Last year, Razer announced their entry into the PC space: The Razer Blade, a laptop which the company touts as “the world’s first gaming laptop.” Priced at the low cost of $2800, it packs a 17.3″ LED backlit display with a full HD resolution, a 2.8GHz i7 2640M processor, an Nvidia GeForce GT555M GPU, and — now, this is unique — an LCD panel near the keyboard area, along with dynamic, programmable keys above it. Cool, right?
The founder of VoodooPC, Rahul Sood definitely thinks so. After taking the Blade for a spin, he professed some pretty strong positive feelings for the device, stating that the company “takes over where Voodoo left off”, going on to praise the device’s hardware build quality and design. He also noted that Razer will be able to create an “Apple-esque movement” in the PC space, and here’s why:
Besides the amazing craftsmanship, the quality of materials, unique ID, beautiful packaging, and the fit and finish, the Razer brand is something else. Razer built their brand on a thriving community, they have evangelists all over the world who live and breathe their products very similar to Apple in their early days. People overlook this important ingredient too often, the small community Apple once fostered became a movement that helped make them who they are today.
Beyond his comments on the company’s potential in the PC market, he also did like the actual device:
So overall is it worth the ~$2800? – *@#! yes it is.
Anyone who compares this to your average “thick-brick-super-hot-loud-laptop-with-faster-hardware” doesn’t have a clue what they’re missing.
What are your thoughts on Razer? I have no opinions on the Blade as I have not had any hands-on time with the device, however, I do want to say something about his comments on the company itself. If by “Apple-esque” he means not in the PC space in general, but rather in the gaming enthusiast niche of the PC space, then yes, they do have the culture and community surrounding the company to pull it off. However, as a premium PC manufacturer altogether, outside the world of gaming? It’s hard to see that happening.
Razer, a brand known for making gaming-oriented mice and mouse pads, has just announced their first ever gaming laptop, the Blade. Razer claims that the Blade is the world’s first true gaming laptop’.
The Blade has an aluminum chassis and sports a 17.3LED Backlit Display with full HD (1920×1080) resolution. Inside this gaming laptop is a 2.8GHz Core i7 (2640M) processor from Intel, along with an NVidia GeForce GT555M GPU which comes with its own 2GB (GDDR5) of dedicated memory. There is also 8GB of RAM on-board, clocked at 1333MHz along with a 320GB HDD spinning at 7200RPM.
The Razer Blade was designed to give gamers a laptop they could truly use on the go,said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. Its sleek, lightweight aluminum construction makes it the thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop available today.
The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, LAN port, HD webcam and an array of other ports are also present. Even though the Blade is a gaming laptop, it is incredibly slim and light (6.97lbs). The highlight of the laptop is the LCD panel-cum-track pad. The LCD panel can either show in-game information or when needed acts as a multi-touch panel. Above the LCD-cum-track pad are 10 dynamic keys which provide gamers with easier access to in-game commands.
Like all other gaming laptops (Alienware), the Razer Blade should also be over-priced. Should, because the company did not mention anything about the pricing as well as the availability of the laptop.