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LAS VEGAS–Every year at CES, there are the concept devices and out-on-a-limb concepts that inevitably grab headlines and rapt attention. The Razer Switchblade, announced today, is certainly one of these.
Described as a way to bring desktop PC gaming to a portable form factor, the concept device comes from Razer, a company known for making mice and computer peripherals. And yet, the Switchblade is a full Netbook of sorts, an actual PC product, but not one that’s set for production yet.
The Switchblade is Intel Atom-based, with a touch screen and a dynamic tactile keyboard that adjusts its layout and configurations on the fly based on the game being played. Razer’s concept video seen here shows the device in action.
We’d like to be optimistic, but we’ve haven’t yet seen an Atom Netbook that’s offered anything close to the experience of a regular PC gaming laptop. The 11.6-inch Alienware M11x came close, but also utilized Nvidia GeForce graphics and a midlevel Intel Core CULV processor to accomplish the task.