Ever since Razer started making its skinny 17-inch Razer Blade laptop, I've been wondering when a gaming PC company was going to come along and deliver a powerful gaming laptop with the slender form factor of an Ultrabook. That would be today. Meet the new Razer Blade, a 14-inch gaming laptop that's skinnier than Apple's Macbook Air.
I've been comparing the original Razer Blade to the regular Macbook since day one. It's an apt comparison, what with the same short profile and all-metal chassis. The 17-inch blade is still a sexy beast, but holding on to that 17-inch screen meant that even at under seven pounds, sheer bulk was still an issue. I've got one of the originals, and finding a case that fit it was a chore.
But that won't be the case (sorry) with the new Razer Blade. At under 14 inches wide, 9.3 inches deep and a ridiculously tiny 17mm high, the 1.9kg machine Razer is presenting at a special event in San Francisco today is small enough that our own Kirk Hamilton, currently attending the event, should be able to slip it under his shirt before he leaves.
Slightly slimmer than the 17mm tall Macbook Air, Razer has managed to pack a whole lot more power in the new Blade than any laptop with a similar form factor has ever dreamed of. It's sporting an Intel Haswell processor, 8GB of ram and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB of GDDR5. The smaller size means it's got to rely on an SSD for storage (128GB, 256GB or 512GB), but a frugal gamer should be able to keep a handful of titles loaded at even the smallest size.
“We’ve designed and built the thinnest, most powerful 14-inch laptop in the world,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director via official announcement. “Thinner than a dime and more powerful than other traditional desktop replacements today, we’ve created an entirely new category of thin and powerful laptops that is generations ahead of other PCs.”
Of course being generations ahead of the curve doesn't come cheap. The new Razer Blade starts at $1799. You could easily build a comparable (or better) system at a fraction of the price, but it would't be so skinny you could barely see it in profile.
For fans of the original 17-inch Blade, don't worry -- it's getting an upgrade as well. The upgraded Razer Blade Pro, now aimed at both gamers and PC professionals, goes up for preorder on June 3, the same day as its smaller, sleeker replacement.
- Future 4th gen Intel Core processor (formerly codename ‘Haswell’)
- 8 GB Onboard Memory (DDR3L — 1600 MHz)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2 GB GDDR5) & Intel HD4600
- Windows 8 64 Bit
- 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
- Qualcomm Killer NIC N1202 (802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth® 4.0)
- 14.0 in. HD+ 16:9 Ratio, 1600 x 900, with LED backlight
- Built-in stereo speakers
- 3.5 mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
- Array microphone
- (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
- HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
- Dolby® Home theatre v4
- 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
- Built-in full HD webcam (1.3 MP)
- Compact 150 W Power Adapter
- Built-in 70 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
- Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
- Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled
- Kensington Lock
- 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
- 4.135 lbs. / 1.876 kg