Computex 2018: Laptop innovators follow Razer's lead

CNET | 6/10/2018 | Daniel Van Boom
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This year's Computex convention in Taipei gave us a a glimpse into the next year in PCs. We got a good chunk of surprises, not the least of which was Asus' futuristic dual-screen concept laptop.

But when I explained most of the interesting new products to friends back home, I invariably found myself making comparisons to Razer. The gaming company wasn't seen much at Computex -- its presence limited to a small booth displaying its keyboards -- but its influence was everywhere.

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Coming just as Razer is releasing a brand-new, sexier-than-ever Blade laptop, this in some ways cements the company as an innovator. But it's also something of a problem, as Asus, ROG, MSI and more follow its lead, Razer is at risk of losing its innovative edge.

The most damaging case of this came on Monday, courtesy of the Asus-owned Republic of Gamers (ROG). It announced the ROG Phone, a handset for mobile gamers. Razer, you may recall, released a phone fitting that description late last year.

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The Razer Phone's star feature was its 120Hz refresh rate: Its screen refreshed roughly twice as many times per second as your Galaxy S9 or iPhone X. This makes browsing, watching and gaming smoother, such that CNET editor Sean Hollister called it a painful feature to lose once you've had it.

But as a gaming device, it looks outclassed by the ROG Phone. It's too early to say definitively, but the ROG Phone appears to be built from the ground up to be a gaming device, rather than a phone that's been tweaked for gaming.

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Not only does it have a faster processor than any Android before it, it has virtual sensors on the side that essentially give you shoulder buttons while playing mobile games. That makes shooting in Fortnite significantly easier, for instance. Its suite of accessories...
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