Razer Edge: High-Performance Windows 8 Tablet PC

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If you've been disappointed by the hardware specifications of the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface Pro, or Google Nexus 7, then it's worth checking out Razer's Edge tablet computer, which offers unparalleled performance for a (relatively) reasonable price.

Razer is a hardware company specializing in high-performance products. Last year we took a look at their 17.3-inch "Blade" laptop, which for almost $3,000 offered users a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and hybrid storage employing both solid state drive and conventional hard drive.

Remarkable Performance for Under $1,500

Thankfully, the Edge is far cheaper. There are two versions: the standard Edge, which retails for about $1,000, and the Edge Pro, which will run you $1,300.

Both come equipped with a 10.6-inch touch screen display and Windows 8 Pro, meaning the Edge can run legacy desktop applications and gaming services like Steam and uPlay. At 2.25 pounds and measuring 20 mm thick, it's a tad bulkier than Microsoft's Surface Pro.

But there's a reason for that: the standard Edge comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor and dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU), 4GB RAM, and 64GB solid state drive (SSD). (Source: tgdaily.com)

Meanwhile, the pricier Edge Pro ships with a Core i7 chip, beefier Nvidia GPU, 8GB RAM, and 128GB SSD. And there's also a premium version of the Edge Pro, which for $1,450 comes with a slightly faster processor and 256GB SSD.

The Gamer's Tablet Computer

No matter which Edge you choose, all are quite capable of surfing the web, running demanding applications, and playing cutting-edge video games at a remarkable clip.

This really is the tablet for gamers, who will be able to play new titles like Far Cry 3, Bioshock: Infinite, and Crysis 3 at medium resolution settings.

That may not sound impressive, but these are three of the most-demanding games on the market right now -- for them to play at all on a tablet computer is remarkable.

There are drawbacks to choosing the Edge over the Surface Pro, however. For one, it can get really hot when being used for demanding applications or games. Second, it's a little bulkier and less portable than the competition.

Finally, in order to play the newest games, like those mentioned above, gamers will need to purchase a $99 docking station that turns the Edge into one big controller. (Source: pcworld.com)

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