File-It-Under: Thin factor gaming laptops!~
Gaming laptops today come at a premium,yes you get top of the line hardware but you'll also get a machine that's bulky in design which is understanding.To squeeze all of that quality hardware into a compact laptop shell can be an impossible task,especially if you'er trying to keep the components inside cool and stable.In comes the new Razer Blade laptop,not your typical thin factor laptop,its built to handle gaming without sacrificing the sleek thin design. In terms of build,The Razer Blade almost looks like a Macbook Pro if you look rather closely.Let's take a look under the hood of the New Razer Blade laptop and see if the hardware can handle some serious heavy duty gaming and is the expensive price justified (more on that later).Lets dive in under the hood of The New Razer Blade laptop.
The Specs Under The Hood
As I mentioned in the above paragraph the New Razer Blade laptop has some serious hardware encased within,starting with an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3632QM processor with a core clock speed at 2.20GHz with a Turbo up to 3.2GHz, 22nm,6MB L3 with 35 Watts of power within the processor,it also comes with the latest Intel HM77 chipset. On the memory side of things there is two 4GB DRR3-1600 RAM sticks inside (totaling 8GB of system memory),the latest Intel HD 4000 technology.The graphics within the Razer Blade is what makes this machine a beast,it has a NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 (Optimus technology) 384 CUDA Cores,835 MHZ clock speed with a boost clock at 2.5 GHz of memory,a 128-bit memory bus.The storage on the Razer Blade has both a spinning drive and SDD in combination,a 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive manufactured by Hitachi which you would be used for storage,then there's the 64GB Lite-On LMT 64M3M SSD used for caching acceleration,a Marvel 88ss9174 Flash controller that comes packed with a NVELO Dataplex software that'll be specifically used for caching.Onto to networking,the Razer Blade has the Intel Centrino Advanced-N mobile wireless with an 802.11a/b/g/n wireless standard,the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology,the standard built in Gigabit Ethernet port.
The Design and Features
The New Razer Blade comes beautifully encased in a anodized aluminum unibody,as mention before unlike many gaming laptops you see on the market,the Razer is very sleek and thin in design.Even more impressive is the display which is a 17.3 inch LED Matte resolution that caps out at 1080p. The sound on the Razer is pretty standard as it comes with a pair stereo speakers with Realtek ALC275 HD audio,the audio output is pretty basic with a single combo mic/headphone jack.On the left side of the Razer there is 3 USB 3.0 Ports ( no 2.0 USB ports present) and one HDMI port,it has your standard front facing 2 MP built in web cam.Aside from the backlit keyboard the biggest most talk about feature on the Razer Blade laptop is its 4.05 inch WVGA LCD touchpad with a Switchable UI interface that's placed on the right side of the laptop,probably the most attractive feature on the system period.Switchable UI is basically a miniature monitor on a laptop,think of it as having a picture and picture on a TV screen.
Price and Final Thoughs
You would think a laptop of this magnitude would be a reasonable priced,but in the case of the New Razer Blade laptop,its not.The price point is an astounding $2499,even the likes of Alienware and Maingear you won't see gaming laptops at that price point.But the $2499 price in the case of the New Razer Blade might be justified because there are a lot of selling points on this system,top of the line hardware, Switchable UI feature,and of course the sleek thin design.