Razer gamer concept revolutionises PC

2014-01-08 14:35
Razer has unveiled a modular PC gaming system at the Consumer Electronics Show. (Razer)

Razer has unveiled a modular PC gaming system at the Consumer Electronics Show. (Razer)

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Cape Town - Despite the continued declining trend of computer sales, one company believes in a new take on a traditional format.

Razer announced on Wednesday a PC technology concept at the Consumer Electronics Show, dubbed Project Christine.

The device features a modular PC designed for easy customisation where users can swop, adapt or upgrade components without technical expertise.

"Further, as new upgrades come to the market, the same PC can be easily and quickly upgraded without additional technical assistance and without the fear of incompatibility or obsolescence," the company said at the CES, taking place in Law Vegas until Friday.

Project Christine looks as futuristic as its designers claim, but surveys have consistently showed that the PC market is on the decline globally.

Sales hope

In most markets PCs are in decline as consumers turn to mobile devices.

Gartner found that shipments declined to 299 million in 2013, down from 341 million in 2012, and projected to continue the downward trend to 268 million by 2015.

One area where PC sales have shown promise is India where Gartner research found that the desktop and mobile PC market in the country increase 7.9% to 3.2 million units.

"Consumers accounted for 40% of total PC sales in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 47% in the third quarter of 2012," said Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner.

Project Christine aims to change attitudes on what a PC should be capable of and each module is connected to a PCI-Express backbone and features liquid cooling and noise cancellation.

Gamers should find the hardware more than adequate in that the design of the device aims for perpetual upgrading capability that should reduce costs in the long term.

"This is the first gaming system that is able to keep pace with technology and could allow consumers to never buy another PC, or gaming system, again," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director.

Razer would not reveal details like pricing and availability for the device, but it offers a glimpse that PCs may not be dead, despite reports to the contrary.

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