The new Blade with a 15-inch display, Max-Q graphics, and more starts at $1,899.
Razer on Thursday unveiled a pair of new products, including the incredibly affordable Core X eGPU enclosure, but also a brand new gaming laptop. And the new Razer Blade might just turn out to be the best gaming laptop out there right now. As expected for such a device, the Razer Blade doesn’t come cheap with prices starting at $1,899.99 and going all the way up to $2,899.99. But when you see what this sleek new laptop has to offer, the high price might be justified.
Unlike its predecessors, the 2018 Razer Blade doesn’t come in a 14-inch variant. Instead, we’re looking at a 15.6-inch screen that makes the device “the world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop,” according to Razer.
The display actually comes in three options, including Full HD (60Hz), Full HD (144Hz), and 4K — the latter also has touch functionality built-in.
The Razer Blade’s design has also been streamlined. We’ve got a cleaner top, where the Razer logo dominates the scratch-resistant anodized black finished, and square corners. The laptop is just 0.66 inches (GTX 1060) or 0.68 inches (GTX 1070) thin, and the chassis is CNC milled from a single aluminum block.
Specs-wise, you’ll get the latest hexa-core Intel Core i7 chip paired with 16GB of RAM, and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD. Razer acknowledges the fact that might not be enough for all gamers, so you’ll be able to upgrade both the memory and storage to 32GB and 2TB SSD if you so desire. But you’ll have to do so yourself because there’s no 32GB/2TB Razer Blade from Razer.
When it comes to graphics, expect GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 inside, featuring Max-Q design, as well as a new vapor chamber that contains “vacuum-sealed vaporized liquid” that dissipates heat generated by the CPU, GPU, and other components — see it in action in the video at the end of this post.
Other features include a new “large and clickable precision touchpad,” Razer Chroma keyboard, Dolby Atmos sound, and 80Wh battery. Plenty of ports let you power up to three external display, including Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), and you also get three regular USB-A 3.1 connectors. It also has a proprietary charging port of its own.
Early buyers will get access to $420 worth of games and software, including Arizona Sunshine, Cuphead, and FL Studio Producer.
The laptop is available today in various markets around the world — here are the prices:
- FHD(60Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/256GB – $1,899.99 / €1949.99 / £1699.99 / ¥16,999
- FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/512GB – $2,199.99 / €2249.99 / £1979.99 / ¥18,999
- FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/256GB – $2,399.99 / €2449.99 / £2149.99 / ¥20,599
- FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB – $2,599.99 / €2649.99 / £2329.99 / ¥22,599
- 4K(Touch)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB** – $2,899.99 / €2899.99 / £2549.99
The biggest failing of the 13-inch MacBook Pro isn’t the price tag or the strange touch bar or those fistfuls of dongles; it’s that Apple’s flagship laptop for people to do work doesn’t have discrete graphics. Sure, the integrated graphics is all well and good, but the sad truth is that there’s a long list of professional software that’s just painful to use without a discrete graphics card, something that you have to upgrade to the (even more expensive!) 15-inch MacBook Pro to get.
The obvious solution is to use an external graphics card, which is now feasible thanks to software changes in recent versions of macOS, and the magic of the Thunderbolt 3 connectors that are fast and flexible enough to allow for external graphics. Razer’s Core (and the newly updated Core V2) are some of the most popular enclosures around, but they don’t come cheap: the Core V2 is $499, and you still have to supply your own graphics card, which can be hundreds of dollars more. Luckily, there is now a cheaper way.
The Razer Core X is exactly the same concept as the Core V2 — a big box into which you can stuff your graphics card — but with a few key differences. Mostly, it’s $299 rather than $499, which makes it a much more palatable option as an accessory. There’s also a slightly more powerful 650W power supply and space for a bigger graphics card. Best of all, the Core X can supply 100W of power over the USB-C cable to a connected laptop, meaning one cable charges your laptop and connects you to the external graphics. The Core V2 supplied power as well, but that maxed out at 65W, below the 80-85W that some laptops require.
That said, you do lose something, specifically the USB-A and Ethernet ports that the Core V2 had. Losing the ports also means Razer can lose another Thunderbolt 3 connector, which contributes to the cost savings in a big way. But it’s a shame, because it means the bigger and more powerful Core model can’t be a complete desktop docking solution. Money aside, you have to choose between the extra space for your GPU and additional power, or having those extra accessory ports.
The Razer Core X is available for $299 starting today in North America and most of Europe, with more countries to come.
Razer today announced the launch of its latest external graphics enclosure, the Core X, and alongside the debut of the new accessory, the company is also adding Mac support to its enclosure lineup.
Both the new Core X and the existing Core V2 and Co…
Mostly compelling as a “so-close-yet-so-far” entry in competitive gaming laptop scene.