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Razer Blade Laptop Updated with New IGZO Display, GPU

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The Razer Blade laptop received an upgrade in the screen and GPU department.

Razer announced on Wednesday that the "world's thinnest" gaming laptop, the Razer Blade, now comes packed with an IGZO 14-inch LED-lit screen with a 3200 x 1800 resolution (262 ppi) and 10-point touch input. This mobile powerhouse is shipping in early April, but customers can pre-purchase the laptop now for a starting price of $2,199 USD.

"The Razer Blade sets the benchmark by which all laptops should be measured," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "The Razer Blade, the world's thinnest and most powerful gaming laptop, now comes with the best 14-inch notebook display on the planet."

The specs show that this laptop features Intel's Core i7-4702HQ quad core "Haswell" processor, Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics and Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 870M GPU with 3 GB of DDR5 VRAM. Backing this hardware is 8 GB of DDR3L 1600 MHz memory and a 128 GB SSD. The 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 is the OS of choice.

Measuring just 13.6 x 0.70 x 9.3 inches, this laptop also comes with a 2MP webcam, an array microphone, built-in speakers, HDMI 1.4a audio and video output, three USB 3.0 ports, Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition, 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI), a Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard with adjustable backlight, and Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

All of this hardware is backed by a 70 Wh rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery that delivers up to six hours on a single charge. The laptop is also Nvidia GeForce ShadowPlay, GameStream and Battery Boost enabled.

"The 14-inch Razer Blade embodies Razer's continuing drive to design the world's best gaming laptops for those that need insanely powerful performance, the thinnest form factor and the highest resolution screen to game anywhere, anytime. Razer sets out to do the impossible without compromising performance and, with the Razer Blade 14-inch laptop, users are able to do more than ever before on an ultra-portable system," boasts the company's PR.

To pre-purchase the updated Razer Blade now, head here. All in all, this laptop packs a pretty hefty punch if you're willing to dish out over two grand for a portable gaming rig.

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    cobra5000 , March 12, 2014 1:06 PM
    Thinnest, maybe. Most powerful? I don't see how they can make that claim.
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    vmem , March 12, 2014 1:10 PM
    that 14" is perfect for both graphic professionals who likes to game... if only I didn't get a new laptop last year lol
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    bluestar2k11 , March 12, 2014 1:50 PM
    Maybe for the 14inch segment it's the most powerful. But the most powerful laptops I've seen use desktop grade i7's, and dual 780's with up to 32gb of ram. But I will say, it "could" have the prettiest screen, but I don't know enough about that technology to say. Personally I think we need OLED screens, those are beautiful, love it on my Vita and S4.
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    soldier44 , March 12, 2014 1:52 PM
    14 inch screen way too small for a gaming laptop.
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    lostgamer_03 , March 12, 2014 1:58 PM
    GTX 870m is still Kepler... While GTX 860m and GTX 850m are Maxwell. Nvidia is still sucking money out of Kepler 2 generations later, I mean... Come on! Bring Maxwell already. If just AMD could put out some more competitiveness, so we finally can move on to the high-end Maxwell GPUs.
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    dragonsqrrl , March 12, 2014 2:18 PM
    The display has been a major weakness of Razer's laptops in the past, so this is good to see. Unfortunately from what I've read scaling in Windows 8.1 still sucks so I'd imagine the experience on these high pixel density Windows laptops probably won't be the greatest until Microsoft finally decides to deliver a compelling solution (who knows when that will be).

