Surprise! Razer brought a decent Windows 8 gaming tablet to CES

It's called the Edge, and it's powerful enough to give other Windows 8 tablets a run for their money.

By Alex Wawro, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless, tablets, windows 8

The docking station charges the Edge and features three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and jacks for pumping audio into or out of the device. These ports route data directly through the Edge while it's docked, meaning you can hook up an HD display, a mouse and keyboard (or a couple of gamepads), and a headset to play games or handle your business on the tablet without needing to switch to a full desktop PC.

It's a nice feature that may prove to be a necessity if the Edge proves to have poor battery life in real-world conditions, but we won't know for sure until we get it into our lab for some serious hands-on testing. In the meantime, take solace in the knowledge that you can purchase an extended battery that promises to double the battery life of the Edge.

Razer is pushing the Edge as the world's most powerful PC gaming tablet, and for the moment it probably is, but that's not what's most exciting about the device. The Edge seems poised to compete favorably with the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro, and more competition means better opportunities for anyone purchasing a Windows 8 tablet.

It also means a successful PC gaming hardware manufacturer sees long-term appeal in producing Windows 8 tablets designed for gamers, and that's good news for anyone worried about touchscreens and tablets eclipsing traditional desktop PC work or edging out performance-minded PC enthusiasts.

For more blogs, stories, photos, and video from the nation's largest consumer electronics show, check out complete coverage of CES 2013 from PCWorld and TechHive.


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