Slim laptops with half-decent dedicated graphics are hard to come by. Slim gaming laptops that look good are harder again. Beyond Alienware and its ilk, we've always been fans of Razer's skinny Blade — and now you can buy the latest hardware update of the 14-inch machine in Australia.
Tagged With razer
Heading into CES 2017, we had a good idea as to some of the big trends we'd see. And we weren't totally wrong — Amazon's Alexa assistant was baked into gadgets everywhere, even in cars! But looking back at all of our coverage, there was plenty we had no idea about. This is the best stuff we saw at CES 2o17.
Razer had some of the coolest tech of CES in 2017. First there was the enormous 17-inch 12K laptop with three screens and enough LEDs to light a small runway. Then there was the sleek alien-looking projector that expanded a game's image well beyond the edges of the TV screen. Gizmodo was impressed with these prototypes. So were some thieves, who stole at least two prototype samples from Razer's booth during the show.
VR is cool. VR is expensive. VR is not quite ready for our frail little bodies. So let's forget about VR and get excited about other hyper immersive gaming experiences — like Razer's new concept, Project Ariana, a 4K projector that splashes entire virtual worlds onto the wall of your home.
You know what the laptop needed to make it better? It doesn't need better battery life or to be lighter or thinner. It needs three goddamn 4K displays strapped onto one device. At least that is what Razer thinks, and having played with its new concept device, Project Valerie, I've got to say, I'm down with having a laptop that's thick as a brick so long as it has three 17.3-inch monitors built in. That's a lot of pixels.
Razer has built a "tournament-grade' controller for the PlayStation 4 — with supposedly better ergonomics than your common or garden DualShock, as well as a bunch of customisable settings and esports-friendly extras. And, y'know, it looks suspiciously like someone chucked an Xbox One controller and a PS4 controller into Photoshop and mucked around with the transparency.
Razer's Blade has always been one of our go-to laptops for its compromise between size, weight, build quality and performance. The latest iteration of the 14-inch Blade is out in Australia now, and it's even more useful thanks to a shiny new Nvidia GTX 1060 mobile graphics chip under the hood.
Razer's eSports suite comprises three products — the $119.95 DeathAdder Elite mouse, the $50.95 Gigantus mousemat, and the $169.95 Kraken 7.1 V2 headset. That $340.85 investment — count those pennies — promises to make you git gud at eSports. It didn't do that for me, but that doesn't change the fact that Razer has made some really nice peripherals.