Tuesday, June 4th 2013

Razer Blade 14-inch On Pre-Order

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, announced that it is taking pre-orders for its new 14-inch Blade gaming laptop.

Powered by a 4th gen Intel Core i7 quad core processor with Hyper-Threading (Base 2.2 GHz/Turbo 3.2 GHz) and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M GPU, the Blade is the thinnest and lightest 14-inch gaming laptop in history. Measuring in at just 0.66-inches thin, the Razer Blade packs more power-per-cubic-inch than any other laptop in the world. The Razer Blade utilizes solid-state storage technology with boot speeds of up to four-times faster than a traditional 5400-RPM notebook hard drive. The Razer Blade has a rigid all-aluminum chassis, with a stunning 14-inch LED-backlit HD+ display and features a custom-designed track pad and backlit gaming grade keyboard.

"The Razer Blade is the thinnest and most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop ever, thinner than a standing dime, and we couldn't have created it without the help of partners like Intel," says Min-Liang Tan , Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "Now that the Blade is open for pre-orders, we can all celebrate a monumental day for PC gamers worldwide."

The ultra-portable laptop features 8 GB of fast 1600 MHz DDR3L memory and comes standard with 128 GB of total solid-state storage with options for a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD. The Razer Blade also comes with Dolby Home Theatre v4, featuring immersive audio-quality output that is custom-tuned to deliver a cinematic sound experience.
"Incredible innovation is happening across the computing landscape, and the new mobile gaming experience Razer is delivering with the Edge, and now its Blade, is remarkable," says Navin Shenoy , vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Client Platforms. "Powered by a future 4th gen Intel Core processor, people can expect the highest level performance from the Blade for the most discerning gamer."

The Blade is available for pre-order here.

About the Razer Blade 14-inch Gaming Laptop
Designed from the ground up, the new Razer Blade 14-inch gaming laptop is designed and engineered to fit both form and function. With a 0.66-inch ultra-thin profile crafted from aluminum, along with the best performance in the 14-inch laptop class, the Razer Blade sets a new benchmark for gaming laptops.
A 4th gen Intel Core i7-4702HQ, quad core processor, the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics processor and groundbreaking storage performance are engineered into the world's thinnest gaming laptop.

The Razer Blade is designed for gaming with essential gaming grade peripherals built-in. The laptop features Razer Synapse 2.0 pre-installed, a fully programmable anti-ghosting backlit keyboard, adjustable ultra-sensitive track pad and plenty of green USB 3.0 ports that are ready to plug and play. Do more, game more, anywhere, anytime.

Price: Starts at $1,799

Product features:
  • Intel Core i7-4702QH, quad core processor with Hyper-Threading 2.2 GHz / 3.2 GHz (Base/Turbo)
  • 8 GB Onboard Memory (DDR3L - 1600 MHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2 GB GDDR5) & Intel HD4600
  • Windows 8 64 Bit
  • 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
  • Qualcomm Killer NIC N1202 (802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0)
  • 14.0 in. HD+ 16:9 Ratio, 1600 x 900, with LED backlight
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
  • Array microphone
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
  • Dolby Home Theater v4
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Built-in full HD webcam (1.3 MP)
  • Compact 150 W Power Adapter
  • Built-in 70 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Kensington Lock
  • 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • 4.135 lbs. / 1.876 kg
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23 Comments on Razer Blade 14-inch On Pre-Order

#1
LagunaX
Very nice.
IPS screen?
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#2
DanishDevil
From my multitude of research, looks like it's a TN panel, and from the words of some, it doesn't look like a very good one.

Still hasn't stopped me from pre-ordering one :)

I'd also like to point out that when I tried to google for more info on the CPU, TPU's announcements of this laptop are the ONLY pages that come up. W1zzard, you're a badass.
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#3
LagunaX
LOL I would consider it as it is so sick and slick...but I already have 2 Diablo 3 laptops, how many more do I need?
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#4
DanishDevil
2 or 3 of these bad boys ;)

If I really love it, might pick up a second one for the wife.
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#6
Cja123
That's a pretty awesome looking laptop. It reminds me of a cleaner 2007-2008 MacBook Pro but black. I'm really happy to see other laptop manufactures designing such well crafted machines. Makes me want to ditch this MacBook pro for one of these bad boys...
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#7
johnnyfiive
I really want one of these as well. I just need some cash first. :)
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#8
DanishDevil
Tracking number acquired. Should have my baby Monday if I get the chance to get off work.
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#9
Prima.Vera
I still don't get it, what so special about this laptop?!? It costs almost 2000 bucks, and the specs are so-so. For this price you can buy a 17" from MSI with better specs, for example...
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#10
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Prima.Vera
I still don't get it, what so special about this laptop?!? It costs almost 2000 bucks, and the specs are so-so. For this price you can buy a 17" from MSI with better specs, for example...
And that MSI notebook is three times as thick. There is a reason this cost what it does and it looks like one heck of a notebook for the size. Hopefully there will be an IPS/high res version like the macbooks soon. I would be in for one with a 2560x1440 screen.
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#11
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Am I the only one that thinks this laptop will suffer from throttling issues??
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#12
tigger
I'm the only one
by: FreedomEclipse
Am I the only one that thinks this laptop will suffer from throttling issues??
I think I might have to agree, no pics of the bottom and no obvious vents on it, That's a lot of heat to scrub.
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#13
Fourstaff
by: FreedomEclipse
Am I the only one that thinks this laptop will suffer from throttling issues??
Haven't meet a laptop that doesn't suffer from throttling issues, but this one is probably more susceptible to it.
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#14
Prima.Vera
by: cdawall
And that MSI notebook is three times as thick. There is a reason this cost what it does and it looks like one heck of a notebook for the size. Hopefully there will be an IPS/high res version like the macbooks soon. I would be in for one with a 2560x1440 screen.
Gaming laptop with 1440p resolution?? Except Angry Birds what do you want to play at that resolution? :laugh::laugh:
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#15
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: tigger
I think I might have to agree, no pics of the bottom and no obvious vents on it, That's a lot of heat to scrub.
IMO, i dont think theres gonna be a panel on the bottom of the laptop where you can get to the hardware inside. Hell i doubt they will even include a panel that you can take off to add more ram. Its gonna be their way or the highway when it comes to user servicing unless you want to void the warranty by opening it up yourself.
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#16
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Prima.Vera
Gaming laptop with 1440p resolution?? Except Angry Birds what do you want to play at that resolution? :laugh::laugh:
Maybe it will give the GPU makers some incentive to release better GPU's with lower TDP's. Considering the top AMD part is basically a desktop 7870 I feel like I could play most games with medium settings at that resolution. Reviews just so happen to agree with that.

