The bleeding edge: It seems that almost every year during CES, Razer unveils a conceptual product that is out of this world. They are easily recognizable by the word “Project” in their names. Not unlike concept cars, these devices rarely reach for mass production. They are fun to watch anyway.
On Wednesday, Razer unveiled its latest concept design for CES 2022, called “Project Sophia”. This futuristic-looking desk can be customized with various modules that are magnetically locked into the desk from below. It’s a gamer’s dream or nightmare, depending on how you feel about power consumption.
To begin with, the desk is not just a desk. It is a complete PCB computer system with the “latest Intel processors and Nvidia GPUs.” The computer component magnetically clicks into the bottom of the glass desk in the top-center module housing.
Users can install various modules in four other magnetic brackets on the left and right sides of the desktop. Components are hot-swappable and include accessories such as secondary monitors, system monitoring tools, shortcut keys and macro panels, pen tablets, audio mixing tools and external recording cards. There’s even a THX Surround Sound module that clicks right on the sides of the included 65-inch display component that attaches to the back of the desktop.
Razer envisions it being used by gamers, content creators, streamers or business people, with its modularity, meaning it can be quickly reconfigured to suit multiple roles.
“Project Sophia is our futuristic vision of a multifunctional gaming and workstation setup that meets the very different needs of a variety of PC applications, and eliminates the need to move between workspaces,” said Razer’s Vice President of Groth, Richard Hashim. “The hot-swappable modular system allows users to quickly reconfigure their desktop with almost infinite flexibility, and adapts Project Sophia not only to the current task but also to the user’s particular preferences. This is the future of battlestation.”
Like virtually all Razer products, the Project Sophia comes standard with the company’s signature LED accent lighting, which users can sync with the Razer Chroma RGB ecosystem.
As neat as this setup looks, do not hold your breath because you will ever be able to buy one. As we started, Razer is known for bringing at least one concept to CES that never reaches the consumer. Previous designs include Project Christine from CES 2014, Project Valerie and Project Ariana from 2017, CES 2018’s Project Linda and last year’s Project Brooklyn.