Razer is renowned for its high-quality and cutting edge accessories for gamers. The company isn’t just about outstanding peripherals any more, though. It also focuses on portable gaming rigs. The Blade line, for example, includes lightweight, high-performance, portable laptops, including Pro and Stealth. However, at CES 2017, Razer’s developers outdid themselves – and probably their competitors, too – with Project Valerie.
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 – that’s right, three – screens. Before you rush over to Razer’s website to get your hands on this beast, be aware that it’s still in the concept phase right now, so it won’t be available any time soon. Nor has Razer indicated an expected price point.
What we do know is that Project Valerie moves away from the trend toward lighter, smaller, thinner. Valerie goes completely the other way, with the philosophy that bigger is better, at least for gaming. In fact, 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 she won’t be suited for carrying around in your backpack all day. But with three 17-inch screens and Razer’s quality hardware and construction, Valerie will, in theory, provide an unrivalled 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. Each 17.3-inch screen boasts 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 unmatched gaming laptop includes 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 movie, helping you feel like you’re right there. Project Valerie is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, so it’s more powerful than many entry and mid-level gaming desktops to manage 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 laptop. This includes its VR Ready hardware, sporting plug-and-play compatibility with the majority of leading VR headsets. You’d also get an ultra-realistic cinematic-quality VR environment with NVIDIA GameWorks. Plus, the presence of NVIDIA Ansel technology allows 360-degree in-game capture of virtual reality gaming.
This laptop has the same Razer low-profile mechanical keyboard as the Blade Pro, providing the solid feedback 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.
The triple-screen laptop makes use of advanced connectivity features. It’s got Thunderbolt 3 technology that achieves transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps. And to help reduce lag, Razer has 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. 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.