Razer Introduces the World’s Thinnest Gaming Laptops – the New Blade and Blade Pro

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A world leader in gaming hardware and peripherals, Razer has today announced two new gaming laptops – the 17-inch Blade Pro and the 14-inch Blade.

Powered by a future 4th gen Intel Core processor, next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card and ground-breaking storage performance, the new Blade Pro is faster and more powerful than ever before. Razer’s goal was to design a beast of a gaming laptop that doesn’t compromise on portability in order to provide the power needed to live up to that reputation; it is the most portable laptop in its class, at only 0.88 inches thin and weighing just 6.5 pounds. Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director Min-Liang Tan said;

With the Razer Blade Pro, we’ve designed a gaming laptop for work and for play—appealing to on-the-go hardcore gamers, game developers, creative artists and aspiring video professionals. The Razer Blade Pro can flawlessly run the most popular creative software applications, and is powerful enough to run the most graphically intensive games on the market today.

Vice president and general manager of notebook GPUs at NVIDIA, Rene Haas, added;

The Razer Blade Pro packs extreme performance in an ultra-portable form factor. Thanks in part to the performance-per-watt efficiency of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs, the new Razer Blade Pro is incredibly thin for a 17-inch gaming laptop.

At the heart of the Blade Pro is a full-HD 17-inch LED display linked in combination with the Switchblade User Interface (SBUI), allowing users to take advantage of tools and creative possibilities at their fingertips. Driven by 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys, a revolutionary LCD track pad and professional-grade and game apps, users can work harder and play harder. Razer’s SBUI now includes several new, professional-grade apps and a wide array of new tools available at no charge, including programs like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro, Maya, GIMP and more.

Check out the other product features listed below, as well as a video and gallery showing them off. The Blade Pro is available for pre-order from www.razerzone.com/bladepro in the U.S. and Canada, and is slated for release on June 3rd at a price point of $2,299 USD.

Product features:

  • Future 4th gen Intel Core processor (formerly codename ‘Haswell’)
  • 8 GB DDR3L (2 x 4 GB 1600MHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2 GB GDDR5) & Intel HD4600
  • Windows 8 64 Bit
  • 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
  • Qualcomm Killer NIC N1202 (802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0)
  • 17.3-in. Full HD 16:9 Ratio, 1920 x 1080, with LED backlight
  • Stereo 2.0 speakers
  • 3.5 mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
  • HD Webcam (front-facing, 2.0 MP)
  • Array microphones
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI 1.4)
  • Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer Switchblade User Interface
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Built-in 74 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Kensington Lock
  • 16.8 in. / 427 mm (Width) x 0.88 in. / 22.4 mm (Height) x 10.9 in. / 277 mm (Depth)
  • 6.58 lbs. / 2.98 kg

The Razer Blade Pro

 


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The Blade is the little brother, but still packs quite a punch; in fact, at just 0.66-inches thin, it packs more power-per-cubic-inch than any other laptop in the world.

Min-Liang Tan stated;

We’ve designed and built the thinnest, most powerful 14-inch laptop in the world. Thinner than a dime and more powerful than other traditional desktop replacements today, we’ve created an entirely new category of thin and powerful laptops that is generations ahead of other PCs.

Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of Intel‘s Mobile Client Platforms, also weighed in on the Blade;

Incredible innovation is happening across the computing landscape, and the new mobile gaming experience Razer is delivering with the Edge, and now its Blade, is remarkable. Powered by a future 4th gen Intel Core processor, people can expect the highest level performance from the Blade for the most discerning gamer.

Check out the other product features listed below, as well as a video and gallery showing them off. The Blade is available for pre-order from www.razerzone.com/blade in the U.S. and Canada, and is slated for release on June 3rd at a price point of $1,799 USD.

Product features:

  • Future 4th gen Intel Core processor (formerly codename ‘Haswell’)
  • 8 GB Onboard Memory (DDR3L – 1600 MHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2 GB GDDR5) & Intel HD4600
  • Windows 8 64 Bit
  • 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
  • Qualcomm Killer NIC N1202 (802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0)
  • 14.0 in. HD+ 16:9 Ratio, 1600 x 900, with LED backlight
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
  • Array microphone
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
  • Dolby Home Theater v4
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Built-in full HD webcam (1.3 MP)
  • Compact 150 W Power Adapter
  • Built-in 70 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Kensington Lock
  • 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • 4.135 lbs. / 1.876 kg

The Razer Blade

 


Razer is also offering a new creative professional pricing program allowing design students, game developers, development staff, Kickstarter partners and others to purchase Razer products, including the Blade Pro, at special prices. Selected developers and partners are listed at www.razerzone.com/creativepro. Those not listed are being encouraged to fill out an application on the page for a chance to be included in the program.

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