PC gaming tablet wins CES Best of Show

January 12, 2013

Out of the countless gadgets on display at this past week’s International Consumer Electronics Show, a tablet came out on top.

And it’s not an iPad.

CNET, the main media source of this year’s CES, announced that the Razer Edge, a PC gaming tablet that runs on Windows 8, won the best of show. From the editors:

“In a show full of some very big ideas, the Razer Edge gaming tablet takes the concept of tablet PCs championed by Windows 8 and devices like the Microsoft Surface and applies them to gaming. In doing so, it succeeds in showing us where tablets, computing, and even entertainment will be heading very soon.”

Watch a video of the Razer Edge in action.

The Razer Edge, along with the Nvidia Shield, gave the 150,000-plus people in attendance a glimpse of what tablet gaming should be like in the near future. The 10-inch tablet truly conveys what gaming should be like on such a device.

Starting an expensive $999, the Razer Edge can be used with a variety of peripherals, including a game pad, that allows you to insert the tablet and take on a console-like gaming experience. You can even hook it up a TV at resolutions of 720p and use two controllers for split-screen action.

Like any new device, its high price will be an issue, but serious gamers will want to be this tablet’s early adapters. As the competition starts developing their own PC-gaming tablets (which will offer a significantly different experience than iOS — sorry, no Angry Birds on these babies), prices should go down.

Winning CNET’s Best of Show award doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best absolute device on the show floor, rather, the device paves the way for the next-generation of something. In this case: Gaming on a tablet.

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