We would consider ourselves some of the most outspoken critics of the Razer Blade, we only want the best for the PC gaming community. However, the sad part is that our criticisms about the Razer Blade have had nothing to do with the design nor the uniqueness of the laptop, but rather the sub-par hardware that Razer decided to include in this product.
When we talk about sub-par we're talking about including an underpowered dual-core processor and a mainstream GeForce GT 555M on a laptop with a price tag of $2800. For that kind of money, you could buy yourself quite a bit more laptop. The original spec for the laptop also featured a 320GB hard disk drive, which was absolutely preposterous considering the laptop's price tag and supposed gaming pedigree. Thankfully, Razer listened to the voice of reason, backtracked, and slapped a 256GB SSD in their Blade laptops right before they were about to release.
All of this is fine and dandy to Razer's fanboys and those that really believed that the Razer Blade is the best and most innovative gaming laptop out in the market. The sad truth was that while it features a very slim and sleek design with a very unique keyboard, it is crippled by its lack of high-performance hardware. In addition to that, Razer has been pushing the idea that somehow the Razer Blade will bring back PC gaming and is the 'World's First True Gaming Laptop', which if you ask anyone that has had a gaming laptop, isn't true. We have continued to be critical of Razer and we believe that the company has been listening.
We have been hearing rumors from our sources within the industry that Razer is preparing a refresh of their Razer Blade, say a Razer Blade 2.0. This laptop, we believe, will enable Razer to deliver a much higher level of performance than the current generation Razer Blade with potentially better battery life in the same size or thinner laptop. There's even a chance that Razer can reduce the weight of the Blade as well. While details are still somewhat scarce, we do believe that Razer's main limitation with the Blade was the fact that the chassis simply could not accommodate enough cooling in order to enable quad-core processors and high-end graphics.
Because of this fundamental truth, we believe that an Ivy Bridge and Kepler based Razer Blade could easily capture significantly more sales and actually give Razer something to really talk about. There is a strong sense that this Razer Blade 2.0 could honestly, in our eyes, claim the title of best gaming laptop in the world. Once Razer starts to ship in greater volumes, there could be a chance that they would change the direction of the PC gaming market and bring even lighter and thinner high-end gaming machines to the market. Hopefully, those higher volumes also might help lowering their prices.
Currently, if all goes to plan the Razer Blade's re-do could start to ship as early as this summer. There's a chance Razer could push it back further as to not disappoint current Blade owners as well as to catch the holiday season, but we believe that Razer may want to capture both the back-to-school season as well as the holiday season. Our bet is somewhere between June and August.
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