Razer Edge becomes reality at CES: Hands-on with the tablet-PC-game console

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CNET – LAS VEGAS–Gaming hardware usually takes a backseat at CES, but this year seems to be an exception. We’ve already seen Nvidia’s blockbuster Project Shield handheld Android/PC game streaming device. Today Razer announced the Edge PC gaming tablet, and we took a good long look at and played with it along with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan at this year’s CES.

Razer teased the tablet at last year’s CES under the code name Project Fiona. The company then conducted a crowd-sourcing campaign in which gamers provided Razer with feedback about the specs they’d like to see in a mobile PC gaming device.

It’s an innovative approach, but the result is what you could probably guess anyway: the Edge splits the difference between hard-core gaming PCs and tablets with a full-fledged Windows 8 tablet running an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT640M LE graphics. It looks…well, it looks like a tablet. But, under the hood, it has the guts of a high-powered gaming ultrabook.

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If the specs are perhaps predictable, it’s the accessories that help it stand out.

The accessories help the Edge transform into a few different modes: a handheld dual-controller case looks nearly identical to the Project Fiona images shown last year. It adds gaming console-like buttons and sticks and makes the Edge a large gaming handheld, of a sort.

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