    I almost wish Razer had gone with an 860M instead, although I can understand why they didn't. I would've taken Maxwell, the additional gaming on-the-go battery life, and cooler/quieter operation if given the choice.
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    Menigmand , March 12, 2014 2:43 PM
    Am I the only one who doesn't want high resolution on a small screen? The GPU can't power it, and it makes everything tiny. (Yes, I know you can adjust the scaling, but it doesn't work well in my experience)
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    bloodroses75 , March 12, 2014 3:05 PM
    Hopefully it's better than their other products, especially at this price. My experience with them has been unreliable at best over the long run. I have quit buying Razer products after I couldn't keep a mouse of theirs working for more than 6 months.
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    helper800 , March 12, 2014 4:22 PM
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    Hopefully it's better than their other products, especially at this price. My experience with them has been unreliable at best over the long run. I have quit buying Razer products after I couldn't keep a mouse of theirs working for more than 6 months.
    I have had a Razer Naga (mouse) and Razer Anansi (keyboard) for over 2.5 years and are still going on strong.
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    Mike Friesen , March 12, 2014 4:39 PM
    That's a 100w gpu. Can a 14 inch laptop dissipate ~135W ?
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    WebsWalker , March 12, 2014 5:51 PM
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    That's a 100w gpu. Can a 14 inch laptop dissipate ~135W ?
    Actually if you have a look at the "laptop" panter E5D you'll see than a laptop can actually dissipate much more than that. The panter propose 2 780 and an Xeon E5V2 if I recall well the spec
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    sonicon , March 12, 2014 6:23 PM
    No Gsync? $200 extra for 256gb SSD? Kepler? small 14" screen? I guess they don't want my money yet.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 12, 2014 8:37 PM
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    No Gsync? $200 extra for 256gb SSD? Kepler? small 14" screen? I guess they don't want my money yet.
    1) Gsync currently bumps costs of any desktop screen by at least $200, as we've seen.2) I agree, overpriced3) I wouldn't whine just because it's Kepler. I doubt that GTX 870M will be weaker than any cards beneath it.4) 14'' screen is actually perfect, though I personally prefer 15.6''. The machine is highly portable and at home you hook it up to external screen of your preferred size. But they'll have a 17'' version of it too soon, they always do.I'm surprised by how hateful TH readers are of Razer. Previous Blade got blamed for mediocre GPU, now the current one is blamed for older arch + maybe not being able to cool it. Previous Blade 14 got blamed for HD+ resolution, now QHD+ is "too much" for you. (Though I gotta agree here, I'd rather have a smaller price and just a good IPS FHD) I mean... you folks will ALWAYS find SOMETHING to whine about. I'm following Razer CEO on Facebook and he's spot-on about "haters", that's what most of you are, for no reason at all. Nobody asks you to buy Blade and it's not a threat to Windows ecosystem - it's just a premium product for people willing to pay extra cash for portability, brand name etc.
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    vinhn , March 12, 2014 8:58 PM
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    Thinnest, maybe. Most powerful? I don't see how they can make that claim.
    What they probably meant it is the most powerful packed for that laptop size.
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    Solandri , March 12, 2014 9:05 PM
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    I'm surprised by how hateful TH readers are of Razer. Previous Blade got blamed for mediocre GPU, now the current one is blamed for older arch + maybe not being able to cool it. Previous Blade 14 got blamed for HD+ resolution, now QHD+ is "too much" for you. (Though I gotta agree here, I'd rather have a smaller price and just a good IPS FHD) I mean... you folks will ALWAYS find SOMETHING to whine about.

    They're not the same people. The people who wanted a better GPU complained about the old Blade. They're happy now, but the people who want a cooler computer complain about the new one. The people who wanted a higher res screen complained about the old Razer. They're happy now, but the people who want better performance at a lower res complain about the new one.

    As Lincoln said, you can please some of the people all of the time, or all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time. Most companies get around this problem by offering different models and customization options. But I guess Razer is pulling an Apple and pretending the design they've come up with is the best for all of the people all of the time. That's probably why they catch flak here. Techies prefer to tweak the hardware to fit their preferences, not change their preferences to match the hardware.
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    ingtar33 , March 12, 2014 9:15 PM
    3200x1800? pointless... that 780m can't drive that screen ~ i hope the people suckered into buying that laptop like playing games at 10fps... cause that's all you'll get out of the 780m in that resolution.

    I suppose they could turn down the resolution and game in 1600x900... but then you have to ask, "why are you paying $3200 for a "gaming" laptop with hardware it can't even use

    This is endemic in the computer industry. Plenty of products with mismatched hardware just to throw out big numbers and flashy names, even if those products can't work together as well as a more modest build. 14" screen is bad enough... throw in the insane resolution, the under powered hardware for it, and the insane cost and you're looking at a marketing gimmick, not a gaming laptop.

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    frelled , March 13, 2014 6:29 AM
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    3200x1800? pointless... that 780m can't drive that screen ~ i hope the people suckered into buying that laptop like playing games at 10fps... cause that's all you'll get out of the 780m in that resolution.I suppose they could turn down the resolution and game in 1600x900... but then you have to ask, "why are you paying $3200 for a "gaming" laptop with hardware it can't even useThis is endemic in the computer industry. Plenty of products with mismatched hardware just to throw out big numbers and flashy names, even if those products can't work together as well as a more modest build. 14" screen is bad enough... throw in the insane resolution, the under powered hardware for it, and the insane cost and you're looking at a marketing gimmick, not a gaming laptop.
    Totally agree. You are wasting money purchasing this. The Clevo w230st is a much better value for what you get with a 1080p screen and a 765m. Even at that resolution, the video card can only pump out medium detail with minimal AA and AF. 1600x900 seems to be the sweet spot for native resolution and gaming with high detail. My ideal laptop would be a 14 inch laptop with at most a 1080p(would actually prefer the 900p screen at 14 inches though) screen and one of these new Maxwell 860m chips for efficient battery usage. Include a Haswell with an Iris Pro for lower power gaming and gaming on battery. Something like this at around $1000-1200 price point of the w230st would be the sweet spot for me.
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    Bitech0 , March 13, 2014 11:43 AM
    Will the higher-res touchscreen make me a better gamer???
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    Deletive , March 13, 2014 5:27 PM
    Is that just a macbook pro coloured black? you have see the speaker grills on the side and everything. I would have been happy with a 860m to give this whole system like 70 sum watts... instead of about 137 watts. the battery life would make me more then happy.
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    game junky , March 14, 2014 5:54 AM
    The only reason most companies elected to double the DPI was to increase the amount of icons viewable in the start bar for Win8 (I know - hilarious). My Yoga 2 Pro is rocking that display res - I am a movie buff and 1080p bluray rips look pretty sexy on it even though it isn't up-converting. Regardless, this is a good rig even though I don't think it's worth that much. Razer has become the Mac Book Pro on the Windows PC world - good looks, good design, but over priced.