Windows 8-based Razer Edge Pro tablet pre-orders halted due to high demand

On March 1st, Razer started taking pre-orders for its two Windows 8-based PC gaming tablets, the Razer Edge and the more expensive Razer Edge Pro. This week, the company's CEO has announced that it has stopped taking pre-orders for the Razer Edge Pro due to high demand.

In a post on his Facebook page, CEO Min-Liang Tan stated:

We've had to stop taking pre-orders for the Razer Edge Pro as the pre-orders have gone beyond our foreseeable manufacturing capacity (i.e. all stock is sold out for the months to come) ... We're doing everything we can to get more units out in the coming months. We appreciate the patience.

The post did not state how many units of the Razer Edge Pro were ordered. Just a reminder: the 10.1 tablet has a Intel Core i7 processor, an an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. A 128GB version was being sold for $1,299 while a 256GB version was selling for for $1,499.

Tan did say that there were very limited amounts of the cheaper Razer Edge tablet that are still available for sale on Razer's website. It is priced at $999 and comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64GB SSD. Razer is also selling some accessories for both tablets including the Gamepad Controller for $249.99 that adds two game controllers, one on either side of the tablet.

Source: Min-Liang Tan on Facebook | Image via Razer

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They have no prior experience manufacturing a device in this product category, or indeed with this many component pieces, many of which are new to RAZR devices. It is completely realistic they only signed commercial manufacturing agreements for a "small" number of devices to test market feasibility and acceptance. Regardless, unlike what the internet thinks, signing new commercial agreements which device manufactures doesn't happen overnight, and the manufacturing capability you sign up for does not appear overnight. In the real world new tooling that did not exist before has to be provisioned. This is in contrast to cloud computing where the capacity units are pre-defined, already exists, service growth has been predicted and provisioned for, and can be made immediately available with a high confidence level.

smithy_dll said,
They have no prior experience manufacturing a device in this product category, or indeed with this many component pieces, many of which are new to RAZR devices. It is completely realistic they only signed commercial manufacturing agreements for a "small" number of devices to test market feasibility and acceptance. Regardless, unlike what the internet thinks, signing new commercial agreements which device manufactures doesn't happen overnight, and the manufacturing capability you sign up for does not appear overnight. In the real world new tooling that did not exist before has to be provisioned. This is in contrast to cloud computing where the capacity units are pre-defined, already exists, service growth has been predicted and provisioned for, and can be made immediately available with a high confidence level.

no. its an expensive device. they have to buy the components before they build them. they cant pump out too many of them because that will just cash strap them. then,if somehow this thing doesn't sell,they are stuck with a bunch of very expensive inventory and lost a bunch of capital. Lets say the $1300 model costs them $1000 to make. Just a thousand of these will require at least $1 million.

With the preorders,they can only pony up a certain amount of cash.Because they reached that limit,they have to halt pre ordering until they take in the money from the current orders. Then they have the capacity to make double that amount,and so on.

I hope the quality is better than some of the other Razer products I've used. Maybe I've just had bad luck in the past, but because of the poor quality I've seen in their other products, I can't bring myself to ever buy anything Razer again.

Yea I think I'd just use a USB controller on that, does it have Bluetooth? could use a Bluetooth one too.

They probably only sold a few, and are saying this to give the illusion that their tablet is popular.

There is no tablet that will ever match the power of a PC and a dedicated graphics card. Not to mention the much larger screen on a desktop pc.

jd100 said,
They probably only sold a few, and are saying this to give the illusion that their tablet is popular.

There is no tablet that will ever match the power of a PC and a dedicated graphics card. Not to mention the much larger screen on a desktop pc.

are you crazy? they stopped taking pre orders completely. do you think they care more about giving an illusion than taking peoples money? each sale is a minimum of $1300. not even a stupid person would do such a thing.

and it does have a dedicated graphics card. NVidia gt640m le.this will play any current game 30fps+ with great quality.

you obviously don't know what the purpose of this device is. its a portable gaming rig. if you are constantly on the move,do you want to carry your beast tower with you everywhere? or do you get this tablet and take it anywhere you go?

Get a fat PSP, throw on some custom FW and some emus, and there you go.

cost me around 150 USD plus some extra for 32 gb memory card. buttload of SNES, NES, GBA, NeoGeo roms on it.

Don't take this the wrong way, but can you read?


We've had to stop taking pre-orders for the Razer Edge Pro as the pre-orders have gone beyond our foreseeable manufacturing capacity (i.e. all stock is sold out for the months to come) ... We're doing everything we can to get more units out in the coming months. We appreciate the patience.

Aaron Olive said,
No, this is what it really needs to say.

Windows 8-based Razer Edge Pro tablet pre-orders halted due to low demand.

Yeah so remove the product from sale completely before even selling out any inventory you may have had, that makes sense....

they included the controllers with all descriptions of the tablet from the start.

i cannot believe they sell it for$250 as an optional accessory. i thought this was always part of the main package. and even as optional, i cannot see justification for such high price!!!

ahoncbt said,
i guess 1k is a lot for them and who in the right mind would buy this tablet?
looks like a piece of junk

It looks like any other tablet. The picture above shows the tablet docked to the controller accessory, which is optional. Otherwise it looks like a normal tablet.