Razer Officializes the Razer Blade, Jumps to the Top of My Christmas List
In an effort to completely seduce me into owning nothing but Razer products, the company announced today the “Worlds First” gaming laptop. A pretty bold claim, but with specs like this, Razer is showing that they mean business. In all honesty, I had to refrain from making the title of this post “I came”. Read them after the jump.
· 2.8GHz Intel® Core™ i7 2640M Processor
· 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
· 17.3″ LED Backlit Display (1920×1080)
· NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
· Built-in HD Webcam
· Integrated 60Wh Battery
· 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
· Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
· 16.81″ (Width) x 10.9″ (Depth) x 0.88″ (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)
Razer has really come a long way from the Switchblade, which first saw sunlight as this year’s CES as a 7-inch portable gaming hybrid. The Blade is now a real competitor with a serious amount of power being crammed into it. But this gaming laptop seems to be worth more than the sum of its parts. Along with beautiful innards, this laptop has a gorgeous backlit keyboard (The video shows it in Razer’s trademark green, no word on that being adjustable), but even more amazing is what sits next to it, the Switchblade UI
Taking a page out of the Optimus Maximus Keyboad, Razer has stuck a set of 10 LED keys which will adapt to the game you are currently playing and will provide a set of hotkeys, or if you prefer, can be fully customized with whatever the hell you want to put on them. Underneath lies the touchpad, which is also an LED screen (seriously this laptop is almost made completely of LEDs) that can become an adaptive info screen about the game you’re playing should you be using your own mouse.
You can probably guess by now that this won’t come cheap, and you would be right. Coming in at $2799 USD, Razer laughs in the face of recessions and banks on gaming nerds everywhere selling off their stock of old games and Magic: The Gathering cards in order to put this on their lap. While the price is probably more than expected, it certainly seems warranted given the amount of effort that Razer has gone to in order to make this thing.
If you can afford it, or have loving friends and family that will do anything to make you happy (looking at you, family), expect this baby to drop during the holiday season. Until then, you can check out Razer’s interactive webpage here, and watch some videos over at IGN here
[Images via IGN]