CES 2011: Razer Switchblade Gaming Netbook (Almost) Makes Hardcore Gaming Portable

by William Appleyard on January 10, 2011

Razer Switchblade Gaming NetbookThe iPad was set to add a new dimension to portable gaming. Did it succeed? Yes and no. It supported casual gaming to a degree but it was never meant to be a serious competitor for those seeking hardcore gaming. Could the Razer Switchblade Gaming Netbook change this? Again it’s yes and no.

The netbook has a standard 7″ screen, not really big enough for gaming, but the fun starts on the keyboard. Each key has a small OLED screen meaning that you can custom-map the keys to functions on games, and you can also alter the image that the key displays. Ok, that’s pretty cool.

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At CES, the developers demonstrated using World of Warcraft. For example, your spells become keys on the keyboard and when you want to use them they’re only one keystroke away.

The screen is also multi-touch allowing for you to interact with your game in a unique way.

No word on pricing yet, but it’s most likely not going to come into mainstream production in its current form as it will be too expensive for the average consumer. However, watch this space, as we might see it incorporated into large gaming laptops – fingers crossed!

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via PopSci

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vacances thalasso Mar 8, 2011 at 8:47 AM

WIsh they only sold the keyboard. At least some people will stop saying netbooks aren't for gaming.
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