The Razer Blade: One powerful new gaming laptop with 4K chops, from CES 2016

by on April 3, 2016

Stephan Jukic – April 03, 2016

Razer’s Blade gaming laptop already has a track record of being one very serious, powerful piece of compact portable gaming technology. Now however, the 2016 edition of this laptop is more powerful than ever and though it offers the same resolution as the 2015 edition with its QHD display, the 2016 Razer Blade comes with specs that are far more geared for 4K gaming.

Luckily, the specs of the Blade are built to manage all those extra pixels to a degree that few 4K laptops manage easily when put to the test, and although the Blade offers power that doesn’t compare with what you’d get in a serious 4K PC desktop gaming rig, for a gaming laptop, this is one powerful machine.

For starters, the new 14 inch gaming laptop comes with an all new and much more robust Intel Skylake Core processor that’s much better at handling ultra HD video graphics and to boot the laptop offers up a NVIDIA GTX 970M GPU with 6GB of video RAM for gaming at UHD or QHD with fairly decent smoothness. The GTX 970M isn’t quite as mighty as the desktop PC NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti card but it’s a solid performer for a laptop gaming rig. The 2015 Blade only had half the memory of the 2016 edition, for comparison.

Additionally, despite its specs and power, the Razer Blade weighs in at a remarkably light 4.25 pounds, making it actually lighter than the 2015 model. Furthermore, it’s delightfully thin, at only 0.70 inches. Certainly no Macbook Air but impressive nonetheless.

Razer Blade 14 inch QHD laptop next to the external Razer Core GPU unit

Razer Blade 14 inch QHD laptop next to the external Razer Core GPU unit

Razer has also added in a Chroma keyboard which users can customize completely with some 16.8 million different color combinations and as for connectivity, the Blade comes with not only HDMI ports but also a Thunderbolt 3.0 (4K-capable USB-C connectivity port), which can be used to connect the manufacturer’s external GPU solution, called the Razer Core, for some serious extra gaming power.

Of course, the Blade also comes with some seriously upped-up RAM, offering 16GB DDR via its Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor. This is on top of the RAM offered by the laptop’s GPU.

In terms of pricing, the Blade from Razer is going on sale for just $1,999 for the 256GB SSD model and for $2,199 for the 512GB SSD storage version.

Finally, we should again mention that the Blade itself is not  a 4K gaming laptop, since it only offers up a display resolution of 3,200 x 1800 pixels. Bigger than typical 1440p resolution but not quite full 4K UHD. Nonetheless, the Blade’s internal specs are goodn enough for handling 4K ultra HD graphics through its Thunderbolt connection to DisplayPort 1.2 or to a real 4K PC display with its own Thunderbolt port. We should also add that in practical terms, telling the difference between QHD on this machine’s 14 inch screen and 4K UHD on another 14 to 17 inch display display would be nearly impossible for the naked eye.

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  • Michael Tau'ri
    April 5, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    when will it be out in the uk? also how much?


    • Stephen
      April 7, 2016 at 5:57 am

      Hello there Micheal, Razer unfortunately hasn’t yet released a price or release date for the Blade 14 inch QHD 2016 gaming laptop for the U.K or Australia for that matter. However, we do expect it to emerge in the U.K market shortly after it does in the U.S, in April. As for pricing, we can only make an educated guess but you’re probably going to pay something marginally higher than the 2015 U.K prices of the older 14 inch QHD Blade from 2015, which cost £2,150 for the 256GB (SSD storage) model and £2,450 for the 512GB model.


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