Saturday, September 1st 2012

Razer Announces Updated Blade Gaming Laptop

Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, unveiled the next generation of the world's first true gaming laptop, the Razer Blade. The Razer Blade raised the bar on portable gaming laptops, pushing performance limits without compromising on its ultra-thin form factor. The new Razer Blade will be available for pre-order for $2,499 on Sept. 2 and begin shipping to consumers in North America on Sept. 30, 2012.

"The all-new Razer Blade is built to defy all conventions; it is has extreme levels of performance and yet amazingly thin," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer Chief Executive Officer. "The Blade features the next generation of Intel quad core processors combined with powerful NVIDIA GTX class graphics chips and the fastest RAM available, resulting in a machine that is insanely powerful."

The original Razer Blade's thermal system was completely re-engineered and built from custom-crafted parts with larger vents and specially designed heat pipes that allow more airflow to the unit's extreme components. With one of the most innovative thermal solutions in the industry, the new Razer Blade incorporates a tremendous amount of power and performance in an ultra-thin form factor.

The new Razer Blade is only 0.88 inches thick, less than half the thickness of traditional gaming laptops of comparable performance. Combined with an ultra-slim power supply, the entire system weighs less than seven pounds, less than half the weight of other gaming laptops, making it the lowest profile, lightest gaming laptop of its class.

In short – the Razer Blade has equivalent performance to some of the most powerful traditional gaming laptops, but at a fraction of their size and weight.

PC gamers will now be able to experience today's most graphics-intensive games at phenomenal frame rates on the new Razer Blade's remarkable 17.3-in. high-definition display. The machine's new hybrid drive solution delivers data up to three times faster than traditional hard drives, with double the storage space. Additional features include quieter fans, optimized speakers, and three USB 3.0 ports with charging capabilities even when the system is switched off.

The most striking and innovative feature of the Razer Blade remains its multi-award-winning Switchblade User Interface (UI). The unique integrated LCD display/multi-touch panel and 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys put commands and control functions within fingertip reach. The Switchblade UI features a growing list of applications designed specifically for gaming by Razer's in-house software engineers as well as by Razer's active community of users. These apps allow users to browse the web for in-game guides, watch online videos, stay connected within their social networks, and take advantage of an expanding list of dedicated gaming apps without ever having to leave a game.

"With the new Razer Blade, we set out to design something truly phenomenal with extreme performance for gamers in an ultra-thin form factor," said Min. "The design and hardware advancements, combined with our revolutionary user interface, makes the new Razer Blade, without doubt, the very best gaming laptop we've ever designed. The Beauty is now the Beast."

Watch the "Razer Blade: The Beauty is Now the Beast" video at:
http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-blade

About the Razer Blade gaming laptop
The new Razer Blade is a 17-in. gaming laptop that delivers extreme performance and all-new features and applications in a ultra-portable form factor. It features a fast Intel Core i7 processor and a high-performance NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor within in a lightweight aluminum chassis. The revolutionary Switchblade User Interface, located next to the Blade's full-size keyboard, was designed by Razer from the ground up to enhance gaming experiences and provide more control at the gamer's fingertips. The Switchblade features 10 adaptive tactile keys and a multi-touch LCD panel that can also display in-game information. And at just 0.88 inches thin and weighing a mere 6.6lbs, the Razer Blade is the world's first true gaming laptop.

Price: US$2,499.99

Availability:
September 2012

Product Specifications:


Future platform with 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with NVIDIA Optimus Technology
2 GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Memory
17.3-in. LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
Built-in HD Webcam
Integrated 60Wh Battery
500 GB 7200 RPM HDD (Primary Storage)
64 GB SATA III SSD with NVELO Dataplex Software (Cache Acceleration)
Wireless Network 802.11 A/G/N + BT4.0
16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.6lbs (Weight)
For more information, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-blade
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39 Comments on Razer Announces Updated Blade Gaming Laptop

#1
bretts31344
blibba said:
"Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels"

