CES 2017: Razer Wows With Triple-Screen Gaming Laptop
No, the title is not a typo, Razer have created a laptop with three screens...three 4K screens in fact!
Razer has developed a cool habit of unveiling unique concept projects at CES events. Some end up as real product, and some don't, but either way it is always a sight to behold. This year, they might have just outdid themselves with Project Valerie. While we have no idea where the name comes from, the concept clearly came from someone's wildest dreams. Project Valerie is the world’s first triple display laptop. And if that wasn't enough, it is also the world’s first automated triple display laptop. Yes, those two side screens actually feature a proprietary automatic deployment mechanism that slides them into place.
While the concept and execution are pretty remarkable, so are the specs. Those are three 17.3-inch screens with 4K resolution, 100 percent Adobe RGB colour space coverage, and NVIDIA G-Sync technology. In total, thanks to NVIDIA Surround View, you end up with a ultra-wide resolution of 11520 x 2160. That is 24.8 million pixels! Powering this 12K setup is a GeForce GTX 1080 mobile GPU, and while Razer never specified the processor, it will undoubtedly be a Core i7-7700HQ, the flagship Kaby Lake mobile part. Since it is a gaming-oriented product, this concept also came with a mechanical keyboard - made possible by Razer's ultra-profile switches - and RGB LED lighting for both the keys and the trackpad.
This laptop feature a unibody CNC-machined aluminium chassis that is 1.5-inches thick, and the whole kit weighs in at 12lbs, which is not terrible for desktop replacement. No word on battery size, but any shipping product would need a massive battery nearing the 100 watt-hour legal limit...or maybe even two batteries to get around the FAA-imposed lithium-ion battery size restriction.
Eber got some hands-on time with this extremely unique concept, so if you want to hear his thoughts, definitely check out this video:
Full news post below:
LAS VEGAS (CES 2017) – Razer™, the leading lifestyle brand for gamers, today revealed a multi-monitor laptop computer concept that sets a new standard for immersive entertainment and multipurpose portable computing.
Dubbed “Project Valerie,” the system is the world’s first portable laptop with three built-in monitors. Each 17.3-inch 4K IGZO display is equipped with NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology that is capable of producing the smoothest possible framerates and expansive 180 degree NVIDIA Surround View gaming. Creative professionals can look forward to 100 percent Adobe RGB color accuracy and the greatest amount of screen real estate ever assembled in a single computer.
Project Valerie uses an automatic deployment mechanism designed by Razer. Each display mechanically slides out of the side of the main screen and adjusts into place, making it easy for users to deploy. With integrated multi-monitor support, users will no longer have to deal with the cable clutter from traditional desktop setups. The result is a clean gaming and working environment that’s just as easy to maintain.
“The complexities of a traditional multi-monitor setup are a thing of the past with Project Valerie,” says Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “Equally important, the power of a desktop computer and graphics capabilities of three top-end monitors are included in the system. There is no shortcoming in the way of performance in the face of its amazing portability and features.”
Project Valerie adds to the professional capabilities of the new 17-inch Razer Blade Pro. The system was conceived with enthusiasts and power users in mind who want multitasking capabilities and desktop performance on the go. Packed with more screens than previously possible in a notebook, Razer’s Project Valerie is capable of handling virtually any PC task, anytime, anywhere.
The proposed system retains the iconic Razer design, while at the same time accommodating triple-monitors. A unibody CNC aluminum chassis measures just 1.5-inches thick and weighs less than 12 pounds. An included compact AC adapter is much smaller than similarly powered systems, furthering complementing Project Valerie’s mobility.
Project Valerie retains the remarkable thermal management system for which Razer’s line of laptops is known. A custom-designed fan and dynamic heat exchangers pair with a vapor chamber to maximize heat dissipation.
Project Valerie is the second Razer notebook to utilize Razer’s Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches. Each switch features a true actuation and reset point. Key presses are registered with 65 grams of force, mimicking the feel of full-size mechanical keyboards. The keyboard, trackpad, extended monitors are also Powered by Razer Chroma™, which unlocks a virtually endless array of dazzling lighting effects that can be customized by the user or synced to in-game events.
Similar to Razer’s newest systems, Project Valerie equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 exceeds the minimum hardware requirements of HTC Vive™ and Oculus Rift, making it one of the most immersive, mobile VR-ready devices for enthusiasts and developers.
“Multi-monitor desktop set-ups are becoming more necessary for professionals, creators, and gamers,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “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.”
The triple monitor, 17-inch Project Valerie complements Razer’s award-winning systems lineup. The 14-inch Razer Blade sets the benchmark for mobile gaming, while the 12.5-inch Razer Blade Stealth, with a starting MSRP of $899, earned official “Best PC” and “People’s Choice” honors at last year’s CES.
Razer won official “Best of CES” awards with other systems innovations in the past, including the Razer Switchblade, Project Fiona and Project Christine concepts. The Razer Edge tablet won the CES “Best of Show” in 2013, besting a field of more than 20,000 electronic devices at the world’s most prestigious tech tradeshow.
For more information on the Project Valerie, and to register for announcements, visit razerzone.com/projectvalerie