Razer Edge Pro Gaming-optimized Windows 8 tablet with onboard Nvidia graphics; offers plenty of ways to play games via extra accessories; relatively easy setup.
But, Gaming performance trails that of comparably priced gaming laptops; lacks 1080p screen; design is thicker and heavier than other Windows 8 tablets; lacks Ethernet and SD slot; battery life runs short when gaming; price skews high when accessories are factored in.
The bottom line: The Razer Edge is one of the most inventive PC gaming devices in years, but you'll pay a premium for portability and proprietary add-ons. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i7i7-3517U / 1.9 GHz ( 3 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Hard Drive256 GB - Serial ATA-600
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type10.1 in IPS
Max Resolution1366 x 768 ( HD )
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE / Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Video Memory2 GB DDR3 SDRAM Price;$1,449.99 VS Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T hybrid is a fast, full-powered Core i5 tablet, has a 1080p screen, comes with its own keyboard base, and includes the pressure-sensitive S-Pen that’s very accurate and responsive.
But, Battery life isn’t great for a tablet; it lacks laptop-style features like Ethernet and a standard SD card slot; plus, it’s even more expensive than the Surface Pro.
The bottom line: The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T walks the line between ultrabook-level laptop and tablet, but doesn’t truly excel at either. Specifications
Processor3rd Gen Core i5Intel i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Memory4 GB / 4 GB (max)
Hard Drive128 GB - Serial ATA-300
Operating SystemWindows 8 64-bit Edition
Display Type11.6 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology
Optical DriveNone Price;$1,179.00 to $1,231.98 VS Microsoft Surface Pro Making your mind up about the Surface Pro is less about what it is and what it does and more about what you want out of a tablet. As a hybrid PC it's an undeniable compromise - but that's no bad thing. The Microsoft Surface Pro fits a full ultrabook experience in a compact 10-inch tablet. Thanks to the ingenious Type and Touch covers, it offers a comfortable interface and typing experience. The clean, crisp design and sharp 1080p screen rise above the competition.
But, The battery life is disappointing, and more ports would be nice. The 64GB model barely has any free storage. It costs as much as a regular laptop, especially because the cool keyboard cover isn't included by default.
The bottom line: The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device.
Windows 8 Pro (64-bit); 1.7GHz IntelCore i5; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (Sharedl) Intel HD 4000; 128GB Micron SSD Specifications
Display type10.6 inColor TFT active matrix - Yes
OSMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro
Processor3rd Gen Core i5Intel
Wireless connectivityIEEE 802.11nIEEE 802.11bIEEE 802.11aIEEE 802.11g
Dimensions (WxDxH)0.53 in10.8 in 6.8 in
Weight903 g Price;$899.99