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The Snakebyte Vyper platform

Sturdy 7-inch tablet

Quad-core with Android 4.2

Two camera lens for photos

Connect to your TV

All the media in your hands

AirMouse remote control

Bluetooth gaming controller

Riptide GP 2 on the tube

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

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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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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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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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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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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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