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Razer always brings its strong prototyping game, Over the years we’ve seen triple-screen laptops, modular desktops, and laptops with pop-out touchpads. Most of these concepts don’t end up being actual products, but they are a fun showcase for interesting future tech ideas.
For CES 2022, the now-essential Razer prototype is called Project Sofia, which the company calls a “gaming desk concept.” I usually get the tires to kick off at least one of these one-off projects, but showing a prototype at a large-scale remote event is tough. For now, I’ve only seen a few images of a 3D render of the concept and a short video clip.
Still, it looks interesting, and isn’t exactly the kind of expensive executive-level toy I’ll ever be able to afford or fit in my Brooklyn apartment.
The spacious desk is modular, with the ability to swap out components and features as needed. In sample images, it’s joined by a massive 65-inch OLED display, apparently big enough to actually sit close to it. But that’s why it’s a 3D render of a concept — you can do whatever you want if you’re not actually building it.
As Razer says, the desk can support up to 13 swappable modules. The company says, “This allows each section to be configured with an array of task-specific components, such as secondary screens, system monitoring tools, touch-screen hotkey panels, pen tablets and audio mixer units, or Even external capture cards.”
The concept is powered by its own built-in Intel processor and Nvidia GPU, both housed in a small form factor chassis that magnetically attaches to the underside of the glass-topped desk. This makes it more of a companion computing device than a desk, as even the most advanced standing or gaming desks don’t require their own CPU.
What types of add-ons can you swap in Sofia? Razer says they could also include a touchscreen digitizer, camera and microphone, THX audio module, wireless charging pad, or a cup warmer. Because this is a Razer product, it naturally supports Chroma Lighting, which is the color-coordinated lighting system that runs in nearly all Razer products.
Will we ever see Project Sofia in real life? Maybe not. But are more advanced desks becoming more important, especially in a work from home or hybrid world? Definitely yes. I would love to see some of these ideas in work surfaces or accessories that make our desks a better part of our workspace.