Yeah, no.
It's marked wrong by Amazon. Scroll down, reviews are 1080p and so are the Lenovo specs. The Amazon specs says the 660m is 2MB too, not GB lol.
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#2
INSTG8R
Darkleoco said:
Sooo yeah my Asus g75 has an i7 3610qm which is a 3rd generation i7 quad core processor with hyperthreading , it has a 17.3 inch 1080p screen and a nvidia gtx 660m as well as a 1tb hard drive. And I payed ~$1350 for it, is the Razer branding really worth ~$1000?
The fancy touchpad? :wtf:
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#3
Darkleoco
INSTG8R said:
The fancy touchpad? :wtf:
Cool and fancy but honestly what besides that could even be factored into that much of a markup? Besides the small SSD and with 120gb SSD's still going for $80-$100 putting one in a laptop is nothing.
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#4
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
INSTG8R said:
The fancy touchpad? :wtf:
Apple has that too.
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#5
Munki
Razer makes laptops?
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#6
INSTG8R
Aquinus said:
Apple has that too.
Better look at it a little closer:wtf: Unless they started taping iPhones to Mac Books when I wasn't looking;)

It was a joke. There is nothing that justifies the premium over Darkloco's ASUS or the Lenovo bretts31344 linked
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#7
Rei86
Darkleoco said:
Sooo yeah my Asus g75 has an i7 3610qm which is a 3rd generation i7 quad core processor with hyperthreading , it has a 17.3 inch 1080p screen and a nvidia gtx 660m as well as a 1tb hard drive. And I payed ~$1350 for it, is the Razer branding really worth ~$1000?
Its the keyboard and slim profile you're paying for.

Laptop gaming is a joke so pass, but I have to give Razer a nod for trying something different.
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#8
NC37
Aquinus said:
Apple has that too.
And Lenovo. Well at least my Y580 has it. 15.6 screen vs the 17.3 but its still 1080 and was only $999.

So yeah...either way you put it...Apple, Razer = both overpriced hunks of plastic.
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#9
-1nf1n1ty-
Rei86 said:

Laptop gaming is a joke so pass, but I have to give Razer a nod for trying something different.
I agree laptop gaming is a bit of a joke but it is convenient when I have something with me and I could LAN with friends or just (for my line of work anyway) have something I could use to just work on. Razer's laptop looks awesome but if I had to choose between this and a rMBP it would be a tough one.

I do have to be honest though I am a huge gamer and when I saw this I was a bit jealous that windows user get stuff(I have a pretty neat desktop!) like this as well as a huge library of games and my rMBP only gets stuff like Blizzard games and Valve games. They're good and I mean all I am typically competitive at is CS:GO and LoL, so I don't care about the other games but it would be nice to go through rage or any other game like that. I don't understand the hate between Macbook Pro and a Windows laptop I use both for different stuff and I can tell you that neither of them are perfect and if it's an argument about gaming? That's dumb of course it will be Windows as most developers develop for windows right? I guess I am kind of leaking into my own irritations with people and gaming/laptops etc but fact of the matter is I can play Valve and Blizzard games even the unofficial LoL client without ANY hiccups on my Macbook Pro.
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#10
Rei86
My 1st laptop was a AlienWare M5750.

17" 1920x1080 panel, Core 2 Duo T2500 Processor, and a ATi Mobility Radeon X1800.

Tried to upgrade to a X1900XT but that was next to imposiable as the supplier always ran out of stock and to even find the mxm X1900 was like searching for a needle in a haystack.

But getting to the point the 5750 was pretty thin but it was awkward carrying it around at school. Which pretty much got me into the point that 13~15" is the perfect size for mobility and work. anything beyond that is a desktop replacement and who is Razer trying to kid? No PC gamer buys a freaking desktop replacement PC to actually replace their gaming rig.

So here we have a ePeen only rig that'll have a low sales volume.
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#11
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
NC37 said:
So yeah...either way you put it...Apple, Razer = both overpriced hunks of plastic.
Actually, Apple uses Aluminum chassis now. I think you'll be hard pressed to find a laptop that has less plastic than a Mac now. :confused:
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#12
Absolution
For me, when it comes to a gaming laptop, the first thing is - how good is the cooling. Idk how these manufacturers make such designs for "gaming" laptops.

Darkleoco said:
Sooo yeah my Asus g75 has an i7 3610qm which is a 3rd generation i7 quad core processor with hyperthreading , it has a 17.3 inch 1080p screen and a nvidia gtx 660m as well as a 1tb hard drive. And I payed ~$1350 for it, is the Razer branding really worth ~$1000?
I am planning to buy one myself, how is the cooling? I heard its all on the rear, so the keyboard area doesnt get warm?

True?
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#13
Prima.Vera
2500$ and you put a shit like GTX 660M?? Are you f**g kidding me?!?
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#14
Fourstaff
Prima.Vera said:
2500$ and you put a shit like GTX 660M?? Are you f**g kidding me?!?
Its aimed at people with more money then sense, Veblen good (economic sense).
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