razer-project-valerie_005Project Valerie is a gaming laptop with three built-in monitors that uses an automatic deployment mechanism designed by Razer. The gaming computer manufacturer claims it is the “world’s first concept design for portable multi-monitor immersive gaming.”

On the specs side, Project Valerie looks very good on the paper: each 17.3-inch 4K IGZO display features NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology for high-speed framerate and expansive 180 NVIDIA Surround View gaming. This is a new version of the 17-inch Razer Blade Pro with a display on steroid, that features Razer’s Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches, and Razer Chroma, for the monitors, keyboard, and trackpad.

Chroma is a technology that allows developers to program lighting effects in connection to events in applications and games, using the Razer Chroma API. For example, the light becomes red when you are out of ammo in an FPS game, or blinks when an enemy is detected, the possibilities are endless…

razer-project-valerie_003According to Razer, creative professionals (like myself in my previous life) can expect 100% Adobe RGB color accuracy. The unibody CNC aluminum chassis is only 1.5-inches thick and weighs less than 12 pounds, quite impressive for a powerful 17-inch laptop that packs three monitors! Let’s face it, everybody dreams about laptops with multi-monitors.

"EVERYBODY DREAMS ABOUT LAPTOPS WITH MULTI-MONITORS"Last but not least, similar to Razer’s latest products, Project Valerie is VR-ready; it comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 which exceeds the minimum hardware requirements of HTC Vive™ and Oculus Rift, so if you are tired to stare at the huge tri-monitor, you can always switch to a VR-headset!

The portable multi-monitor experience for laptops is not new, we have published about Slidenjoy’s successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, the startup that develops a portable multi-monitor device for laptops, equipped with a patented non-automatic sliding mechanism.

razer-project-valerie_000Unfortunately, the company is one year late on its delivery schedule – we hope the backers will get their devices as promised… the latest update mention the shipping in March 2017, and, according to the report, the long delay is due to the company’s challenges with the patented sliding mechanism and manufacturing for mass production. I have contacted one of the co-founders and

Kickstarter might be the place where traction on experiments like these can be measured by larger companies, so we are very happy to see that Razer is coming to CES 2017 with its own prototype based on a similar concept. The only difference: Project Valerie is a computer, not just a monitor.

At Ubergizmo, we have been waiting for years to see a compelling mobile multi-monitor experience that we could use while traveling across the planet for our tech events. Maybe Razer just cracked the code for us with project Valerie; I cannot wait to see the live demo on the show floor at CES!

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