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Razer Blade Laptop Updated with New IGZO Display, GPU

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.

  • cobra5000
    Thinnest, maybe. Most powerful? I don't see how they can make that claim.
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  • vmem
    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
    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
    14 inch screen way too small for a gaming laptop.
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  • lostgamer_03
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    That's a 100w gpu. Can a 14 inch laptop dissipate ~135W ?
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