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Say Hello to the Razer Blade: Portable Gaming for the Serious PC Gamer

Category: Gaming
Posted: 11:41AM

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. 

Primary specifications: 

  • 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. 

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Comp Dude2 on August 26, 2011 12:36PM
A gaming laptop has been released and this is massive news?
utengineer on August 26, 2011 01:22PM
This is a very unique solution...so yes.
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Sharpe on August 26, 2011 01:40PM
That's Star Trek, man.
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Luke on August 26, 2011 02:16PM
This is so badass, I only wish it had an SSD, Wireless HD, and Thunderbolt, but I guess that would be a lot to ask of a 0.8in. Gaming machin
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Sharpe on August 26, 2011 03:44PM
That's the only thing I don't understand: why no SSD? I understand there are issues, but they seem to crop up in less than 1% of the drives available. Maybe that's still too large of an absolute number for a manufacturer. Apple's suffered few issues adopting Samsung controllers, and, even though their performance is no where near the latest SandForce controllers, they still annihilate HDD. Personally, I wouldn't hesitate to install a OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS or Patriot Wildfire.
nickk47 on August 26, 2011 07:20PM
For that kind of asking price, there should be an SSD in there.
Disparaitre on September 6, 2011 01:59PM
Oh, thats funnhy. 2gb vram on that card? Why put a card in there that will not play a single current game at that resolution much less make use of that much vram in ANY game? $2,800. For that? You can get an MSI laptop with 16gb DDR3, 17.3" LCD and GTX 570M for around $1,800 , why the hell would you buy this for $1,000 more? The crap people come out with and the prices they expect you to pay. If you want a thin and light portable gaming rig, get an M11x. If you want to show off how much "cooler" you are than eeryone else, get an iProduct. If you want a true gaming laptop, get something from MSI or ASUS.

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