The Razer Blade Gaming Laptop is Back with a Bigger Bang

Razer’s new gaming laptop has a brand new chassis design, bigger screen real estate, individually color-calibrated display, ultra-slim side bezels and is crammed with some top-class hardware, as well

The Razer Blade Gaming Laptop is Back with a Bigger Bang

For long, Razer has been giving us its high-end Razer Blade 14-inch gaming laptops, with not too much to complain about, really, except for those chunky bezels that were so much of an eyesore.

But, all that is going to change, now that Razer has announced its brand new 15.9-inch Razer Blade (2018) laptop, with super thin side bezels.

So, let’s check out what’s new on offer besides those much-welcome bezels.

Going with the display, first up, it is now 15.6 inches, instead of the standard 14-inch display we’re used to seeing on Razer Blade gaming machines of the past, but despite that, Razer has kept the chassis, more or less, the same – a tad wider, perhaps.

The new Razer Blade is giving you decent screen real-estate – thanks to the super-thin 4.9mm bezels on the sides, which makes it aesthetically stunning, to say the least – and you’re still going to get your front-facing camera at the top.

There Razer Blade (2018) is being made available in three display options, including full HD with 60Hz refresh rate; full HD with 144Hz refresh rate; and, then you have the 4K 60Hz touchscreen option, particularly suited to video and photo professionals who, generally, demand high-quality displays.

And, in another first, these displays will all be factory color-calibrated; so, all in all, they look like winners.

Under the hood, the new Razer Blade carries an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 8750 H CPU, which is a 6-core processor with 12 threads and up to 4.1 GHz of performance.

As for the graphics, you can choose between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q at 6GB of video memory or the 1070 Max-Q with 8GB of video RAM.

Obviously, the two chips are expected to generate some serious heat, especially, during gaming, but Razer has a custom-designed solution for that – the vapor chamber cooling technology, which balances things out quite efficiently although it does make the machine somewhat heavier.

In addition to the large vapor chamber, cutting-edge materials such as high-performance blockers and interface materials, as well as directly integrated heat exchanges with 0.1mm fins and dual custom fans make up the advanced cooling system of the new Razer Blade.

For those of you worrying about the Max-Q throttling the speeds, here’s the good news; Razer is letting you control that through its Synapse software.
It, basically, means that while you’re getting a smaller Max-Q, the software will allow you to get the performance of a standard GTX card; so, you can have your cake and eat it too.

While most companies are resorting to soldered RAM, meaning you can’t upgrade the memory and have to make do with what you get out of the box, Razer is, thankfully, giving you two DIMM slots to expand your memory up to 32GB, should you need more than the 16GB DDR4 RAM the Blade is being made available with.

Plus, you get up to 512GB Solid State Drive PCIe but, again, if the need arises, you can upgrade that to 2 terabytes.

Another area where Razer is making a big change is wireless, giving you Intel Wireless-AC 9260, this time around, instead of Killer.

The backlit keyboard is decent enough and so is the precision trackpad, smooth and substantial with precision drivers adding to the trackpad experience.

Coming to the battery life, well, 80 Watt-hour is what you’re getting with the new Razer Blade, which should be good for 4-6 hours, depending on the display you pick and whether or not the task is GPU-intensive.

By no means is this machine going to give you a full day of battery life like a traditional office laptop, but that is to be expected from a hard-core gaming machine and, honestly, 8 Watt-hours pretty much does the job.

You can expect quality audio from the two top-mounted Dolby Atmos speakers on the deck.

As far as connectivity goes, Razer is giving plenty of options on the new Blade, including USB Type C; Thunderbolt 3, which means you can connect an external GPU; USB 3.1 Type A; 3.5mm headset jack; as well as a full HDMI port.

It doesn’t end there; Razer is also giving you a mini display port, which is welcome news for gamers looking for more options for hooking up external displays.

Here are the different configurations and pricing

$1,899

  • 8th-generation Intel Core i7 6-Core CPU
  • 15.6-inch display FHD 60Hz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU (6GB Video RAM)
  • 256GB of Onboard Storage (Solid State Drive)
  • 16GB of RAM (expandable)
  • 1 x mDP, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x audio
  • Dimension: 66 x 9.25 x 13.98 inches

$2,199

  • 8th-generation Intel Core i7 6-Core CPU
  • 15.6-inch display FHD 144Hz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU (6GB Video RAM)
  • 512GB of Onboard Storage (Solid State Drive)
  • 16GB of RAM (expandable)
  • 1 x mDP, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x audio
  • Dimension: 66 x 9.25 x 13.98 inches

$2,399

  • 8th-generation Intel Core i7 6-Core CPU
  • 15.6-inch display FHD 144Hz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU (8GB Video RAM)
  • 256GB of Onboard Storage (Solid State Drive)
  • 16GB of RAM (expandable)
  • 1 x mDP, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x audio
  • Dimension: 68 x 9.25 x 13.98 inches

$2,599

  • 8th-generation Intel Core i7 6-Core CPU
  • 15.6-inch display FHD 144Hz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU (8GB Video RAM)
  • 512GB of Onboard Storage (Solid State Drive)
  • 16GB of RAM (expandable)
  • 1 x mDP, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x audio
  • Dimension: 68 x 9.25 x 13.98 inches

$2,899

  • 8th-generation Intel Core i7 6-Core CPU
  • 15.6-inch display 4K Touch
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU (8GB Video RAM)
  • 512GB of Onboard Storage (Solid State Drive)
  • 16GB of RAM (expandable)
  • 1 x mDP, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x audio
  • Dimension: 68 x 9.25 x 13.98 inches

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