Well Friday is here and Razer has announced the Blade. The result of their PCgamingisnotdead.com campaign.
I don’t know what better way to put this but I am not impressed at all.
The Blade to me looks like nothing more than a Macbook Pro that someone shipped to colorware and had them make it black and put a Razer sticker on it.
The full specifications are:
- Intel Dual Core I7 CPU(clocked at 2.8 but can be overclocked to 3.5)
- Nvida GT 555M with 2GBs of GGDR5 RAM
- 8 GBs of DDR3 RAM
- 320 GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 1 USB 3.0 port
- HDMI out
- 17.3 in LED-Backlit 1080p Display (1920×1080)
- Integrated HD webcam
- Less than 1 in thick and weighs less than 7 lbs
- LCD multi-touch track pad
- 10 LCD programmable hot-keys
While this system has loads of potential and tons of power, it also includes the switchblade UI which will allow you to use that LCD track pad as a display while you are using a mouse (or to watch a youtube video on) and the 10 programmable hot-keys that will, in theory, make gaming easier. However, here is the problem:
IT COSTS $2799.
They are only offering one configuration. At that price you could build a very nice dedicated desktop gaming rig and still have money left over to purchase a high end “gaming” laptop.
I know that Razer is trying to push the fact that there are no true portable gaming laptops, but what do you call the Alienware M11x(which has a starting weight of just 4.5 lbs)? I understand that Razer is trying to do something different here and offer something that will be able to run anything you throw at it but really, $2799, that is just insane. While this whole thing has been a big disappointment to me I know that there will still be people who believe that this is going to be the greatest laptop they have ever seen and there is no doubt that this will be bought in mass quantities using daddy’s credit card. I just am really at a loss for words. The Switchblade is revolutionary because it is essentially a portable gaming device that can run most, if not all, of your PC games. But this is just a Macbook pro case with some expensive internals and a LCD track pad and buttons thrown together with a Razer logo and sold as the “only true gaming laptop”. If you ask me this is the equivilant to when you go to your local electronics store looking for a HDMI cable and they try to sell you the most expensive one because it makes the picture better, when you and I both know that the $7 HDMI cable works just as well as the $150 cable. That’s what Razer has done. They have taken something that already exists (gaming laptops) and said “no no no, they were all wrong this is the only way” and selling it at over 300% more.
I know this seems like it has all been a big rant and partly it has. I was really truly hoping to see the Switchblade. That is a piece of hardware that makes sense, that is different, and was going to change the way you look at portable gaming. Then they give me this. This is nothing more than a gimmick to increase revenue just so little Johnny can be the coolest kid at his LAN party (but not a StarCraft II LAN party, those don’t exist). While Johnny will enjoy his overpriced “true gaming” laptop and can scoff at little Timmy’s Dell XPS with the comparable specs for half the cost it doesn’t change the fact that gaming is gaming, and who cares about FPS if you’re not having fun.
If you want to check out the Blade you can head on over here.