The New Razer Edge Tablet: A Real Game Changer

Razer's gaming-focused Edge tablets are coming soon, with the hardware maker confirming that pre-orders will open for the two launch models on March 1, 2013 at 12:01am PT. The Edge and Edge Pro tablets start at $999.99 for the base model, with two additional options priced at $1,299.99 and $1,449.99, respectively.

The base-level model packs in an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and an NVIDIA GT 640 GPU, with a 64GB of SSD storage to install your games onto. The two higher-priced models use Pro specs, which means an upgrade to an i7 CPU, 8GB of DDR3, and either 128GB or 256GB of storage, depending on which one you go for.

Razer didn't confirm yet when the Edge will be released, but the company had previously suggested that it was shooting for Q1 2013. With pre-orders kicking off at the beginning of the month, it likely won't be much longer.

Tags: Tech, Videogames

Sony Patent Reveals The EyePad

Posted February 15, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg

Sony Patent Reveals The EyePad

A newly published European patent application (filed in summer 2012) reveals that Sony has put some amount of effort into developing a tablet-like controller interface, dubbed the EyePad (via Engadget). The existence of a patent, discovered by GameChup, doesn't necessarily mean that this is a thing that will happen and be sold. It's certainly noteworthy, especially with Sony's next-gen console reveal believed to be happening next week. 

The name 'EyePad' is an evolution of Sony's motion-sensing EyeToy camera, though there's obviously a tricky tie to Apple's own wildly popular line of tablets. The patent doc describes an input device with six-axis motion sensors, joystick controls (only one analog stick is pictured in the design sketch), and lit edges that "provide a similar functionality to that of the illuminated ball of the Playstation Move." The would-be device is also equipped with a pair of cameras that, together, can sense depth in a manner similar to Microsoft's Kinect. 

It's all very intriguing, though it's important to remain realistic about what we're seeing here. Patents are filed all the time, for all sorts of crazy ideas. The PS Vita makes it clear that Sony sees the value in touch-based controls, but this EyeToy could easily just be an experiment and nothing more.

Sega Launching Line Of Console-Themed Laptops In Japan

Sega may be out of the console business, but the spirit of the company's early days in video games lives on now with a new line of branded laptops that are available in Japan through online retailer ebten (via Kotaku). Each one embraces a different visual theme -- vanilla Sega, Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast(!) -- and each theme is available at four different price points.

The options, in ascending order, are Light, Standard, High Spec, and Premium. The minimum cost is just over $1,000 (converted from Japan's yen) and the maximum is north of $2,000, with the internal hardware obviously scaling up as you spend more cash. This is an import-only option for now, so it's probably look-don't-touch for most of us. These laptops sure do look lovely though, don't they?

The New iPad As A Gaming Device: A Look At Infinity Blade: Dungeons, Sky Gamblers

In an uncharacteristic move, Apple revealed its latest iPad this morning via press release as opposed to staging a media circus. The new addition to the fourth generation lineup announced in fall 2012 is less an upgrade than it is a modification, with fourth gen tablet horsepower pairing with a 128GB storage capacity, the highest that Apple has ever offered for iPad.

The new iPad is otherwise the same as what's currently available, sporting an A6X processor and a 9.7-inch Retina display. It seems that Apple is targeting data-dependent businesses as customers, with the press release going on to run through some of the top apps that crunch through storage space quickly. A 128GB capacity doubles the current high of 64GB.

This new iPad goes on sale on February 5, 2013. It will be available in both black and white, at $799 for a Wi-Fi-only tablet and $929 for Wi-Fi/4G.

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PRIMA Cinema Brings New Movie Releases To Your Home -- For A Price

We've long dreamed of a day when we could download freshly released movies to our TVs, and now, that day has arrived... but with a steep price! PRIMA Cinema gave us some hands-on time with their product, and it's an amazing service for anyone who can't make it to their local cineplex on opening weekend to see the latest, greatest releases. The cost? A cool $35,000 for the primary unit and remote fingerprint reader, plus an additional $500 per viewing, or a TBD annual fee for an unlimited subscription. Now, that seems astronomical, we know. However, it's chump change next to the cost of installing professional projection equipment (which can run well over $100K). In addition to those equipment costs, you also have to be on a super secret screener list called the "Bel-Air Circuit" that gives access to first-run theatrical releases. Oh, and that circuit is per studio, and even if you make one studio's list, it doesn't guarantee you'll be placed on any other studio's list. Hollywood heavy hitters like Ari Emanuel, George Clooney, and Les Moonves are all on the list, so if you're expecting an invitation, don't hold your breath.

