One of the all too many things we didn’t get a chance to see at CES 2017 was Project Valerie, a prototype of what might be the most ambitious gaming laptop yet (Acer may disagree). Razer’s 17″ 4K laptop had two additional 17″ 4K displays hidden behind the main one that could be pulled out to instantly create a three-display setup. Well, someone else at the show saw it and must have liked it a little too much — in a Facebook post over the weekend, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan revealed that two of the prototypes had been stolen.
Per Tan’s Facebook post, “two Razer Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen from the Razer booth at CES. The product was taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017.” He followed that up with the offer of $25,000 to anyone with information that will eventually lead to the identification and prosecution of the thief. The post points to theft, but Tan doesn’t leave out the possibility of corporate espionage.
Project Valerie was not ready to come to market, and Razer isn’t yet sure when they’ll release the laptop or for how much — if it does get a release, it’ll almost certainly be prohibitively expensive (the Acer laptop we linked to above was revealed to be $9,000 at CES). Still, the pricey prototypes of today are the norms of the future, and getting something this cool out first is a big advantage. Here’s hoping Razer can track down what’s theirs.