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Razer Announces Dedicated Gaming Laptop

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the wait-how-much dept.

PC Games (Games) 200

An anonymous reader writes "After recently running a full-page ad in the WSJ saying, 'PC gaming is not dead,' Razer has now announced a new laptop, the Blade, for the express purpose of playing video games. Its most distinctive feature is what they call the 'Switchblade' UI, which is an area next to the keyboard that has a multi-touch LCD screen and 10 dynamic keys. The screen can receive and display information from games, and the keys can show unique icons particular to the game you're playing. The requisite hardware for a gaming laptop makes it weigh almost seven pounds, but it's less than an inch thick. Another distinctive feature is the price — at $2,800, they price a lot of gamers right out of the market. As the article says, 'It's a gamble, but an exciting one.'"

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Use a pillow for your health. (1, Offtopic)

Dr.Bob,DC (2076168) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222282)


I like gaming, in fact we have an XBOX360 at home, but it's important to mention that keeping a running laptop in close proximity to your body will flood the area with large amounts of electromagnetic radiation and heat.

Study after study have shown that heat from these devices reduces sperm count in males. That coupled with the EMR being generated just inches from your testicles is sure to cause sperm malformation and even testicular cancer if left 'baking' for too long.

Other parts of the body are affected as well. Take the prostate. It's only a few inches from your testicles. Imagine about 3 inches into your anus then mentally draw a line to your testicles. Surprising, isn't it? They're just inches away. Now think of the EMR and heat flooding your prostate. When you're an old man and are told you have prostate cancer, you can be sure it's from your laptop.

During Coccydynia (pain in the coccyx) treatments (where the Chiropractor inserts a lubricated, gloved finger in the patient's anus for manipulation) we've noticed HUGE prostate glands, just bloated with cancer. We aren't even 'aiming' our finger in that direction but there it is: bloated, black, disease ridden, cancerous prostate. By this stage there's nothing chiropractic manipulation can do.

It's off to the Oncologist and his butcher knives.

If you must use a laptop, consider placing a pillow on your lap then putting the laptop on top. It doesn't sound like much, but the cancer-and-subluxation causing radiation loses power very fast with distance.

Take care,
Bob

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (1, Informative)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222378)

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (3, Informative)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222400)

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222676)

don't know what the subject is about.... call the poster a troll

Simple, widely used tactic on slashdot...

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (0)

silentbrad (1488951) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222482)

Last I remember, it was only the heat that was a problem. What with, you know, extreme heat temporarily reducing sperm count. Also, as far as I know, pillows don't block electromagnetic radiation.

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222556)

Most pillows block light.

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (1)

silentbrad (1488951) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223212)

Depending on the pillow, of course. Looking at wikipedia, I see that light falls under EMR, which I probably knew. But still, how much light does the bottom of your laptop give off that you need a pillow to block it?

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222566)

Thank you, Doctor Bob, for not telling us how to remove our viruses from our gaming laptops.

Gaming laptops don't make a lot of sense, as they tend to get very hot. Heat kills batteries (both energy loss discharge and long-term battery cell-killing damage). And they're not good for your health because (if you're male) they can cook your testicles and (either sex) they can cause burns that you don't tend to notice until it's too late. So if you can't hold it in your lap, and it can't hold a charge (because of high energy demands), and the costs are multiples of a desktop's for the same specs, and it's not conveniently portable due to weight, why would you ever buy a gaming laptop?

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (2)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222976)

You know that Dr. Bob can cure your laptop of viruses by carefully manipulating the hinge. In fact you should entrust your laptop to Dr. Bob on a weekly basis to keep your laptop virus free and in good health.

Re:Use a pillow for your health. (1)

Dr Herbert West (1357769) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222670)

I would like to take that cancer-and-subluxation-reducing pillow and put it over your face and smother you with it, Bob.

PC gaming is not dead, (4, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222294)

but "gaming laptops" where never alive. The concept is kind of silly given the rate at which gamers upgrade hardware and how static a notebooks configuration is.

Re:PC gaming is not dead, (2)

del_diablo (1747634) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222396)

Who cares about that?
They apparently made a highend quality PC with a decent design, and something which has no marked yet.
That alone deserves a large salute.

