Razer Blade may be out by Christmas; gets SSD upgrade

Razer surprised a lot of people a few months ago with the announcement that it would be creating a high end (and highly expensive) gaming PC notebook, the Razer Blade. The company said at the time the notebook would be out sometime in the fourth quarter of 2011. Now Kotaku reports that the Razer Blade is likely to make that deadline, but it's going to be close.

According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, the Razer Blade has actually been completed already. However the first units were only given to "elect friends and game publishing CEOs." The rest of us will have to wait a few more days before Razer starts accepting pre-orders for the Razer Blade at the company's official web site. The plan is to start shipping the notebook out to customers before Christmas, although it's not clear how close to Christmas the shipments will actually take place.

The price of the Razer Blade is still extremely expensive: $2,799. However, the company has give the notebook a bit of an upgrade without a price hike. Originally the notebook was going to ship with a 320 GB hard drive. Now Razer is putting in a 256 SSD for storage. While the notebook loses a few gigs of storage, replacing the mechanical hard drive with the solid state drive should improve performance for the Razer Blade considerably.

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If it didnt have that small LED screen on the right side it would be one awesome laptop. I just have a hard time seeing that thing get utilized...

The Stark said,
"PC gaming is not dead." O really? They're trying to save PC gaming with an overpriced laptop? Great, just great.

PC gaming doesn't need to be saved..

Gizmodo actually called it "future of the PCs", and rightly so.
It's very powerful, and yet very thin and light.
Has a 0.88" thickness and is 6.9 lbs.

Gizmodo actually called it "future of the PCs", and rightly so.
It's very powerful, and yet very thin ad light.
Has a 0.88" thickness and is 6.9 lbs.

ahhell said,
You actually believe anything that Gizmodo says?
What is wrong with you?

These dimensional specs on a gaming notebook, simply do not exist.

Plus those other unique features, buttons with displays and that trackpad screen.
It's like having an iPod Touch installed on your laptop.

They upgrade the HDD in the current HDD shortage we are in and keep the price the same... Dont know if thats good or background cost cutting

Rather than paying for this, I would wait for an ultrabook with the Core i7 3720QM, which will include HD 4000 for half the price, henceforth leaving in the dust that lappy's Video Card and processor, just for waiting 5 months or less...

All, and I mean all of iSheep will buy one because it's shiny and 0.002% thinner than a macbook.

It's a glam trophy. I would use it if they GAVE ME ONE, otherwise my 6 month old Asus KSV Core i7 will smack that thing around like a wet turkey. For 900 bucks.

VoX said,
All, and I mean all of iSheep will buy one because it's shiny and 0.002% thinner than a macbook.

It's a glam trophy. I would use it if they GAVE ME ONE, otherwise my 6 month old Asus KSV Core i7 will smack that thing around like a wet turkey. For 900 bucks.

By definition they wouldn't because it's not an Apple product

I kinda wish there was a nice, 12" version. I'd consider that. 17", especially with such a crappy screen resolution, is just too big for my liking.

You get more with other gaming laptops such as Alienware or Origin PC than this overpriced underpowered gaming laptop. The keys and trackpad is pretty much useless since not a lot of games will utilize them.

Okay. That little LED screen is never going to be utilized. Its worthless and most won't be supported by any games. The LED display buttons are again worthless. Its cool yes, but its worthless. The keyboard is FILLED with keys. Use them. Instead of this worthless gimmick ****, they should put a numpad on there. Make the laptop useful.

nub said,
Okay. That little LED screen is never going to be utilized. Its worthless and most won't be supported by any games. The LED display buttons are again worthless. Its cool yes, but its worthless. The keyboard is FILLED with keys. Use them. Instead of this worthless gimmick ****, they should put a numpad on there. Make the laptop useful.

nub said,
Also laptop keyboards suck for gaming.

So, you've tried it out already?

nub said,
Okay. That little LED screen is never going to be utilized. Its worthless and most won't be supported by any games. The LED display buttons are again worthless. Its cool yes, but its worthless. The keyboard is FILLED with keys. Use them. Instead of this worthless gimmick ****, they should put a numpad on there. Make the laptop useful.

The little LED, if it's anything like the one on a few of the gaming keyboards that Logitech makes, can be very useful in quite a few games. I owned a Logitech G15 keyboard with a LCD screen on it (until my now-ex dumped a 2-liter bottle of Coke on it), and I used the screen in almost every game I played. I also used it outside of games for system monitoring.
I do agree that a numpad is a good thing to have, but for a gaming rig, having the ability to show that little bit of extra info (or move the same info off the main screen, freeing up screen real estate) could make a difference.
As to whether laptop keyboards are good for gaming or not, I agree with Coi. Don't knock it until you've tried it.