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Razer Blade 14-inch laptop updated with Kaby Lake CPU

by Mark Tyson on 13 February 2017, 18:01

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Razer has just notified us that it has updated its Blade 14-inch laptop for gamers with an Intel Kaby Lake processor. The 2017 Razer Blade doesn't just receive this CPU upgrade over last year's model, Razer also delivers a GTX 10 series GPU, faster memory, and a new 4K UHD screen option to potential purchasers.

Last year the Razer Blade packed the potent combination of an Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6GHz / 3.5GHz) and Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M (6GB GDDR5 VRAM) into a slim unibody 0.70-inch / 17.9mm aluminium chassis. This year that power plant has been replaced with the latest Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.8GHz / 3.8GHz), plus Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM). The chassis remains a slim 17.9mm.

Elsewhere Razer has improved its Blade offering with faster memory DDR4 2400MHz rather than 2133MHz, and extra screen options. Last year there was a single screen choice; a 14.0-inch IGZO QHD+ 16:9 Ratio, 3200x1800, with LED backlight, and capacitive multi-touch. This year there are two options; a 14-inch IPS Full HD Matte (1920 x 1080), or a 14-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) capacitive multi-touch screen. It’s a shame there's no 2K screen option.

"The Razer Blade sets the benchmark for performance in thin laptops," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, in a press release about the 2017 Razer Blade. "More users embraced this flagship computer model in 2016 than ever before, and we are excited to make it even more available worldwide this year. Beyond gaming, it has been really gratifying to see people enjoying the power and portability of the Blade for video editing, music creation and software development."

Availability of the 2017 Razer Blade will start from today: RazerZone.com in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and France will have stock from 13th Feb (today). Selected other retailers will have stocks from 20th Feb. Starting prices are US$1,899 / C$2,749 / €2,149 / £1,799. Meanwhile, Razer has scheduled rest of the world availability for March.

PRODUCT FEATURES:

  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.8GHz / 3.8GHz)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • 16GB System Memory (DDR4, 2400MHz)
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • 256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD (PCIe M.2) options
  • 14-inch IPS Full HD Matte (1920 x 1080) / 14-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) capacitive multi-touch options
  • Anti-ghosting keyboard with per-key lighting powered by Razer Chroma
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
  • USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 2.0 video and audio output
  • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in webcam (2.0MP)
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Array microphone
  • Dolby Digital Plus Home Theatre Edition
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
  • Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, trackpad, backlighting, and fan control
  • Kensington security slot
  • Compact 165W power adapter
  • Built-in 70Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Approx. Size: 0.70-inch / 17.9mm (Height) x 13.6-inch / 345mm (Width) x 9.3-inch / 235mm (Depth)
  • Approx. Weight (Full HD): 4.10lbs. / 1.86kg
  • Approx. Weight (UHD): 4.30lbs. / 1.95kg


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Everything a Macbook Pro should be.
Slim the old bezels down and this would kick XPS butt.
Like for like spec bar the GPU being a 1060 instead of a 1050 will cost £500 more than the Dell offering. £200 more I could understand, £500 they are having a laugh.

I just paid £1,788 for the Dell XPS 15 2017 with UHD panel, 16gb RAM & a 512gb SSD with 3 years onsite warranty.
As above I love the laptop but hate the price. I know you pay extra for the portability etc. and I understand there are people who spend a lot of time away from home that would benefit from this type of gaming machine, but I can never stop myself from comparing the specs to what you could get in a desktop for the same price, and it always puts me off because it just seems a bit excessive.
i hate how much they charge for this laptop. For its price you could get a laptop with a 1070 inside of it instead. Sure its not gonna have all the bells and wistles (SSD's and crap) but its GPU will blow this thing out of the water.
I'm looking at either this or the Surface Book 2 when it emerges. I've never bought a laptop, so I'm going to treat myself :)