Razer had two major announcements for fans this morning, introducing a new ultra-powerful Razer Blade laptop, as well as a new external GPU enclosure called the “Core x”. Both of the new options are as equally powerful as they are pricey, but at least you won’t have to wait that long to buy them.
The Razer Blade is a 15.6″ gaming laptop, the device is powered by Intel’s latest processor, the i7-8750H. That CPU offers 6 cores and a Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.1 GHz. You’ll enjoy all of that CPU power when you are using the laptop’s bezel-less 144Hz Full HD display (1920 x 1080), which boasts 100% sRGB color. Users can also upgrade to a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution with touch functionality and 100% Adobe RGB color support. You will of course need to break the bank for that option. The 15.6″ option measures as little as 0.66-inches thin and weighs about 4 lbs, which is why Razer is one of the best portable gaming laptops on the market.
The new option also features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, customers can choose between the GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, featuring Max-Q design for an optimized gaming experience. Under the hood you will also find 16 GB of 2667MHz dual-channel system memory and fast PCIe SSD storage with configurations up to 512GB, with support for up to 32 GB of memory and up to 2 TB of storage.
“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.”
A large and clickable precision touchpad now provides more accuracy and improved gesture support. For a limited time, new Razer Blade owners can jump right in with access to $420 worth of games and software, including immersive VR titles such as Arizona Sunshine, popular games like Cuphead, and FL Studio Producer Edition, a professional music production suite from Image Line.
The anti-ghosting keyboard is powered by Razer Chroma and offers 16.8 million colors per key, customizable through Razer Synapse 3 software. New power management options are also available, including modes to boost graphics performance or maximize the run time of the built-in 80Wh battery. Sound is delivered through dual front-firing speakers and features Dolby Atmos for immersive audio.
Connectivity options includes the ability to output to up to three external displays via Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 3. Connect peripheral devices to the laptop with three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. For additional viewing comfort and desk organization, Razer has made available a new Chroma Laptop Stand featuring a light strip up front and 3-port USB hub in back. When taking the new Razer Blade on-the-go, Razer also has released a new 15.6″ Protective Sleeve made of durable, water resistant material with a slim profile design.
Razer also announced today the availability of its latest external graphics enclosure, the Razer Core X, with an MSRP of $299. The plug-and-play eGPU can deliver the latest desktop-quality graphics to Thunderbolt 3 capable PC and Macintosh laptops with external graphics (eGFX) support. As new graphics cards enter the market, they can be swapped in with ease.
The new six-core Razer Blade 15.6″ Gaming Laptop starts at $1,899 and is available starting today from Razer.com and select retailers in the United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Germany, and China.
As we mentioned before, the Razer Core X will be a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) external graphics enclosure. The Razer Core series of external graphics enclosures, including the Core V2 and Core X, are now compatible with Mac laptops with Thunderbolt 3 as well. The new system can run on Windows and macOS (Windows 10 Redstone 1 or later, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 or later with compatible AMD Radeon cards). Additional Windows 10 laptops require a Thunderbolt 3 port with external graphics (eGFX) support.
The new Razer Core X features an expanded internal design with a wider aluminum shell to accommodate up to 3-slot-wide desktop graphics cards. The Core X supports the latest desktop PCIe graphics cards such as NVIDIA GeForce®, NVIDIA Quadro, and AMD XConnect enabled Radeon and Radeon Pro cards. The Razer Core X also houses a 650W ATX power supply to provide adequate power for the latest and future graphics cards. A single Thunderbolt 3 connection to the laptop now provides 100W of power for laptop charging. The aluminum enclosure is designed with open vents and additional desktop cooling to quickly dispense heat and provide optimal thermal performance for gaming sessions or digital currency mining.
Physical installation of a desktop graphics card takes seconds with the Razer Core X. Its durable aluminum housing slides open with minimal effort, and the graphics card is secured in place with a thumb screw for a toolless setup. Razer’s solution helps future-proof laptops, as graphics cards are easily swappable with new components and graphics as they become available. The Razer Core X is now available at US $299 for order today in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany and China, and shipping soon to the Nordics, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.
You can find both options on razer.com/store