CES 2017 may over, but the gear and technology announced over the weekend is still in the news. For Razer, though, CES 2017 appears to have been something of a bittersweet event. Let’s start with the good news. Razer introduced the world to Project Valerie, the world’s first triple 4K display laptop. And oh boy does it look sexy. With a company like Razer, you know it’s primarily intended for gamers. It does, however, open up many possibilities for video and photo enthusiasts and professionals.
I’ve been using multiple monitors on my desktops now ever since switching to Windows 98. It’s why I’ve come to despise working on laptops. If I have to go mobile with a single screen, I’d sooner just go with a tablet. If the tablet can’t handle it, then it can wait until I get back to a “real computer”. Something like this does make me reconsider my choices for the future, though.
There’s really not a whole lot of information available on it yet. But, what we do know is that it has three 17.3″ 4K screens, for a total of 11520x216o resolution. It’s powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX1080 GPU and natively supports Nvidia’s Surround View. Ideal for gamers, but also fantastic for photo or video editing.
Despite Razer’s primary audience being gamers, this whole other sector of the market has not been ignored. In fact, they even show Premiere Pro running in a mockup image on their website.
The 12K multi-display gives you the expansive workspace and flexibility to tackle any task. Utilize the three displays as one to span your creative projects across the large screen real estate. Alternatively, take advantage of each display independently, running multiple applications simultaneously allowing for multi-tasking like never before.
Although Razer do describing it as a “gaming laptop”, this could really make me start loving laptops again for more serious work. At 1.5″ thick and weighing 12lbs (5.5kg), though, it’s not quite the lightweight that many have come to appreciate in recent years. Considering it features three 17.3″ displays, though, I think I can forgive it.
According to Engadget, Project Valerie has “the computing prowess of the 17-inch Blade Pro”, a somewhat solid performing device. It also features Razer’s mechanical keyboard and all-aluminium case.
But, right now, it’s really a concept piece more than anything else. Linus over at Linus Tech Tips describes it as a way to simply judge reaction. To see if there’s any genuine interest out there beyond “Oh, hey, this looks cool”. Is anybody actually going to use one?
Well, yes, I absolutely would. I wouldn’t be gaming on it, though. For editing videos in the hotel room of an evening, this would make life so much easier. Even for photography, shooting tethered to this on one screen, with storyboards and concept images up on another. It would be invaluable – at least, for me. For others, maybe not so much, and they may prefer other options.
As it’s still a concept, there’s obviously no information on pricing or availability, nor complete specs. But, I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on this one.
Now for the bad news. Razor have had two new prototype units stolen from their booth at CES. Company CEO, Min-Liang Tan confirmed that two of the units had been stolen from the booth on the last day of the show.
Having worked with show management as well as law enforcement to address the issue, Razer are extending a plea for help to the general public. The company have offered up a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those involved in the theft. Tan has also not ruled out the possibility of corporate spying.
We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously – it is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us.
– Min-Liang Tan, Razer CEO
Razer did not initially announce exactly which prototypes have been stolen. Their appearance at CES, however, was largely built around Project Valerie and a new Chroma projector by the name of Project Ariana. Razer later confirmed to Polygon that it was indeed a pair of Project Valerie laptop prototypes that were stolen from the press room at approximately 4pm on Sunday, January 8th, 2017.
If you have any information that may help, you can contact Razer directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. Razer say they will not publicly disclose any material it receives, except to those with whom it is required by law.
So, to bring things back around to happy thoughts again. Project Valerie. Who wants one? Could you see something like this becoming your mobile editing workstation? Will Starbucks need to install larger tables? Is it just way too heavy? Or do you prefer a single display on your laptop anyway? Let us know in the comments.