Razer reveals $1,800 ultra-thin gaming laptop

New 0.66-inch Razer Blade claims to be "world's thinnest gaming laptop"; indie devs successful on Kickstarter can get Pro model for $999.

Razer today announced the latest in its gaming laptop line, the ultra-thin 14-inch Razer Blade. Described as the "world's thinnest gaming laptop," the Razer Blade measures 0.66-inches and is said to feature "more power-per-cubic-inch than any other laptop in the world."

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The laptop will be available for preorder beginning June 3 at $1,800.

The Razer Blade is powered by a 4th gen Intel Core processor, the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 756M GPU, and is said to feature boot speeds up to four times faster than a traditional 5400-RPM notebook. It sports 8GB of 16000 MhZ DDR3L memory and comes with 128GB of total solid-state storage. Options for a 256GB or 512 GB SSD are also available.

"We've designed and built the thinnest, most powerful 14-inch laptop in the world," Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said in a statement. "Thinner than a dime and more powerful than other traditional desktop replacements today, we've created an entirely new category of thin and powerful laptops that is generations ahead of other PCs."

The new Razer Blade features an LED-backlit HD display with a native resolution of 1600 x 900. It boasts a custom-made trackpad that features multi-touch support. The laptop's keyboard is full-size and backlit and features full anti-ghosting capabilities and programmable keys.

A 17-inch Razer Blade Pro will also be available at $2,300. It includes a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card and Windows 8 64 bit. Not all will need to pay full price for the system, though, as Tan explained today that independent developers that have successfully funded a game through Kickstarter can buy the laptop for $999.

More information about this model is available at the Razer website.

Full technical specifications for the 14-inch Razer Blade are available below. In addition, check out GameSpot sister site CNET's full coverage of the new device.

• 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

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

281 comments
NAWAF005
NAWAF005

The official specs page says both 17 and 14 in Blades have a " GTX 765M" GPU, not "756M" written in the article...

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

Yup, you are sure going to install lots of games on that 128GB SSD. 

GameYakuza
GameYakuza

no word on the screen... in recent years, manufacturers seem to have conspired to equip all laptops with the crappiest screens ever... a laptop that cannot be used outside is pointless.

crabbyprime
crabbyprime

This is a pretty sweet machine. I think the only changes I would have made would be to (a) update the screen to 1080P and (b) use a higher capacity SSHD instead of a pure SSD. Similar performance with an SSHD and easily twice the storage space.

ghettalife
ghettalife

It makes sense in my mind because you can't go to any forum on any website and NOT find someone with a dissenting opinion. That's the reason these forums exist. You have the right to defend your precious PC and he has the right to comment on it. You also had the right to ignore his comment and mine. You chose to do neither so you are no different than the OP. You must be new to the 'net, son.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Fail gadget.  M$ Surface pro is much better than this piece of crap.

Tygraph
Tygraph

I have a gaming laptop and I usually take a 14 hour train between home and University. Can't spend that whole time sleeping and playing Angry Birds. Some people can't comprehend getting out of their basement and going somewhere I guess. Your arguments would be valid if this was about a desktop but a laptop is a different audience. It's not hard, people. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Windows 8 is for n00bs. 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

It may be expensive, but DAMN!!! That is one sexy piece of hardware. Picking up lottery tickets after the movie.......

bfa1509
bfa1509

You could kit out an entertainment room for that price.

TerminalError
TerminalError

People need to stop bitching about the whole desktop vs laptop argument. 

It's almost as pathetic and sad as the Xbox and Playstation fanboy debate. 

The options are there, catering for different needs. A desktop - great for those who won't travel alot etc. Laptops - yes, not as powerful, but you can take them away with you..no need for takinga huge case, monitor etc. You go out and BUY what you personally NEED. Stop shoving your own egos down on others.

I have BOTH - i built a desktop for my gaming and editing and own a gaming laptop because I am very fortunate, but I have done so because I know that I am not always home and travel around quite a lot!

So buy what you need - and be happy with it. The prices on this model are ridiculous I know but they are trying to cater for a niche market.

Sohaib_DAWN
Sohaib_DAWN

It has nice specs for a laptop but its price is too damn high.

Psycold
Psycold

So dumb. People that love PC's do not usually have a couple grand to spend at once, we save our money and we buy it piece by piece. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'd rather buy a desktop for that price. 

