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Razer Taking Pre-Orders for Blade Gaming Laptop Within Days

By - Source: Kotaku | B 42 comments

Gamers waiting patiently for the Razer Blade laptop should be able to pre-order the device in the next couple of days.

In an interview with Kotaku, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed that pre-orders for the company's dedicated gaming laptop, the Razer Blade, will begin within the next few days. The news backs up Razor's previous Q42011 projected release date provided when the laptop was announced back in August.

Unfortunately, an actual ship date wasn't provided, but there's indication that it may arrive just before Christmas. Min-Liang Tan said that select friends and publishing CEOs have already received their units, so technically the dedicated gaming laptop is already shipping.

So far the pricetag still remains a beefy $2799.99 USD, but Tan said the Blade has received at least one major upgrade since it was originally announced -- without altering the price. He explains that before the laptop was even announced, component suppliers were skeptical about a dedicated gaming rig, insisting that consumers want cheap and mass-produced products. To get the components they needed, Razer had to shell out a premium over the list prices.

"After the announcement of the Razer Blade, they were floored with the response from the press and the community and we managed to negotiate a price down for the components," he said. "We were able to convince them to bring the cost down and with the cost savings, we decided to upgrade the 320 GB HDD to a 256 SSD drive."

So what's under the hood? According to the flashy-specs, it comes packed with a dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.8 GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo), 8 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, an LED-backlit 17.3-inch LCD display with a 16:9 ratio and a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and integrated graphics for "mobile mode." There's also a Nvidia GeForce GT 555M GPU for "gaming mode" toting 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and Optimus Technology.

As for other features, they include HDMI output, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and more. The laptop also sports the Switchblade UI touchscreen, mounted to the right of the keyboard. This 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.

To pre-order Razer's Blade gaming laptop, head here. As of this writing, the laptop does not appear on Razer's online store, so keep checking back.

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    house70 , December 9, 2011 1:25 PM
    I would like to see the bill of materials for this product. Maybe there is a reasonable explanation for the price tag (other than unbelievable greed).
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    omac1a , December 9, 2011 1:34 PM
    house70I would like to see the bill of materials for this product. Maybe there is a reasonable explanation for the price tag (other than unbelievable greed).


    Well for starters the chassis is milled. Then there's the second screen with the Switchblade UI. This laptop isn't expensive because of the components, it's expensive because of the amount of engineering that went in to it.
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    Cumulonimbus incus , December 9, 2011 1:11 PM
    Oh! and I thought that TH readership believed Apple customers were mugs
  • 7 Hide
    sliem , December 9, 2011 1:18 PM
    Nice but very expensive.
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    house70 , December 9, 2011 1:25 PM
    I would like to see the bill of materials for this product. Maybe there is a reasonable explanation for the price tag (other than unbelievable greed).
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    Anonymous , December 9, 2011 1:32 PM
    @Cumulonimbus incus, this is a specialty/niche laptop, that's why it's so expensive. It's aimed at a very specific market that is willing to pay top dollar for top performance, unlike Apple, where all of their products, from top of the line to the bottom are over-priced. That's why so many reader's consider Apple customers "mugs".
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    omac1a , December 9, 2011 1:34 PM
    house70I would like to see the bill of materials for this product. Maybe there is a reasonable explanation for the price tag (other than unbelievable greed).


    Well for starters the chassis is milled. Then there's the second screen with the Switchblade UI. This laptop isn't expensive because of the components, it's expensive because of the amount of engineering that went in to it.
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    waylander , December 9, 2011 1:52 PM
    I've paid over $2000 for a top gaming laptop and yes, you get what you pay for. I had better benchmark scores than most desktops just a few months old. I don't need that kind of performance anymore since I'm not traveling as much as I used to but... if you like to game but your job keeps you on the go, this is a great product assuming you can afford it.

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    bvsbutthd101 , December 9, 2011 1:53 PM
    Drop the price about $800 and get rid of that crappy gt 555m and put in a gtx 560m and think we have winner.
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    jellico , December 9, 2011 1:55 PM
    house70I would like to see the bill of materials for this product. Maybe there is a reasonable explanation for the price tag (other than unbelievable greed).

