Razer Switchblade: The new concept in action.If you're into PC gaming, you've probably heard about Razer. Founded
in the 1990s, Razer USA is responsible for designing and producing some
of the best gaming mice on the market. Since 1998, they've also made peripherals, as well- these too were met with positive reception.Fact
is, these people know what they're doing when it comes to computer
Recently, they've announced plans to design a gaming laptop. One thing I've noticed is that laptops sometimes tend to get the short end of the stick. Maybe their graphics cards aren't compatible with this or that update. Maybe they're so big and bulky they might as well be used as a desktop.
Seems as though Razer's fixing to change that with the Razer Switchblade.
But what is it that makes the Razer Switchblade so incredible? Why are so many people drooling over the mere mention of the product? Take a look at some of the features of this new device, and see if you don't agree- this thing is freaking sexy.
Size of Razer Switchblade
Putting into perspective how small the switchblade is.The first thing anyone will notice about the Switchblade is its size- it's only 7'' across. This thing is pretty much a gaming netbook. Now, a lot of you might get a bad taste in your mouth when you hear that word. Netbooks aren't exactly designed for gaming, and a lot of them aren't really even capable of running some of the most basic games software. But there's one thing you need to consider before passing judgement:
Razer's got Intel on board for this venture. Okay, you're probably thinking. But what does that have to do with anything? Bear with me here: The Razer switchblade will include a new Intel Atom processor, built on microarchitecture designed to accomodate the Switchblade's size.
For those of us without a computer science degree, what that means is this: if you think that because the Switchblade is small, it's going to lack power, you'd be sorely mistaken. Considering some of the advances we've seen in the field of computer hardware lately, I wouldn't be at all surprised if this little device is capable of outperforming a lot of desktops currently on the market.
We don't really know much else about the Switchblade's capabilities, but given that it's going to include built in keyboard customization for games such as World of Warcraft and League of Legends (more on that in the next section), it's probably going to be no slouch in the graphics department. Further, the Razer's small size means it'll be a lot more portable than most gaming laptops around right now. With the Switchblade, the Razer might do something that's been completely hit and miss for most companies- make PC gaming a completely portable experience.
The Keyboard for the Razer Switchblade
Here's where the Switchblade really starts to shine. See, the keyboard on the switchblade isn't just your boring, run of the mill analog device. Each key is completely transparent,with a small LCD screen beneath it. What does that mean, exactly?
Look at this. The keys themselves change based on what you're doing. This results in a completely intuitive, graphical experience that's never been seen on the pc before now. I'll explain a bit- one unfortunate thing about PC gaming is that the keyboard can tend to be a touch...cumbersome. is that keyboard control schemes can often tend to be overly complicated and cumbersome, particularly for LCD Keyboard: Looks good, doesn't it?games where you've got to more than one thing at a time.
The Switchblade not only lets you customize how the keyboard is laid out, it simplifies the process to the extreme. Don't like having two hotkeys next to one another? Move them around on the keyboard. This is probably one of the features of the Switchblade that I'm most excited about. And gven that it's slated to include onboard support for many popular titles on the market today....
Well, I think you get the picture.
The Touch Screen for the Razer Switchblade
The Switchblade will also include a touch screen in lieu of a mouse. This can be grouped into the same The Touch Screen In Actioncategory as the LCD keyboard. Like the customizable keys, it streamlines the process of gaming. Not only that, it's another notch on the belt for portability. Rather than having to carry a mouse around with it, one can simply use the screen to control where they're going. This could also give the Switchblade appeal beyond the gaming market too. One of the only other laptops to include a touchscreen is the Tablet PC, manufactured for graphic design and the like.
Don't worry, though: For those of you who don't like the sounds of the touch screen, the Switchblade will still include usb functionality. You can still plug in a mouse, if the screen isn't to your liking.
The Look of Razer Switchblade
Let's face it, this is one fine looking device.
Let's face it, not only does the Switchblade sound awesome, it looks cool too. It's sleek, it's portable, and if the photos are anything to judge by, the screen and LCD keyboard are extremely high quality. How a product looks is often just as important as what it does when it comes to selling it, after all. Why do you think some of the most popular electronic devices on the market look so good? The fact that Razer's been able to combine function and form in the laptop is no real surprise- it's simply the way they do things.
Sadly, information on the Switchblade is pretty sparse right now. Razer's going to release more updates as it gets further along in production. But hey, something to look forward to, right? You can see the latest Razer offerings on Amazon here.