PAX Prime: Meet the ‘Razer Blade’, Razer’s New Monster Gaming Laptop
By Matt Peckham
You can’t swing a mouse without hitting some high-end PC gaming vendor claiming it’s built “the world’s first true gaming laptop,” and here comes Razer with another contender. The boutique PC gaming hardware designer’s trotting out an all-aluminum chassis portable dubbed the “Razer Blade” at PAX Prime, which kicks off today in Seattle, Washington.
I love how Razer’s press writers open the release: “The PC industry today has never looked bleaker.” Everyone nodding along? There’s mention of Hewlett-Packard possibly dropping its PC biz (though no great loss to gamers, if we’re being frank) and opining about a “severe dearth of innovation…to the extent that now PC versions of cross-platform games are often sub-par ports of their console counterparts.” Well QFT, Razer.
Enter the Razer Blade, a shockingly light gaming laptop stacked to the hilt with high-end features and parts.
I know, if you’re thinking “Black MacBook Pro,” I was too. Except unlike Apple’s sadly underpowered (for gaming) MBP series, the Razer Blade is packing serious power. Like a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2640M processor, 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M video card (with 2GB GDDR5 memory), a 17.3-inch LED-backlit 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and all that weighing just under 7 lbs in a surprisingly thin 0.88-inch chassis. Since you’re probably wondering, the GeForce GT 555M sits at the high-end of NVIDIA’s mid-grade mobile GPU series—not as fast as the top-end 580M, but more than respectable, if you put any stock in NotebookCheck’s numbers.
And then there’s the rest of the Razer Blade’s unique design, like its “Switchblade User Interface,” simliar to one introduced with its Razer Switchblade microportable gaming device earlier this year. According to Razer, it’s composed of “10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys for easier access of in-game commands, and an LCD capable of two modes: one mode that displays in-game information when a mouse is in use; and another mode that functions as an ultra-sensitive, multi-touch panel designed for gaming on the go.” Neat!
What else. It has a build in high-def webcam, of course, and a 320GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive. The wireless card’s standard b/g/n-compatible, and the chassis’s dimensions are 16.81-inches wide by 10.9-inches deep by 0.88-inches high. No word on battery life, but it ships with a 60Wh battery.
How much? Yeah, prepare yourself, because unless you’ve got $2,800 lying around, this thing’s just going to tease you through the window.