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Razer unveils triple-screen Project Valerie gaming notebook

Razer unveils triple-screen Project Valerie gaming notebook

Razer's Project Valerie offers three automatically deployed Sharp IGZO 17.3in Ultra HD displays, but the company's quiet on whether it'll ever make it to market.

Gaming specialist Razer is once again looking to stand out from the crowd with the unveiling of what it claims to be the world's first gaming laptop to feature three automatically deployed screens - and yes, you read that right.

Project Valerie, as Razer's creation is known, is certainly eye-catching. The laptop is, at 1.5 inches thick, claimed to be equal to the thickness of 'other 17in gaming laptops', but when opened offers two fold-out displays which sit either side of the main screen. With each Sharp IGZO 17.3in display panel offering an Ultra HD resolution, that's an overall display resolution of 11,520 x 2,160 - though Razer has been unsurprisingly silent on the battery life you can expect when running with all three displays active.

Full specifications of the Valerie's innards have also been kept under wraps, but the company has confirmed that it includes an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics processor - powerful, to be sure, but on its own unlikely to run the latest games at 11,520 x 2,160 with fidelity settings above the minimum.

The company may have better luck positioning the device as a productivity machine, and that's something about which Razer is well aware. 'Multi-monitor desktop set-ups are becoming more necessary for professionals, creators, and gamers,' claimed Razer's co-founder and chief executive Min-Liang Tan at the unveiling. 'For the first time, we've engineered a solution that users can take with them. Project Valerie promises all of the functionality of three screens and none of the hassle.'

Razer has not yet offered details on pricing or availability of the Valerie, and while it is taking registrations for updates on the official website, it wouldn't be the first time Razer has snagged headlines with an outré design only to fall short of releasing it as a purchasable product - as anyone still waiting for 2014's Project Christine will know only too well.

Razer's promotional video for Project Valerie is reproduced below.

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GeorgeK 6th January 2017, 10:33 Quote
hahaha - that's the most amazing piece of e-peen that I've seen in a long while. Guesses at a price? I'm going for £10,000.
Gareth Halfacree 6th January 2017, 10:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by GeorgeK
hahaha - that's the most amazing piece of e-peen that I've seen in a long while. Guesses at a price? I'm going for £10,000.
I'm going for "never going to see the light of day," personally - but, to be fair, at least one prototype does actually exist and is being shown off at CES, so at least it's not just renderware.
Bindibadgi 6th January 2017, 10:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
I'm going for "never going to see the light of day," personally - but, to be fair, at least one prototype does actually exist and is being shown off at CES, so at least it's not just renderware.

This.

Would be interesting to the creative/workstation market since it's 3x4K so there's no way that 1080 will game at that native res. 3xFHD would make more sense for a single 1080.

It's certainly better than the curved 21" Acer monstrosity that is an actual product.
Mister_Tad 6th January 2017, 10:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
This.

Would be interesting to the creative/workstation market since it's 3x4K so there's no way that 1080 will game at that native res. 3xFHD would make more sense for a single 1080.

It's certainly better than the curved 21" Acer monstrosity that is an actual product.

That's what I was thinking - can a fully maxed desktop even push 3x4K properly at the moment? Showing it playing a game in the teaser video is tantamount to false advertising

Way more interesting for creative/visualisation/finance types, surely.
GeorgeK 6th January 2017, 10:58 Quote
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/7708/nvidias-geforce-gtx-1080-gpu-benchmarked-triple-4k-11-520-2160/index3.html

This would seem to suggest that on some games with a 1080 you might get minumums of 6fps... On others be prepared for the heady heights of 24fps
Anfield 6th January 2017, 11:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
It's certainly better than the curved 21" Acer monstrosity that is an actual product.

I went and googled it, only real purpose of it seems to be to provide a cheap laugh at the expense of Acer,

http://uk.businessinsider.com/acer-predator-21x-9000-gaming-laptop-specs-features-photos-2017-1?r=US&IR=T
Gareth Halfacree 6th January 2017, 11:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Anfield
I went and googled it, only real purpose of it seems to be to provide a cheap laugh at the expense of Acer,
http://uk.businessinsider.com/acer-predator-21x-9000-gaming-laptop-specs-features-photos-2017-1?r=US&IR=T
I love how in the first image (and a lot of the other images, to be fair) the photographer has somehow managed to make a 21" curved-display laptop look like a 7" netbook.
liratheal 6th January 2017, 11:50 Quote
I feel like I need 'But .. why?' in .gif format for this.
Paradigm Shifter 6th January 2017, 11:51 Quote
That's awesome. Crazy, but awesome.

