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Razer unveils Project Fiona gaming tablet

Razer unveils Project Fiona gaming tablet

Razer's Project Fiona joins the Blade laptop and Switchblade hand-held system as the company branches out.

Peripherals manufacturer Razer has announced its third entry into the world of portable gaming devices, following the Blade laptop and Switchblade concept with a gaming-oriented tablet dubbed Project Fiona.

Unveiled in prototype form at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Fiona takes the form of a Windows-based 10.1in tablet with a 1280x800 resolution multi-touch display. Packing an Intel Core i7 chip under the hood - likely the same low-power model found in the top-end Ultrabooks - the system claims to offer a hybrid user interface that allows it to be used as a gaming device as well as a general-purpose tablet.

Featuring dual pistol-grip controllers, each of which offers multiple buttons and an analogue stick, either side of the screen, Razer claims the Fiona is capable of playing any game for which gamepad control is possible; and in these days of console-led development cycles, that's pretty much any game. Each controller also includes force feedback technology, while audio is taken care of by a THX-certified speaker system with - presumably virtualised - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound capabilities.

As well as the clever controllers, the Fiona includes all the usual tablet features: connectivity is taken care of by 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, while the tablet includes three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer; missing from the list, however, is a GPS receiver.

Details of the device are scarce, but Razer claims it is both real and in active development with a view to launch a retail version as soon as possible priced at around $1,000 (about £652, excluding tax.) A small amount - and we mean small amount - of additional information is available on the official microsite.

Do you think Razer might be on to a winner with Project Fiona, or does it look a bit unwieldy for everyday gaming use? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Snips 12th January 2012, 12:07 Quote
Droid or Win8 based?
flibblesan 12th January 2012, 12:20 Quote
<yawn>
MjFrosty 12th January 2012, 12:27 Quote
Wouldn't mind a go on one :)
SoulRider 12th January 2012, 12:31 Quote
Article - "the Fiona takes the form of a Windows-based 10.1in tablet with a 1280x800 resolution multi-touch display"
enciem 12th January 2012, 12:46 Quote
Watch it bomb
Guinevere 12th January 2012, 12:58 Quote
Razor Switchblade
Razor Blade

Did either of these ever make it to market?

Razor Fiona

Will this?

Nice bit of link-bait Razor, I'm sure this vapour ware will help you whore yourself out and sell a few more mice.
lacuna 12th January 2012, 13:01 Quote
£652? Fail.
Gareth Halfacree 12th January 2012, 13:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
Razor Switchblade
Razor Blade
Did either of these ever make it to market?
The Switchblade, no, but the Blade is due to launch later this month.
GravitySmacked 12th January 2012, 13:30 Quote
I doubt I'd get one but I've got to say it looks quite promising.
Nexxo 12th January 2012, 14:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by enciem
Watch it bomb

Totally. It's too much of a niche product to justify the price tag. Not really good enough for home gaming, where you can slough in front of a big screen with surround sound instead, and too big for casual mobile gaming. Unless the controllers are detachable, so you essentially have a multipurpose tablet with an added gaming perk, it is not going to sell.
yassarikhan786 12th January 2012, 14:23 Quote
Don't like it at all.
ledbythereaper 12th January 2012, 15:52 Quote
I bet it breaks within a week, like my Blackwidow -_-
Zurechial 12th January 2012, 15:57 Quote
I don't see the point. It's trying to hamfist 'big'-screen games into a mobile form-factor at the expense of fidelity, control and probably configurability too.

Razer harp on about 'PC gaming is not dead', yet they try to turn it into some kind of overpriced console-ified iPad wannabe. Do they actually know what PC gaming is, what it's about, or what separates it from console gaming, aside from the elitism?

I don't think they have a clue; And this kind of crap only contributes to the perception of the PC as a struggling platform, but then again; Razer's mantra is just telling us what we already know, so that's no surprise from them.
Jezcentral 12th January 2012, 15:58 Quote
Although it's not something I would buy, I'm actually impressed by this. At least they are innovating. And they only need one crazy idea like this to stick. I remember the first time I saw an Asus Eee....
Alhard 12th January 2012, 16:18 Quote
I'm not sure i understand a lot of the negativity that people feel towards Razor and their product design. They spend money taking a popular product and try to enhance to sell to niche market, what people fail to understand is that they won't be producing 100,000s nor will they sell them but its building a brand for a cross platform gaming peripherals which we currently don't have. The idea of Razor producing products just for PC gaming is outdated and not concurrent with the Razor brand business model.