Re:PC gaming is not dead, (4, Interesting)

vux984 (928602) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223060)

And I'd seriously buy one tomorrow if the touchpad was in the center instead of the right side...see Razer, I'm left handed... and precision mousing is like handwriting, drawing, pointing... I can use a mouse offhand for point-and-click stuff... but gaming? Sure I'll play you offhand... if you do too.

Too be fair they do have some abidextrous stuff and a left handed death adder which is actually not complete garbage... so they aren't the worst company, but a lot (although not all) of the RH only stuff could be ambidextrous with just a bit more effort.

The blade for example, could possibly have been engineered to let the end user swap the places of the keypad and mouse.... its a $2800 laptop, a few bucks to support this wouldn't have broken the bank. And it might have boosted sales by another 10%...

Laptop gaming has its niche (3, Insightful)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222444)

I own and use a gaming laptop. I travel for business on a regular basis, and spend about 20 weeks a year living in various hotels. Being able to play a few rounds of Starcraft or TF2 with my friends in the evening is well worth the $1400/3 yrs I end up spending on hardware.

It's a niche market, to be sure, but I'm glad it's being served. (Although this particular laptop is well outside my price range.)

Re:PC gaming is not dead, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222570)

Perhaps, but you discount the market that I fall into....I don't care to upgrade. I just replace the whole damn machine. Therefore I'm a money-waster, and I'm exactly the kind of guy that stuck-in-the-present (read: non-upgradable) hardware makers love!

Can I swap out a video card? Sure. How about RAM? Yep. But replace a mother board? Hell, no. I mowed my backyard the other day, was tired, and paid the lawn guy doing the yard next door $20 to mow and trim my front yard, knowing I can get the whole thing done for $25, front and back!

Upgrade is a hassle. Returning stuff to the store is a hassle. My wife once made me take a coupon to the customer service desk at Target I forgot to redeem...for a dollar. I wanted to choke her.

Re:PC gaming is not dead, (1)

chill (34294) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222728)

Which is absurd. The only thing you really need to upgrade is the graphics card every now and then.

Which games are 64-bit and can (and do) take advantage of more than 4 Gb of RAM? Do they sell machines with less any more?

I haven't bumped into a lot of games that really tax my CPU if it is relatively recent. Just buy a good one for the initial machine and let it sit for 3-5 years until you actually do replace the whole machine.

Graphics cards are a different story. When the cycle come around and some new top-end card is released, the price drops on all the others. It is a great time to buy last year's top-end card. And if you stick with the same chipset maker (nVidia or ATI) you probably won't have anything more to do than pop out the old card and pop in the new one. Unified drivers make it that simple.

Swapping the graphics card is massively simpler than replacing all your software and stuff because you got a whole new machine.

Re:PC gaming is not dead, (1)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222846)

I concur.

My wife and I built gaming machines right after the Core 2 Duo e8400 hit it big. Last year we really wanted to upgrade our computers, but we took a look at the current state of the art, and determined that unless we wanted to spend many hundreds (each) to get the top-of-the-line i7 extreme edition cpus, the current crop of cpus were no faster at gaming than what we had.

So we just doubled our ram and replaced our GTS 8800 512s with GTX 470s. Later on we got 28" 1920x1200 monitors and razer mice. Those last three upgrades have done more for our gaming enjoyment than a mobo/cpu upgrade ever could. CPU work-per-clock has been almost stuck in neutral since the core 2 chips came out. They just keep adding more cores.

The overclocking ability on the i5 2500k is finally making me think about upgrading... but just thinking about it, it's certainly not necessary. It's not that much faster for gaming than what I already have.

note, I understand that it would speed the hell up out of my video transcodes, etc. I'm speaking gaming only.

Re:PC gaming is not dead, (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222896)

Next time get an SSD. Probably a bigger improvement than doubling the ram.

Re:PC gaming is not dead, (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222810)

It's only silly if your definition of a "gamer" necessarily involves "graphics whore," a lot of disposable income, and only playing the latest games. Which I'd suggest is a silly definition.

I have a laptop with a Core i5-450M and a GeForce 310M. Far from cutting edge even when I bought it, but I play plenty of games on it. It handled New Vegas fine. Definitely not at top-level graphics, bushes were visible at a mile instead of ten miles or whatever. But for my budget, it works better than the 360.

