Gaming specialist Razer is once again looking to stand out from the crowd with the unveiling of what it claims to be the world's first gaming laptop to feature three automatically deployed screens - and yes, you read that right.
Project Valerie, as Razer's creation is known, is certainly eye-catching. The laptop is, at 1.5 inches thick, claimed to be equal to the thickness of 'other 17in gaming laptops
', but when opened offers two fold-out displays which sit either side of the main screen. With each Sharp IGZO 17.3in display panel offering an Ultra HD resolution, that's an overall display resolution of 11,520 x 2,160 - though Razer has been unsurprisingly silent on the battery life you can expect when running with all three displays active.
Full specifications of the Valerie's innards have also been kept under wraps, but the company has confirmed that it includes an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics processor - powerful, to be sure, but on its own unlikely to run the latest games at 11,520 x 2,160 with fidelity settings above the minimum.
The company may have better luck positioning the device as a productivity machine, and that's something about which Razer is well aware. 'Multi-monitor desktop set-ups are becoming more necessary for professionals, creators, and gamers,
' claimed Razer's co-founder and chief executive Min-Liang Tan at the unveiling. 'For the first time, we've engineered a solution that users can take with them. Project Valerie promises all of the functionality of three screens and none of the hassle.
Razer has not yet offered details on pricing or availability of the Valerie, and while it is taking registrations for updates on the official website
, it wouldn't be the first time Razer has snagged headlines with an outré design only to fall short of releasing it as a purchasable product - as anyone still waiting for 2014's Project Christine
will know only too well.
Razer's promotional video for Project Valerie is reproduced below.