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Friday, 14 March 2014 11:59

New Razer Blade 2014 packs razor sharp screen

Written by Fuad Abazovic



3200x1800 pixel 14-inch panel

Razer is taking notebook gaming seriously and in 2014 it is ready to start selling an even better gaming notebook than the last year's model. The new Razer Blade has a few new features and one of the big ones is an insanely sharp screen, with a resolution of 3200x1800, quite an improvement compared to last year's 1600x900. The new model is again a 14-incher, but now it packs 262 pixels per inch versus 131 on last year's model.

Razer claims that it uses IGZO Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide TFT technology that should provide 400 nits from its LED backlight, as well as great colours and image quality. It is a capacitive multi-touch panel and it will work just fine with Windows 8.1 64-bit that comes preinstalled. 

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The notebook is still 0.66 inches thick and it still has enough place for Kepler-based Geforce GTX 870M that brings 1344 Cuda cores, 941 MHz based clock and support for boost, up to 2500 MHz GDDR5 128 bit memory and support up to UHD resolution of 3840x2160. Maxwell should use less battery power and bring some great performance, however there are still no Maxwell high-end parts. The graphics card comes with 3GB memory. Razer claims that it you should be able to play today's games on 3200x1800 resolution on medium or higher in game settings.

It comes with a mobile Haswell Core i7 4720 HQ quad-core CPU with 2.2 GHz base and 3.2 GHz Turbo clock. This remains one of the best CPUs at least until Broadwell quad-cores launch in the latter part of 2014. The new Razer Blade comes with a 70Wh lithium-polymer battery and a compact 150W power adapter. It measures 13.6x9.3x0.70 inches (width, depth, height) or 345mmx235x17.9 mm and weights 4.47lbs or 2.03kg. The new notebook comes with a built-in 2-megapixel camera, Razer synapse 2.0, backlit keyboard, microphone, three USB 3.0 ports and HDMI 1.4a.

razer14 and 17 inch

There is a bigger 17-inch model with a Maxwell Geforce GTX 860M card with 2GB of GDDR5. The 17-incher features 16GB of DDR3L memory, a Core i7 4700HQ processor and a Razer Switchblade user interface replacing they numeric keyboard. Each key has its own LED and there is a nice programmable LED touch touchscreen display. It is a 2.93kg or 6.54lbs heavy machine and has an underwhelming 1920x1080 LED 17.3-inch screen. However, it targets the multimedia productive crowd and casual gamers. We see it as a nice alternative to the MacBook Pro 17.

The bigger 17-inch Razer Blade Pro will ship by the end of the month starting at $2,299 while the smaller game oriented 14 inch the new Razer Blade starts at $2,199 and should ship shortly after the big one.

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