Razer isn’t any stranger to wild CES prototypes, and CES 2022 isn’t any exception: the corporate revealed its new Mission Sophia idea, which goals to construct a whole modular desktop laptop right into a desk that appears like a Star Trek LCARS console come to life.
Razer has had modular laptop aspirations earlier than. There was 2014’s Mission Christine, a precursor to Mission Sophia that imagined a desktop tower that was constructed out of simply swappable Jenga-like bricks. 2020’s Tomahawk took a extra sensible method to that idea, primarily based on Intel’s Factor NUC designs.
However Mission Sophia appears like Razer’s conceptual tendencies turned to 11. The desk is designed to function 13 completely different swappable module slots, the place customers can add in a big selection of various items: temperature readouts, touchscreen software launchers, devoted chat and calendar shows, wi-fi Qi chargers, a mug heater, pen tablets, audio mixers, CPU and GPU screens, and extra. Razer imagines that the modular nature of its laptop desk would enable customers to customise it to their particular wants and use circumstances. A streamer, for instance, would have the ability to simply snap on extra highly effective audio system, microphones, and cameras for streaming, with additional shows to watch their followers chatting, whereas a video editor may add sound mixing and modifying modules for specializing in work.
As for the precise “PC” half, Razer’s idea imagines that constructed into the desk, too, in a custom-built, magnetically connected chassis that may be simply eliminated in order that customers can swap out elements after they get a brand new CPU or GPU. The entire thing is connected to an enormous OLED panel (both 65-inch or 77-inch) to show your video games in the absolute best high quality. And naturally, there’s loads of Razer’s RGB Chroma lighting — it’s nonetheless a gaming PC, in spite of everything, even when it seems to be like a desk.
In fact, Razer’s historical past of flashy CES prototypes has usually been simply that: a sequence of fanciful, one-off tasks proven off yearly for example of the potential of future gaming PCs or equipment which nearly by no means flip into actual merchandise. And looking out on the flashy Mission Sophia renders, it’s onerous to think about every other destiny for the concept than Razer’s product graveyard alongside earlier showcases like 2014’s modular Mission Christine, 2017’s triple-screened Mission Valerie, or 2018’s phone-docking Mission Linda.
Modular computing units are onerous. Even the pretty standardized world of unusual PC constructing is rife with completely different specs for SSDs, motherboard sockets, and RAM. Proprietary programs are even more durable — bear in mind Google’s ill-fated modular Ara smartphone challenge? The one manner one thing like Mission Sophia would exist is that if Razer is prepared to construct all of the modules and equipment itself. And even when it is prepared to try this, it’s onerous to think about that the associated fee could be something lower than astronomical, particularly when in comparison with the superbly practical various of “buying normal accessories and having them sit on a normal desk.”
Nonetheless, as is the case with most of Razer’s CES ideas, it’s nonetheless cool to see that the corporate is prepared to discover fanciful concepts just like the futuristic Mission Sophia desk. Even within the seemingly case that the computer-desk idea by no means sees the industrial mild of day, it exhibits that Razer continues to be prepared to assume outdoors the field with regards to new designs and concepts. And who is aware of? Possibly the way forward for computing actually is constructed right into a desk.