Remember on a 14" 2560x1440 screen you wont need AA/AF so you gain quite a bit of performance back disabling those.
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#17
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
that's a nice looking laptop. reminds me of the old black macbooks from the mid 2000's.
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#18
DanishDevil
I've got my Blade 14" in hand! I may make a thread for it if you guys have questions about it.

First impressions: It's a VERY well-built machine, right on par with a Retina MBP (had one for about a week). The screen is not an IPS panel, and has poor vertical viewing angles, but other than that, it's a great looking display, and I come from using a 2560x1600 HP ZR30w. Still downloading games, but so far it looks like a great fit and finish, a bit of a fingerprint magnet, fantastic keyboard, and great touchpad (although the buttons are a little squishy, but at least it's not a clickpad).

LMK if you guys want a thread!
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#19
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: DanishDevil
I've got my Blade 14" in hand! I may make a thread for it if you guys have questions about it.
Throttling, Does you has it?
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#21
DanishDevil
Initial game impression: fired up Path of Exile. Maxed out everything, getting 50-60FPS. Playing on a table plugged in with battery profile set to high performance. CPU maxed out at 80C, GPU at 75C. CPU was running at 3-3.2GHz (full turbo profile, don't think PoE is very multi-threaded, so I don't think it was being throttled). What do you guys exactly suggest for testing throttling? Or will it only throttle if it hits its TJmax?

PM me requests for benchmarks (johnnyfiive already has) and I'll make a clubhouse thread for the Razer Blade family of laptops and put up some sort of a mini-review.

As far as physical temps, didn't use it on my lap, but the laptop was pretty smartly designed. The wrist rest and keyboard get warm, but a nice warm, not uncomfortable at all. The top of the keyboard is noticably warmer than the bottom, but unless you're gaming using the F keys, you won't have any issues. The part of the top case against the LCD does get HOT, like you don't want to touch it for longer than a second or two, hot. It does so mainly on the left and right side, as the intake it center, and exhaust for CPU and GPU on left and right (not sure which is which). I had headphones on, so can't comment on noise yet. After gaming, it cooled down plenty for me to throw it into my laptop bag comfortably within a minute or two.

Anandtech image of cooling system: http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6998/The%20Razer%20Blade%20-%20The%20World's%20Thinnest%20Gaming%20Laptop_May%2030,%202013%2010.50.46%20AM.png
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#22
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: DanishDevil
Initial game impression: fired up Path of Exile. Maxed out everything, getting 50-60FPS. Playing on a table plugged in with battery profile set to high performance. CPU maxed out at 80C, GPU at 75C. CPU was running at 3-3.2GHz (full turbo profile, don't think PoE is very multi-threaded, so I don't think it was being throttled). What do you guys exactly suggest for testing throttling? Or will it only throttle if it hits its TJmax?

PM me requests for benchmarks (johnnyfiive already has) and I'll make a clubhouse thread for the Razer Blade family of laptops and put up some sort of a mini-review.

As far as physical temps, didn't use it on my lap, but the laptop was pretty smartly designed. The wrist rest and keyboard get warm, but a nice warm, not uncomfortable at all. The top of the keyboard is noticably warmer than the bottom, but unless you're gaming using the F keys, you won't have any issues. The part of the top case against the LCD does get HOT, like you don't want to touch it for longer than a second or two, hot. It does so mainly on the left and right side, as the intake it center, and exhaust for CPU and GPU on left and right (not sure which is which). I had headphones on, so can't comment on noise yet. After gaming, it cooled down plenty for me to throw it into my laptop bag comfortably within a minute or two.

Anandtech image of cooling system: http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6998/The%20Razer%20Blade%20-%20The%20World's%20Thinnest%20Gaming%20Laptop_May%2030,%202013%2010.50.46%20AM.png
have you testing hdmi out or display port or whatever it has for video out? i would like to know how it runs when connecting to a bigger monitor.
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#23
DanishDevil
I might not be able to test the full-size HDMI out while I'm away from home this month. I'll see what I can scrounge up.
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