Razer’s 14″ gaming laptop is getting a few hardware upgrades with the new 2015 Razer Blade.
Teased as being “thinner than a dime”, the first edition of the Razer Blade debuted back in 2013. At just .66″ thin, the 14″ laptop was one of the most powerful, and portable gaming laptops available to consumers. The glaring issue that several users expressed was in regards to the screen; for such a powerful notebook, the 2013 Blade came equipped with a TN-panel display with poor viewing angles, and a 1600×900 native resolution. Razer took their feedback and criticisms to heart, and responded with a screen that some considered to be a tad “overkill”; the 2014 model featured a 3200×1800 QHD+ touch-screen display. Many fans and reviews praised the visual upgrade, but found the 8GB RAM to be lacking in today’s PC gaming industry.
Earlier today, Razer unveiled their next laptop, the 2015 14″ Razer Blade. Apart from a new Power button, not much has changed aesthetically between the 2014 and 2015 models. However, the 2015 model features a Quad-Core i7-4720HQ CPU, NVidia’s new GTX 970M GPU, and 16GB RAM. Additional stats are as follows, courtesy of Razer:
- Display: 14″ IGZO QHD+ 16:9 touch-screen with backlight, 3200×1800 native resolution
- GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 970M (3GB DDR VRAM
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4270HQ @2.6GHz (3.66GHz turbo)
- Chipset: Mobile Intel PCHM 8 series, HM87
- On-board Memory: 16GB DDR3L-1600MHz
- WiFi/Bluetooth: Intel® Wireless-AC 7260HMW (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.0)
- Dimensions: 13.6” x 0.70” x 9.3”
- Weight: 4.47lbs
- OS: Windows 8.1 (64-Bit)
Along with the updated QHD+ model, Razer is offering a less-expensive alternative, with a 1920×1080 IPS display. This version includes the same core hardware, but lacks a touch-screen, only includes 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
Depending on the choice of SSD, the QHD+ 2015 14″ Blade can be purchased for $2,200-$2,700; the Full HD 1920×1080 model is available for $2,000.