Re:PC gaming is not dead, (1)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222880)

Yeah, but gaming rigs are hitting the plateau that office PCs hit years ago. I'm still running a pair of GTX 260 video cards from back in the day and an old quad-core AMD processor and I can max out the graphics quality settings on most games no problem at 1920x1080. That's going to be true for just about ever PC game as long as publishers are cranking out the same titles for both PC and consoles. I could build a new gaming rig with killer specs but it wouldn't make my games any better. Maybe if I wanted to set up a triple-head 30" display combo but that'd really be pushing for an excuse to spend money.

Looks cool (2)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222324)

It's spec'd at around a $1400 normal gaming rig (that's being generous). It sure looks cool though. Thin too. You have to wonder how good the cooling system is on that thing...

I'll stick to gaming on a desktop for now, thanks.

hmm (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222330)

Too expensive, but damn that is a badass looking laptop. You could bring it to the hipster coffee shop and look cooler than all the mac users.

Re:hmm (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222402)

Too expensive, but damn that is a badass looking laptop. You could bring it to the hipster coffee shop and look gayer than all the mac users.

FTFY

Re:hmm (3, Funny)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222424)

I can hear the girls swooning now.
"Oh, this? I paid 3x as much as anyone else pays for their laptop so that I can play lots of video games."

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222706)

sounds like mac users "Oh, this? I paid 3x as much as anyone else pays for their laptop so that I can check my email at the coffee shop."

Re:hmm (1)

Splab (574204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223166)

Erm, since he is at a hip cafe, the others are likely using MacBook Pros, which happen to have even more costly than the Razor thing, when matching the specs. (Apple doesn't come with same 2.8Ghz CPU, but choosing their high offer + 8GB gives you a price tag of 2900 for the 17").

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222524)

No laptop today is worth that kind of money! If your a gamer and had the choice of building a Monster PC or a decent Laptop for playing games, most would choose the PC. This will only sell to the rich yuppies!

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222644)

This is exactly what they said about the iPhone. Not suggesting that this laptop will become ubiquitous or anything, just pointing out that if you really appeal to them, there are enough rich yuppies to make a product successful.

Re:hmm (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222872)

There is one teeny tiny flaw in your comparison. you see, smart phones other than the iPhone? Were just kinda...well shit. Their UI sucked the big wet titty, the battery life was a joke, slower than watching paint dry, they were just really really bad.

Now compare that to PC gaming, where they are all running Win 7 X64, no difference there, i can build a damned nice AMD quad core gaming PC for a customer for around $600 loaded to the brim, or get a gaming laptop for less than $1500, again loaded to the brim. The reason Apple still sells laptops is the network effect, people get hooked on the iShiny and want iEverything. i've seen it happen, they start with the pod, then get the phone, then the pad, then finally the Macbook. While i think the price is too high for the iShiny folks like how it all integrates so if it makes them happy? Good for them.

So thinking you can get iShiny money for a gamer PC is kinda nuts. There really isn't anything to separate this from a top of the line Envy or even a nice DIY gamer PC from someone like me. Well except the price, like I said fully loaded quad for $600 and no nut cooking? But then again frankly I haven't figured out the whole laptop thing. I know customers that have spent crazy money on a laptop and then never go anywhere with the thing! WTF? Why waste money on a laptop that is never gonna be away from an outlet?

The extra displays (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222338)

I always wonder how they make those work? I am having a hard time finding games that support dual screen in a way that would be useful, how do they get games to actually display useful things at that area?

Re:The extra displays (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222506)

The dual mode is interesting. I don't game enough to have an opinion but how many gamers need to look at the screen in display mode?

Unreasonably priced (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222350)

At $2800 and those specs, I'd expect two SSDs.

Did I miss something? (2)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222380)

"320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD"

For a gaming laptop? With games now taking 10-20 GB of space each? You'll either need a hell of an connection and stay deleting/redownloading using steam or whatever, or an external drive which will ruin the look.

Re:Did I miss something? (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222516)

Well, its better than the 256GB (pretty much at most) SSD that many people are complaining it doesn't have. Also, I've never seen a 7200 RPM laptop drive before. But 320GB isn't too bad, you'd want an external for mass storage anyways.