    You know, the desire to make a profit on something is not a bad thing. The desire to make money is why 99% of businesses are *GASP* IN BUSINESS. They don't exist to provide people with jobs and benefits, that is merely a pleasant side effect. All of the cool technology and games that we enjoy exist because someone or a group of someones have a desire to make a pile of money. The flipside to that... and try to understand this because it is very important... you are NOT required to purchase an extremely expensive laptop. If you deem it of value to you, then you will buy it. If you don't, then you won't.
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    kawininjazx , December 9, 2011 2:03 PM
    I couldn't imagine spending that much on any computer.
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    Lutfij , December 9, 2011 2:06 PM
    ^ and than you have torrents to keep some happily away from gamepublishers...i mean daylight robbers :)  :lol:  j/k
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    Goldengoose , December 9, 2011 2:07 PM
    KawiNinjaZXI couldn't imagine spending that much on any computer.

    I can, but first i imagine winning the lottery.
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    bvsbutthd101 , December 9, 2011 2:10 PM
    Does anyone realize the powerhouse of a laptop you could get with $2800 dollars. Yeah it'll be a big laptop but who plays games on there lap. No one, your gonna have it on a table or something with a mouse. Don't get me wrong the design and lcd touchpad and buttons on the side are cool as hell. But the hardware in this thing doesn't excuse the price of it.
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    tical2399 , December 9, 2011 2:20 PM
    LOL "we've decided to to upgrade the 320 GB hard drive to a 256 SSD". Giving me LESS storage space is by no means an "upgrade" even f the drive is faster.
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    icepick314 , December 9, 2011 2:25 PM
    "dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.8 GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo)"

    shouldn't Razer put in quad-core i7 if they want to tout performance as a gaming laptop?
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    molo9000 , December 9, 2011 2:35 PM
    The price is not that outrageous. The better chassis and touchpad-gimmick are probably worth the $500 you pay more compared to a equivalent Alienware, Asus or whatever. Weight and battery life also matter.

    I still don't understand the appeal of gaming laptops though. Do all those graphics details really matter on a 15-17"laptop display?
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    joe nate , December 9, 2011 2:37 PM
    Makes way more sense now that they put an i7 in it. Back when they first announced it would have an intel atom processor, there was no way it was going to be a gaming laptop.
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    vilenjan , December 9, 2011 2:40 PM
    What does an under-tuned 550 ti need 2gb of memory for? Marketing gimmick if I ever saw one...
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    alidan , December 9, 2011 2:43 PM
    Cumulonimbus incusOh! and I thought that TH readership believed Apple customers were mugs


    the only place that you get screwed more than an apple product, is a gaming product, slightly behind that, sound.

    apple sells its crap to morons who believe the "it just works" line, and the lifestyle appeal they give. back in the pre xpsp1 era, macs did work more often than pcs, at least in my experience, still hated them though. but now... not so much, but people still believe that line of crap.

    but gaming... its like they assume everyone who plays games is retarded and will pay 100+ for something that is only worth 20$ because it has gaming attached to it. i have a razor naga, got it referb for 50$ and its the one thing that i ever used that was labeled gaming i didn't feel screwed on, 12 easy to hit buttons can get a hell of allot done, fast.
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    neon871 , December 9, 2011 2:55 PM
    How Come Razer is not sue'in Motorola droide "razer" for the same name? ref. patent No. xxxxxx
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    bvsbutthd101 , December 9, 2011 2:56 PM
    joe nateMakes way more sense now that they put an i7 in it. Back when they first announced it would have an intel atom processor, there was no way it was going to be a gaming laptop.


    Here's something for you to do. Go to www.cyberpowerpc.com or ibuypower.com and built a laptop for $2800 dollars. Comment back on this and tells the specs on it. I guarantee you the hardware on the laptop you built will blow this laptop away.
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