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Razer Core Supports Non-Razer Laptops, but Lacks Portability

The Razer Core offers innovation and compatibility with laptops other than those made by Razer but isn’t very portable for those who want to high end gaming on the go.

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Razer Core Supports Non-Razer Laptops but Lacks Portability

The Razer Core, a new plug and play external graphics cards for laptops made by Razer, has already been slated for a release in April and can already be found available for pre-order.  What sets this newly designed external graphics box is its ability to not only connect to Razer laptops, but other non-Razer laptops as well.  So no matter what kind of laptop you have, you have a shot at the Razer Core.

However, there is one downside to this new piece of tech – it is not very portable.  The reality is that the company designed it that way, and many were surprised at the questions on portability.

Razer’s director of product marketing, Kevin Sather, said, “We didn’t design it to be portable. We didn’t put a handle on it,” Sather said. “But it’s definitely something that could be taken out of the home. It weighs under 11 pounds.  We have tossed it into our backpacks and taken with us to events.”

Essentially, we are talking about a dock for your laptop, leading many at Razer to wonder why so many people actually wanted to carry it with them wherever they go.

“We designed it to be this thing that sits on your desk, but people want to know if they can move it from room to room, or bring it to a friend’s house or a LAN party,” he said. “I think one of the reasons people are thinking about it that way is because you wouldn’t need to bring a display with you.”

The unit itself is actually pretty slick.  The Razer Core is a rectangular box with rounded corners and mesh metal that allows users to showcase the inside of the box.  It supports double-wide, full length, PCI Express x16 cards from both AMD and NVIDIA (sold separately) and also includes four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port and two zone lighting.

The Razer Core utilizes a Thunderbolt USB-C port to connect to your laptop, so if you want one be sure your laptop has this type of port.  While it will give you the most bang for your buck if you use an external monitor, you can use it to output to the display included on your laptop.

“We are really happy with the design as it is now,” he said. “It’s sleek and compact. We wanted to keep a design consistent with the materials and colors we use. And we can fit it in our backpack with a notebook.”

As far as compatibility with non-Razer laptops, the laptop will need to support the external graphics standard for Intel’s Thunderbolt connectivity.  It’s on the bleeding edge of these standards,” Sather said. “Anyone who adheres to it should have a laptop that supports it.”

While everything is sold separately at this point, the company is open in the future of offering bundled deals with video cards included and you may even see a full package that includes a laptop, the Core and a video card.  The possibilities are endless.

Laptops have always lagged behind in the gaming world, the Razer Core hopes to change that by bringing state of the art desktop graphics to the laptop platform.  While taking with you wherever you go may still be a little difficult, it still represents a huge leap forward in laptop gaming graphics that is sure to delight serious gamers everywhere.

By Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing on our sister ShopNinja sites where he enjoys talking about anything and everything tech.

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