POPSCI: Hands On With The Razer Edge Gaming Tablet

A goofy gaming tablet with detachable joysticks ends up being a damned impressive Windows 8 machine.

 

We've known about the Razer Edge–a Windows 8 tablet designed top to bottom for gaming–for awhile, but today at CES was the first time we'd actually gotten a chance to play with it. And, despite my own reservations about Windows 8, small Windows 8 tablets, gaming tablets, and tablets with detachable joysticks, as soon as I started using it, I got it: this is probably the best Windows 8 tablet I've used, period, and it's a hell of a lot of fun.

The Edge, in its most basic form, is a 10.1-inch tablet with the specs of a mid-level gaming machine. At its cheapest, that's an Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GT640M LE GPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64GB SSD, all for $999. Bump that to $1,299 and you'll double the SSD's storage and the RAM, and replace the i5 with an i7 processor. That's powerful enough to runDishonored and Dirt Showdown with tough settings, smoothly. (more)