According to a statement released on Razer’s Facebook page, two Razer Blade gaming laptop prototypes were stolen from the company’s research and development lab in the Bay area. The full statement reads:
Dear Razer Community,
Over the weekend of 11/4/11, we had a break-in at one of our Razer offices. Two Razer Blade prototypes were stolen from our Bay area R&D lab.
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.
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.
We appreciate any and all information anyone may have on the incident. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information.
Thank you for all your support.
The thieves had gained entry into the lab’s lobby, and from there, they made their way into an office. They left with the two prototypes, a laptop and a digital camera. At least one of the Razor Blades was connected to tracking equipment and contains thermal testing data. Despite this, Heathcliff Hatcher, Razer’s director of global product marketing, has stated that the prototypes are not fully functional and that the theft shouldn’t impact launch plans.
The Razer Blade is an upcoming product the company bills as “the world’s first true gaming laptop.”
Analysis: I have to wonder who would be willing to steal Razer’s prototypes. From the description of the events given to Kotaku by Hatcher, it sounds almost like they knew exactly what they were looking for. That said, this really sucks for the company, even if they’re saying it won’t impact launch plans. I don’t own any Razer products, so I guess I don’t have any brand loyalty or anything at stake here, but I do hope they find the prototypes and that another company doesn’t get its hands on them. Because, you know, stealing sucks.