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Razer unveils unique gaming laptop

Razer came by our offices the other day to show us their first foray into the laptop market, which could have been accomplished in a simple press release, but they’re obviously proud of what they’re dubbing the Razer Blade, and from the look of it, they probably have a reason to be. The funny thing is, even though it was right in front of us, we didn’t get a chance to actually play with it, so we don’t know yet how its unique features feel – but they certainly look cool.

Above: CEO and Creative Director Min-Liang Tan was quite happy to show this thing off

The main claim for the Blade is that it’s “the world’s first true gaming laptop.” Bold claim, we know. They explained to us what it means: the power of a monster laptop like the ones Alienware produces, but without the excessive bulk, which makes typical gaming laptops not conveniently portable. The Blade has a 17-inch screen, making it basically the same size as a MacBook Pro as far as width and length, but it’s even thinner than the Mac at 0.88 inches. They’ve also managed to shrink the power supply to about half that you’d find in an Alienware, adding to the overall portability.

Above: We told you it was thin

The feature that makes the Blade unique, though, is the Switchblade interface. On the right side of the keyboard is a massive touchpad/screen with mutlitouch capability and gestures for control, and the pad also serves as a second screen. Some of the uses mentioned were being able to train the screen at a different point of the map during a match of League of Legends so you can watch two places at once, or running YouTube on it so you have a video walkthrough handy while playing a game on the big screen. We don’t know how well the touchpad will work for actually controlling a game, say in an FPS, but the huge size of it could make it a viable option, at least in single-player where the pressure of competition isn’t present. Above the pad are ten keys with their own displays, meaning you can program commands into them and also have backlit icons from the actual game within each key. Certain games will have official support for icons and commands, but users can also generate their own templates and share them with others.

Above: The Switchblade interface

The whole package is damn sexy to look at, but unless we get a chance to actually play some games on it, we don’t know yet how it all handles. It may not be totally competitive with a top-of-the-line desktop, but it’s close. Here are the specs:

·         2.8GHz Intel® Core™ i7 2640M Processor

·         8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory

·         17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)

·         NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology

·         2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory

·         Built-in HD Webcam

·         Integrated 60Wh Battery

·         320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD

·         Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible

·         16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)

Of course, none of this will come cheap. Hold onto your wallets – the Blade clocks in at a retail price of $2799.99. While that is nothing to sneeze at, on paper it’s much more powerful and thinner than a MacBook Pro, so it’s in theory competitively priced. We’re also curious to see how the Switchblade interface works, since it’s something we haven’t seen in other laptops. We’ll find out if the Blade can fulfill all of its promises sometime later this year.

Aug 26, 2011

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20 comments

  • lilj805 - August 28, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    throw me a SSD and i'll be happy
  • darkmagshin - August 27, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    i think i just came those specs are amazing (especially for something that thin), i would get this over an overpriced macbook any day. and it is a premium price for sure, but it's like they say, you get what you pay for, and if this laptop delivers on all of those features, it would be the best on the market imo.
  • corndog501 - August 26, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    Its a fairly priced PC considering that getting that mobile Core i7's that are that good don't come cheap. Also get a good amount of RAM and video memory. Not to mention that it runs a dual graphics chipset (similar to the Macbook Pro). The only thing that bugs me is the HDD, you'd think you'd get a bigger drive or at least a SSD for the money. Oh well, looks sleek and sexy. If it ever drops into the low $2000s, I'm buying.
  • ParanoidAndroid - August 26, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    I wish I had that kind of scratch. My laptop was a stretch at just over £300, and I'm surprised that it even runs minesweeper.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 26, 2011 8 p.m.

    It's a nice looking laptop, and I've always thought that Apple made better looking equipment than Dell, Asus, and Lenovo, but for the money and specs, it's not worth it. I mean, I love my Dell laptop; it has great graphics, an i5 processor, 500Gbs of memory, and 4Gb of RAM, and I spent a little more than $700. I see NO reason to spend all this money on this laptop, regardless of how much I adore Razer. Besides, just buy the Razer Naga or equivalent, and you'll like ANY computer you have. Seriously. Great equipment.
  • cjwalsh7 - August 26, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    Anyone who buys a "gaming" laptop is an idiot. They just dont work, and are insanley priced, as you can see from this article. For that price, you could have the absolute best desktop gaming machine, im talking a real beast of a PC, or you could get a gaming laptop with a slow processor, small hard drive, terrible battery life, small screen, and bad graphics cards because they need to be small to fit in a small laptop. Any time you play your going to have to plug in the charger anyway, so its not like you can "Game on the go", and how many times do you ever need to transport your computer anyway? :S It's an unreal waste of money, please dont get suckered by this, go look at any pre-built $600-$700 desktop and see how it will have better specs
  • Crowbar_Abortion - August 26, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    OH WOW! another $3000 dollar gaming laptop like Alienware, Asus, MSI, and HP, no wait... they only charge $1500-$2000 for similiar tech specs, oh you designed it to look like a Macbook? -FAIL-
  • Craza - August 26, 2011 4 p.m.

    At that price, I would expect something much larger than a 320GB hard drive. I would fill that up in no time flat. Though it is 7200 RPM, it still could use something larger. I wonder if it's easy to replace with a larger drive. Other than that, it's a pretty fancy piece.
  • Anderstmnt - August 26, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    couldn't they just make it a realistic price? I wanna gaming PC but I'm not sinking almost 3,000 dollars into a laptop to play a few games.
  • Rowdie - August 26, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    Rather impressive.
  • meh - August 26, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    This was the most sexiest laptop I'd ever seen, and was a definite must buy, until I saw that soul destroying price tag.
  • james-nevin - August 26, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    I think the Switchblade thing is kinda like what is going to be on the Razer TOR keyboard
  • MeabhieD - August 26, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    I wish I hadn't gotten my new computer now... :( Bit pricy though
  • rabidpotatochip - August 26, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Jeez, that's kinda expensive. Still, as far as gaming laptops go, it's about the only one I'd buy.
  • VagueRaconteur - August 26, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    £1,721.85. I'm a student. You build my hopes up GR, then they all come crashing down... feelsbadman.
  • miningguyx360 - August 26, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    Make 13" one and I'll be on board
  • tareq - August 26, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    I was allllllllll for it and then I saw the price tag
  • Blasto - August 26, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Hey, that would be great if it was two thousand dollars cheaper.
  • Lemons - August 26, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    Nice, but practically three thousand dollars. Sigh. Still, can't have expected it to be cheap....
  • ThatGamerDude - August 26, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    I just got a computer not to long ago and now your showing me this? Seriously, that touchpad on the keyboard may be very useful with some of the games I play.

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