Razer Blade, ever since its initial launch, has been the center of attraction when it comes to gaming laptops. Its design, build quality and everything else is something we mostly see in Apple products. Some people even refer to the Razer Blade as the gaming version of Apple’s MacBook Pro. Last year, Razer added a 14-inch model to the lineup which became even more popular than the 17-inch Blade Pro model due to its compact size and thinness. However, the biggest turn down of the Blade was its mediocre TN panel display with 1600 x 900 resolution but Razer has finally fixed it.
Razer just announced a refreshed version of the 14-inch Blade which now comes with IGZO IPS panel with a staggering resolution of 3200 x 1800. That’s exactly double the resolution of its predecessor while keeping the screen size at the same 14-inch. This results in 262 PPI. The use of high quality IGZO IPS panel translates into far wider viewing angles and crisp graphics. The new display also accepts up to 10-point touch input. Due to new display, the new Blade is slightly thicker than its predecessor at 0.7-inch (the previous model was 0.66-inches) however Razer has balanced the hinges in such a way that you can still open the lid single-handedly.
Furthermore, the graphics processor also got a bump. It now features the all-new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M with 3GB of GDDR5 memory. Its a massive update in terms of graphics power which was really needed with the resolution bump. The new Blade can now reportedly play Sleeping Dogs at 50-60 FPS at 3200 x 1800 resolution. Razer has provided The Verge a chart comparing the new Blade with its predecessor and a few other competing laptops. The chart shows Battlefield 4 and Tomb Raider running at ultra settings on 1920 x 1080 resolution:
Razer still claims up to 6 hours of productivity time with the new Blade and around 2-3 hours of hardcore gaming.
The rest of the specifications stay pretty much the same. There is the 4th generation Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3L memory running at 1600 MHz. 802.11ac WiFi now comes standard with Bluetooth 4.0. Lastly, Razer has also refined the cooling system and touch pad. The previous model ran a bit hot but that issue has now been resolved and the new touch pad buttons have better response on clicks as compared to previous ones.
The new 14-inch Razer Blade now starts at $2199 for the base model with 128GB SSD whereas the 2013 model is for $1799. Pre-orders are already being taken with shipping starting in two weeks time.