Razer Blade laptop takes a swim in Kaby Lake

Razer might get a bit of teasing for its gamer-focused marketing, but its 14" Blade laptop is surely one of the most powerful machines in that size class. The company's making sure it retains that label by changing out the machine's positively antiquated Skylake processor for a hot new Kaby Lake chip. The overhauled laptop keeps the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and the 16GB of DDR4 memory from before, but the graphics card can now optionally be hooked up to a 3840x2160 capacitive multi-touch screen.

Razer says the Core i7-7700HQ chip in the updated Blade "achieves double-digit performance increases" over the previous generation's Core i7-6700HQ, likely due to Kaby Lake's finer-grained power control. Of course, the extra 300 MHz of Turbo Boost clock probably doesn't hurt either. Kaby Lake's recommended memory spec is DDR4 at 2400 MT/s, so Razer has bumped that number up as well.

The Blade's new display comes in at 314 PPI, high enough that we reckon most users will need scaling to use the 14" screen comfortably. Razer doesn't specify what type of panel it used in the capacitive multi-touch screen, and there's no mention of adaptive refresh on the display. G-Sync would be a nice feature on this machine, because that GTX 1060 6GB might have a hard time with ~8.3 million pixels. However, the new Blade still has a Thunderbolt 3 port, to which users can hook up an external GPU if they need more performance.

Altogether the changes are small, but they should add up to a nice bump in gaming smoothness and usability. The updated Blade with a 256GB PCIe SSD and a 1920x1080 IPS display will set you back $1900. Stepping up to the new 4K screen necessitates an upgrade to a 512GB SSD and bumps the price to $2400. Both models are only available at Razer's store for now.

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