Razer Blade prototype gaming laptop stolen

Razer, the peripherals manufacturer trying to branch out into on-the-go gaming, has reported a break-in that has resulted in the theft of two Razer Blade prototype gaming machines - but claims that the project will not falter.

Although best known for mice and keyboards, Razer is looking to branch out into more lucrative markets with an upcoming gaming laptop dubbed the Razer Blade. Designed as a more powerful companion to the Razer Switchblade - an Atom-powered gaming netbook with OLED keyboard - the Blade features a 17.3in full HD screen, an Intel Core i7 2640M processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, Nvidia GeForce GT 555M with 2GB of GDDR5 and a 320GB SATA hard drive.

The device's main selling point comes from its Switchblade-inspired gaming control surface, however: a secondary touchscreen display replaces the traditional touchpad, while above are ten programmable OLED keys.

That's a lot of hardware - and it seems the specs have proven too tempting for some: a break-in at the company's Bay Area facility has netted some ne'er-do-wells a pair of pre-release prototypes.

"As you can imagine, the return of these prototype units is very important to the company. We have already reported this to the authorities who are working closely with us on this matter," a Razer spokesperson confirmed in a statement.

"We take this act of theft seriously and would like to appeal for its return and discourage anyone from buying the Razer Blade prototypes from the perpetrators, whether online or otherwise, as they are stolen property."

That last statement reveals that the thieves may have bitten off more than they can chew: any attempts to sell the prototypes, which feature obvious Razer branding, is likely to draw unwanted attention in the way that the sale of a stolen mainstream product would not.

Despite the theft, Razer has confirmed that it is committed to releasing the Blade - and its Switchblade companion - in the near future.