Razer’s prototype of their upcoming Razer Switchblade mobile PC gaming device is an intriguing proof-of-concept for small-scale mobile computers aimed at a serious gaming crowd.
The Switchblade’s most notable feature is its context-specific adaptive keyboard, designed in concert with game developers, which changes the keys displayed and their functions to correspond to in-game commands or abilities. Each game has both its own unique keyboard interface and an option to switch back to conventional keys for text chat on demand, and the prototype supports both Bluetooth and wired external keyboards.
Razer designed the Switchblade to allow a gamer to play unhindered by the usual performance and ergonomic issues expect from a machine of its size. The diminutive little machine runs a customized OS based on Windows 7, powered by an Intel Atom processor.
The Switchblade has been in development for approximately two years. Razer hopes to release the Switchblade by the end of 2011.
Razer also had a selection of their high-quality keyboards, mice, and headsets on display, including a series designed explicitly for Starcraft II and one themed after Tron. The Starcraft II set included lighting-based APM monitors and user-defined contextual alerts, reprogrammable keys, and on-the-fly macro recording.
The Tron set featured a unique design with a rearrange-able numpad, ambidextrous mouse, unique sound and lighting cues based on the Tron franchise, and bioluminescent lighting including a visible light trail from the mouse in dark environments.