Razer unveils Blade gaming laptop
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For the past week, Razer has been running a teaser site that claims “PC gaming is not dead”, and we now get to see exactly what the company has planned. Announced via press release, it turns out that the life support for PC gaming comes via the first laptop manufactured by Razer- the new 17” Blade PC.
With the sole purpose of gaming on its mind, the Blade laptop packs some serious horsepower, as a 2.8GHz Core i7-2640M processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M join forces under the all-aluminum chassis. In addition, the gaming notebook comes with a 17.3” Full HD panel with a 1920x1080 pixel resolution, a 320GB HDD, and is only .88 inches thick while weighing ~7lbs.
Based on the Switchblade prototype that was introduced back at CES in January, the Blade notebook also comes with a secondary 480x800 pixel touchscreen that displays relevant in-game info and acts as a touchpad in the absence of an external mouse. The display will likely be the Blade’s biggest selling point, and is further enhanced thanks to 10 fully customizable buttons that are underlain by an LCD which allows customization of their actual appearance.
The above model appears to be the only Blade made available by Razer, and it will cost a cool $2,800 to own. Q4 2011 is the expected time frame for release, so theres plenty of time to scrounge the couches for some cash, but in the meantime check out the intro video and pictures below.