It’s hard to have a conversation about PC gaming or accessories without mentioning one of the many stellar components offered by Razer. Their Chroma lighting schemes are unlike anything else on the market, and they have made a name for themselves by offering top-rated, stutter-free graphics on a wide range of desktop and mobile platforms that is virtually untouchable. What’s more, they are perpetually ahead of each trend and technological development, never satisfied to merely wait out the next installment of a product or device before outfitting it with a massive upgrade. And the latest upgrade to their ultra-high performing 14-inch laptop, the Blade, packs a double punch. Razer announced just last month that the crowd-favorite portable gaming rig would now come with a stunning 4K display option, and Intel’s state-of-the-art seventh generation Kaby Lake processors.
Even before the most recent update, the Razer was already a beast of a machine, and widely lauded as the best performing gaming laptop the average human could buy. Its new configuration will now boast a base frequency of 2.8GHz, which can be amped all the way up to 3.8GHz, courtesy of its new Intel Core i7-7700HG quad-core processor. The laptop’s already powerful display is still backed by NVIDIA’s Pascal graphics architecture, thanks to a GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of DDR5 VRAM. As for storage, users may opt for PCle M.2 SSDs available in either 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB configurations. And on top of all that, a Thunderbolt 3 port and three USB 3.0 ports offer endless possibilities for external storage options. Like its predecessor, the new Razer Blade also comes with 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory in every model’s configuration. And let’s not forget that new display…
A full HD panel will come standard on the newest Razer Blade, and for the first time on any of their 14-inch models, will also have the option to upgrade a 4K UHD touchscreen display. Perhaps the most impressive feat of all, though, is how small, light, and compact this super-powered little laptop remains, even with the addition of souped-up processors and killer display options. Despite being “more powerful and more efficient than last year’s model,” Razer says that the new Blade is only 0.70 inches thick, and each configuration weighs in at just over four pounds (specifically, 4.1 pounds for the full HD model, and 4.3 pounds with a 4K screen). And it’s no small improvement, either. In fact, Razer claims that the newest Blade achieves “double-digit increases in productivity benchmarks” and delivers “the best frame rates available in an ultra-thin laptop.” There are, of course, some cons – but you probably guessed those as well. As with any high-powered gaming rig, you’re going to have to sacrifice a chunk of your gaming budget, and probably some battery life.
The Full HD model already went on sale last week and has a starting price of $1,899. It’s safe to say when the 4K models arrive in April 2017, you’ll be looking at forking over a lot more to get your hands on one of those.
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