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 3840×2160 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 1920×1080 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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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 3 years ago

    Have you guys ever reviewed one of these laptops?

    EDIT: wonder why they only offer a 1060 given the premium components elsewhere.

    EDIT 2: I only ask about this laptop because its the most appealing PC laptop I’ve seen. Finally something that can go toe to toe with the macbook pro 15.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Probably only a 1060 because the machine is 0.7″ thick. 1060 is efficient, but we’re still talking about an 80W GPU.

    • liquidsquid
    • 3 years ago

    Yikes. That is a lot of scratch… but if you want birth control, this can prevent unwanted prodigy several different ways. Especially if you keep this on your lap.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]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.[/quote<] Overpriced. Waiting for RyZen versions at $190 and $240, respectively. [Oh wait, downthumbed by the usual suspects for not being pro-AMD enough, let me rephrase: CRIMINALLY Overpriced! DEMAND RyZen + VEGA version at $190 and $240, respectively!!]

      • NoOne ButMe
      • 3 years ago

      I downvote because it’s just troll…

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      I downthumbed you because you were just trying too hard. I’ve never seen anyone shill Ryzen even remotely as hard as your strawmen imply. It reminds me of [url=http://i.imgur.com/gfyn5O6.png<]this image[/url<]. C'mon man, give it a rest.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      Ryzen mobile hasn’t even been announced yet.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        Yes, but we all know that 8 core RyZen annihilates a bloated 140 watt 8-core Broadwell and uses less power than Crappy Lake to do it. That means a 4 core RyZen will be faster than Crappy Lake while using less power. Mobile parts CONFIRMED.

    • BoilerGamer
    • 3 years ago

    Looks neat but is a bit too much to pay for a 1060, I think for a 1080p thin & light with gaming power I will be fine with a 7700HQ/1050 XPS 15-9560 for 1349 instead an extra $550 for smaller screen and 1060.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Perhaps, but the XPS 15-9560 has half the amount of RAM, and that GTX1050m is probably half the amount of performance as the GTX1060m in the Razer.

      A better comparison may be [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834234455<]this Asus ROG for $1500[/url<] which admittedly has a 128GB+1TB storage solution, 0.2" thicker, and 0.5lb heavier, no RGB lighting, 5Whr less battery, etc etc etc. All in all, I think Razer isn't too far off in their pricing.

        • NoOne ButMe
        • 3 years ago

        I think razed is pretty on point also.

        And due to how hot Razer does get, dell could be closer to 60, maybe 70% if it uses size advantage to keep far cooler (higher boost)

        • mnemonick
        • 3 years ago

        Ouch, TN panel on the Asus. I wish they’d put decent screens in those. I’d be a lot more interested in picking one up.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      The Inspiron with the 1050TI is under a grand if we’re purely comparing GPUs, but of course Razer is going for the premium material angle, also that’s nearing double the performance of the 1050 in the XPS, so not really comparable.

      You can get laptops with the 1060 for 1100, but you suffer on build quality, battery life, screens, etc.

      • GrimDanfango
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, the newest XPS 15 is the one I’m settling on – the higher-end ones with only PCIe storage (512GB and above) apparently come with a 97Wh battery instead of a 56Wh one, as the design allows them to have it take up the 2.5″ drive bay space! Genius! With a GTX 1050 in there, it must get some pretty damn good battery life (for a reasonably graphics-capable laptop anyway).

      I only wish they’d introduce a similarly high-quality, minimal-bezel “XPS 17”, with a 1060 in there instead (and ideally g-sync)… that’d be absolutely perfect for my needs I think.

      I’m eternally tempted by the Razer Blade… but good lord, it really is insanely expensive, especially for any variant with a decent sized SSD, and only a 70Wh battery.

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