Razer sharpens its Blades with Pascal and Kaby Lake

Razer's Blade and Blade Stealth laptops are getting some big updates before PAX this weekend. The potent Blade gaming laptop is trading up from a GTX 970M to the desktop-class GTX 1060. Meanwhile, the ultra-slim Blade Stealth laptop that we saw at CES this year is getting a few upgrades, including the latest Kaby Lake processors and a bigger battery.

Razer's 14-inch Blade laptop remains essentially unchanged aside from the new graphics processor, retaining the Core i7-6700HQ and 16GB of DDR4 memory from its predecessor. Naturally, Razer makes some noise about the Blade now being "VR ready." The new GTX 1060's performance will depend heavily on how well the Blade keeps it cool, but Razer says it has an engineering team dedicated to solving that challenge. In any event, the new graphics chip should be better suited to pushing the Blade's fancy 3200x1800 IGZO touchscreen.

The 12.5-inch Blade Stealth ultrabook is receiving a more substantial upgrade. Razer is swapping out the Core i7-6500U for the new Kaby Lake hotness of the Core i7-7500U. This nets the laptop an extra 400 MHz to its turbo clock, up to 3.5 GHz, as well as the other improvements that we reported on here. Razer doubles the maximum capacity of both the RAM and SSD in this machine, too, offering 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD as options. Finally, the battery is getting a boost to 53.6Wh, which Razer says is good for nine hours of use.

Both of the new machines have Thunderbolt 3 connections, and can use the Razer Core dock for real desktop graphics horsepower. For a limited time, Razer will knock a hundred dollars off the Core's $499 price-tag if it's purchased with a Blade Stealth. The upgraded laptops are available immediately from Razer's website. The GTX 1060-equipped Blade starts at $1799 and the Stealth at $999.

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