Razer has announced a new Razer Blade gaming laptop with improved specifications over the previous version, as well as a more affordable price point. Featuring a 6th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU with 6GB of VRAM, 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD drives, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, the Razer Blade is 0.70″ thin and weighs only 4.25 pounds. The 14″ 3200×1800+ QHD+ screen and internals are housed in a CNC-milled aircraft grade aluminum chassis, and the new Razer Blade is the second laptop — following Razer’s Blade Stealth notebook — to feature individually backlit RGB keys for 16.8 million customizable color options on the anti-ghosted keyboard.
With specifications and features like this, one would expect the new Razer Blade to cost more than the original Razer Blade which was previously priced at $2,399USD, but Razer has dropped the pricing of the new Razer Blade gaming laptop to $1,999USD ($2,699CAD) for the 256GB SSD model, and $2,199USD ($2,999CAD) for the 512GB SSD model. The Razer Blade includes a free copy of Tom Clancy’s The Division and a full license of the FL Studio 12 Producer Edition software (for a limited time while supplies last).
“We are getting much more aggressive as far as price point, but that hasn’t come at a cost to the performance or design of the Razer Blade,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’ve improved nearly every aspect of the 14-inch laptop, from CPU and GPU performance to system memory and port selection. Chroma technology unlocks an unprecedented, immersive experience on a gaming laptop.”
In addition, the Razer Blade will be compatible with the Razer Core external graphics enclosure, providing desktop-class graphics and additional connectivity by utilizing a Thunderbolt 3 connection via the Blade’s compact USB-C port.
Check out the full specifications of the new Razer Blade gaming notebook below:
- Intel® Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6 GHz / 3.5 GHz)
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 970M (6 GB GDDR5 VRAM)
- 16 GB Systems Memory (DDR4, 2133 MHz)
- Windows® 10 64-bit 256 GB / 512 GB SSD (PCIe M.2) options
- 14.0-in. IGZO QHD+ 16:9 Ratio, 3200×1800, with LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch
- Anti-ghosting keyboard with per-key lighting Powered by Chroma
- Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
- Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
- USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)
- HDMI 1.4b video and audio output
- 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
- Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
- Built-in stereo speakers
- Array microphone
- Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
- Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, trackpad, backlighting, and fan control
- Kensington™ security slot
- Compact 165 W power adapter
- Built-in 70 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
- Approx. Size: 0.70 in. / 17.9 mm (Height) x 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
- Approx. Weight: 4.25 lbs. / 1.93 kg
The Razer Blade is now available for pre-order on the Razer website, and will begin shipping next month. What do you think about the specs and pricing of the new Razer Blade? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.