Razer refreshes its Blade laptop with Skylake and Thunderbolt 3

Razer has refreshed its Blade gaming laptop for 2016. The freshened-up notebook offers upgrades that include a Skylake processor, a high-resolution display, and a Thunderbolt 3 port while retaining the slim and portable all-aluminum chassis from older Blades.

The new Razer Blade is powered by an Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a quad-core, eight-thread chip with 2.6GHz base and 3.5GHz turbo clocks. For graphics, Razer taps Nvidia's Geforce GTX 970M. This graphics chip gets its own 6GB of GDDR5 RAM. This Blade is equipped with Nvidia's Optimus technology, which allows the laptop to seamlessly switch between the discrete graphics chip and power-efficient integrated graphics. The Razer Blade ships with 16GB of 2133 MT/s DDR4 RAM. For storage, users can pick a 256GB or a 512GB M.2 SSD. Razer doesn't specify the drive's manufacturer.

Razer decided to go high-DPI for this latest incarnation of the Blade. The 14" multi-touch display is an IGZO panel with a 3200x1800 native resolution. Razer also includes a Thunderbolt 3 port. Like the company's Blade Stealth, the Blade can use the Thunderbolt 3 port to connect to external graphics enclosures like the Razer Core.

Last but not least, the refreshed Blade gets Razer's Chroma RGB LED keyboard. It's available for preorder now. The 256GB model costs $2000, and it'll ship on March 31. To sweeten the deal, Razer is offering free copies of Tom Clancy's The Division and FL Studio 12 Producer Edition along with the laptop.

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