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Mobile gaming is blasting off.

While video game developers are busy creating games for phones and tablets, the high-end gaming powerhouse Razer has gone a step further and ushered in the first-ever full-fledged gaming tablet. With the Razer Edge, players can run actual PC video games anywhere, without the bulk of a gaming laptop.

Weighing a mere 2.1 pounds, the Razer Edge can be used with a keyboard or a controller that resembles Sony’s PlayStation Move controller on steroids. And the 10.1-inch multi-touch screen is slightly bigger than the iPad’s 9.7 incher. The tablet is powered by a 1.7GHz/Turbo 2.6GHz, Intel Core i5 Dual core with Hyper Threading Base. In plain English: It’s fast as hell. The Razer Edge also comes with 64GB of storage—enough to hold a healthy amount of games. If you plan to watch movies and store a hefty music collection, the USB 3.0 port will connect to an external drive. For power users, there’s the Razer Edge Pro, which has 128 or 256GB of space. That’s enough to hold your games, media, and any other Windows programs, including hardcore editing apps like Photoshop.

The Razer Edge Pro can run graphics-intensive games, like Crysis 3, that use a hell of a lot of computing power.

As video games become more power hungry, you can rest assured that this tablet won’t wind up a dinosaur.

Both R.E. and R.E. Pro support Bluetooth 4.0 for pumping sound through a wireless speaker system. Battery life will get you up to about two hours of hardcore gaming before a recharge. It’s not enough to pull an all-nighter, but the folks at Razer are already offering an extended battery that will provide 50 percent more juice.

Upgrading from the basic Edge ($1,000) to the Pro will set you back an extra $300 for 128GB and $500 for 256GB. The $250 controller (pictured above) and $100 docking station are available as optional add-ons.

Razer Edge
$1,000, razerzone.com

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