Friday, September 2, 2011

Razer Announces Gaming Laptop with Mini Touchscreen

Looks like Razer isn't too worried with everyone claiming the PC gaming market is finished. They've just announced a powerful gaming laptop that will certainly make everyone turn their heads.

As any gaming laptop should be, its hardware specs are... up to date:
  • 2.8GHz Intel® CoreTM i7 2640M Processor
  • 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
  • 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® OptimusTM Technology (2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory)
  • Built-in HD Webcam
  • Integrated 60Wh Battery
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
  • Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
  • 16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)
  • It will ship in the fourth quarter of 2011 for $2,799.99.

And altough it's $2,800 price tag certainly is steep, one should be satisfied to know that Razer hired the team behind OQO and several engineers coming from Apple, Dell, and other manufacturers. So... it looks like they certainly have the capability to do something "excellent".

But more than its hardware specs, the one thing that makes this Razer Laptop stand from the rest is the mini multitouch screen and 10 dynamic buttons it has next to its keyboard.

This touchscreen and buttons can play a major role in the success of this product, and will hopefully help games add a new layer of immersion in the way we control it.
(And besides games, we can envision a lot of possibilites in photo and video editing programs, 3D modelling software, and... lots others)

I just hope Razer will soon launch a "mini touchscreen+buttons" assembly than we can use in our own PCs, and that will help bring this system to a larger number of gamers - while at the same time making it more appealing for developers to support it.

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