New Gaming Laptop from Razer: Blade

August 30, 2011

12:41 pm

The Carlsbad, California company with a serious edge, Razer, recently launched the Razer Blade featuring portability, performance, and a unique new user interface. And we have to admit, it’s pretty sexy. Earlier this year at CES, we saw a preview of this concept called the Switchblade, and it was a highlight (and winner) of the show. Now Razer has rolled out a full aluminum chassis gaming laptop that is less than an inch thin (and less than half that of current mobile gaming systems) and weighs only 6.97lbs, achieving a balance between portability and performance. Not quite as light as a Macbook Air, but getting close.

And they’ve got Intel inside. Developed in partnership with Intel, the Razer Blade features an Intel Core™ i7 processor and a high performance NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor.  Designed by, with and for gamers, the hardware was designed to run the most demanding games without sacrificing the laptop’s portability.  Similar to what we previewed at CES, the interface is comprised of 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys for easier access of in-game commands, and an LCD capable of two modes: one mode that displays in-game information when a mouse is in use, and another mode that functions as an ultra-sensitive, multi-touch panel designed for gaming on the go.

Traditionally known for gaming mice, keyboards, accessories and even eSports, it seems to be in the company’s DNA to push boundaries. Want to understand a little more about this now global gaming company?  This statement from the team conveys serious attitude – totally consistent with their brand image:

The people that work here at Razer are gamers just like you – some amateur, some ex-professional gamers, some just play for fun, just ask our CEO who will lay the smack down on you in Quake Live or our President, who has over ten level 80’s on his local server. Hell, he will even take you on a raid in the middle of the work day.

We are the same gamers who are told by the suits that we need adult supervision and we need a professional CEO or management team – and we’re the same gamers who tell the suits exactly where to shove it because we like doing what we do – and we do it on our own terms.

To add to all that, Razer just announced today that they are “emerging from the shadows to unleash a flurry of hurt with the Razer BlackWidow Stealth Edition mechanical gaming keyboards.” Razer has refitted the Ultimate and Standard versions of this mechanical keyboard with a keyset that offers “tactility but with a quieter feedback for the true silent assassins of gaming.”

“Where the first Razer BlackWidow can be likened to a barbarian ploughing through enemies with ease, the Stealth Edition of this mechanical keyboard is the ninja who sneaks up on opponents unexpectedly to take them down in a quick blur,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, President, Razer USA.  “Quieter feedback on the keys, lighter actuation force, extreme anti-ghosting on the Ultimate version, and a new matte black finish make the Stealth Edition of the Razer BlackWidow keyboards the best choice for the unassuming but extremely deadly gamer.”

The "worlds first true gaming laptop" - Razer Blade

The "worlds first true gaming laptop" - Razer Blade

 

Watch the video to learn more about the Razer BlackWidow Stealth Edition.

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Jen Consalvo is the Cofounder and COO of Tech.Co. She previously worked in product development for almost 13 years at AOL for audiences of millions. Follow her on Twitter at: @noreaster.

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