I can't comment on faults with their products or the quality I've only ever owned one product and it was fine whilst it worked however if you want specialised PC gaming only perihperals I would recommend other brands.
CoffeeTwoSugars 12th January 2012, 16:22 Quote
Massive gimic
ssj12 12th January 2012, 17:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by ledbythereaper
I bet it breaks within a week, like my Blackwidow -_-

you know your not supposed to pound on your keyboard? My blackwidow as survived since launch. Same with both my mice. And the mouse pad is still spotless and imperfection free. So piss, if you cant take care of your crap, don't whine that it breaks.
kosch 12th January 2012, 17:45 Quote
Fondleslab Fiona ftw :D
leslie 12th January 2012, 19:49 Quote
This is a non-starter, just like most tablets at ridiculous prices, only worse.
I will give them credit for an interesting idea, but it probably should have stayed there.


How do you break a Black Widow in a week?
It's a pretty solid bit of kit in my experience.
warejon9 12th January 2012, 20:36 Quote
Leslie, you vommit on it maybe? Either way must be something random.

I looked at this and think its a great idea, and 650 ain't too step if it is in the formfactor especially when ultrabooks etc are 1k. I would be interested to hear of the battery life, as can't think it would be that long for gaming.
Yslen 12th January 2012, 21:25 Quote
An i7 but no mention of a GPU... I don't think the controls are going to be the major restriction on what games this thing is capable of running, somehow.
Anfield 12th January 2012, 21:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Unless the controllers are detachable, so you essentially have a multipurpose tablet with an added gaming perk, it is not going to sell.

And even that way it would most likely still bomb, I doubt battery life will be anywhere near decent.
leslie 13th January 2012, 01:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by warejon9
Leslie, you vommit on it maybe? Either way must be something random.

I looked at this and think its a great idea, and 650 ain't too step if it is in the formfactor especially when ultrabooks etc are 1k. I would be interested to hear of the battery life, as can't think it would be that long for gaming.
I had a bunch of reasons written here, but when I got to the end, one line summed it up perfectly.

Can you honestly see yourself or anyone else playing BF3 on this for an hour, much less 3?


Oh, and it does not appear that the handles come off.
penryn 2 hertz 13th January 2012, 03:27 Quote
Hope they use a video card equivalent to the HD 5770
Aragon Speed 13th January 2012, 05:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by leslie
Oh, and it does not appear that the handles come off.
At least not by design...
leexgx 13th January 2012, 06:10 Quote
on an more mass use device
what's interesting is the Droid RAZR Maxx with an 3300mAh bat in it , an Smart phone that will work for more then 1-2 days (or 21hrs voice use) of medium to heavy use
http://consumerist.com/2012/01/how-heavy-is-a-phone-that-promises-up-to-215-hours-of-continuous-talk-time.html

my HTC desire looks like an brick with the double bat i use for it (norm bat just does not last an day of idle use)
fingerbob69 13th January 2012, 10:46 Quote
Do they actually know what PC gaming is, what it's about, or what separates it from console gaming, aside from the elitism?

pmsl!

+1 ....from a devoted pc only gamer.
ITNR 13th January 2012, 11:39 Quote
if it´s a win 8 powered, will it rum mmorpg?
thil 13th January 2012, 15:14 Quote
The problem, I think, that most companies like Razer see with PC gaming is that it's profits are spread too thin for their liking. They all want to be like Apple or Microsoft (with the Xbox) - full control over hardware sales, and thus have all the profits filtering to them.

I'd imagine that the upper-managers at these companies would faint if they saw a breakdown of brand names in an average gamer's rig: Gigabyte mobo! Asus graphics card! Kingston RAM! Antec PSU! Coolermaster HSF!

Good god, man! All those little bits of profit going to different companies! The accounting ledgers and spreadsheets would look so *messy*!
Gareth Halfacree 13th January 2012, 15:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ITNR
if it´s a win 8 powered, will it rum mmorpg?
Should run anything a Core i7 laptop can run, but with two analogue sticks, eight buttons and four triggers - plus, admittedly, a touch-screen - anything that requires one of those crazy keyboards with eight macro shifts for umpty-million key combinations isn't going to be pleasurable to play...
leslie 13th January 2012, 21:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aragon Speed
At least not by design...

Based on the pictures I looked at, it won't be easy to change that. The handle itself is part of the body and plus you have the wires inside to deal with. I'm sure it could be done, but it won't be very clean unless you have some pretty impressive equipment and skills.
suragh 19th January 2012, 12:51 Quote
Id replace those toggle sticks with a knife and fork and use the screen as a plate, that would definitely sell!
Fizzban 19th January 2012, 16:50 Quote
Soon to be known as 'Razer - Project Fail'
Aragon Speed 20th January 2012, 06:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by suragh
Id replace those toggle sticks with a knife and fork and use the screen as a plate, that would definitely sell!
Certainly a new take on the TV dinner... ^^
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