Re:Did I miss something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222558)

"320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD"

For a gaming laptop? With games now taking 10-20 GB of space each? You'll either need a hell of an connection and stay deleting/redownloading using steam or whatever, or an external drive which will ruin the look.

Yea, ok.

Re:Did I miss something? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222678)

Marketing. It's for the little kid who wants to talk mom and dad into buying him a "gaming laptop" for Christmas, or for the new college kid who wants to show off to all his friends in the dorm when really he has no idea what he needs. Laptops aren't for gaming, period. Tell me how you are going to upgrade the video card when next year's uber "must have" game comes out? How about the CPU. How hard is it to swap the motherboard in a laptop. Oh, you can't do any of those things? But a decent high end laptop for half the price so you can play whatever game on the plane or away from home, and invest in a desktop that you can keep cutting edge.

Re:Did I miss something? (1)

rsborg (111459) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222700)

"320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD"

For a gaming laptop? With games now taking 10-20 GB of space each? You'll either need a hell of an connection and stay deleting/redownloading using steam or whatever, or an external drive which will ruin the look.

Yeah, that sounds really weak. If it were the ultimate gaming laptop, it would have SSD + HD and load all the OS/Apps on the SSD and HD for things that won't fit on the SSD... even a 60G/500G combo is quite stellar and cost effective.

Re:Did I miss something? (1)

yodleboy (982200) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222778)

what games are these? the biggest space hog on my drive is WoW @ around 20GB, the next closest might be Fallout NV + DLC which is only around 8GB. Most other games (CoD, MoH, HL2) come in under that fully installed. I suppose if all you play are MMO's then 20GB could be a common size.

Anyway, what you suggest is exactly what I do, I don't see the need to have 50GB of games sitting on my drive when I can reinstall from Steam whenever. Particularly with an FPS since now days they tend to have damn little replay value (HL2 excepted). I keep probably 5 or 6 games permanently installed and the rest get downloaded when I'm in the mood to play. Granted I have 35Mb internet so that may not be practical for everyone.

Re:Did I miss something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222892)

The funniest thing is that you play WoW.

Re:Did I miss something? (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223118)

Well right now I'm playing Empire:Total War which according to steam has Disk Usage of 15,091MB
Napolean:Total war is over 20GB.

And these aren't latest games. At all.

Of course YMMV depending on what you like playing, but I usually keep them installed in case I feel like playing a quick game of something or other.

Re:Did I miss something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222878)

That's anemic. My two-year old ASUS laptop cost $1300 new and came with that exact spec on the HDD. I would expect a pair of 256GB SSDs for $2800 and two battery bays (hot swappable, so you don't have to plug in to keep going). Real gamers at this price point buy falcon northwest [falcon-nw.com]. For $3356, you can get two GPUs in a DRX laptop.

Hmm, beautiful, but no. (1)

nege (263655) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222406)

Its gorgeous. Simply beautiful. I know I won't buy it. I like games, but if I want to PC game, I can get a great experience for so much less money with a desktop. Also I don't have to worry about switching out hardware nearly as much. If I wanted to spend that much money on a good-looking laptop I would get another Macbook Pro... then it will have the added benefit of running OS X. Of course it wouldn't be a gaming laptop then, but who really needs a gaming laptop AND has almost 3 grand to spend on it? My guess is this is SUPER niche.

Re:Hmm, beautiful, but no. (3, Insightful)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222616)

Actually, the Blade has a weaker CPU than the MacBook Pro and only a slightly better GPU.

It's hardly a "gaming" notebook by today's standards; they compromised performance to get that sleek design. The trackpad display is interesting, but I can't imagine too many game developers will bother to support it. The custom buttons could be nice for MMOs, but all in all I can't really see why I'd want to spend hundreds more on this over a 17" MacBook Pro.

Still, if it's a quality machine on the inside, I wish them well. It's nice seeing companies break out of the race to the bottom and put out well-built hardware.

shi7! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222432)

House.).. p4thetic. OpenBSD, as the

Bad mouse... (1)

Pino Grigio (2232472) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222438)

I was stupid enough to pay nearly £100 for a razer mouse. It freezes every now and then (disconnect then reconnect USB to get it working); something that didn't happen with my previous logitech "noob" mouse. I only continue using it now because of the huge hit of cognitive dissonance I would get if I actually admitted it's crap. So, if this laptop is anything like their mice, I don't think I'll be buying one.

