From the annals of goofy might-or-might-not-happen CES concepts comes the Razer Switchblade, a 7-inch gaming netbook from venerable gaming accessory maker Razer. A 7-inch screen is a distinctly small size for a Windows 7 computer, and for gaming it seems particularly problematic. Razer has an interesting way of dealing with the problem of an undersized keyboard: Pop OLED screens under every single one, so you can totally change the configuration of the keyboard at will.
The Switchblade is sort of a conceptual combination of the Toshiba Libretto (with its dual 7-inch screens) and the Optimus Prime keyboard (the first keyboard to push the individual-OLED idea). The Switchblade's keyboard is of standard size for 7-inch netbooks, which means fairly small keys (and not a whole lot of them). To compensate, Razer used keys that are actually tiny OLED screens, which means you can put any image you want on them. Want the QWERTY to actually be ACBDEF? Go for it, you nonconformist, you. Or, more practically, how about assigning a Gmail logo to a key, and having that open a bookmarked Gmail page?
The possibilities for gaming are pretty obvious: You can map any shortcut to any key, and give it a nice logo to keep track. You can cut the keys you don't use, or change the configuration so it's easier to use on such a small keyboard. Each individual game has a different control scheme, so why have one key layout for every game?
The Switchblade may never actually hit stores. The tiny screen size and relatively weak Atom processor wouldn't be nearly powerful enough to run the kinds of games hardcore gamers--the ones who would be interested in this thing in the first place--want to play. Battery life could well be atrocious, and the price would almost certainly be astronomical. But It's such a cool idea that we kind of hope it gets picked up by other, more practical gadgets (like, say, an Alienware gaming laptop).
dude... the CEO in the video is just epic... He is totally serious.
More people want to different technology ... so there are so good notebook..
Oh, wow! With the technology to map certain commands to keys, we could totally change the world! If I could just hit the, oh, "h" key instead of clicking on an in-game button, that would totally be faster! And if only I could use the wasd keys instead of arrow keys! That's, like, magic-marker level technology!
your a fail gamer anyhow if you are looking at what key your pressing.
I use my MacBook Air for gaming. Sounds weird to a lot. Mac? Games? MacBook Air? Games? If you get the upgraded model it dies fine for almost all games. And I only run OS X and I still have plenty of games to chose and with the Mac App store it will defiantly increase.
Cool story bro
I like the concept.
I think I'd like a stand alone usb keyboard like that on my desktop more than on a netbook sized platform though.
Still, portable gaming is cool, but not my bag.
To those who don't like it, meh, use what works for you, freeing up the screen to get rid of tool bars and things that could be handled by a keyboard like this, that'd be pretty slick imo.
Wonder what the cost would be... I could see my self going up to $150.00 for something like that, but that'd be my ceiling.