Razer updates Blade, Blade Pro gaming laptops

Razer updates Blade, Blade Pro gaming laptops

Summary: The Razer Blade Pro gets Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 860M "Maxwell" graphics, while the Blade now offers a 3,200x1,800 touchscreen display.

TOPICS: Laptops, Mobility

While some of Razer's non-peripheral products haven't exactly captured the public's imagination (the Edge Windows 8 gaming tablet), and others are still embryonic (the Project Christine modular PC), the company's Blade and Blade Pro performance laptops have been well-reviewed, if a niche buy given their high price tag.

Released late last spring, the Blade was a 14-inch portable that Razer claimed was the "world's thinnest gaming laptop" at just 0.66 inches thick, while the Blade Pro was a 17-inch version with a higher-res display. The company has now updated both models, boosting the screen resolution of the Blade and upgrading the graphics on the Blade Pro.

The original Blade's display had a resolution of "just" 1,600x900, but the 2014 edition boasts a 3,200x1,800 screen, which Razer claims is the first for a 14-inch laptop. The company also says the new panel increases contrast by 250 percent over the preceding edition. Other specs for the new Blade include an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad-core Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, and 128GB of solid-state storage.

The Blade Pro retains its 1080p full HD screen (1,920x1,080), but gets a boost in the graphics department in the form of the just-released GeForce GTX 860M, based on the latest "Maxwell" architecture. Razer is also shipping it with a bunch of new apps that work with the Switchblade User Interface (SBUI), including a Twitch one and a music-creation program designed with dance music artist Afrojack. Like the Blade, the Pro system comes with a Core i7 quad-core CPU and a 128GB SSD, though it now has twice as much RAM standard.

Both refreshed models are up for pre-order on Razer's site. The Blade starts at $2,199.99, while you'll pay $100 more for a base Blade Pro configuration. (In either case, you can pay $200 more for a 256GB SSD or an extra $500 for a 512GB drive.) The company says the new models will be shipped in a few weeks.

Topics: Laptops, Mobility

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  • Great laptops...

    ...pity they're only available in North America and China.
  • Approximately 2K Era

    1920X1080 is often considered 1K. There are several 4K monitors and TV's available (3840X2160). In other words is has 4 times the number of pixels. This one would be considered 2.8K. I have a Sony Flip that would be considered 2.25K.

    I kind of like the K unit. It is much easier compare displays than pixel dimensions.

    Are we starting an era of approximately 2K laptops/tablets/hybrids?
  • The big one has that silly multi-context touchpad...

    ...A novel idea, but in practice it's apparently fairly horrible to use, and the trackpad's accuracy suffers as a result.
  • So....

    A lot like my late 2013 MBP retina with a 2880X1800 display, 4 core Haswell i7, Nvidia 750m with 2g, 128 g SSD, 16 g ram.