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Razer takes on 17-inch MacBook Pro with ultra-thin Blade

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Fri August 26, 2011

Razer Blade notebook has custom gaming overlay

Razer wrapped up its teaser run with word of its first-ever PC, the Blade. The gaming notebook has the 17-inch profile of a desktop replacement but is both inspired by the design of 17-inch MacBook Pro while beating it in key areas: at .88 inches thick and 6.97 pounds with an aluminum body, it's almost as light as Apple's system but is slightly thinner.

The design 'cheats' somewhat by skipping the optical drive and using just a 320GB, 7,200RPM hard drive, but makes up for it with higher graphics performance. NVIDIA's GeForce GT 555M gives it upper mid-range graphics with 2GB of memory. Intel's new, slightly upgraded 2.8GHz dual Core i7 and 8GB of RAM are fast enough to keep the graphics at peak capacity. It touts one each of HDMI and USB 3.0 along with a pair of USB 2.0 ports and gigabit Ethernet, and the 17-inch display outputs at a native 1080p without needing a custom order.

Razer's experience comes most into play by bringing the Switchblade concept's design to a shipping notebook. Much like Art Lebedev's Optimus Prime keyboard, ten of the keys have their own displays and can be customized for common game shortcuts. Below it, an LCD touchscreen can serve either as a multi-touch trackpad or as a status display when an external mouse is in action.

Battery life hasn't been mentioned, although the absence of an optical drive, a 60Whr battery, and use of NVIDIA's Optimus to switch to Intel graphics should put it above the frequently sub-par batteries on other gaming notebooks.

All of the extra features give the Blade a premium and will put it at $2,800, roughly $1,000 more than its Apple counterpart. North America should get the notebook sometime in the fall.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does it run OS X? No, it runs an ancient bloated POS. WHY is this on this site?

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'll give them this

    The asian fella clearly watched Jonathan Ive videos A LOT! lol


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Waste of time

    And waste of money. They are not even good copycats.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice touchpad

    Now _that_ is something Apple could steal, as long as it could be done as a clickpad without the buttons underneath..

  1. facebook_Collin

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    Joined: Aug 2011


    Keep it plugged in.

    It's gonna need it, even if you can swap batteries.

    I wonder if the PC fanboys will even look at it. After all, it doesn't have an optical drive. ;-P

  1. facebook_Collin

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    In all fairness...

    It is probably a very nice piece of hardware. If someone gave me one the first thing I would do is install Ubuntu on it, followed by Wine. If I was less scrupulous I might even try a Hackintosh setup on it.

  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is the most ridiculous thing in the world. They didn’t even waste a single penny in design, they just copied the Apple Mac Book and even that it cost more than a thousand than the REAL ONE!!!
    I Mean, why would anybody will spend more money in a copy than the in the original??

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $1000 or $301?

    a 17" MBpro is $2,499 as a base model. $2,800 is only a difference of $301. if you upgrade the mac to 8 gigs of ram, that puts the price within $100.

    granted, there are many differences in specs, quad core vs dual core, plus the value of the trackpad display, etc , etc... but to say there is a $1000 difference is a gross miscalculation.

    obviously this site is not MathNN

  1. jink

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Sure some aspects are a nod to Apple (like every other new high-end laptop out there) but I like what this machine is about. Apple will be ditching the optical drive on the next run anyway and these guys are ahead of even Apple. I also love the idea of putting the trackpad on the right side (for righties anyway) just like where a mouse usually is. Nice GPU too - if this can do dual SSD's then it may be a hot item.

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