and can be used to record macros, act as a standard keypad, or even display videos. While it seems like bell and whistles, it’s actually extremely cool in action. You can even pull up webpages on it, allowing you to access a strategy guide while you’re raiding.
Under the hood, the Blade offers up a lot of horsepower running i7 Core processors, a 256 GB solid drive, an NVIDIA GT555 graphics card that will allow you to melt the pixels off of your screen, and weighing in at only 6.6 pounds at less than an inch thick. Then there’s that Switchblade user interface, allowing you to configure the ten keys and the keypad to do your bidding.
For more cutting-edge tech, keep reading MTV Geek’s CES 2012 coverage!