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Razer Blade adds Kaby Lake CPU, 4K UHD screen

The Razer Blade is looking sharper than ever

While desktops are always the most cost-effective way to build the ultimate gaming machine, the Razer Blade series offers terrific options for players on the go. Razer announced a brand-new Razer Blade model this week, a 14″ gaming laptop with a top-tier CPU coupled a very impressive screen option. The new version of the Razer laptop will not only offer the new i7 CPU, and a 4K UHD display, it will also offer faster memory and new customization options. All of this in an increadibly thin profile, but at a premium price of course.

The 14″ Razer Blade will offer a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, the powerful CPU of the new Razer Blade achieves double-digit increases in productivity benchmarks and is paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. The new device is an amazing 0.70 inches thin, and it weighs a little more than four pounds. The device is housed in a unibody CNC aluminum chassis.

The standard model offers a full HD panel, while a new 4K UHD touchscreen option will be available for the first time on Razer’s 14-inch model. Razer Blade users can opt for the Full HD display for the best FPS in online-shooters or demanding games, or step up to the clarity of 4K for ultimate picture quality and the convenience of a touchscreen interface. Of course players will have to consider the Frames-Per-Second hit that a 4K screen will take on the graphics card, though adjustments can be made on a game-by-game basis.

“The Razer Blade sets the benchmark for performance in thin laptops,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “More users embraced this flagship computer model in 2016 than ever before, and we are excited to make it even more available worldwide this year. Beyond gaming, it has been really gratifying to see people enjoying the power and portability of the Blade for video editing, music creation and software development.”

The Razer Blade comes standard with 16GB of DDR4 dual-channel memory running at 2400 MHz, and Killer Wireless-AC and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The system offers PCIe SSD storage options up to 1tB, providing fast data transfer speeds. Other features include an anti-ghosting keyboard that is powered by Razer Chroma. This technology unlocks a color palette of 16.8 million colors and a virtually endless array of keyboard lighting effects that can be customized and synchronized to display in-game events.

The 12.5-inch Blade Stealth Ultrabook won more than 20 awards in 2016, while the 2016 Blade and redesigned 17.3-inch Blade Pro was a huge hit with players and editors. Razer’s Project Valerie laptop concept debuted at CES 2017 and took home more than 30 accolades at the world’s biggest technology show.

The new Razer Blade Full HD systems are available now in North America and Europe at RazerStore.com and in-person at RazerStore San Francisco, as well as other select retailers and etailers. The 4K UHD model is expected to be available later this year.

If you are looking for more specific components, the CPU will be an i7-7700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.8 GHz / 3.8 GHz), and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 will be the 6GB version. All models come with Windows 10 64-bit, and offer 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB SSD (PCIe M.2) options. The IPS FULL HD resolution will be 1920 x 1080, while the 4K UHD version will offer 3840 x 2160.

The new model will start at $1,899.