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The Razer Blade is a Stunning New 17" Gaming Laptop

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 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.

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    acer0169 , 28 August 2011 16:31

    Now I can't help but think when seeing something like this..

    For that kind of money I'd prefer build myself an amazing home computer with all the timmings, and then build myself a portable LAN PC as well (one of them awesome little cube jobbies).

    That way I can still go to LAN parties but also have an awesome home machine.

    Just my thoughts anyway..
    I know it's not as simple as that and a proper laptop is better, but for the money I'd forever feel like I could have got better even if less portable.
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    Anonymous , 28 August 2011 16:52
    sorry razer but that "first gaming portable laptop" is a load of crap, razer is COMPLETELY Wrong, and their laptop is COMPLETELY INFERIOR to Alienware.

    ill sue them just for talking crap like this, but i dont live in america,our legal system stil has some common sense left ^^
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    CPU666d1 , 28 August 2011 16:57
    At least their bringing out new gaming laptops and their specifications seem good to me.
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    acer0169 , 28 August 2011 16:58
    RopoG9and their laptop is COMPLETELY INFERIOR to Alienware

    Let me guess.. you have an Alienware and spent your entire savings on it?
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    Dandalf , 28 August 2011 17:44
    As soon as Apple hears this is thinner than a macbook, then sees it looks similar in shape, the lawyers will be unleashed.
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    Riv4L , 28 August 2011 18:09
    RopoG9"first gaming portable laptop" is a load of crap

    Actually it is about two thirds the weight of the competing Alienware (M17x).
    Alienware M17x: 9.3 lbs
    Razer Blade: 6.9lbs

    If I had to assign the word "portable" to either I know which one I would put it on.
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    eddieseven , 28 August 2011 19:21
    A thing of beauty and put me on the list for one.
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    Anonymous , 29 August 2011 03:09
    dude the performance difference is huge, and also the warranties you got and support.

    if u mean by portable how light/thin the thing is then say its the lightest/thinnest gaming laptop, instead of false advertising.

    don't get me wrong, i never said its a bad laptop, i just meant that they cannot take that title, perhaps after rewording it to what they mean perhaps, but as it stands that is false advertising. and that LCD is a very feature, it looks like great fun to customize.

    i would prefer a version with 3d vision though ^^
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    Anonymous , 29 August 2011 17:08
    I like the dynamic keys, but I don't like where they are. Their good if you are using the touchpad, but if you have a mouse... meh. The left hand s usually on the far left end of the keyboard.

    It's really nice and all, but the problem I've got with Razer, Alienware, Logitech etc. is the price. For that money I can build up by myself 2 high-end PCs.

    Even if we talk about peripherals, there are couple of other better choices. I've got my gaming mouse from A4Ttech. Has 5 programmable buttons at my thumb, 3D scroll wheel, a burst-shot button and DPI switcher. Guess what, it was only 20$!!! I'm using it for like 4-5 years now, and still no problem with it.
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    icebreaker125 , 29 August 2011 22:44
    I've seen better deals, i3 370m, GTX 460M @ Sainsburys, Razer is just a ripoff
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    MKeeper , 30 August 2011 17:23
    My Alienware is an i7 quad core, 16GB RAM, dual SSDs and dual GFX cards .. runs rings around that thing and includes integrated GFX for 6+ hours battery life if I want "portable".

    Also includes a Blu-Ray drive, HDMI out and 5x USB 3.0 ports

    The Razer Blade is perhaps the "thinnest" or "lightest" gaming laptop.

    Fastest? no
    Best for gaming? probably not imho

    innvoative? perhaps