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CES 2011 Coverage



A trip to CES would not be complete without our usual meeting with Razer's president, Robert Krakoff. It's always a pleasure meeting with him and discussing the company's future, and this year was certainly no exception.








The product getting all the buzz at CES this year is the Razer Switchblade. This mobile PC gaming concept even won the CNET "Best of CES" award in the People's Voice category, and deservedly so. Though merely a concept, with the specs yet to be finalized, the Razer Switchblade looks to be a breakthrough device in mobile gaming. It features a multi-touch 7" LCD on the top with an "innovative tactile dynamic keyboard" on the bottom. What makes the keyboard unique is that underneath the unlabled, see-through keys is an LCD screen that changes depending on what application is running. Launch a document editor and a QWERTY keyboard appears. Switch to a movie and playback controls appear. But that's nothing — the coolest part comes when playing games. Launch World of Warcarft, for example, and none of your hotkey icons apear on your top screen, but rather in individual keys on the dynamic keyboard, providing quick and easy access to your favorite skills. Best of all, not only will templates for various games be available for free download, but Razer will also provide the tools for users to create their own keyboard layout. What templates will be available at launch is unknown, but aside from World of Warcraft, Robert said that we can expect popular Steam games to have templates as well since Razer works very closely with Valve. As far as the hardware goes, the Switchblade contains two batteries for extended battery life and features a USB port so you can hook up your favorite mouse for games that rely heavily on mouse control, like first-person shooters.

Below, you can see a QWERTY keyboard, World of Warcraft, and World of Goo, along with what the Switchblade looks like when closed. In addition, we've included a short video showing the keyboard layout changing when the application changes.




  1. Pre-CES Part 1: Introduction & Corsair Press Event
  2. Pre-CES Part 2: Sapphire
  3. Pre-CES Part 3: Gigabyte Press Event
  4. CES Day 1 Part 1: Sennheiser
  5. CES Day 1 Part 2: Antec
  6. CES Day 1 Part 3: IN WIN
  7. CES Day 1 Part 4: LG Electronics
  8. CES Day 1 Part 5: LG Electronics (Continued)
  9. CES Day 1 Part 6: Samsung
  10. CES Day 1 Part 7: Corsair
  11. CES Day 1 Part 8: The CA Technologies Race
  12. CES Day 1 Part 9: The CA Technologies Race (Continued)
  13. CES Day 1 Part 10: MSI MOA 2011 Americas Finals
  14. CES Day 1 Part 11: MSI MOA 2011 Americas Finals (Continued)
  15. CES Day 2 Part 1: MSI
  16. CES Day 2 Part 2: MSI (Continued)
  17. CES Day 2 Part 3: Sony
  18. CES Day 2 Part 4: Zotac
  19. CES Day 2 Part 5: Mushkin
  20. CES Day 2 Part 6: Patriot Memory
  21. CES Day 2 Part 7: OCZ Technology
  22. CES Day 2 Part 8: Advanced Micro Devices
  23. CES Day 2 Part 9: Palit
  24. CES Day 3 Part 1: Creative Labs
  25. CES Day 3 Part 2: Shuttle
  26. CES Day 3 Part 3: NVIDIA
  27. CES Day 3 Part 4: PowerColor
  28. CES Day 3 Part 5: Razer
  29. CES Day 3 Part 6: Razer (Continued)
  30. CES Day 3 Part 7: Super Talent
  31. CES Day 3 Part 8: SD Association, Supermicro, Mad Catz, NEC
  32. CES Day 3 Part 9: Thermaltake
  33. CES Day 3 Part 10: Thermaltake (Continued)
  34. CES Day 3 Part 11: CyberPower PC
  35. CES Day 3 Part 12: Cooler Master
  36. CES Day 3 Part 13: Cooler Master (Continued)
  37. CES Extras: Cooler Master Party
  38. CES Extras: Bartenders, Sharp i3 Wall, Magician
  39. CES Extras: Convention Center, Counter-Strike 1.6 vs. EG.n0thing
  40. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 1
  41. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 2
  42. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 3
  43. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 4
  44. CES Extras: Booth Babes with Staff
  45. CES Final Thoughts
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