You never realise how attached to a laptop’s colour a brand is until you see it in a new shade. Razer’s known for black and green fingerprint magnets, so it’s a bit of a (pleasant) surprise to learn that the company has a new white laptop people can potentially use without showcasing their affection for games next time they're at the library/meeting/cafe full of Macs. At least, if they aren't Australian.
Razer’s announcement of its limited edition Mercury White comes fresh on the heels of last week’s Microsoft reveal of a non-limited edition black version of its Surface Pro and Laptop. The company known for its black products goes white, and the company known for its silver products goes black.
In both cases, it’s more interesting than a simple colour shift normally is — these colours are iconic for these brands. Or at least very much bound to the notion of the brands themselves. It goes to show that things can get interesting when consumer tech giants switch up what’s comfortable colourwise.
Unfortunately, the white laptop is unavailable in Australia and New Zealand. It's sure pretty to look at though.
Besides a paler laptop, Razer announced on Thursday a new base model of its Blade 15. It will retail for $2699. Going cheap does mean you’re stuck with a 1080p 60Hz display and just a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD, but that’s $700 less than the model with a 1080p 144Hz display and 512GB SSD.
And if you’re hoping to get the limited edition white version for cheap think again. It starts at $US2200 ($3110), and that's before any mail forwarding service you'd have to endure as an Australian.
If you want something different, Razer’s hope is you’re willing to pay for it.