Posted May 24, 2018 by Adam Ghiggino in Feature

Razer announces new Blade, Core X and accessories

Yesterday, Razer unveiled the new slim and sleek 15.6″ Razer Blade, the latest addition to the company’s gaming laptop line, along with some new accessories for the machine, and more interestingly – the Razer Core X, a new external solution for adding graphical power to your machine.

The new Blade is tiny, only 0.66 inches thin with slim bezels, and can be customised in several ways. The 15.6″ default display is 1920×1080 IPS matte screen up to 144Hz, individually colour calibrated. However, buyers can select a 4K capacitive multi-touch screen with Adobe RGB colour support, if that’s their bag. The laptop also is available with either a GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 Max-Q, depending on how much power you need on the go. No Australian pricing is available at the moment, but the laptop does start at USD $1,899 in in the US. Full specs are below:

  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor (6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2 GHz/4.1 GHz)
  • 15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) matte up to 144Hz, individually color calibrated / 15.6-inch IPS 4K (3840 x 2160) capacitive multi-touch, individually color calibrated
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q Design / NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Max-Q Design
  • 16GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667MHz), 32GB maximum support
  • Up to 512GB PCIe SSD, 2TB maximum support
  • Built-in 80 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, NVIDIA® Optimus™ support
  • Dimensions: [GeForce GTX 1060] 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth) / [GeForce GTX 1070] 0.68 in. / 17.3 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • Weight: [Full HD] approx. 4.56 lbs. / 2.07 kg / [4K] approx. 4.73 lbs. / 2.15 kg

Also cool for early adopters is a limited time promotion where the Blade comes with $420 worth of games and software, including Arizona Sunshine and Cuphead. A couple of new accessories were announced along with the 15.6″ Blade, including a new Razer Chroma Laptop Stand, if you need even more glowy-elements to go with your Razer set-up (and adding 3 USB ports), as well as a 15.6″ Protective Sleeve, which sadly does not light up (but is waterproof!).

In addition, the new Razer Core X was also announced – a cheaper alternative to their previous offerings. The Core X is an external enclosure for a full-sized PCI-Express graphics card, using Thunderbolt 3 to connect to your computer, whether that’s a Razer Blade or even a new Mac computer running High Sierra. The price is US $299, which is down about US$200 from what they used to cost, although no local pricing is available at this point.

Both new products should find their way to a worldwide release in early June.


Adam Ghiggino

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