Today PC gaming company Razer announced their latest portable gaming laptop, their thinnest and the world’s thinnest yet, the 14-inch Razer Blade. This new Razer Blade laptop provides gamers with a 0.66-inch thin aluminum design and performance features like a 128GB SSD (up to 512GB avail.), Intel’s upcoming Haswell processors, 8GB of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB GDDR5 dedicated GPU. With such features Razer is able to say their new 14-inch Blade offers the most power-per-cubic-inch of any laptop ever released.
Just like the original 17-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop the new 14-inch Razer Blade’s thinness and portability will cost you. The Razer online store lists the base price for a 14-inch Razer Blade as $1,799.99 for a unit equipped with a 128GB SSD. Razer also offers a 256GB SSD equipped version for $1,999.99 and a 512GB SSD model for $2,299.99.
At those prices Razer will run the risk of scaring away a lot of PC gamers at launch like they did with their first gaming laptop the Razer Blade Pro (launch price for it was $2,800). However at the same time the 14-inch Razer Blade will be in a league of its own when it comes to market later this year. The only other PC maker that is selling a 14-inch gaming laptop is Dell Alienware with their nearly 1-inch thicker and more than 2 pounds heavier Alienware M14x (the M14x starts at $949 without an SSD and without upcoming Haswell).
The main specifications for the new 14-inch Razer Blade:
- 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 Theater® 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
Razer has announced they will begin shipping the new 14-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop to North America in Q2 of this year. You will be able to pre-order you’re unit starting on June 3, 2013 on the Razer Zone online store where you can leave your contact info now to be notified on release updates.
When Gaming Laptops First Lost Weight
In late 2011 PC gaming powerhouse Razer stunned many by announcing plans to release their most expensive product yet, a ultra-portable gaming laptop called Razer Blade. The Razer Blade was the first computer that Razer had ever made and its main goal was to be the first true gaming laptop. Razer felt that a gaming laptop should be easy to carry around for gaming on the go, something that other gaming laptops before and even after it haven’t been too focused on.
The original Razer Blade weighed 6.97 pounds and measured 0.88-inches thick while being a 17.3-inch Full HD gaming notebook. Main features for the original Razer Blade included 2.8GHz Intel® Core i7 2640M Dual-Core Processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256GB SSD and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 2GB GDDR5 dedicated GPU. The Razer Blade gaming laptop offered an innovative keyboard with dedicated customizable macro keys and LCD that provides game -specific info through the Switchblade UI.
At launch the only major criticism for the Blade was it’s high $2,800 price tag. However since then Razer has been able to drop the starting price for their 17-inch gaming laptop, now branded Razer Blade Pro, to $2,299.99 (128GB SSD included).