The other day, we reported on Razer’s insane Project Valerie – an absolute beast of a machine in the form 17 inch three screen laptop.
Unfortunately, the BBC now reports that two of the machines have been stolen from the CES Tech Show in Las Vegas.
Razer claims that the laptops went missing from their booth at the tech show on Sunday, with chief executive Min-Liang Tan saying that the incident is being taken ‘very seriously’ (as you’d hope).
Meanwhile, a Razer spokesman said that they’ll be offering $25,000 (£20,600) for any ‘original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction’ of those who might be involved with the theft.
Mr Tan took to his official Facebook page to post:
Our teams worked months on end to conceptualise and develop these units. It is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us. Anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart.
The executive added that ‘industrial espionage’ has not been ruled out.
A spokeswoman for the Consumer Technology Association (which runs CES) has also confirmed that the two laptops were indeed stolen.
We express our regrets. The security of our exhibitors, attendees and their products and materials are our highest priority. We use a wide variety of security measures at our show to combat theft. For example, we delay labour coming on the show floor until an hour after the show closes so that exhibitors have a chance to secure product before dismantling their booths.
Some have claimed that news of the theft is nothing more than a publicity stunt on the part of Razer in order to generate buzz for their unusual new machine, but given the amount of coverage it received when it was initially unveiled, this seems unlikely.