And at least with 4K screens, you have the option of running 1080p. You don't in the reverse scenario.

Amusingly, the thing I most miss when I'm on the road is triplewide. I've got so used to working across three screens that on a single screen everything slows right down.

This is ultimately largely impractical (imagine trying to deploy it when flying Economy!) but I've not yet found a laptop that can actually drive all the outputs it has. My current laptop has (internal screen) 4K eDP, 4K capable HDMI and two mini-DisplayPorts, but only one of the two mDP's can do more than 1080P, and it can't drive all three and the internal screen all at the same time. :(
greigaitken 6th January 2017, 12:13 Quote
I (and many) can justify spending 2k on a gaming pc (inc display/s)
so all you need is enough people earning 5x more than me to justify likewise.
surely 1000 people in the world are well off enough to make this happen.
Please.....
Mister_Tad 6th January 2017, 12:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
I (and many) can justify spending 2k on a gaming pc (inc display/s)
so all you need is enough people earning 5x more than me to justify likewise.

I'm not quite sure it works like that.
AiA 6th January 2017, 12:33 Quote
firefox on the left , word in the middle and excel on the right, it will increase my productivity 3 times.

And thats what i'm going to say to my boss.
theshadow2001 6th January 2017, 12:44 Quote
Intially I though this would be handy because I would often have to work across multiple documents, plus virtual machines, plus some sort of software. But now that I think about it, when I was mobile I could get away with just the one screen and leave my extra monitors on my desk. I only needed one monitor when mobile because I would be on a job, concentrating on a single application. Would probably be useful to someone with no base of operations, maybe.

I also found having multiple virtual desktops that you can switch between using keyboard shortcuts is not a bad replacement for multi-monitor setups. Since windows 10 now has that feature built in, it can diminish the need somewhat for multiple monitors.
Vault-Tec 6th January 2017, 13:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by AiA
firefox on the left , word in the middle and excel on the right, it will increase my productivity 3 times.

And thats what i'm going to say to my boss.

Is that before or after the heart attack?
B1GBUD 6th January 2017, 13:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by GeorgeK
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/7708/nvidias-geforce-gtx-1080-gpu-benchmarked-triple-4k-11-520-2160/index3.html

This would seem to suggest that on some games with a 1080 you might get minumums of 6fps... On others be prepared for the heady heights of 24fps

This was the target framerate on Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix on my 286 back in the day @ 320x240..... sadly it never reached it and I would have to make do with no textures and 15fps with a CPU of 400% occupancy!!
Corky42 6th January 2017, 13:28 Quote
I'd be so busy playing with the screen deployment I'd never get any work done. :D
SMIFFYDUDE 6th January 2017, 14:30 Quote
I don't know if it's just me but in my mind even if it was capable of running games at a playable frame rate, the screens just seem to be too close to the gamer to be of any benefit. The viewing angle just seems wrong to me.
Bindibadgi 6th January 2017, 14:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
That's what I was thinking - can a fully maxed desktop even push 3x4K properly at the moment? Showing it playing a game in the teaser video is tantamount to false advertising

Way more interesting for creative/visualisation/finance types, surely.

I've heard that some gaming notebooks get picked up by workstation/creative users because a) modern Mac Pro's are **** and b) they're the only ones with decent displays + graphics cards. But these people don't want all the **** bling, so Razer models are frequently desired. I think Valerie is a nod to this market, not gamers. Razer needs to spin off a business/creative brand.
Mister_Tad 6th January 2017, 15:29 Quote
Makes sense, and c) "mobile workstation" class laptops from the "business" brands are monstrously expensive compared to their gaming counterparts.

I have fairly memory hungry requirements, and it was a pain at my last refresh (probably easier now, but 16GB sticks were barely a thing at the time) just to find something that was business appropriate and easily portable, and I didn't even have display and GPU to think about. Razer are sensible (if you can call a 12K triple screen laptop 'sensible') to avoid any l33t styling. Whenever some company launches a really garish £5000 gaming system, I wonder where all of these well heeled 12 year olds are coming from?
B1GBUD 6th January 2017, 16:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
I wonder where all of these well heeled 12 year olds are coming from?

https://www.instagram.com/richkidsofinstagram/?hl=en
Corky42 6th January 2017, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
I wonder where all of these well heeled 12 year olds are coming from?

