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conclusion:We're mixed

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When the Razer Edge -- then known as Project Fiona -- first debuted at CES 2012, we were intrigued by the concept of a gaming tablet with built-in controllers, but concerned about how users were expected to hold and carry it. We weren't the only ones, and Razer listened to the complaints, making the Gamepad a detachable, optional accessory. Despite making it a separate purchase, as IGN points out, "the gamepad is the preferred way to use the Edge." Play a game with it, and you'll understand why, as Engadget found it "feels right in the user's hand. The quality of the hardware sells the experience, and it's a good experience." They found the design of the buttons "top-notch," while TechRadar said "all the buttons give a satisfying press and feel like the result of excellent craftsmanship." Unfortunately, while the two together can make for a killer combo, that combo is both pricey, with a Gamepad costing $250 on top of the $1000+ you'll pay for a Razer Edge, and heavy -- as TechRadar noted, "when the tablet meets gamepad the two weigh in at a little over 4 pounds. Holding it upright in front of you is tiring after just a few minutes." While the Razer Edge is an intriguing idea, it still needs some refinement, and in the meantime, you have plenty of more comfortable options, such as Android controllers like the "A HREF="http://gdgt.com/power-a/moga/">MOGA, or a PC gaming controller like Razer's own Onza.

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7.0
Engadget Mar 28, 2013

The tablet feels like it belongs in the accessory, which in turn feels right in the user's hand. The quality of the hardware sells the experience, and it's a good experience. Like everything though, the gamepad has its faults.

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8.0
PC Mag Mar 28, 2013

Without needing the flat surface for a keyboard and mouse, you can now curl up with your favorite game in bed, on a couch, or take it with you from one room to another. And if your game supports offline mode, it'll go anywhere you want to take it.

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8.0
AnandTech Mar 28, 2013

In general, the Edge’s gamepad controller shockingly simple to use and easy to get used to ... You start playing games everywhere – buses, cars, planes, coffee shops, subways, libraries, basically anywhere you can pull out a tablet.

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7.0
PC World Mar 28, 2013

The Gamepad Controller gives you console-style button controls—a welcome feature when playing many PC games. But the accessory is also a hefty investment in terms of both price and poundage.

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7.0
CNET Mar 28, 2013

Overall, this GamePad’s feel is far closer to a console or PC controller than any existing gaming handheld device.

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6.0
Gizmodo Mar 28, 2013

Your first impression: Oh god it's heavy and huge. And then: But... man this is so damn cool. Then it gets heavy again and you rest it on your knee or find something to lean on.

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6.0
IGN Mar 28, 2013

The gamepad is the preferred way to use the Edge; eliminating the need to carry around multiple accessories and avoiding wire clutter. But it's also the least ergonomic and precise.

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