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Razer laptop prototype sprouts two extra screens

Razer laptop prototype sprouts...
Three screens are better than one – Razer's Project Valerie
Three screens are better than one – Razer's Project Valerie
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Three screens are better than one – Razer's Project Valerie
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Three screens are better than one – Razer's Project Valerie
You can use the three screens together or independently
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You can use the three screens together or independently
This is still a prototype, but Razer is demoing it at CES 2017
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This is still a prototype, but Razer is demoing it at CES 2017
The prototype is based on Razer's existing Blade Pro laptop
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The prototype is based on Razer's existing Blade Pro laptop
Three screens are better than one – Razer's Project Valerie
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Three screens are better than one – Razer's Project Valerie
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Three screens are better than one – Razer's Project Valerie

If you're after more computer screen real estate there are plenty of options open to you, but gaming specialist Razer has a different idea: a laptop that incorporates two extra displays alongside the standard one you normally get above the keyboard.

It's called Project Valerie and Razer isn't holding back, with each screen a large 17.3 inches in size and running a 4K resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. In use you get a full 180-degree viewing area, and behind the scenes there's Nvidia's Surround View technology, which manages high graphics performance across multiple screens simultaneously.

Alternatively, you can use the three displays separately, like a traditional multi-monitor setup. There's also some tasteful Chroma lighting under each of the extended screens, so you don't lose that cool factor when you're gaming across three screens.

Razer is promising "automatic" deployment, so your screens will slide out at the push of a button and adjust themselves as needed. Apparently the whole setup expands in just a few seconds, with aluminum hinges keeping everything in place.

One of the benefits this has over setting up a separate monitor (or two) with your laptop in the standard way (which suddenly feels a bit old-fashioned) is there's no cable clutter with Project Valerie – everything runs from the main laptop.

This is still a prototype, but Razer is demoing it at CES 2017
This is still a prototype, but Razer is demoing it at CES 2017

Although this is still a prototype for now – so you can't go out and buy it – Project Valerie is based around the 17.3-inch Razer Blade Pro laptop, but is slightly chunkier at 3 mm (1.5 inch)-thick and tips the scales at under 5.4 kg (12 lb).

With an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card installed, it's also VR-capable, so you could run an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift from this setup – though you won't be able to enjoy the beauty of three adjoining displays if you've got a VR headset strapped to your face all the time.

While we've seen similar ideas appear as accessories before, this is the first time we've seen three displays actually built into a laptop, and it will certainly appeal to gamers and creatives who want as much screen space as possible in something that can still be carried around fairly easily.

Although it's still a concept, it's not such a far-out one, and attendees at CES 2017 have been playing games on Project Valerie. As yet Razer isn't saying if it plans to turn it into an actual product, or when that might happen.

If you'd like this to become a reality – and you want to be alerted as soon as it is – then you can sign up for updates on the Project Valerie part of the Razer website (linked below). It can be seen in use, in the following video.

Product page: Project Valerie


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3 comments
Jon Austin
Sigh. I've seen this concept touted for years, decades even. I even own one iteration - a Lenovo with a side screen that pops out from the right side of the main display - that weighs as much as a pony. most of the concepts never make it to manufacturing and the ones that do are fatally compromised. So count me skeptical that we'll ever see this one actually for sale or that - if it does make it out of the lab - it'll look anywhere nearly as slim and elegant as it does in the prototype. But, as Miranda Priestly put it, "I had hope. My God. I live on it." I'd love to be happily surprised.
Captain Danger
Razor Build it , I will buy it. I don't care about games but the idea of being able to go to a job site and use multi monitors is very appealing. Make it heavy and rugged. Also give me a real serial port, dual NIC cards , dual hard drives , and windows 7 Thanks
agulesin
Why don't they show a rear view or one with the screens folded up? because it must be the most unwieldy laptop ever invented. Can we use it on the train/bus/plane? don't think so somehow!!