Didn't your parents every have that awkward birds and the bees talk with you? ;)
jb0 7th January 2017, 10:50 Quote
'Multi-monitor desktop set-ups are becoming more necessary for professionals, creators, and gamers,' claimed Razer's co-founder and chief executive Min-Liang Tan at the unveiling. 'For the first time, we've engineered a solution that users can take with them.'

Ummm, 2008 called, and the Thinkpad W700ds would like a word with you, Mr. Tan.
Bindibadgi 7th January 2017, 14:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
Whenever some company launches a really garish £5000 gaming system, I wonder where all of these well heeled 12 year olds are coming from?

US, China and Saudi Arabia + the kelptocrats of all other Asian states.
Star*Dagger 8th January 2017, 09:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
That's awesome. Crazy, but awesome.

And at least with 4K screens, you have the option of running 1080p. You don't in the reverse scenario.

:(

No one but the most backward peasant Brexit supporter runs at such a LOW resolution as 1080p anymore!

S*D
jinq-sea 8th January 2017, 11:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
No one but the most backward peasant Brexit supporter runs at such a LOW resolution as 1080p anymore!



S*D



That's all folks. Seeya!
Mister_Tad 8th January 2017, 11:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
US, China and Saudi Arabia + the kelptocrats of all other Asian states.

Yeah, true.

Money can't buy taste, as they say.
Pete J 8th January 2017, 13:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by jinq-sea
That's all folks. Seeya!
Has he been permabanned? This would make my day. He's the only person on my ignore list.

I'm...dismayed by the lack of love for this prototype. Don't think of it as a gaming machine. Think of it as an extreme mobile workstation. know of one chap who cold use this in anger work wise. In regards to gaming hower, as Paradigm Shifter says, you DON'T HAVE TO RUN AT NATIVE RESOLUTION. My 15.6" laptop has a 4K screen, which is actually quite nice for working on once you get used to it, but for playing the more demanding modern games, I just play at 1080p (with some AA if I can spare the GPU power).

I also like the subtle hidden nature of the screens that look as though they're only active when unfurled. Hell, I imagine you can opt just to have the centre screen and one of the side screens active if you like.
13eightyfour 8th January 2017, 14:12 Quote
As somebody that uses multi monitors every where I can I like the convenience this would offer for mobile working, but I currently carry an ASUS MB169B+ USB monitor in my bag which offers me an additional monitor for when I'm out and about and only cost £150 at the time, Yes its another thing that I need to carry in my bag but it's only about 10mm thick so hardly the end of the world.
fix-the-spade 8th January 2017, 14:41 Quote
Something is wrong with the world, every time I see a Razer laptop I want it. This and the various models of Blade are certainly cooler than recent MBPs.
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
US, China and Saudi Arabia + the kelptocrats of all other Asian states.
I just got an image of a cabinet meeting of Chinese seaweed monsters, made me giggle.
RedFlames 8th January 2017, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by jinq-sea
That's all folks. Seeya!

Spam*Dagger Finally been Ban*Daggered? Today is a good day!


As for the laptop, it seems totally impractical and barring the aforementioned spoilt rich kids the market for it would be next to nothing.

But at least someone has done something mad for no other reason than because they can...
Journeyer 9th January 2017, 08:49 Quote
This tickles my inner 12-year old! It's like a Lamborgini Countach; fun to look at and fun to dream about, but not all that useful. I'd still put up posters of it on my walls to salivate over. Make this happen Razer; we may not need it, but the world now feels empty without it.
Bindibadgi 9th January 2017, 09:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J


I'm...dismayed by the lack of love for this prototype.


Well someone loved it so much it's been stolen, according to Razer.
Journeyer 9th January 2017, 09:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Well someone loved it so much it's been stolen, according to Razer.

I suppose the best way to get rid of temptation is to give in to it...
jb0 9th January 2017, 12:12 Quote
It is weird how much more I wanted this back when the concept was new. Eight years ago I was "HAHA this laptop has multiple monitors this is amazing and insane and I need this right now why does it cost so much" and now I'm just "Ayup, that's a multimonitor rig. *yawn*"

I don't know if this means I am more mature than I used to be, or just grumpier. I hope for the former.
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