Say Hello to the Razer Blade: Portable Gaming for the Serious PC Gamer
If Razer has its way, the savior of PC gaming is its newest product: the Razer Blade. It's a sexy, black notebook form-factor that's the company's first attempt at portable gaming for the serious PC gamer. Unveiled after a much-hyped viral campaign that outright declared that PC gaming is not dead, was it worth the tremendous build up? First, let's take a look at what's under the hood.
- Intel Core i7-2640M Processor running at 2.8 Ghz/3.5 Ghz (Base/Turbo)
- Next generation NVIDIA discrete GPU (GT 555M) with 2GB dedicated GDDR5 and Optimus Technology
- 8GB of 1333 MHz DDR 3 memory
- Display: 17.3 " (Diagonal), 16:9 ratio, 1920x1080 LED backlit
The main components are modestly impressive, except for the graphics part. This is especially true when compared to the mighty graphics muscle of Alienware's bulky M17x R3 laptop. But the Blade's purpose lies in portability and gaming innovation, not in getting the meanest graphics power. The hardware, though, is just part of the story. Ever since Razer showed us glimpses of its concept Switchblade product, we've all imagined the possibilities of a hand-held PC gaming device. Though that product might be shelved for now, its key features stayed intact with its bigger sibling, the Blade. For starters, the Razer Blade looks like its one of the thinnest laptops in its class. If you think about how Razer managed to squeeze in all that hardware, and a magnificent 17inch HD LED display into an aluminum exterior that's less than an inch thick and weighs less than seven pounds, this is quite a feat indeed. Call it a dark-skinned cousin to Apple's MacBook Air. The Blade also comes equipped with a 60Wh integrated battery, too.
What truly sets the Razer Blade apart from all other gaming laptops before it is the Switchblade UI. The possibilities for this user interface is quite staggering. We already know that the UI is completely customizable to the game that you're playing, and with the Blade you can bind commands and macros into the 10 keys located at the right side of the keyboard. Underneath the keys is a 480 x 800 LCD trackpad that doubles as an in-game display and multi-touch panel.
You'll be able to experience the Razer Blade for $2,799, in Q4 2011. We're now officially one step closer to a portable gaming machine that's not quite like anything out there.