The new Razer Blade

If you are a PC gamer, then you will probably remember the days of lugging around a heavy 10-pound machine, just so you could claim the ability to run Crysis on max settings. Gaming laptops of the past were fat, heavy, and had battery life so short that you could blink and the laptop would be dead. Now, Razer has introduced a refresh to their seemingly impossibly thin Ultrabook gaming machines.

The new 14-inch Razer Blade is similar to its last incarnation, but includes some wicked upgrades under the hood. The unit now includes 8 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, an Intel Core i7 CPU with quad cores, and an NVidia GeForce GTX 870M with 3 GB of RAM.

The smaller Blade unit did not just receive an internal upgrade though; the screen now features ten-point multi touch and a 3200 x 1800 resolution. Razer is happy to quote the new Blade as the highest resolution 14-inch notebook on the planet, which is technically true – but smaller machines, such as Lenovo’s 13-inch YOGA Pro or Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus have hit the same resolution at smaller screen sizes and thus more pixels per inch. Likewise, Dell has an XPS 15 machine also with a 3200 x 1800 resolution. 

If you prefer the larger 17-inch Blade brother, known as the Blade Pro, then you will be excited to hear that the larger unit has also received a few upgrades – despite no touch screen. The new model now supports up to 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, an Intel Core i7 CPU with quad cores, and an NVidia GeForce GTX 860M with 2 GB of RAM.

Razer is not a cheap company, but many gamers will swear by their lives upon the machines. If you are interested in picking up the 14-inch Blade unit, it starts at $2,199. If you are interested in picking up the larger 17-inch Blade Pro unit, it starts at $2,299. You can visit Razer's website by clicking here or read today's press release here.

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