Every January, major technology companies show their products and concepts for the upcoming year during Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show. The Californian company Razer is always one of the most expected. They are not as well-known as others manufacturers but they usually create top notch products that deliver more than their competition. In 2013 they announced their 14-inch Blade Laptop.

The necessary update of this year came with an interesting accessory: The Core Thunderbolt External GPU. The concept behind the extension consist on a standard base in which you can plug in your graphics card and thanks to the speed of the Thunderbolt 3 connection you can power up your laptop into a great workstation or a gaming device. With no surprise it won the Best of CES 2016 prize. The reservations started the past march 26th. It is a great idea but we wondered how come there wasn’t a solution like this before.

1604 Thunderbolt 002The Razer Core


Looking from sleek laptops like the XPS 15 to other portable solutions like the Surface Pro from Microsoft we find out there are no many computers to support Thunderbolt 3. It is easy to figure out plenty of scenarios when it would be very convenient. Just for showing clients the progress done or for the pleasure of working in a different environment than the daily office.

Every professional would find different ways they could take advantage of an external graphics card, and so unchain themselves from their desks and be able to work outside of the office with the same device.

Sadly, it’s not an option yet. Other similar solutions locked to their own ecosystem as Dell’s Alienware Graphics Amplifier or ROG XG Station 2. The Surface Pro 4 by Microsoft is a great product released in October 2016, but doesn’t include a Thunderbolt 3. It would be great to have the port in the higher end configurations to be able to use the device as drawing tablet extending a bigger monitor. That is something you can already do with the iPad Pro.

1604 Thunderbolt 004With Astropad you can transform the iPad Pro into a great drawing device

A device that praise its flexibility as Microsoft’s should contemplate these kind of case scenarios, otherwise is a bit lacking for a 2000 € tablet that can run natively Adobe Design Suite. And I can’t think other professionals who are willing to spend that money in a computer than game developers, engineers or architectural visualization artists.

Taking this idea further, why not include a similar solution into the monitor? I’m pretty sure the moment Apple renews its Cinema Display line will include one. Then the rest of tech manufacturers will start looking seriously to the Thunderbolt port.

1604 Thunderbolt 003The Surface Pro 4 is a great product that needs a little push to be awesome.

There is been too much talk about flexibility and power without actual solutions. At the end, we always have to choose one of them.

The technology is there and Razor and the little black bin from Apple show it is actually possible. There is no reason to make compromises with these kind of solutions. Why do professionals who need raw power and a PC can’t have a sexy device in their desk to carry around and leave what is not needed behind?

The Razer Core is a huge step forward and 2016 will bring more devices with Thunderbolt to make what some call the Holy Grail somehow possible. It just seems that manufacturers have spent the last two years pumping up the resolutions of their smartphones while leaving actual improvements aside, like the one I’m talking about. But that is just my opinion.

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