Razer isn’t a household name—yet—but the company has recently made some of the most exciting hardware in recent memory. It’s new 14-inch Blade laptop, at a time when tablets are essentially taking over, might be the company’s best yet. We saw Razer confidently show off its Edge tablets earlier this year at CES, and the company has no intentions of slowing down with a much more refined laptop: thin, beautiful and powerful.
The good stuff: Intel Haswell processor, 8GB onboard DDR3 RAM, Nvidia GTX 765M (2GB GDDR5 memory) and Intel HD4600 graphics, 128GB SSD (upgradeable to 256 or 512GB), 14-inch 1600 x 900 display and three USB 3.0 ports. The bad: the Blade starts at $1,800. Razer has designed this to be a gaming powerhouse, claiming six hours of battery life—very bold. This is meant to handle the weight of some of today’s top titles, so portable usability is a big deal.
Appearance-wise, the Blade looks almost identical to Apple’s MacBook Pro line, putting it in an elite category of hardware. At just 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.66 inches, and 4.13 pounds, the Blade is pretty tight compromise of specs and looks. The most beautiful beasts always bite the hardest—this does in terms of design, hardware and price. Look out for this one to hit in Q2 in the U.S., with a worldwide rollout coming later.