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Published on August 26th, 2011 | by Brandon


Razer’s big announcement: a high-end gaming laptop

Well, today is the day Razer told us we PC gamers were all waiting for. Razer has finally unveiled its anticipated new product, and it’s a high-end gaming laptop called the Blade. As pictured above, it certainly has style, and the parts inside are respectable (by laptop standards).

Let’s run down the tech specs:

  • Processor: 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-2640M (2.8 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz in turbo mode)
  • Memory: 8 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GT 555M (plus integrated graphics for mobile mode)
  • Hard drive: 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
  • 17.3″ 1920×1080 LED backlit display
  • Built-in HD webcam
  • Integrated 60Wh battery
  • Width: 16.81″; Depth: 10.9″; Height: 0.88″; Weight: 6.97 lbs

For having a large 1080p screen, the Blade certainly appears to be lighter and more portable than some of the desktop replacement behemoths that can weigh in at 10 pounds or more. Otherwise, these specs are about what you’d expect from a gaming laptop, with the curious exception of a solid state drive, which is somewhat disappointing.

Where the Blade diverges from current gaming laptops on the market is the interactive touchpad to the right of the keyboard. The button images and information shown on the screen change dynamically, based on the game being played. While I think the idea looks and sounds very cool, I question how useful it will be in practice. I would imagine that any marginally serious gamer playing on a laptop is going to use an external mouse, rather than the embedded touchpad, which would reduce the interactive touchpad to nothing more than something you show off to your friends.

Now, you knew this sleek machine wouldn’t come cheap. The Blade will cost $2,799 upon its release in the fourth quarter of this year, pushing it out of the reach of most consumers. Because of the high price tag, it’s hard to say this product is all that revolutionary. For the nearly $3k this laptop will set you back, you could have the baddest custom built desktop on the block. I would be hard-pressed to recommend the Blade (or really any other gaming laptop, for that matter) to anyone that doesn’t absolutely need the portability.

The Blade looks like it has the potential to be the best gaming laptop out there, but it’s still just that–a gaming laptop.


Images courtesy of Razer

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10 Responses to Razer’s big announcement: a high-end gaming laptop

  1. xFaDEs says:

    >@Peeble: "Who the hell would pay 2800$ anyways? I'm sure even mac users will say thats too expensive."

    If you slap an Apple logo on it, Mac users will froth at the mouth and buy 2.

  2. Peeble says:

    >@dominick benchmarks say its 21FPS

  3. dominick says:

    >Really razer, a dual core and a 555M? For 2800 i would expect nothing short of a 580M and a quad core. I'm gonna laugh when someone spends their life savings and they get 30fps on medium settings for BF3.

  4. Peeble says:

    >Also this uses the GT 555m. The Dell XPS uses this card and is way cheaper and received poor reviews for gaming performance. Compare this to the Asus G74x which costs 1700 and has a 560 GTXm and will destroy this thing

  5. Peeble says:

    >Exactly. 1500-1800 for an amazing top of the line desktop, 1200-1500$ for a laptop of equal specs.

  6. Fargo says:

    >I'm not sure about this, I'm feeling that they put all of their money into visuals and not enough into hardware. A 300gb hard drive in 2011 is weak, when Skyrim's going to have about 20 discs. The hardware isn't even that amazing to be honest, $3000 could be well spent on a real gaming rig and a very capable laptop.

  7. Peeble says:

    >Plus, one steam sale will fill up that hard drive easily.

  8. Peeble says:

    >Yeah, Razer plans to "save" PC gaming by making a laptop thats literally 10 times the price of an xbox. This is no different than any other "gaming" laptop on the market. Who the hell would pay 2800$ anyways? I'm sure even mac users will say thats too expensive.

    Price is everything. If Razer thinks that $2800 is realistic they're fucked.

  9. Zeela says:

    >I suspect they will lose money from this…

  10. Unknown says:

    >My gaming laptop has better specs than this (aside from that touchscreen thing on the keyboard) and it was only $1300.



Brandon started his PC gaming days playing Doom II (IDDQD/IDKFA for life) and has been hooked on online gaming since the original Starsiege: Tribes. The way to his heart is through proper grammar, corn dogs, and cookie cake.

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