By Lisa Johnston
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Taipei, Taiwan — High-performance gaming PC manufacturer Razer said Tuesday it is using Computex Show week to take pre-orders for its 14-inch Blade gaming laptop.
The Blade is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor with Hyper-Threading (Base 2.2 GHz/Turbo 3.2 GHz) and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU, yet still delivers “the thinnest and lightest 14-inch gaming laptop in history,” Razer said in a statement.
The laptop is 0.66 inches thin, and utilizes solid-state storage technology with boot speeds of up to four times faster than a traditional 5,400 rpm notebook hard drive.
The Razer Blade, which has suggested retails starting at $1,799 and will ship later in this year, was said to have been designed for gaming with essential gaming-grade peripherals built-in.
The laptop features Razer Synapse 2.0 pre-installed, a fully programmable anti-ghosting backlit gaming keyboard, adjustable ultra-sensitive trackpad and USB 3.0 ports.
It also has an all-aluminum chassis and a 14-inch LED-backlit HD+ display.
“The Razer Blade is the thinnest and most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop ever, thinner than a standing dime, and we couldn’t have created it without the help of partners like Intel,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Now that the Blade is open for pre-orders, we can all celebrate a monumental day for PC gamers worldwide.”
The ultra-portable laptop features 8GB of 1,600 MHz DDR3L memory and comes standard with 128GB of total solid-state storage with options for a 256GB or 512GB solid-state drive.
Audio is enabled on the Razer Blade using Dolby Home Theatre v4.
Razer is currently taking Blade preorders at RazerZone.com/Blade.
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