Razer announced their first ever gaming laptop, the Razer Blade, which they claim to be the world’s first true gaming laptop. The focus in this product has been on achieving the highest possible performance in the thinnest possible form factor. The Razer Blade is the thinnest notebook in its class, measuring just 0.88-inch in thickness, thinner than even the MacBook Pro which is 0.95-inch thick. It has a 17-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution, LED backlit display. To power this beast the Blade will be running on an 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2640M processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M GPU with 2GB of dedicated memory and NVIDIA’s Optimus Technology. The entire machine is made from aluminum with a classy black finish. On the left side you will find all the ports, including one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. The large keyboard is backlit and has a chicklet design.
But perhaps the biggest feature of the Razer Blade is the touchscreen display on the side of the keyboard that uses Razer’s Switchblade UI. The display shows you game information when you use a separate mouse and acts as a regular trackpad otherwise. Above this are ten user configurable keys with an LCD inside each that changes according to their function. You can assign an infinite number commands and macros to these keys for use in-game or otherwise
2.8GHz Intel® Core™ i7 2640M Dual Core Processor
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
17.3″ LED Backlit Display (1920×1080)
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)
All this comes at a price and the Razer Blade will cost you $2,800. Also, at nearly seven pounds, it’s also a bit heavy. The positioning of the trackpad also means it’s only meant for right handed users and from what I can make out from the images, there is no optical drive either, so you are limited to downloading your games and movies online. Also, the fact that there are no claims made about the battery life makes me think it’s not going to be very impressive. But if you are still excited about the Razer Blade, you can look forward to seeing it in the fourth quarter this year when it ships.
PAX Prime, Seattle – August 26th, 2011 – The PC industry today has never looked bleaker. The world’s largest PC-maker Hewlett-Packard just announced their intention to explore the separation of its PC business. With PC manufacturers increasingly abandoning design and technology in lieu of outsourcing and cost-cutting, the PC industry has seen a severe dearth of innovation in recent years. Gaming consoles have also taken advantage of this innovation slump in the PC industry to garner attention from game developers and gamers alike, to the extent that now PC versions of cross-platform games are often sub-par ports of their console counterparts.
Razer, the world leader in high performance gaming hardware, introduces the Razer Blade – a full aluminum chassis gaming laptop featuring true portability, incredible performance, and an all-new revolutionary user interface. With the introduction of the Razer Blade – a feat of modern-day systems engineering and technology, Razer is reinvigorating technological and design innovation for the entire PC industry, and encouraging gamers and developers to return to the PC as the primary gaming platform of choice.
Mobile systems developed for gaming today compromise on portability and form factor for game performance. While such machines run games well, they are over 2 inches thick and can weigh more than 10lbs. The Razer Blade measures 0.88 inches thin, less than half that of current mobile gaming systems, and weighs only 6.97lbs, achieving a balance between portability and performance – making it the world’s first true gaming laptop.
Developed in partnership with Intel, the Razer Blade features a fast Intel® Core™ i7 processorand a high performance NVIDIA GeForce® graphics processor. The hardware was designed torun the most demanding games of today without sacrificing the laptop’s portable form factor.The Razer Blade also does not compromise on screen size as it comes with an incredible LED backlit high-definition 17” display.
The Razer Blade features the Switchblade User Interface – Razer’s multi-award winning, highly intuitive interface technology. The interface is comprised 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.
“The Razer Blade was designed to give gamers a laptop they could truly use on the go,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. “Its sleek, lightweight aluminum construction makes it the thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop available today.”
“To truly co-develop a gaming laptop of this caliber with a company like Razer is quite a remarkable feat,” said Mooly Eden, VP and General Manager of the PC Client Group, Intel. “Bringing together our engineering forces and utilizing our fast Intel® Core™ i7 processor, the Razer Blade delivers top-class gaming performance in a very portable form factor.”
“Powered by an advanced NVIDIA GeForce® GPU with award winning NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology, the Razer Blade has the muscle to run cutting edge games with intense graphics while still offering amazing portability,” said Rene Haas, General Manager of Notebook Products, NVIDIA.
“The Switchblade User Interface on the Razer Blade is a revolutionary innovation that truly defines the new standard for gaming experiences on a laptop,” said Min-Liang Tan.
About the Razer Blade gaming laptop The Razer Blade is a 17” gaming laptop that delivers incredible performance and a revolutionary user interface in a sleek, portable form factor. It features a fast Intel® Core™ i7 processor and a high performance NVIDIA GeForce® graphics processor designed in a lightweight aluminum chassis. The revolutionary Switchblade User Interface, found next to a full-size keyboard, was designed from the ground up to enhance gaming experiences and provide more control at the gamer’s fingertips. It features 10 adaptive tactile keys and a multi-touch LCD panel that can also display in-game information. And at just 0.88 inches thin and only weighing 6.97lbs, the Razer Blade is the world’s first true gaming laptop.