What do you do after you’ve launched one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops featuring the new NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU? Razer found itself in this situation after announcing the long anticipated update to their large gaming laptop last year, with the launch of the Razer Blade Pro. At 7.8 lbs and 0.88 inches thick, it’s one of the most interesting gaming laptops announced last year, and our full review is coming soon. Meanwhile, Razer decided to take their Razer Blade Pro, and add two more displays to it.

Today Razer is announcing Project Valerie, which is the world’s first portable laptop with three built-in displays. To do this, they didn’t make the main display smaller either. All three displays are 17.3-inch UHD (3840x2160) IGZO panels with 100% Adobe RGB coverage. I’ll leave the discussion on why 100% Adobe RGB isn’t a great experience for another day, but with the three displays, you get a 11,520 x 2160 resolution experience with Project Valerie. Since this is going to be a struggle to drive even with the best GPU, all three displays also support G-SYNC. The displays themselves have a motorized hinge to put them into position, and they slide back and slide under the main panel when stowed. It’s an interesting feat of engineering.

Just to be clear, this is currently just a prototype, but yesterday at CES Ryan Smith was able to visit Razer and check out this project. Razer has a couple of prototypes - ranging from proof-of-concept designs to the final industrial design - and not all of them have the movable displays, but they were functioning prototypes. One of the proof-of-concept prototypes was even playing Battlefield 1 in a full 180° NVIDIA Surround View gaming setup.

Razer is building this system as a mobile workhorse, and by starting with the Razer Blade Pro, they already have a thin and light system for the amount of compute available. Final specifications are not complete yet for the dimensions and weight, but Project Valerie with its triple monitors will be in the same aluminum CNC chassis format as the other Razer laptops, with a thickness of just 1.5-inches, and a final weight between 10 and 12 pounds, which is really not much different than many other 17.3-inch gaming notebooks.

This would be excellent for an office user, where the extra display real estate would make multitasking much easier, and any of us who leverage multiple monitors regularly, like I do, can see this being an amazingly portable office machine too. One of the things I hate most about using a laptop on the road is that it only has a single display, making it difficult to get work done. Often I have to resort to crazy things like bringing multiple devices on a road trip for proper workflow, as seen below.

What I need to do now to get three displays on the road

The basis of Project Valerie is the Razer Blade Pro, with a quad-core i7 mobile CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1080, and plenty of RAM, at least for the prototypes, and this may change later. For outright gaming, the single GTX 1080 is going to struggle with this kind of resolution of course, but if and when this comes to production we’ll see what Razer can do about that. It also features the ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard from the Pro, with per-key RGB backlighting and Chroma support.

Although this is just a concept, it’s a very interesting concept, and if properly executed it could be a very exciting machine. For the time being, it is being shown at CES as a working prototype, which means it’s possible it may be put into production. Time will tell.

Source: Razer

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  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    A lot of the recent computer announcements have been coming out of CES or are being done as a result of competitors making announcements there. CES is sort of like a 1950's era house of tomorrow exhibit that shows off a large number of conceptual toys that likely won't go into full production or ever really make it as retail products. Things like this Razer laptop are basically slinging mud at the proverbial wall to see what, if anything, happens to stick to it. I wouldn't take a lot of it seriously at this point.
  • Kepe - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    For gaming, it would make more sense if the screens were 1920x1080 instead of 4K.
    3*3840*2160 = 24,88 megapixels.
    3*1920*1080 = 6,22 megapixels.
    Modern games could actually run at acceptable frame rates on medium settings.
  • Kevin G - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    I'd like to see one of these deployed in a middle coach seat on a plane. Worth wise known as how to make people hate you.
  • NXTwoThou - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    Maybe this is just the prototype to gauge customer interest in creating a 13.3" FHD version. Could easily drive that with a less powerful GPU and shoot for the portable productivity market. 
  • hammer256 - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    A triple monitor laptop would be amazing for programming on the go... once you go triple, you don't go back ;)
  • tbonepro - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    Sign me up! This would make for an awesome mobile development environment. But, it better come with some extended battery life options... not too common in gaming machines...
  • Alex75 - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    This reminds me of a Kickstarter campaign I saw about a year ago. It's called Slidenjoy (https://slidenjoy.com/en/) and allow you to add an additional display (or two) to a standard laptop.

    Having the additional screens integrated into the laptop rather than magnetically attached is pretty slick though.

    For those of you who carry an iPad around with your laptop, the Duet Display App has been working well for me for the last few months.
  • bernstein - Monday, January 9, 2017 - link

  • inperfectdarkness - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    I've been waiting for someone to wake up to this idea. If they can do it with 15", keep the 4k displays, and get the price down to the $3,000 range, I'm in. But I have much more faith in Asus or MSI doing it than razer. Razer's offering will not only be overpriced, but probably more fragile. A 2" thick gaming laptop doesn't bother me--if it means 3x 4k beauty & GPU power to justify it.
  • Beaver M. - Sunday, January 8, 2017 - link

    Laptop gamers are special on their own, but this...
    I can only shake my head. But I guess Razer has a lot of special customers, if they still are able to successfully sell their overpriced stuff that breaks right after the warranty is over.

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