The Razer Blade and Blade Pro Bid Farewell to the Fat and Heavy Gaming Laptop

May 30, 2013

Normally when a friend tells me that he wants a new gaming PC and mentions he’s actually looking for a laptop, my face and my palm get affected by an instinctive and irresistible mutual gravitational attraction. Normal laptops are not built for gaming, and even in the rare case in which they have a decent video card on paper, it’s heavily souped down and bogged down by sub-par cooling solutions that will shorten the life of the system radically unless clocked down further via software.

On the other hand gaming-dedicated laptops are normally big and heavy, defeating the purpose of having a portable system anyway.

Today Razer finally fully unveiled a pair gaming laptops that have the potential to make me change my mind: the Razer Blade, together with its big brother Razer Blade Pro.

The specs on those two beasts are just boggling for a laptop, coming with a CPU that doesn’t even have a name, but it’s just defined “Future 4th gen Intel Core processor (formerly codename ´Haswell´)”, a two-video cards solution sporting a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5 of Video RAM and an Intel HD4600 (to be used when you’re not gaming to save battery), and 8 GB of RAM, they have everything that’s needed to game, including what seems to be a very powerful cooling solution.

The Pro model adds a bigger screen (17 inches instead and full HD resilution instead of 14 and 1600 x 900), and the Razer Switchblade UI trackpad.

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What’s even more surprising is the form factor of the two laptops, with the basic sporting a thickness of 0.66 inches, and the pro coming at 0.88 inches.

Of course, you get what you pay for, and the two laptops aren’t exactly cheap, costing $1,799 for the basic model and $2,299 for the Pro. Both models will be available for preorder starting on June the 6th.

Below you can find two videos introducing the two models, a nice batch of pictures and the full specs. I have to say I’m impressed, and laptops don’t impress me easily.

Razer Blade full specs:

  • Future 4th gen Intel® Core&tradel processor (formerly codename ´Haswell´)
  • 8 GB Onboard Memory (DDR3L – 1600 MHz)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M (2 GB GDDR5) & Intel HD4600
  • Windows® 8 64 Bit
  • 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
  • Qualcomm® Killer™ NIC N1202 (802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • 14.0 in. HD+ 16:9 Ratio, 1600 x 900, with LED backlight
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
  • Array microphone
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
  • Dolby® Home Theater® v4
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Built-in full HD webcam (1.3 MP)
  • Compact 150 W Power Adapter
  • Built-in 70 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Razer™ Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer™ Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Kensington Lock
  • 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • 4.135 lbs. / 1.876 kg

Razer Blade Pro full specs:

  • Future 4th gen Intel® Core™ processor (formerly codename ´Haswell´)
  • 8 GB DDR3L (2 x 4 GB 1600MHz)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M (2GB GDDR5)& Intel HD4600
  • Windows 8 64 Bit
  • 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
  • Qualcomm® Killer&trader; NIC N1202 (802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • 17.3-in. Full HD 16:9 Ratio, 1920 x 1080, with LED backlight
  • Stereo 2.0 speakers
  • 3.5mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
  • HD Webcam (front-facing, 2.0 MP)
  • Array microphones
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI 1.4)
  • Dolby® Home Theater® v4
  • Razer™ Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer™ Switchblade User Interface
  • Razer™ Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Built-in 74Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Kensington Lock
  • 16.8 in. / 427mm (Width) x 0.88 in. / 22.4mm (Height) x 10.9 in. / 277 mm (Depth)
  • 6.58 lbs. / 2.98 kg
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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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