Re:Bad mouse... (1)

RobbieThe1st (1977364) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222866)

I dunno, their mouse *hardware* seems of good quality. My left-handed Deathadder's seen many many drops onto a hard floor, and it still works.
The Windows drivers however... I've heard they can be poor. I've had little trouble with the Linux drivers(once I got razerd compiled and working) over the last year+ I've used it.

The touch screen + dynamic buttons are cool. (5, Funny)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222488)

And they are especially useful for all those times you are looking at your keyboard while playing a game. I know I spend at least 50% of the time I play video games staring at the keyboard thinking "What does W do again?" Now it'll change to an arrow or a picture of a person walking or something.

Up until now, gaming computers really dropped the ball because they were only displaying beautiful game content on the screen. Razer has stepped it up a notch by bringing game content to where your eyes are always looking: the keyboard.

I take back everything terrible I ever said about Razer. It is now obvious that they have a firm understanding of how gamers use their input devices.

Re:The touch screen + dynamic buttons are cool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222594)

Why would you be looking at the keyboard that much while playing video games?
To me, that makes no sense. Perhaps at first while you are getting acquainted with the game's control schema, but even then one should know their keyboard layout by heard from typing so much on it. Even if not, when playing games after a couple hours the keyboard should be "invisible" to the player and they should be engrossed in the game, not looking at the keyboard.
I suppose for keyboards like the logitech's g510 or g19 one would be looking at the keyboard every now and then because of the LCD.

Not going anywhere (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222492)

What's going to convince a game developer to spend significant resources to develop a second-screen interface for the limited number of people who buy this laptop? It's doomed to live in the same world as Aureal A3D or other hardware sound accelerators, non-HID joysticks, or any other technology that never had a big enough market to be worth developing for.

Re:Not going anywhere (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223198)

Its a large multi-touch pad. Even if it spends all its time showing a static image or nothing at all, it will still be useful.

Re:Not going anywhere (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223342)

Well - you can buy Apple's "Magic Trackpad" for $70 to get multi-touch in Windows. Still, are games even adopting multi-touch in any significant way? $70 vs. a $1000 premium on a laptop for a few games that might put a picture on that little screen seems silly even for a gamer.

Giant Mistake (3, Interesting)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222502)

$2800 bucks and they didn't even think it out? Most gamers are right handed, and PC gamers still predominately use a mouse in their right hand. so the special keypad should have been on the left, not on the right side of the keyboard (or for $2800 bucks I would expect to see a keyboard system that would let the special keypad be moved to either side).

Re:Giant Mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222610)

The keypad is the mouse/touchpad.

Re:Giant Mistake (1)

andreasg (1010787) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222764)

Who games with a touchpad?

Re:Giant Mistake (1)

RobbieThe1st (1977364) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222910)

I actually know a few... especially for MMOs. Personally, my TrackPoint(cl*t mouse) is actually decent for FPS, but it takes a bunch of getting used to. These days, I'm using a standard mouse usually, but I used a Trackpoint exclusively for years before I got my first desktop.

Re:Giant Mistake (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222944)

It's funny, in many articles random people will talk about how the manufacturer made some obvious mistake. 90% of the time those random people are just fucking stupid, with this article they are right.

You make a very good point, and definitely one that a gaming mouse manufacturer should have known.

Re:Giant Mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222986)

I suspect they placed it there because of the cpacitive touch screen. It appears that it does not habe a "standard" trackpad (gamers know better than to even try...) Placing the standard trackpad in the center of a laptop is a compromise.. for space, sure, but the placement sucks equally whether you are right or left handed.. By placing it on the right, it is more useful as a mouse replacement for all the right handed people... When you aren't gaming, at least...

Re:Giant Mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37223336)

Personally the entire idea of the touchscreenpad and the LED buttons is a big waste of R&D money on a flashy feature that will be more awkward than useful.

Yeah it sounds neat on paper and it looks kinda cool on the mockup, and I'm sure the suits in the company loved the "innovation". But really, anyone I know who has or is considering a high-powered laptop for gaming is/will be using a mouse. And a real desktop mouse, not those tiny little mini "laptop mice" that someone thought was a good idea.

Ah, glorious. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222504)

I admit, I loved when N-gage failed. Its always fun to see how badly people this assertive can do. Its never ceased to astound me.

