If you are looking for a compact, yet extremely powerful mobile video editing workstation, the brand new 14-inch 2017 Razer Blade laptop might be just the perfect fit for your creative workflow on the go. The upgraded version of the premium gaming PC laptop is now powered by Intel’s Core quad-core i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake processor providing Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.8GHz.
The unit also features enhanced 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM memory and UHD 3840 × 2160 display with Touchscreen capabilities. Regarding GPU, you’ll find the same NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of GDDR5 memory and an HDMI 2.0b output available on the predecessor introduced last year. Besides that, the notebook offers 1 TB PCIe SSD as an option in addition to the already available 256 GB and 512 GB M.2 SSD versions.
In fact, this is the first 14-inch Razer notebook that offers UHD display. The other Razer options available in that regard, up until now at least, were the Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Blade Pro that come equipped with 12,5-inch and 17.3-inch 3840 x 2160 UHD touch-screen displays respectively whereas the previous 14-inch top-spec model was limited to touch-enabled IGZO LCDs with a maximum resolution of 3200×1800.
Regarding build quality, the latest Razer Blade systems will be identical to their predecessors using the same solid CNC-milled aluminum chassis with a matte black finish. Considering that the motherboard remains the same as those used on the late 2016 Blade, the new 14-inch systems will offer the same I/O capabilities and ports including one Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 Type-C port, three USB 3.0, an HDMI 2.0b output, a 2 MP webcam, built-in speakers and a microphone along with a 3.5 mm Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack.
The anti-ghosting keyboard of the new Razer Blade, on the other hand, features the world’s first individually backlit keys, giving users a comfortable video editing experience and limitless customizable options. Just like the Razer BlackWidow, you can use Razer Synapse to easily remap your keys, create macros, personalize your own lighting effects, and even sync up with other Razer Chroma-enabled peripherals to watch your setup come to life as one.
Early 2017 Razer Blade Specifications
- 14-inch 3840×2160 touch display/ 14-inch 1920×1080 matte display
- Intel Core i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake processor
- 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM
- NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of GDDR5 memory
- 256GB, 512 GB and 1TB SSD versions
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.1
- Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
- USB 3.0 port x 3 (SuperSpeed)
- HDMI 2.0b video and audio output
- Standard keyboard with RGB backlighting
- Built-in stereo speakers
- Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
- Kensington Lock Slot, Infineon TPM Software Professional Package
- Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
- Compact 165 W power Adapter
- Dimensions: 13.6 x 0.7 x 9.3″ / 345.4 x 17.8 x 236.2 mm
- Weight: 4.10 lb / 1.86 kg
It’s also worth noting that the brand new entry-level Razer Blade with Full HD matte display is now $100 cheaper than last year’s model starting from $1,899 whereas the price of the UHD notebook is yet to be announced but it’s expected to be close to the last year’s discontinued QHD+ model. The Razer Blade laptops with 4K UHD panels should hit the shelves in the second quarter of 2017.
Considering the smaller form factor, brand new 14-inch UHD display and the other hardware upgrades, the latest top-spec Razer Blade system apparently becomes a lot more appealing option for creative professionals looking for the perfect balance between power and portability, especially when compared to the top-of-the-line Razer Blade Pro that provides slightly better performance but for almost twice the price.
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