Upgrade to an all-in Razer Setup

Few month ago I wanted to upgrade my main computer (built in 2012) into a modern, portable and modular configuration. During these years I played with a lot of exotic configuration from Shadow Virtual PC to GPD Pocket

Here is my new shiny configuration « plugged » to the house.

The core computer

After reading hundred of review, I finally decided to buy a Razer Blade Stealh 13″ gaming laptop. Because :

  • It’s the best small but powerfull portable device Core i7 gen10 with Thunderbolt.
  • It has an Nvidia GTX 1650 for heavy computing on the go (Video, Photo, Gaming, etc …) compared to DELL XPS 13″.

But, why a laptop ? Because in 2020 it can do everything like a tower. Why not a 15″ or 17″ ? Because I wanted something very small.

All-in to Razer

Then I also buy :

And wrap everything with my Phillips HUE setup and a Dark mode to go all-in in the Razer spirit (for fun).

Side note: I’m VERY happy with my setup, but Razer Synapse sucks and sometimes fucked-up the mouse. and Razer support & community managements sucks A LOT (very 1.0). Your are on you own...

The eGPU for the Next Level

Upgrading components of a computer is ALWAYS a pain even if there is a lot of standards, etc … And there is always a logic and custom gizmo into each all-in-one setup.

So I decided to split in big elements: the core (laptop), the eGPU (and displays), the external SSD, and USB bridges & extenders, … to be able to upgrade each one alone.

The eGPU is the secret sauce to be able to

  • power-up the laptop with my previous MSI GTX-1080
  • connect to 2560 x 1440 displays !
  • have an USB Hub AND charge

In fact the USB Hub « feature » SUCKS because the Thunderbold is a bottleneck and can’t handle keyboard, mouse, webcam, or microphone that lag a lot. It works for a ScanSnap IX500 or a printer, 3D Printer, …

Up to 5 displays !

The Razer Blade Stealth has a 1920×1080 screen which is a good tradeof with the GTX-1650. With the eGPU I can add with a single cable my 3 AOC displays 2560×1440 I use since years (very good quality/price; new AOC display are now borderless)

Then for the 5th display I have 4 options

and More …

So yes, the sky the limits … I added a lot of periperal to 2 USB hub with active extension:

And your laptop is also a Bluetooth device ! So you can connect travel device like :

for the Fun …

In a previous article I was talking about Role Playing Game. In our last session, I set a fun configuration:

  • Clone my Screen 1 (laptop) to my Smart Table
    • Display the Virtual Table Top
  • (Chrome) Cast my Screen 2 to my TV
    • Display the Zoom/Teams/Meet conference
    • And game information

Screen (and game session) are recorded using OBS. The C920 is on top of the TV. The K400 is easier that the PQLabs to type

Let me explain deeper, the Chromecast is connected to a HUE HDMI Play Sync with an output cloned to the TV and a side display. (Yes I can sync stuff displayed on the Play Sync with 1 Strip, 3 Play and 6 Bubbles and it’s cool)

Final thought

I’m very happy to be able to connect AAALLLLL these devices to a tiny laptop connected with only 2 wires !

The only issues I had are:

  • I run A LOT of program without any lags but Windows want to restart sometimes … Windows Virtual Desktop (to organize workspaces) are not finished, lag crash, and lost app positions, etc …
  • Razer software like Synapse have issues with the mouse that sometimes freeze … and Thunderbolt is too limited
  • The laptop fan is noisy but you can lower it speed.

Next step will be a simple upgrade of GC in the eGPU with RTX30xx.

EDIT: Q3/2020

I still have USB issues and Razer support is really really bad but anyway … playing with USB hubs helps a little bit …

I replace the middle screen with a Curved Xiaomi display 32″ ! So now it’s 3440×1440 + 2x 2560×1440 + bonus (VR, Mirror, Holographic display, …)

5 réflexions sur “Upgrade to an all-in Razer Setup

  • 26 mai 2020 à 14 h 13 min

    Slt, toujours la table connectée, il y a eu une V3 entre temps depuis 2015?
    Super intérieur pour geeker tranquillement 😀

    • 26 mai 2020 à 14 h 20 min

      Ah ah non, elle résiste au poids du chien 🙂
      Pas eu l’occasion d’en monter une dans un contexte « pro »
      J’ai vu peu d’évolution côté « techno » avec le recule je pense que le tactile est quand même plus « utilisable » que l’infra rouge
      Bon et le vrai sujet c’est l’affichage qui devrait pouvoir s’utiliser sous tous les angles (un vrai propos d’IHM)

  • 26 mai 2020 à 14 h 45 min

    Un investissement qui dure dans le temps : D
    Oui je pense aussi, et surtout bien plus réactif.
    j’ai eu l’occasion de testé des produits de la société Elo touch est c’est vraiment réactif et surtout leurs drivers et calibration sont vraiment simple d’utilisation.

    • 26 mai 2020 à 15 h 48 min

      Il me semble (de mémoire) que le cadre était plus ou moins lié à Elo. En soit il est réactif et permet de détecter la présence de pion et d’objets nativement c’est à la fois super cool (car pas besoin d’humain pour faire un touch) et super limitant car n’importe quel objet posé fait un touch (donc manger sur la table n’est pas possible)

  • 24 juin 2020 à 22 h 56 min

    Hey le projet n’est pas abandonné ?
    J’espère que non 😰


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