  I wonder if they have any neo-geos or virtual boys for sale too

How's the GPU performance? (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222522)

Gaming on a laptop with a "mobile" GPU sucks compared to the discrete GPU, unless there are some FutureMark 3DMark numbers that show otherwise ...

fucking retarded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222528)

Everyone these days thinks adding a touchscreen is innovative. unless the touchscreen is the only screen, it makes no sense.

When playing a game, your eyes should be locked on one screen only, with some periphery. If you have to look down at a smooth surface to find out how much health you have left, or to launch an attack, you're going to die. Look at all the kid who whine about playing on a touchpad.

Asus has them beat by having a full touchscreen keyboard laptop. And you know what? That's the worst laptop gaming rig ever. So I guess this thing comes in second, even in the "dumb idea" race.

Oxymoron (1)

netdigger (847764) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222548)

Gaming is not an adjective to describe a laptop. Anyone that is willing to spend that much for a gaming computer, they will build their own desktop that would put their laptop to shame.

I think it's cool. (1)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222554)

I think it's cool. Gaming PCs have always been expensive. This one looks pretty good and should avoid sneers and giggles if you take it out in public. I won't be buying one, of course, because I don't have that kind of money to drop on games, but I WANT it.

Real gamers use desktops (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222624)

That's all I have to say. Show me a laptop that will let me run video cards in 3 or 4 way SLI. Oh, and my water cooled screaming 4 monitor system costs less than your shitty laptop. About half as much.

Re:Real gamers use desktops (1)

Literaphile (927079) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222726)

That's all I have to say. Show me a laptop that will let me run video cards in 3 or 4 way SLI. Oh, and my water cooled screaming 4 monitor system costs less than your shitty laptop. About half as much.

OK, now pack up your gaming rig and take it to your friend's house for your LAN party. I'll pack up my laptop, and we'll see who gets there first and with less hassle.

Re:Real gamers use desktops (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222820)

for me it doesnt matter, I end up having to drag some old shitty p4's around with me cause my looser friends cant find a pc for sale anywhere

Loss leader (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222674)

The specs on this laptop will... sell mice. Razer mice. It's about a splashy statement which builds brand cred: fuck gray commodity crates, go with the sexy people who are super 1337. They can sell maybe 5 of these, and

And it'll probably work.

not THAT bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222722)

in all fairness, that's about the same price as a 17" macbook with the highest ram/cpu options. the apple tax and better hardware probably cancel each other out, so it's not like they're off in lala land completely.

2800 dollars and doesn't even have an SSD (1)

caxis (855664) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222758)

Amazing. They are awfully proud of something that doesn't even include an SSD, thus bottlenecking the entire system.

So expensive (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222828)

Damn that's expensive, but it looks really sharp. I really like the idea behind the multitouch panel to the right of the keyboard.

Alienware M11x R3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222836)

I'll stick with my M11x R3 very similar specs, plays games well (Crysis even plays) and its portable (11.6", though I would like it better if it were 10"). 10hr battery life when using word etc, 2.5hr under max load (Crysis, BC2, etc) and it only cost $1100. The thing is solid too (not too afraid to drop it). Easy access to all hardware on the inside. (Still can't upgrade the CPU/GPU/Mobo but very few laptops can). I normally hate Dell, but this laptop is the best laptop I have ever owned.

These 17"+ overpriced monsters may look nice, but why? What is the market when you can get better for less?

Battery life, heat, and weight. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222882)

I've had my laptop (http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Gaming_Powerhouse/G50V/#specifications) [asus.com] for a bit, and it's run just about every game I've wanted it to. Crysis 2, Civ 5, the new Space Marine demo, Assassin's Creed, Witcher 2, etc...

Any issues I've had aren't related to graphics or hard disk performance. The terrible battery life (30 min, maybe), the tremendous heat and comparitively poor airflow for the graphics chip (especially running DX10) and the 7 pound weight force a machine like mine - and the one in the article - to act less like a laptop and more like a portable desktop.

Knowing this up front definitely puts a computer like this in perspective. It's still one of the best purchases I've ever made, though, because I did my research first.

ASUSTek G-Series (1)

ZeroSerenity (923363) | more than 2 years ago | (#37222916)

With moderate sucess, they managed to pull it off with great fun. But they are a little more modest with an average $2,000 pricepoint and nothing too rediculus.

