If you were waiting for Razer to finally refresh their sexy Razer Blade laptops with the latest generation of GPUs from NVIDIA, especially after the somewhat disappointing MacBook Pro refresh, I have good news. They’re here, and you can buy them right now.
Sporting the 6GB model of the GTX 1060, the bottom end Razer Blade laptop features the slightly older Intel i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM, a Killer Wireless-AC network card, a 14.0″ IPS 1920×1080 monitor, a Kensington security slot, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack, 3x USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, Chroma-enabled backlighting for your keyboard rave party, a 2.0MP webcam, a HDMI 2.0 port, and a 70Wh lithium-ion battery.
It’s interesting that the Blade refresh doesn’t come with a Kaby Lake CPU, when the Razer Blade Stealth does. As far as storage goes, you can choose from an 256GB PCI-e M.2 SSD all the way up to a 1TB model. The Blade with a 1080p screen is only 1.89kg, while the not-yet released IGZO QHD+ model (that’s a resolution of 3200×1800) weighs in at 1.95kg.
Both models are only 17.9mm x 345mm x 235mm, which is more or less Macbook-esque sizes. The same could be said for the price: the baseline Razer Blade will set you back $2599.95, with the 512GB and 1TB models costing just under $3000 and $3600 respectively.
For comparison, the baseline 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar will set you back $2700. But that only has 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5 CPU and no discrete GPU. Even the $3000 model MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar doesn’t have 16GB of RAM, and it’ll cost you $3600 to get a MacBook Pro that doesn’t have use integrated graphics.
Oh and in case you were wondering: yes, the Australia Tax is alive and well although it’s not too bad. The cheapest Razer Blade is US$1799 ($2413.40), which isn’t too bad converted to dollarydoos, while the baseline QHD+ model is only US$2099 ($2815.86). You’ll get two free games with the Blade (Rainbow Six: Siege and Warhammer The End Times: Vermintide) at checkout regardless of where you buy.
In other words, unless you really need the MacBook Pro in your life, the Razer Blade gives you more for noticeably less. You could draw the same comparisons between Razer and other laptop manufacturers, but people have been happy for years to pay more for style. Or for the Mac ecosystem.
If the cost-benefit equation still works for you, you can check out the details at the Razerzone store.