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Razer Debuts the Blade Stealth Ultrabook and Core External GPU Enclosure

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: 05:11PM

Razer isn't typically a name you think of when you're looking for a new Ultrabook, but that just might change. At CES, Razer announced the Blade Stealth Ultrabook and the Core external GPU enclosure. The Razer Blade Stealth comes in at just 0.52" thick and weighing a mere 2.75 pounds, bringing it right into the realm of Ultrabooks. It's powered by an Intel Core i7-6500U processor, with a 12.5" LED touchscreen featuring either a 2560x1440 or 3840x2160 resolution panel. It comes with 8GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, a Chroma keyboard with individually backlit keys, and 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, HDMI 1.4b, and a combined 3.5mm audio port round out the connections on the Blade Stealth. The base model has the smaller resolution and a 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD, but you can bump up the storage to 256GB. If you want to increase the resolution, you can get either a 256 or 512GB SSD. Now, the included graphics on the Razer Blade Stealth are just through the Intel HD 520 on the CPU, but that's where the Core comes in.

The Razer Core is an external GPU enclosure that can fit nearly any video card from NVIDIA and AMD, provided it doesn't exceed 5.98" x 1.73" x 12.2". Sadly only a single card is supported. A 500W PSU is included inside the Core that can power a video card with up to a 375W TDP, so really, most any video card you can think of can run inside the Core. The Blade Stealth connects to the Core via a Thunderbolt 3 cable, giving you access to an additional four USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet. An external display can also be powered by the Core, so you can game on your monitor of choice or stick with the Blade Stealth.

The Razer Blade Stealth's base model starts at $999, with the 512GB SSD and 3840x2160 resolution screen jumping things up to $1599. Razer lists the Blade Stealth as shipping at the end of January, although right now the price and launch of the Core is still unknown other than it arrives sometime in the first half of this year. Also unknown is whether or not Razer will update its Blade and Blade Pro laptops, so keep it tuned for any word on those.

Source: Press Release

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