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

These things are useless as shit. I've only bought one custom gaming laptop and it was a waste of money. They'll never be as good as a desktop for serious work (digital artist here). Just get an ultrabook or tablet

drybones41
drybones41

Looks like one sexy piece of kit.

Steve_LowBill
Steve_LowBill

Mobillity and gaming are two self-excluding things . Is it really worth buying a laptop for 90 mins of playing games at descent specs levels(because everyone knows that laptop specs are 1.5 lower than desktop machines) ? laptop can't give you neither the performance nor the experinece of playing on a gaming desktop machine . 

Riddick123
Riddick123

@TerminalError  I have one of each as well.  My laptop is every bit as powerful as my desktop with the exception that I did not install Solid State in the laptop.  Runs all my games as well, great for running movies on the road.  PC is a PC in my book

zyxe
zyxe moderator

@soulless4now obviously that would be a great idea if all other things were equal, but when you travel for weeks at a time for work, a gaming laptop that serves as a desktop replacement is a great choice. of course it's going to be more expensive, but it's worth it when you're in the middle of nowhere.

not that this particular laptop would do it for me, it wouldn't.

TerminalError
TerminalError

@istuffedsunny Pah! An ultrabook for digital artist work? They are by far the most overpriced category of laptop (Low processor speeds and integrated graphics come to mind). Just because you didn't get on with your machine, doesn't mean they are a total waste of money in general!!!

Dasim64
Dasim64

@istuffedsunny Nobody said it would be as good as a good desk top but a desk top isn't PORTABLE.

Dasim64
Dasim64

@Steve_LowBill Not everyone sits at home in their comfy chair all the time like some people here.

NorthernDruid
NorthernDruid

@Steve_LowBill I somehow like being able to sit in a comfy chair in the living room playing games while my family watches TV.

Or browse the internet, or make notes on my various hobby projects, or listen to music/sort my music.

And that's just my needs, there are plenty of other reasons (being able to play when travelling, bringing your gaming computer over to friends, to LANs, whatever).

If Mobility and Gaming were mutually exclusive (which i assume i  what you meant btw) why have generation after generation of handheld gaming consoles been such a hit?

rogue81
rogue81

@Steve_LowBill Last year I spent 5 months away from home for work in New Orleans. The year before that I spent 3 months away in Detroit. I absolutely took my gaming laptop with me.

zyxe
zyxe moderator

@Steve_LowBill it is when you travel for work and can't do anything personal on your work computer. i don't buy a gaming laptop to sit out in a field and game, i'm always near an outlet.

Slade968
Slade968

@gamemaven @TerminalError No they don't. That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Just saying that shows the state of your ignorance. ...Something bad about xbox one, PCs are better than consoles. WoW is better that GW2. 

I think that about covers everything.

EDIT: Oh and CoD sucks and BF is the best.

TerminalError
TerminalError

@Riddick123 @TerminalError Well my desktop is infinitely more powerful than my gaming laptop, but I just appreciate the ability to be able to play my games, running pretty nicely, when I'm not in my own home.

People may slate Steam, but cloud saves are fantastic for such people..

drybones41
drybones41

@Imperiacommando 

I wouldn't get either anyway. For me £800+ on a laptop just isn't worth it unless it was under very specific circumstances.

AlexKidd5000
AlexKidd5000

@rogue81 @Steve_LowBill And then there are the poor broke bastards like me who will only ever be able to work minimum wage, and my only means of traveling are my own two legs, so I have no practical need for a laptop :P be grateful you have a real job dude.

TerminalError
TerminalError

@zyxe @Steve_LowBill I don't think people realise that people have lives outside of their own four walls, and sometimes go visit friends/girlfriends etc for extended periods of time, and want to be able to take part in gaming outside of their own 'gaming station'...

Dasim64
Dasim64

@soulless4now @Dasim64 It was implied when you used "I" and "I'd". Besides the 3DS doesn't exactly run PC games. For a PC gamer that's kind of important don't you think?

zyxe
zyxe moderator

@canuckbiker it also appears to be the last one without chiclet/island keyboards :(

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I bought an alienware for the insane amount if inputs and outputs it has. If its such a piece of crap why would you buy a laptop made by the same company? By the way mine can run all but the highest end games on high or ultra at 60 fps.

GirlgamerJen
GirlgamerJen

@Halloll @Imperiacommando  alienware is a piece of crap, it looks good for the designs but thats what your paying for and there alien logo, i own a dell xps and it plays everything i wanna play at high quality