It’s great to see 15.6” back in vogue, as previously gaming laptops have weirdly only shown up in 14” or 17” form. The latter of which bridges the gap with desktop gaming in such a way as to make the portable side something of a “yes, but …” proposition. With Razer announcing its new line of Razer Blade gaming laptops for 2018, it’s hard to fault what just might be the best device yet from the house of Chroma lighting and sleek black and green logos.
And we say that based on a recent hands-on preview event where we got to test out the new Razer Blade models. Now although from a specifications perspective the increased screen size may be the number that jumps out initially, the best part about that is that the overall size of the Razer Blade hasn’t really changed from the 2017 version. What you get is a just-about bezel free viewing experience that showcases the new angular design. Throw in the world-class Razer Blade IPS panel, now with added 144Hz G-Sync goodness, and you start to get the picture.
Although the cheapest option will only offer 60Hz, the specifications across all revisions are impressive. The 4K option, which includes a capacitive multi-touch display as opposed to the matte finish of all other revisions is mainly for professional or amateur artists in the creative fields.
- 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2 GHz/4.1 GHz)
- 15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) matte up to 144Hz, individually color calibrated
- 15.6-inch IPS 4K (3840 x 2160) capacitive multi-touch, individually color calibrated
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q Design / NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Max-Q Design
- 16GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667MHz), 32GB maximum support
- Up to 512GB PCIe SSD, 2TB maximum support
- Built-in 80 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, NVIDIA® Optimus™ support
- 16.8 mm (Height) 355 mm (Width) 235 mm (Depth) (GeForce GTX 1060)
- 17.3 mm (Height) 355 mm (Width) 235 mm (Depth) (GeForce GTX 1070)
- 2.07 kg (Full-HD) / 2.15 kg (4K)
Razer are dubbing the new Razer Blade as an ‘Ultra Small’ gaming laptop, which makes perfect sense when you compare it to gaming laptops from other hardware makers. Going small means a complete redesign of traditional cooling methods with the Razer Blade now offering vapour chamber technology for the cooling solution in addition to a vacuum sealed vaporised liquid. Okay, so not exactly sure what that last bit means. But yeah, cooler and in our testing quieter too. A definite step up from last year’s Razer Blade. The addition of the latest Core i7 from Intel and Max-Q Nvidia GeForce hardware means you get a smaller laptop that is right on the cutting edge of GPU technology. Again, impressive.
“We are proud to have again stepped-up as an industry leader, taking laptop engineering to the next level to give gamers the performance they require and the mobility they desire,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We upgraded to Intel’s latest 6 core processor, used a fast 144Hz display driven by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, and set a new standard for power in the world’s smallest 15-inch gaming laptop.”
Which is also in reference to the built-in 80 Wh battery. So, to summarise, you get a great looking gaming laptop thanks to the near bezel-free design, larger screen-space, G-Sync support, thin and portable aluminium casing, and power thanks to the Max-Q versions of the GeForce GTX 1060 and 1070 GPUs.
Pricing starts at USD $1,899.99, so stay tuned for local pricing.
AU pricing as follows.
Price: AUD $2,999.00 - Display: FHD(60Hz), GPU: GTX 1060, HDD: 256GB
Price: AUD $3,399.00 - Display: FHD(144Hz), GPU: GTX 1060, HDD: 512GB
Price: AUD $3,699.00 - Display: FHD(144Hz), GPU: GTX 1070, HDD: 256GB
Price: AUD $3,999.00 - Display: FHD(144Hz), GPU: GTX 1070, HDD: 512GB