New 14-inch Razer Blade and 17-inch Blade Pro announced
Razer has announced the latest iteration of its Blade line of gaming notebooks. Both the 14-inch and 17-inch models come with similar internal hardware, and a key factor here is that the 14-inch Blade is the thinnest gaming notebook in the world.
As various manufacturers have found out over the years, making a gaming notebook that sells is very difficult. There are a lot of variables to consider. The internal hardware is major one, as gamers aren’t the kind who usually go for anything but the best. Portability is also another issue, as one cannot be lugging around a notebook that weighs more than 5 kgs at a gaming event. Last but not least is the styling. Gaming notebooks need to exude that sense of style and desirability, and this is an area where Alienware has done considerably well over the years.
Until now, that is. Razer first launched its Blade notebook last year, and has already iterated it once. The third generation is set to take the gaming world by storm. The new addition to the Blade series, the 14-inch Blade, is touted as the thinnest gaming notebook in the world. With dimensions of 13.58 x 9.25 x 0.66 inches and a weight of 1.87 kgs, it is lighter and thinner than the Macbook Pro. The Blade’s design features an all-aluminium ultra-thin chassis that not only makes it very sturdy, but also makes it look chic.
Internal hardware in the Blade includes an Intel quad-core i7 mobile processor that runs on the Haswell architecture, NVIDIA’s latest GTX 765M video card that offers 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory, 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM along with a puny 128 GB SSD. The Blade also features a 70 Wh battery that is set to provide 6 hours of battery life.
Razer Blade Full Specifications
- 14-inch LED backlit screen with a resolution of 1600 X 900
- Intel quad-core i7 Haswell processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2 GB GDDR5)
- 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM
- 128 GB SSD
- HD 720p webcam (1.3 MP)
- Qualcomm Killer NIC N1202 dual-band Wi-Fi card (802.11a/b/g/n)
- 3 X USB 3.0
- HDMI 1.4
- 70 Wh Lithium ion polymer battery
- Razer’s anti-ghosting green back-lit keyboard
- Synaptics touchpad
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Dual stereo speakers
- Windows 8 64 bit
The 17-inch Blade Pro features similar hardware, with the only difference being a 17-inch full HD (1920 X1080) screen and the Switchblade UI, which is a ultra-sensitive touch panel next to the keyboard that allows gesture control as well as user customizable commands and macros. The design and chassis of the Blade Pro look similar to the second generation Blade, with its weight at 2.9 kgs. The 14-inch Blade is set to go on-sale starting next month for $1,799 while the 17-inch Blade Pro will be starting from $2,299. Also,Razer has announced a scheme wherein individuals with successful Kickstarter campaigns, design students and game developers will be able to buy the Blade Pro for a discounted price of $999.
Source: Press Release