We just saw the ‘computer of the future,’ and it’s one of the best gadgets at CES this year

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Razer has a history of bold experimentation. At last year’s CES tech industry trade show in Las Vegas, Razer showed off an outlandish three-screen gaming laptop concept that was a bit too crazy to end up in consumers’ hands.

This year, however, Razer’s concept product is somewhat tame, but in a good way. In fact, the San Francisco-based gaming company may very well have figured out how we’ll be using computers in the not-too-distant future.

Razer’s "Project Linda" is essentially a docking station for its Razer Phone smartphone that turns it into a laptop with a 13.3-inch display and keyboard that can also charge the phone.

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Check it out:

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The concept is that smartphones will become the only device you’ll ever need for leisure and productivity.

You can do the basic stuff with your smartphone, like perusing the web, social media, and apps. And when you need to be more productive — writing long emails or documents and switching among multiple browser tabs — you can place the Razer Phone into Project Linda to benefit from a larger screen and keyboard.

Project Linda is a docking station for the Razer Phone that takes the form and has the functionality of a laptop. It’s genius.

The phone fits in an enclosure where you’d usually find a laptop’s trackpad.

Once in the enclosure, a simple button press extends a USB-C connector into the Razer Phone’s USB-C port — and just like that, you have a laptop.

I’ve seen a dock that lets you connect a smartphone to a monitor and run apps as you would on a computer.

But with Project Linda, the dock, like a laptop, has everything you need in one portable package.

This has been done before — but the Palm Foleo in 2007 never shipped, and 2011’s Motorola Atrix, which had a laptop dock as well, was a total failure.

The phone acts as a trackpad.

Unlike with the Palm Foleo and the Motorola Atrix, the Razer Phone’s screen acts as the trackpad in Project Linda, and it worked well when I tried it at CES 2018.

It’s incredibly responsive to your finger movements and feels just like your laptop’s trackpad, albeit much smoother because of the phone’s glass display.

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