Razer has introduced what they are calling the World’s smallest 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop, the new Razer Blade. I have a ‘gaming’ laptop. It’s a few years older, but it serves its purpose. There’s one thing though; It weighs about 137lbs. Seriously though, I would probably guess it is over 10lbs., fairly easily actually. The new Razer Blade weighs in at less than 5lbs! For a gaming laptop! I’d love to upgrade someday. Until then, I will salivate over this one.
There’s a lot, so I’ll shut up and get to it.
- 8th Gen Core i7-8750H (2.2/4.1GHz, 6 Cores!)
- Either a 1080p or a 4k Touchscreen (both are 144Hz)
- Nvidia GeForce 1060 or 1070 (Max-Q)
- 16GB RAM (support up to 32GB)
- Up to 512GB PCIe SSD (support for up to 2TB)
- Anti-ghosting Chroma keyboard
- 80Wh Battery (good to take on a plane)
Those are the main specs of the machine. It’s called a gaming laptop but this thing should be able to handle video/photo editing without a problem. I would like to see how it fares rendering a 4K video. Either way, it is one powerful machine.
We are proud to have again stepped-up as an industry leader, taking laptop engineering to the next level to give gamers the performance they require and the mobility they desire,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We upgraded to Intel’s latest 6 core processor, used a fast 144Hz display driven by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, and set a new standard for power in the world’s smallest 15-inch gaming laptop.
Here’s the down and dirty. The screen should be incredibly color accurate out of the box. Razer is boasting 100% sRGB color on the 1080p model and 100% Adobe RGB color support on the 4k model. On top of that, they managed to keep the bezels at a very thin 4.9mm.
For the processor, you’re looking at a 6 Core (12 Threads) beast of a machine. It will also come with 16GB RAM which you can expand to 32GB. You can also configure up to a 512GB SSD, you can later upgrade this to 2TB if you wish. I would honestly like to crack one of these open just to see how easy it would be to actually upgrade these components.
What good is a thin gaming laptop if it overheats and has to thermal throttle all the time? I think it would be easier to just quote Razer on this one.
Beyond cooling the CPU and GPU, the vacuum-sealed vaporized liquid helps dissipate the heat generated from other components within the laptop. Ultra-thin nanoparticle material and graphite-based server grade thermal interfaces reduce hot spots and facilitate heat transfer, while high-performance low-noise fans push air across dual heat exchanges with 0.1mm thin fins, quickly moving heat out of the chassis and away from the user.
I’m very curious to see how this will fare in actual use. I mean if it can’t run Crysis, then what’s the point right?
Lately, ports seem to deserve their own section when it comes to laptops. Well, Razer has you covered here too. They better, this is a gaming laptop after all. Here’s what you get: three USB 3.1, one Thunderbolt 3, Mini DisplayPort, and a headphone jack. The one omission, I didn’t see it at least, was an SD Card slot. If for some reason that isn’t there, I would wonder why. Although being this is marketed toward gamers and not necessarily content creators I suppose it would make a little sense.
There are a handful of configurations that you can order from Razer. The differences have to do with screen resolution, GPU, and RAM/Storage. There is one outlier, the lowest spec’d model actually has a 60Hz screen, the rest are 144Hz. All come with 16GB RAM.
- 1080p(60Hz)/GTX 1060/256GB SSD – $1900
- 1080p/GTX 1060/512GB SSD – $2200
- 1080p/GTX 1070/ 256GB SSD – $2400
- 1080p/GTX 1070/512GB SSD – $2600
- 4k/GTX1070/512GB SSD – $2900
Even on the lowest end model, these aren’t cheap. That said, if I had the money, I would definitely buy one of these. I would have liked to see an M.2 drive, although that would have driven up the price that much more.
Razer has built one beast of a machine with the new Blade, and yet they manage to cram it all into a fairly small package. For me, the biggest question would be battery life. I would imagine playing a fairly demanding game on the highest settings would drain that battery fairly quickly.
If you end up getting one of these, let us know how you like it. If you’re a content creator would this sway you from buying that next MacBook with Final Cut? Especially since the release of the Core X from Razer? Mac users can kind of have their cake and eat it too now. Let us know in the comments!