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The Razer Blade is a Stunning New 17" Gaming Laptop

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 156 comments

The Razer with a build-in Switchblade.

Earlier this week, Razer posted a cheeky teaser site saying that PC gaming was not dead. Those of us enjoying games on our PCs know this, but Razer had to make things a bit dramatic – and today we know why. Razer revealed at PAX Prime its gaming laptop, which on first impressions, is a stunning specimen.

Razer claims that it has made the world's first gaming laptop – but really, there are plenty of laptops on the market that can play Crysis. What Razer's saying is that it has created the first gaming portable laptop. It's called the Razer Blade and it measures 0.88-inches thick and weighs only 6.97 lbs, besting even Apple's 17-inch MacBook Pro.

Here are the full specs:

- 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 2640M Processor

- 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory

- 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)

- 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)

Razer, known for its high-end PC gaming peripherals, had Intel's help in making the Blade.

"We're proud to co-develop this revolutionary gaming laptop with Razer," said Mooly Eden, VP and General Manager of the PC Client Group, Intel. "Utilizing our fast Intel Core i7 processor, the Razer Blade delivers top-class gaming performance in a portable form factor."

Graphical muscle comes courtesy of Nvidia's GeForce GT 555M, but that takes a back seat to Intel's integrated graphics when there isn't any intense 3D action.

What really sets the Razer Blade apart from any other laptop is the Switchblade User Interface. 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.

At $2799.99, it's not cheap, but also not unheard of for a 17-inch high-end laptop. It'll be hitting North America in Q4 2011.

Razer Blade

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    arcus_doom , August 28, 2011 4:35 AM
    It's priced 2,800$ and it doesn't have a SSD? What the hell?
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    Burodsx , August 28, 2011 4:54 AM
    Someone posted a hilarious (but true) article on reddit in regards to what you can buy INSTEAD of this laptop. http://i.imgur.com/wTTck.png
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    robertito , August 28, 2011 4:33 AM
    I thought it looked pretty cool until I saw the price. Still a real nice looking machine.
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    robertito , August 28, 2011 4:33 AM
    I thought it looked pretty cool until I saw the price. Still a real nice looking machine.
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    tmax , August 28, 2011 4:34 AM
    WOW! I hope this makes it to production.
  • 38 Hide
    arcus_doom , August 28, 2011 4:35 AM
    It's priced 2,800$ and it doesn't have a SSD? What the hell?
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    Meatymutawings , August 28, 2011 4:40 AM
    finally some decent use for number pad area. But shame it doesn't have SSD, 320GB HDD, really?
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2011 4:44 AM
    i want it for christmas mom!!! ;) 
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    Azn Cracker , August 28, 2011 4:48 AM
    cut the price in half, add an ssd, and ill buy it
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    el33t , August 28, 2011 4:48 AM
    Whoa...these guys beat even Alienware in ripping off... And secondly, nothing can replace the keypad....
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    Sashmo99 , August 28, 2011 4:50 AM
    SSD will prob. come second gen. Let's not forget to take a moment to *drool
  • 34 Hide
    Burodsx , August 28, 2011 4:54 AM
    Someone posted a hilarious (but true) article on reddit in regards to what you can buy INSTEAD of this laptop. http://i.imgur.com/wTTck.png
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2011 5:01 AM
    While the price is high for its components, its comparable to a similarly priced MBP in hardware, and build quality. Its basically replacing the Apple magic dust with Razer gaming interface.
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    utengineer , August 28, 2011 5:05 AM
    The LCD touch-pad looks interesting. Razor's upcoming SWTOR keyboard has it too.
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    siege_templar , August 28, 2011 5:09 AM
    It needs a better gpu, i think i will get the next model they make of this, when ivy bridge is out.
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    LuckyDucky7 , August 28, 2011 5:09 AM
    Ah- finally hardware worthy of a 2700-dollar pricetag.

    So when I see people walking around with new 17" Macbook Pros, I can give them an equivalent machine that's actually worth the pricetag in hardware (other than a GTX 580M, that is) and looks and feels better.
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    jcaulley_74 , August 28, 2011 5:18 AM
    I'll be interested in seeing how cool it can stay. One of the reasons gaming laptops are big is to support the cooling solution. Very often, small and thin=hot and unstable.
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2011 5:29 AM
    which was the action adventure game featured in video ?
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2011 5:35 AM
    of course they dont mention the integrated battery...
    stupid laptop that would last about 10 seconds when gaming, and more expensive than alienware.
    PC GAMING ISNT DEAD, AND TO PROVE IT WE HAVE THIS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE LAPTOP THAT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO BE PLUGGED INTO AN OUTLET!
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    razor512 , August 28, 2011 5:42 AM
    for that price, you can build a desktop gaming PC with the fastest parts available and it would still be cheaper than that laptop.

    and with the left over money, you can make it portable by buying a large backpack where you can stuff a large UPS in, along with the pc case, and be creative with the monitor, speakers, mouse, and keyboard
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    aftcomet , August 28, 2011 5:45 AM
    caedenvWhoever made this comic obviously dosnt know computer hardware. I'm looking at a ~$1000 hardware refresh next year, but I could beat those specs with current parts and prices with $1000, much less nearing $3000


    And you obviously have a comprehension problem. The comic was pointing out how much stuff you could get for that much money.
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