THERE ARE PLENTY of crazy things at CES that will come to market, things like washing machines that contain secondary washing machines and brand-new boomboxes with cassette decks. But the craziest things you see at the show have no chance being in stores anytime soon. Not that it matters: They’re showpieces for companies to strut their stuff, and they’re a lot of fun.
Take Razer’s Project Valerie, which is a thick-as-hell concept laptop. It’s loaded with many of the same internals as the company’s insane (but very real) Razer Blade Pro.
So why is this concept computer twice as thick? And why does it weigh more than 11 pounds? Well, because those are the sacrifices you’ve gotta make for a laptop with three 17-inch screens. Once you open the laptop, you can slide two full-size peripheral screens out from the sides of the main monitor and lock them into place.
These aren’t rinky-dink additional displays, either. Each of the laptop’s three monitors is a 4K IGZO display, and they’re all managed by Nvidia’s G-Sync monitor technology to ensure the multi-display action works perfectly.
The obvious (theoretical) draw here is immersive gaming, as Razer says Project Valerie supports Nvidia Surround gaming with an 180-degree field of view. It’s also got plenty of mustard to drive an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset. The machine’s monitors can also handle the full Adobe RGB color space, and the components are plenty powerful enough for video editors and Photoshop pros.
If you just want to use it for super-wide Word docs, you’ll be happy to know that Project Valerie is built around the same low-profile mechanical keyboard as the Razer Blade Pro. Under the hood, there’s also the same desktop-class NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8 GB of video RAM, a cool 32 gigs of system RAM, and the same vapor-chamber cooling rig found in the single-screened Blade Pro.
Again, this is just a concept piece. Seeing as that Blade Pro starts at $3,700, this laptop would likely set you back at least $6,000 if it ever made its way into the real world. You’d likely want to keep its “compact AC adapter” permanently plugged in too, because the battery in a laptop with this much screen would probably poop out after 14 seconds.