Here’s the world’s first triple-screened notebook: Razer Project Valerie. It combines three 4K resolution displays into a single 17.3-inch notebook that’s about the same thickness as a normal gaming laptop.
Three Screens In One
The three 4K displays give a combined 12K resolution, or 11,520×2,160 pixels. The Project Valerie notebook is powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, the fastest mobile chip Nvidia offers.
The two extra displays automatically extend and lock into position “in a matter of seconds”, according to Razer. They operate on aluminum hinges. Razer has a demo video here showing the screen deployment.
Razer hasn’t revealed other specs of Project Valerie, but to our eyes, it looks like the same base chassis as the company’s Blade Pro 17.3-inch gaming notebook. If that’s the case, the notebook’s other specs would likely include an Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core processor (or possibly its successor, the new “Kaby Lake” Core i7-7700HQ), 32GB of DDR4-2133 dual-channel memory (RAM), a Killer LAN jack and wireless card, and your choice of PCI-Express solid-state-drive (SSD) storage. The current Blade Pro offers up to 2TB of storage via two 1TB drives in a RAID 0 array.
Razer Project Valerie: Our Take
The last time we saw a notebook with more than one real display was the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds back in 2009. We loved the concept then, and are looking forward to seeing Razer take the concept to the next level.
For gaming, Project Valerie’s 12K resolution is going to be excessively demanding for any single graphics card. The notebook’s GeForce GTX 1080 is undoubtedly powerful enough for gaming on a single 4K display, but tripling that will likely mean you’ll need to keep the settings below maximum in most of today’s titles for playable frame rates. You might be able to alleviate this by hooking up Razer’s Core external graphics card module, which lets you install any double-wide, full-length PCI-Express desktop graphics card. An Nvidia Titan X card might be able to do the 12K resolution justice, though realistically we think an SLI setup of two graphics card is needed to push playable frame rates at a 12K resolution with upper quality settings.
Gaming aside, a resolution this high should be absolutely phenomenal for productivity purposes. We consider having two screens in a desktop setup luxurious enough, so having three is a borderline dream come true. We’d like to see Razer produce a version of Project Valerie that has a workstation-class Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro graphics card for professional application use, where we think this notebook will really hit the spot. For mobile professionals, having three screens on the field could make this notebook easily worth whatever Razer is planning to charge.
Pricing and Availability
Project Valerie is just a concept at the moment, but you can sign up for email updates on Razer’s Project Valerie landing page. We have little doubt this product will eventually be for sale, and equally little doubt it will command a premium. Given the 17.3-inch Blade Pro on which Project Valerie appears to be based starts at $3,699, we can easily see this notebook commanding 40 to 50 percent more than that.