The Snakebyte Vyper platform

LAS VEGAS -- Showcased at CES 2014, the Snakebyte Vyper platform enables you to play games from your tablet on your TV. Available in the US starting January 31, the Vyper is packaged with a docking station and an AirMouse remote control for $199.99. However, for $249.99, it also comes with a Bluetooth gaming controller.

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Sturdy 7-inch tablet

The device has a 7-inch touchscreen with a 1,280x800 pixel resolution, and it has expandable storage up to 64GB.

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Quad-core with Android 4.2

In an of itself, the Vyper is a mid-range Android 4.2 tablet with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor inside.

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Two camera lens for photos

On the back you'll get a 5-megapixel camera, and there's a 2-megapixel secondary shooter as well.

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Connect to your TV

However, when you connect it to a docking station at the bottom edge of its screen (in landscape mode), you can begin mirroring your tablet to your TV via an HDMI connection.

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All the media in your hands

Navigating through a custom user interface developed by Snakebyte, you can play games, watch movies or shows on Netflix or Hulu, and play music. As an Android-based platform, the Google Play Store and all your apps will also be accessible.

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AirMouse remote control

To click through media, you can use Snakebyte's AirMouse remote control, which projects a cursor onto your TV similar to a computer, so you can click and scroll through menu items.

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Bluetooth gaming controller

For gaming, however, the company also developed a wireless Bluetooth controller. You can connect up to eight controllers to one tablet for games that support multi-players.

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Riptide GP 2 on the tube

During my brief time with the Vyper, I was able to navigate to and play Riptide GP 2 (which is shown in the photo above). Once the tablet plugged into the docking station, connection was quick and easy. I also found the UI to be intuitive and familiar.

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