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Razer refreshes Blade gaming notebooks, offers new 14" device

Razer updates 17" Blade notebook with a Haswell processor while introducing an ultra-slim 14" version.

Razer's original Blade notebook was touted as a revolution in gaming when it was introduced last year, largely due its Switchblade UI - a programmable keyboard and secondary LCD display. Now the company is revealing the next generation of the Blade, along with a smaller, ultra-thin gaming notebook.

To start things off, the 17.3" Blade will now come with a 4th-generation Haswell processor, the same Full-HD display and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. True to its gaming nature, the device will also be powered by a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card, up to a 512GB SSD and features 10 programmable buttons as part of the Switchblade UI.

In addition to the refresh, Razer also released a new 14" device that is supposedly "the world's thinnest gaming laptop" at a thickness of just .66 inches. Molded after the MacBook Air, the device is similar to the larger model, but it foregoes the Switchblade UI and features a resolution of only 1600 x 900 pixels.

Both notebooks will be available for pre-order in the US and Canada starting June 3rd, with the 17.3" starting at $2,299 and the 14" starting at $1,799.

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Omar Qudsi, 2013-05-31 (Update: 2013-05-31)