Razer Blade Shipping in Time for Christmas, Razer Says

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.