Razer Blade Shipping in Time for Christmas, Razer Says

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News Posted: Thu, Dec 8 2011 3:20 PM
The Razer Blade gaming notebook by Razer is one sexy looking laptop that didn't make it into our Holiday Gift Guide this year, but that's partially because we had no idea when it would be available. Until now, that is. According to reports, it's going to ship in time for Christmas, and if you're confident it will live up to the hype, you can add it to your wish list before handing it over to your significant other.

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tag spoke with Kotaku about the Razer Blade and explained that the "world's first true gaming laptop" will go up for pre-order very soon. It won't be cheap, however, coming in at $2,800, though the hardware's been slightly changed (for the better) since it was originally announced.


"Prior to the announcement of the Razer Blade, we had to deal with skeptical component suppliers who were convinced that no one wanted a well-designed gaming laptop – and that all the users cared about were cheap and mass produced laptops. To convince them to supply us, we offered a premium over their listed prices for the components" said Tan.

"After the announcement of the Razer Blade, they were floored with the response from the press and the community and we managed to negotiate a price down for the components. We were able to convince them to bring the cost down and with the cost savings; we decided to upgrade the 320GB HDD to a 256 SSD drive," Tan added.




It's a storage downgrade in terms of capacity, but an obvious performance upgrade moving from a mechanical hard drive to a solid state drive. Other specs include:
  • Intel Core i7 2640M processor
  • GeForce GT 555M graphics
  • 8GB DDR3-1333 memory
  • 17.3-inch display (1920x1080 resolution)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • HD webcam
  • Backlit keyboard with integrated LCD panel
Look for Razer to start accepting pre-orders within the next few days over at Razer Zone.
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They should have had it available way before christmas. This will cut into their sales, but at least its now out.

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"A Fail product, just like the Asus MARS II, the SSD doesn't change a thing, its overpriced and under powered, even more so this time around. i say they will sell about 8 to 10 of these"

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I agree, everyone is on a budget these days. The few people who aren't might pick one of these up. It is one sexy machine but way overpriced!

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GT 555M is weak! They haven't made a gaming laptop thin because of the size of the fan and gpu needed to product good gaming graphics at high resolutions.

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That is one sexy looking laptop.

I only wish laptops were as easy to upgrade as a desktop, that is the only drawback I see here.

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I can understand the performance upgrade with the ssd, but I'd personally want more storage, even in a gaming laptop. My steam games would eat that amount of storage right up. On another note, and I may be mistaken, but I seem to recall this having been part collaboration with the voodoo pc guys, sometime after they were absorbed into HP ( I think it was with an interview of Rahul Sood). Now that the envy is no more, perhaps razer will carry on with similar products.

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Love the keyboard and dynamic buttons on this machine but that is about it.

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I love the look too but it's too expensive for what you're getting. It's become an exclusive product only to those willing to pay or can afford to pay that price even before it's available to the general public

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Dec 8 2011 11:31 PM

Can't deny Razer when it comes to gaming but they should of at least included a better graphics card and remove that useless LCD panel that is the main source of the high prices. I mean Optimus technology can be good when used properly but to include it on a laptop like this just doesn't make sense and can even be considered gimmicky; remove it from the notebook and it'd be way lower. I mean sure, it'd be less of a gaming notebook but it's price would be more appropriate for a laptop with the specs listed above.

 

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$2,800 and a GT 555M. You gotta be kidding me.

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sadly this went from something awesome to an extremely expensive gimmick

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