Razer made some announcements at CES, but the big question afterwards was when the Blade gaming laptop line would see an update. That question has now been answered. The 2015 Blade is back with more power, new graphics, and a pair of new 14″ displays. Let’s take a look.
The 2015 edition of the Blade is still thin, at 0.7″ and weighs 4.47 pounds, but in Razer fashion, packs a lot of punch. For power, it has 4th generation Core i7 Quad Core CPUs at 2.6GHz with a single core turbo boost to 3.6GHz. Graphics come from an Nvidia GTX 970M chip of the Maxwell family. That’s a lot of power for a laptop this small. Those graphics go to a pair of 14″ displays. The cheap option is a 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS Display with an LED backlight. This display is no slouch, but it pales in comparison to a Multi-touch QHD+ display at 3200 x 1800. This display features IGZO technology and is one of the highest resolution displays I’ve seen outside of 4K. Since these are designed for gaming, they’re paired with Razer’s anti-ghosting technology.
For the rest of the specs, you’re looking at 8 or 16GB of memory, up to 512GB of SDD storage, and the latest I/O including AC-Wireless and multiple USB 3.0 ports. It all comes in a precision CNC cut aluminum case that’s been designed to dissipate heat away from the hefty CPU and graphics. The trackpad and keyboard are designed for gamers and can be customized using Razer’s software. The look of the Blade is what you’d expected from Razer, black with green backlighting. The laptop runs Windows 8.1.
The new Blade comes in two versions: Full HD with 8GB of memory for $1999 and QHD+ with 16GB of memory pried at $2199 – 2699. It’s available for order now at Razer’s website and will come to the Microsoft store in the 16th of February.