Razer were not messing around when they said they had “something big” to announce to PC gamers on August 26th. They’ve just revealed the Razer Blade, possibly the most exciting gaming laptop we’ve ever seen at Tech Digest.
We’d assumed that the August 26th reveal would have been that of the Razer Switchblade. Turns out we were only half wrong, as Razer seem to have incorporated many of that CES 2011 prototype’s ideas into an altogether superior gaming laptop.
The most obviously impressive feature here is the adaptive keyboard, using what’s now reffered to as the Switchblade UI. With one section to the right of the laptop sectioned off, it again uses miniature LCD screens that double up as input keys, changing their symbols dynamically depending on the game you are playing. Fire up Call of Duty for instance and you may get weapon hotkeys with their correponding images, or load up World of Warcraft and they will turn into spells.
Then there is the touch pad that sits underneath the LCD screens. Again, as an LCD panel itself it’s not your average touchpad, instead seeming more like a multi-touch smartphone screen than a traditional laptop touchpad. Plug in a mouse and that screen changes its use again, offering extra information on the game you are playing, such as unit stats in RTS games or health bars, maps and the like in FPS games.
Things get even better when you get heavily into the tech specs:
2.8GHz Intel®Core™i7 2640M Processor
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
17.3″ LED Backlit Display (1920×1080)
NVIDIA GeForce®GT 555M with NVIDIA®Optimus™Technology
2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
Built-in HD Webcam
Integrated 60Wh Battery
320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
16.81″ (Width) x 10.9″ (Depth) x 0.88″ (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)
Not too shabby for a gaming laptop, eh? It’s even more remarkable when you consider it’s all packed into a chassis only 88mm thick, making the whole unit far more portable than rival machines.
“The Razer Blade was designed to give gamers a laptop they could truly use on the go,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer.
“Its sleek, lightweight aluminum construction makes it the thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop available today.
“The Switchblade User Interface on the Razer Blade is a revolutionary innovation that truly defines the new standard for gaming experiences on a laptop.”
A truly exciting product then. The Switchblade UI looks superb, but developers will really have to put effort in to make the most of it. Whether developers will spend the time to add functionality for one unique laptop remains to be seen, but it’s certainly looking promising. Here’s hoping it plays as good as it looks.
No word on pricing or availablilty yet, but click below for more images of the Razer Blade.