Pre-orders are now open for the Razer
Edge and Edge Pro, a pair of powerful Windows 8
tablets designed specifically for gaming (see our hands-on demo
). They're a bit pricey, with the Razer Edge starting at $1,000 and the Razer Edge Pro commanding $1,300, plus extra for accessories like a Gamepad Controller ($250) and Docking Station ($100). What you get in return, however, is essentially a full-fledged notebook in a tablet form factor.
The Rader Edge features a 10.1-inch IPS multi-touch display with a 1366x768 resolution, Intel Core i5 dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz (up to 2.6GHz via Turbo), 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE graphics with 1GB of DDR3 memory, 64GB solid state drive (SATA 6Gbps), built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, 2MP front-facing webcam, stereo speakers, and a USB 3.0 port.
For $300 more, the Razer Edge Pro upgrades the processor to an Intel Core i7 dual-core chip clocked at 1.9GHz (3GHz via Turbo), doubles the amount of RAM to 8GB, and bumps up the storage to 128GB; for additional $150, you can upgrade to 256GB.
Planning on picking one up? If so, you may want to place your pre-order sooner than later. It's unknown how much inventory Razer has set aside, but when its Blade
was first made available, it was often out of stock
The Razer Edge, Edge Pro 128GB, and related accessories will ship later this month; the 256GB version of the Edge Pro is slated to ship in May.