Fuck 'em. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37222950)

PC gaming never died. If anything, it's grown since Steam. Their crappy little gaming laptop isn't going to change shit.

I'll believe it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37223038)

...when Razer actually makes their first gaming product.

Backlighting a 6KRO USB keyboard does not make it 'gaming'.

Problems (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223122)

Now, I'm actually in their target market - I generally game on a laptop, and I'm actually looking for a replacement (current one is ~3 years old, starting to run current games badly). But this one isn't good. Why?
1. Heat. There's barely any vents on this, and a LOT of hot gear on the inside. I wouldn't be surprised if this has actual problems functioning like it is.
2. Battery life. 60Wh sounds like a lot, but there's a TON of stuff trying to eat that battery. The CPU draws 25 watts, the GPU 35, 7200RPM hard drives tend to eat battery quickly, and I don't even want to think about how much power that big backlit screen draws. My laptop lasted about 2 hours with 40Wh, and it drew about half that much power. I'd put money on this thing lasting under an hour under a heavy gaming load.
3. Specs too low. The GPU is good, and the amount and speed of RAM is good, but the CPU is really lacking. Dual-core? Not good - for $3K, I'd expect quad- or even hexa-core. Sure, it's clocked well, but remember, half the time a laptop CPU is running at a reduced clock to save power.
4. Hard drive space. 320GB? My laptop from 3 years ago had that much, for half the price! There's no excuse not to have at least 500GB. Hell, put a Momentus XT in there - 500GB of hard drive, and a 4GB SSD in the same package. Or do it yourself - there's laptop-sized terabyte hard drives out there now, put one of those in beside a 16GB SSD and you'll still both impressive performance and capacity. And trust me - gamers need a lot of hard drive space. Some games I've played will suck up 20-40GB, and I haven't seen a non-indie release in years that was under 10GB. So that's AT MOST 30 games, possibly as low as 10. Not going to happen.
5. Gimmicky. The touchscreen/buttons that replaced the number pad are honestly just tacky. You'd need to get game devs to specifically support it in their games. If you had made it compatible with the G19 or G15 keyboard, you might have gotten somewhere, but at this point, it's a gimmick that won't get much dev support unless it sells REALLY well. It's not even positioned well - most games use the left half of the keyboard, where the WSAD is. Reaching over to the touchscreen would be like putting key macros on the number pad - slow, hard to hit accurately, and difficult to use. It should have been on the left of the keyboard, or maybe in that big empty space below it. On my current laptop (and most others), the trackpad is below the spacebar; I often use it with my thumb when gaming, mainly to turn faster in the tanks in BC2. You could move it to the bottom, and then have room for a proper number pad as well.

Re:Problems (1)

Todd Knarr (15451) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223236)

I think they intend the touchscreen to be used in place of the mouse. Which'd actually work well, if the games had direct support for the hardware. But that's the kicker, getting game-dev support.

How to make it less of a gamble (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223208)

Whatever library they are giving to game makers to make that keyboard display happen, let it ALSO display the same control surface on a smartphone or iPad with custom app... then game makers would be a lot more inclined to add support.

Overpriced Garbage Laptop (1)

greymond (539980) | more than 2 years ago | (#37223310)

Description from the article:
2.8GHz Intel® CoreTM i7 2640M Processor
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® OptimusTM Technology
2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
Built-in HD Webcam
Integrated 60Wh Battery
320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)
It will ship in the fourth quarter of 2011 for $2,799.99.

Cost of an actual gaming laptop with a GTX and SSD $2400 http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X7_Xtreme_S2_Notebook/ [cyberpowerpc.com]

While some may or may not like CyberPower, my main points are that you can't sell "gamers" a gaming system without a GTX card, the GT's just don't cut it and while a 320GB 7200 rpm drive is alright, you can get a 128GB SSD for about the same price, maybe around $30-50 more. No one uses anywhere near 320GB on their primary drive. I have Win7 with Office 2k10 Pro, Adobe CS Design Suite 5, LOTRO HR, DDO HR, WoW, Rift, EVE, STO, CO, PotBS, LoL and numerous web/net apps installed on my laptop and I'm using only 140GB of space.

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