No matter how you slice it, the notion that you need to have a gigantic tower of a computer in order to enjoy an awesome gaming experience is a relic of the past. The first Razer Blade helped to solidify the perspective that legitimate PC gaming can be mobile. We were then offered an upgraded model for the same price, followed by a more powerful Razer Blade Pro, before going even skinnier with the Razer Blade Stealth Ultrabook earlier this year. But they're not done, because a new Razer Blade has been announced that is even "better, faster [and] brighter." It's also less expensive.
While it might have been useful if a new name were used to differentiate this from the older version, the new Razer Blade gaming laptop for 2016 has generally improved all the specs across the board. There's a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 in there, along with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics (with 6GB of VRAM), PCIe SSD stroage, Killer wireless-AC, and 16GB of DDR dual-channel RAM.
The 14-inch display features a 3200 x 1800 QHD+ resolution and the whole 4.25-pound rig measures just 0.70-inches thick. The aircraft grade aluminum chassis give you that sense of sturdiness, while the individually backlit RGB keys give that dash of personality.
Pricing starts at $1,999 for the 256GB model, which is $400 cheaper than the older equivalent QHD+ model. The price gets bumped to $2,199 if you want 512GB of PCIe SSD storage. Pre-orders are being taken now at Razerzone.com with shipments to commence next month. Watch the video and read the press release below for more details, including the full spec sheet.
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RAZER LAUNCHES NEW BLADE NOTEBOOK
Razer’s iconic 14-inch gaming laptop is faster and more capable than ever before
For Release on March 15, 2016:
IRVINE, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced its new Razer Blade gaming laptop. The Blade’s specs have been improved across the board from its predecessor, and it is now more affordable than ever before.
The new Razer Blade houses the latest 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 970M GPU with 6 GB of VRAM. PCIe SSD technology offers up to three times faster speeds than traditional solid-state drives. Killer Wireless-AC is included. All models will feature 16 GB of DDR4 dual-channel RAM.
All Razer Blade models also come with a stunning 3200x1800 QHD+ display. The laptop remains 0.70 inches thin, but now weighs only 4.25 pounds, making it even more portable than previous generations. The screen and internals are housed in a CNC-milled aircraft grade aluminum chassis.
The Razer Blade – following Razer’s Blade Stealth Ultrabook – will be the second laptop in the world equipped with individually backlit RGB keys. Millions of color options for the anti-ghosted keyboard are available thanks to Razer’s Chroma technology.
All Razer Chroma products, which include mice, keyboards, headsets and a mouse mat, feature 16.8 million customizable colors and a range of effects such as spectrum cycling, breathing, reactive and more. Lighting effects are enabled through Razer’s Synapse software that allows synchronizing lighting colors and patterns between Chroma devices with the click of a button.
An SDK is available for developers to integrate Chroma lighting effects in-game. It is already supported by AAA game titles, including Call of Duty®, Dota 2, Overwatch™ and Blade and Soul™.
The Razer Blade gaming laptop will follow the Razer Blade Stealth’s direct-to-consumer pricing model to keep costs down. Previously at $2,399 for a QHD+ display, the new Razer Blade now starts at $1,999.
“We are getting much more aggressive as far as price point, but that hasn’t come at a cost to the performance or design of the Razer Blade,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’ve improved nearly every aspect of the 14-inch laptop, from CPU and GPU performance to system memory and port selection. Chroma technology unlocks an unprecedented, immersive experience on a gaming laptop.”
The new Razer Blade will be compatible with the Razer Core external graphics enclosure as part of a beta program upon launch. Utilizing Thunderbolt™ 3, the Razer Core connects to the Razer Blade, providing desktop-class graphics and additional connectivity such as USB 3.0 and Ethernet. Thunderbolt 3 provides remarkable connectivity via the Blade’s compact USB-C port at speeds of up to 40 Gbps, the fastest, most versatile link to any dock, display or data device.
Pre-orders for the Razer Blade will start today on RazerStore.com. Units will ship in April. Further retail availability will be announced later this year.
U.S. $1,999 – 256 GB PCIe SSD
U.S. $2,199 – 512 GB PCIe SSD
Razerzone.com – Pre-order March 15th, ships in April
· Intel® Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6 GHz / 3.5 GHz)
· NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 970M (6 GB GDDR5 VRAM)
· 16 GB Systems Memory (DDR4, 2133 MHz)
· Windows® 10 64-bit
· 256 GB / 512 GB SSD (PCIe M.2) options
· 14.0-in. IGZO QHD+ 16:9 Ratio, 3200x1800, with LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch
· Anti-ghosting keyboard with per-key lighting Powered by Chroma
· Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
· Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
· USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)
· HDMI 1.4b video and audio output
· 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
· Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
· Built-in stereo speakers
· Array microphone
· Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
· 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
· Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
· Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, trackpad, backlighting, and fan control
· Kensington™ security slot
· Compact 165 W power adapter
· Built-in 70 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
· Approx. Size: 0.70 in. / 17.9 mm (Height) x 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
· Approx. Weight: 4.25 lbs. / 1.93 kg
For more information about the Razer Blade, please visit razerzone.com/blade.