For many gamers, Razer is renowned for its high-quality and cutting edge accessories. They aren’t just about outstanding peripherals anymore, though. Now, they also focus on portable gaming rigs. Their Blade line, for example, includes lightweight, high performance, portable laptops, including Pro and Stealth. At CES 2017, Razer outdid themselves. And probably their competitors, too.
Introducing Project Valerie.
There’s nothing else quite like it on the market or, as far as we know, in development for a consumer audience. It’s a behemoth of a gaming laptop with three – yes, that’s right – three – screens. Before you rush over to Razer’s website to get your hands on this beast, it’s still in the concept phase right now, so it won’t be available any time soon. Nor have Razer indicated an expected price point. What we do know is that Project Valerie moves away from the trend in lighter, smaller, thinner. Valerie goes the other way, with the philosophy that bigger is better, at least for gaming. So, Razer states that Valerie will weigh in at a substantial 12 pounds and will be 1.5 inches thick. She isn’t going to be slim and lightweight and isn’t going to be suited to carrying around in your little backpack all day. But, with three 17-inch screens and Razers quality hardware and construction, Valerie will, in theory, provide an unrivaled portable gaming experience that’s the equivalent of a multi-screen desktop gaming rig.
Because this laptop is designed as a portable high-performance desktop equivalent, it can handle the most demanding games and tasks. You can use the three screens as one single triple-paned screen that’s great for gaming as well as creative works. Alternatively, if you’re a busy multi-tasker, you’ll be able to use each screen for different applications or as separate virtual desktops. The 17.3-inch screens boast 4K Ultra HD and the two side displays slide outward using robust, long-lasting aluminum hinges. Once in position, they quickly and easily lock into place to ensure the right viewing alignment, whatever your task.
This unrivaled gaming laptop boasts native NVIDIA Surround View, with an impressive resolution of 11,520 x 2,160. While that may seem crazy to everyday users, it provides a truly immersive gaming experience. The angled wider view also works well for losing yourself in your favorite movies, helping you feel like you’re right there. Razer state that Project Valerie is powered by an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 GPU, so it’s more powerful than many entry and mid-level gaming desktops and it lets you enjoy even the latest, most demanding games at ultra-settings in 4K resolution.
Project Valerie uses the same technology as Razer’s popular Razer Blade Pro. This includes its VR Ready hardware with NVIDIA VRWorks™-driven plug-and-play compatibility with the majority of leading VR headsets. You’ll also be able to experience an ultra-realistic cinematic-quality VR environment with NVIDIA GameWorks™. The presence of NVIDIA Ansel technology allows 360-degree in-game capture for enhanced virtual reality gaming.
The triple-screen laptop makes use of advanced connectivity features. It’s got Thunderbolt™ 3 technology that achieves USB-C speeds of up to 40 Gbps. The Thunderbolt provides a single high-speed port that connects to USB, Display Port, and PCI Express, as well as Thunderbolt devices. In an attempt to reduce lag, Razer have introduced the Killer DoubleShot Pro. This networking technology detects the game or program currently in use and prioritizes it, maximizing network bandwidth so you won’t experience lag and stutter if the network is getting busy.
Like other Razer offerings, Project Valerie promises to be optimized for gaming and will arrive without all the unnecessary bloatware that’s so often seen with other popular consumer and gaming laptops. This laptop has the same Razer low-profile mechanical keyboard as the Blade Pro, letting you experience the solid feedback and long-lasting durability of a standard mechanical keyboard in a slim, laptop design. The Blade and, therefore, presumably Valerie, has a whopping 32GB of DDR4 RAM. While this is excessive by anyone’s standards, for particularly demanding tasks and running multiple high-drain applications simultaneously, 32GB should help keep things running smoothly. If you want to stay abreast of all the latest developments for Project Valerie, you can register your email for updates on the Razer website.