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The New Razer Edge Tablet: A Real Game Changer

The Razer’s Edge tablet blew away both consumers and journalists at this year’s CES, and we got a little time with it in all its varying form factors, leaving impressed by its ability to handle even higher-end PC games with relative ease. 

The Razer Edge, if you haven’t heard about it, is the only tablet out there running a full build of Windows 8 on an Intel processor and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GPU. That’s right, this bad boy is basically a desktop PC in tablet form -- no watered down, integrated graphics here -- and it’s finally ready for the masses to behold. But how does it perform?

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Game/Toy Hybrid, Disney INFINITY, Coming in June

Who would win in a race between Dash from The Incredibles and Cars' Lightning McQueen? Who is stronger, Mr. Incredible or Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.? Disney Interactive gives you the chance to find out as they've announced Disney INFINITY, a new game that allows you to take control of Disney characters old and new and explore open worlds from Disney and Pixar classics. Using actual character figures of Disney's popular line-up, players can combine the many worlds of Disney across all major consoles, mobile devices and online. Think Activision's Skylanders, only with the vast history of Disney characters and properties.

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Razer Edge - Razer Launches First Crowdsourced Gaming Tablet

Razer has unveiled the “Razer Edge”, the first gaming tablet designed for PC gamers by PC gamers. Originally announced at CES 2012 as Project Fiona, the Razer Edge will utilize technology from both Intel (3rd generation Intel Core processors) and NVIDIA (NVIDIA GeForce graphics) by way of a Windows 8 operating system (full specs below). Technospeak-translation: You'll essentially be able to play PC games on this tablet, as if it were a PC computer. For more details on the different Razer Edge modes, read on.

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Tags: G4, PC Gaming, Tech

Xi3 Corporation is partnered with Valve Corporation on a pint-sized gaming PC that is designed to support Steam and its Big Picture Mode. It's not quite the Steam Box that you've all been waiting for, but that's really only because it isn't actually being called "Steam Box." This is most certainly a box o' Steam.

The press release from Xi3 is unfortunately light on hardware specs, only going as far as saying that it's built "for residential and LAN party computer gaming on larger high-def screens." The grapefruit-sized Xi3 Modular Computer chassis (pictured above) is the company's own design, but the gaming-specific model is described as a "development stage" product.

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The outstanding Kickstarter success of the Android-powered Ouya console is now a real thing, with dev consoles shipping out to backers this week. The finished product isn't supposed to be arriving until March 2013; this first wave is specifically for those who paid extra for the ability to start creating games in advance of the console's release.

An official unboxing video features a first look at the unfinished product. The dev-specific Ouya isn't the prettiest thing out there, with a clear plastic shell housing the hardware and a pair of non-finalized gamepads. It sure is teeny tiny though. 

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Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit

Recent Eastern Seaboard electrical problems and Tony Montana agree: It's very important to have power, and the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit is the perfect device to keep everything powered-up in the worst circumstances. This solar powered generator will keep your refrigerators, freezers & home health care equipment running through the power of the sun, so it's safe to run indoors, emits no fumes, and is totally silent. It's a serious step up from a gasoline generator, and a must have.

Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit : $1999.95 | More Info: Goal Zero

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NS600 CRUSH -- Professional Headphones In Disguise

Gone are the days of needing giant, clunky headphones to obtain perfect sound. The NS600 CRUSH earphones are sleek, compact, and come with full sound. It has cutting-edge Dual Dynamic drivers, offering sound so crisp it has to be heard to be believed. These are ideal whether you're a DJ on the go, or simply demand the best quality audio. The NS600 CRUSH earphones are compatible with most devices including various generations of the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

NS600 CRUSH headphones: $150 | More info: Nocs.se

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If the Sony Xperia TL is good enough for James Bond, then it should be good enough for us! Matt Mira and Michael Kosta review the Android smartphone with 13 megapixel HD camera, 4.6-inch 720p display and dual-core processor for $30 with a contract.

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Digital Conversion Turntable For iPad, iPhone, And iPod Touch

This iLP digital conversion turntable for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices lets your transfer music records directly to your "i"device. The iLP digital conversion turntable will be the centerpiece of any music system with it's classic style and modern functionality. After you've transferred your music simply enjoy the vintage sounds of this turntable.

Digital Conversion Turntable: $100 | More info: IonAudio

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What To Expect In Tech In 2013


Posted December 18, 2012 - By Moye Ishimoto

So long, 2012! We're already thinking about what's in store for 2013. Like, what's Apple releasing in the coming months? Are we going to be watching television in the same way we do now next year? Michael Kosta talks to Dan Ackerman, CNET's Senior Editor, on Attack of the Show for all the developments we can expect in 2013...if the world doesn't end on December 21st, that is.

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