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Razer Edge Pro: Our first look at a Windows 8 gaming tablet

Alex Wawro | March 27, 2013
At first glance, the Razer Edge Pro is indistinguishable from other Windows 8 tablets: it's 2.2 pounds of matte black metal with a 10.1-inch screen and a single Windows button. It feels heavy in your hands, a little bulkier than the Surface Pro and much, much hotter.

The screen disappoints

Razer built the Edge with a 10.1-inch IPS display that has a native resolution of just 1366 x 768. It works well enough for browsing the web or playing games from the Windows Store--the Surface RT has the same 1366 x 768 resolution, after all--but it diminishes the fun of playing graphically-intensive PC games or watching HD video. It feels like a compromise that Razer engineers made in order to bolster the tablet's battery life, and while I appreciate being able to play games for more than an hour at a time the Edge Pro looks inferior next to the Surface Pro's vibrant 1920 x 1080 display.


The Edge has a serviceable display but it's not very vibrant and can't handle 1080p

Even so, I don't want to put the Razer Edge Pro down. Eventually I have to, because with the gamepad attached I can't hold it steady for more than an hour before my arms turn to jelly, but I keep picking it back up. I've only had a few days with the Edge Pro and there's still plenty of testing to be done: I'm going to put it through the PCWorld Lab's battery of benchmarking tests, hook it up to my PC and HDTV, then see how it holds up during daily use and deliver a comprehensive review next week.

 

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