Razer's 3-Screen Laptops Stolen From CES Booth
Razer had some ambitious concepts at CES this year. Project Valerie, for example, was named Best Concept/Prototype of the show, while we also got a glimpse of game-projection prototype Project Ariana.
Apparently we weren't the only ones impressed by Razer's innovations; someone at the show gave themselves a five-finger discount.
In a Facebook post early Monday, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said he'd "just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today."
"We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously -- it is cheating, and cheating doesn't sit well with us," Tan wrote, possibly suggesting a competitor stole the machines. "Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn't very smart."
Tan added that Razer has filed "the necessary reports" and is now working with CES management and law enforcement to catch whoever stole the prototypes. He encouraged anyone with information about the theft to reach out to Razer's legal team.
"At Razer, we play hard and we play fair," he wrote. "Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest."
In a statement to PCMag, a Razer spokesperson said two Project Valerie laptops were stolen from the Rader press room at around 4 p.m. on Sunday. The company is offering a $25,000 reward for "original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect," the spokesperson said.
Razer's 12K Project Valerie laptop sports two 4K displays, which spread out like wings from the main screen. Even with three screens, Project Valerie is only about as thick as two Razer Blade Pros stacked together, and was able to run a game at full resolution across the three screens. This thing may never end up as a consumer product, but it's cool to dream about.
Project Ariana, meanwhile, pushes games past the TV, using a projection system to flood your entire wall with whatever you're playing.