The Razer Blade 2017 – On the Cutting Edge?

Razer have announced that their 14″ Blade laptop will be packing some welcome new buffs internally for their 2017 iteration. The company announced that this already powerful and portable gaming notebook will be receiving several upgrades in the form of it’s processor and display, among other small tweaks and changes.

The 2017 Blade 14″ will feature an optional 4K screen, and at the heart of it all will be Intel’s latest and greatest on the mobile scene, the Core i7-7700HQ, for that extra boost in speed. The overall weight and thickness of the laptop itself will remain the same sleek dimensions, boasting a chassis that’s only 0.7 inches thin and 4.3 pounds in weight. Might be a bit on the heavy side for one’s backpack when compared to the likes of the MacBook Pro or thin and light Ultrabooks of that same vain, then again, those types of machines would not come near the performance of the Blade, so this is a trade-off that seems worth it to me.

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The GPU in this thing will surely give no issues on the gaming front, sporting Nvidia’s GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. These cards are extremely similar to their desktop counterparts, although some reviewers found that performance could have been a bit better, read more here. The Blade will be equipped with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1TB of Solid State storage, and a Thunderbolt 3 port, which will be handy for those of you who might have picked up Razer’s external GPU enclosure, the Core, and maybe a GTX 1080 lying about, collecting dust.

One thing that hasn’t changed unfortunately are those huge bezels. Please, Razer, take a look at something like Dell’s XPS line of laptops. There is simply no need to have bezels this big on a laptop, even with the new 4K screen. They do not get a pardon for this, there is simply no excuse for a laptop of this stature and price range to have these thick, ugly things. Rant over.

As per usual, and as can be expected, these notebooks are not cheap. They will leave a hole in your wallet that only hours of gaming enjoyment will fill. Hopefully you value gaming more than rent money or food, because these will set you back $1,899 (£1,799). The Full HD model is now available in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and France at Razerzone.com, whereas the 4K option will not be available until at least April of this year.

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Yet again, something that I’d love to win in a raffle or a giveaway as opposed to having to fork out this much. Not that they aren’t fairly priced for the package on offer, they are, especially when compared to the price to performance for it’s competitors.

Will you be picking one up? I wish I could. Wish I won the lotto aswel. Let us know in the comments below.

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