Razer readies "world's first gaming laptop"

Got $2800 to spare?

Remember Razer's tease earlier this week that it has something in the oven that will remind us all "that PC gaming is not dead" and usher in "a new age of openness and innovation"? Turns out it was referring to a new laptop.

According to its announcement today, the Razer Blade is the "world's first true gaming laptop".

Due out late 2011 in the US for a mere $2799.99 (around 1700), it's a slim 0.88 inches thick, weighs in at 6.97lb and boasts a 17-inch backlit HD display. There's no mention of a European launch.

Under the hood, you'll find an IntelCore i7 processor and a high performance NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor.

The machine also features Razer's Switchblade user interface comprised of 10 dynamic adaptive keys for easy access to in-game commands. There's an LCD capable of two modes - one that displays in-game information when a mouse is in use, and one that functions as a multi-touch panel. The images below provide a closer look.

"The Razer Blade was designed to give gamers a laptop they could truly use on the go," commented Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan. "Its sleek, lightweight aluminum construction makes it the thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop available today.

"The Switchblade User Interface on the Razer Blade is a revolutionary innovation that truly defines the new standard for gaming experiences on a laptop."

Here's the full spec sheet:

  • 2.8GHz IntelCore i7 2640M processor
  • 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory
  • 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with NVIDIA Optimus technology
  • 2GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory
  • Built-in HD webcam
  • Integrated 60Wh battery
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
  • Wireless network 802.11 b/g/n compatible
  • 16.81" (width) x 10.9" (depth) x 0.88" height); 6.97lbs (weight)

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