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Razer Blade available for pre-order, already sold out

Razer Blade available for pre-order, already sold out
Razer Blade available for pre-order, already sold out
The ultra-sleek 17.3-inch gaming notebook with touchscreen UI sells out in under 30 minutes despite its $2799 price tag

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Gaming notebooks, though powerful and impressive, are normally hulking masses of plastic and metal that could be an eyesore to some users. American-based company Razer is looking to change all that with the upcoming Blade notebook and, so far, customers are flocking to the sleek gaming notebook in droves.

According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, the first batch of Blade pre-order units has already been sold out. In fact, all units were sold out in less than 30 minutes! Pre-orders began late last Friday, 9PM PST to be exact, but the second batch of Blade notebooks are not expected to be available until about 2 weeks from now.

The 17.3-inch notebook sports a 1080p display, Intel 2.8GHz Core i7 Sandy Bridge CPU, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 555M with Optimus, 256GB SATA III SSD and high-end connectivity options one would expect including HDMI 1.4 with Nvidia 3DTV and USB 3.0. The Switchblade UI, which takes the place of an ordinary numpad, can behave as a secondary screen for gamers to check items or inventory or anything else for that matter depending on the game.

Those who were lucky enough to complete an order should have their Blade notebooks shipped by early February. We were able to get a quick look at the Blade this year at CES and it was definitely one of the more eye-catching gaming notebooks on display. The Blade currently retails for $2799.

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Allen Ngo, 2012-01-31 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo

Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.