At the Baskerville estate, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have a rather curious conversation:
Watson, how do you play your High Def games on the go?
Well Holmes, you must know that I use my Alienware M15x. It’s huge, it’s bulky, but it delivers near the wild Dartmoors and keeps that wretched Hound at bay!
An Alienware? Come now, Watson if you really want to game on the go, you should use the Razer Switchblade portable PC.
Ha but that is still a mere concept! How will I ever use it?
Elementary, my dear Watson; all you have to do is write sufficient blog posts to generate enough buzz about the platform and you’ll have the hardware in no time.
You are right, Holmes, as always!
Alright, it got strained towards the end, but the Razer Switchblade is probably one of the most ambitious projects to come up in the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) platform in ages. It was made specifically to cater to the correct form of gaming: PC gaming.
You see, Razer is a company that strives to perfect the PC gaming experience, and makes boatloads of cash while doing so. Their equipment is extremely expensive, but satisfyingly awesome. I have no doubt that their foldable UMPC, the Switchblade will be the same.
The Switchblade concept features a multi-touch ultra-precise touchscreen, a USB 3.0 port and an HDMI port. What sets it apart from any other UMPC (or laptop, for that matter) is the beautiful, adaptive keyboard. Now, it’s hard to describe just how beautiful this keyboard concept is, and while it has been done before it’s never been done this well. You see, each key of the keyboard has a tiny color LCD screen at the head of the keyboard. These can change to show the normal QWERTY layout, or (as in the case of the Switchblade) show tiny icons of shortcuts for the game that you are playing. Like the icon of a gun in Quake, or a spell in World of Warcraft.
I’ll let the pseudo-solemnly-epic video do the major part of the talking here:-
If implemented, the Switchblade will feature an Intel processor and a dedicated graphics card (obviously). The hands on preview is available at CES South Hall #30754. Since it’s still a concept code, the name is bound to change to a predatory animal’s as soon as the device is in production.