Last week, Razer unveiled their three-screen laptops at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and the whole world was instantly captivated by the innovative technology which definitely served as a glimpse into the future of computing. Sadly, over the weekend the laptops were back in the headlines when it was announced that two prototypes had vanished without a trace and were presumed to be stolen.
The tech company, which is best known for its high-end gaming hardware and software, delivered a statement to SlashGear in which the nature of the theft were explained in detail. Apparently, the two laptops were stolen on Sunday, January 8 while the CES was in full swing. The statement went on to say that the world’s first automated triple-display laptops, developed under the “Razer Project Valerie” were taken from the company’s press room at the venue at around 4 p.m. and that there was now a $25,000 cash reward for any “original information about the theft” that could lead to the arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect. The reward offer is valid for one year.
Razer says the theft of the 2 laptops is much more than just a simple case of theft. CEO and Creative Director Min-Liang Tan posted a Facebook message saying it was a much serious act of “industrial espionage.” TechCrunch reports he also said it was “cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us” while adding his company was working CES and law enforcement officials to figure out how the thief (or thieves) managed to steal the laptops.
There are of course skeptics who think this is all a publicity stunt with some of them taking to social media to claim this could all be a brilliant way to make a “crazy laptop design” go “viral.”
Talking to the BBC, a spokeswoman for the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, confirmed the two high-end laptops had indeed been stolen and expressed regret saying they consider the security of exhibitors, attendees, and displayed hardware as their “highest priority.”
The highly impressive laptop features an unprecedented trio of high-resolution (11520 X 2160), 17.3 inch 4K screens, and 3D capabilities that is powered by a NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 GPU that, according to Razer, guarantees a most “expansive viewing experience in a notebook.” Unfortunately for them, it was these exact same specifications and features that made it the prime target of the audacious theft. Luckily, the company gladly revealed, the stolen prototypes weren’t the only ones that had been produced.
By Liku Zelleke
Photo Courtesy Razer