Razer gave thin and light gaming a major kick in the pants when it introduced its Blade laptop last year. It earned a 9 verdict (and our respect) in our review of the $2,000 model, which offered up impressive gaming performance in a package measuring just 13.6 inches by 9.3 inches by 0.66 inches (that's 0.05 inches thinner than a dime when you stand it up) and weighing 4.1 pounds. This year's refresh upgrades the 14-inch QHD+ territory (3200x1800), so what do you do with 'old' models? Apparently you try offloading them on students for a 20 percent discount.
Most people know Razer as a player in the gaming peripheral market, or at least that's how the company's traditionally been viewed. However, Razer's been venturing past the point of peripherals and into actual gaming devices, including the Blade, which it claims is the world's thinnest gaming laptop. We were fairly impressed with last year's Blade, awarding it an 8/10 verdict in our formal review. While at E3, Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang had a chance to sit down with Razer CEO Min-Lian Tan to discuss its new Haswell-based Blade in detail.
Min-Liang Tan likes to think he builds a Macbook for the Windows gaming community.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has a history of being somewhat outspoken, and in a recent interview with The Verge he didn’t pull any punches when it came to the fumbles of his competitors. "We don't think the PC is dying. Rather, what's killing the PC industry isn't the PC itself, but PC makers.” Tan claims his company’s two year old lineup of Blade laptops is a shining example of the types of innovative products HP and Dell aren’t producing.
Even though the original only started shipping in late January, gaming peripheral company Razer unveiled the successor to its Blade gaming laptop at PAX Prime on Friday. The good news is that despite boasting better innards, the Blade 2 will cost $300 less than its predecessor.
The Razer Blade gaming laptop is back in stock and available to purchase, though there's no guarantee it will stay that way. More often than a not, a visit to the Blade's product page showed that it was out of stock, somewhat surprising when you consider the item's $2,800 price tag. But that's how it's been up to this point, so if you've been itching to cut loose with the Blade, now is your chance to get it.
While Blizzard may taketh away with one hand, it giveth away with the other: disappointed Blizzcon fans are still smarting from news of the convention's 2012 cancellation, but hardcore WoW-heads now have reason to rejoice. Through the 30th, Blizzard is auctioning off hundreds of server blades used to house World of Warcraft in its infancy. All of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
After the whole brouhaha over the cryptic “PC Gaming Is Not Dead” website, Razer’s big secret – as we told you back in August – was the Razer Blade gaming laptop, a 17-inch notebook with a i7-2640M dual-core 2.8GHz CPU, 8GB of memory, and an NVIDIA 555M discrete GPU. Now, reports say they have a bunch of little secrets in the works, too, in the form of smaller, more portable PCs.
When Razer launched their pcgamingisnotdead.com teaser site last weekend, I assumed it was going to be about some new high-end peripheral--the kind of thing the company's famous for. When they went a step further, and took out a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal I started to think this must be something more. You don't normally see that kind of promotion for just another mouse or keyboard, and besides, as Maximum PC's peripheral reviewer, I probably would have heard about something like that in advance.
Then, on Tuesday, I got a chance to see Razer's new product. And while I'm not sure it'll be the sole savior of PC gaming, it is something pretty unexpected. Meet the Blade, the first gaming laptop from Razer. This isn't just another gaming notebook, though--read on to find out why.
One of the design gurus over at LG Electronics must have a vendetta against thick bezels, so in designing LG's new Blade series of laptops, that was the first thing to go. He and his team then built of pair of laptops measuring 14 inches (P430) and 15.6 inches (P530) with a display thickness of just 4.5mm and 4.7mm, respectively, and then made sure that both would weigh less than 5 pounds.
HP on Monday launched a whole bunch of new hardware and software products, including a blade system the OEM claims can fit two systems in the physical space of one.
The company's ProLiant BL2x220c G6 combines two server nodes in a single blade chassis and supports up to two 4-core low voltage Intel Xeon 5500 series processors per node. And according to HP, the G6 increases memory capacity by 33 percent over previous generation blade server products.
HP's G6 is one of several products aimed at extending the company's Extreme Scale-Out (ExSO) portfolio introduced in June. The goal, HP says, is to cut back the total cost of ownership while also increasing data center capacity.
"The ExSO portfolio was created to meet the demanding needs of scale-out as well as high-performance computing customers that require highly efficient and powerful computing infrastructures," said Steve Cumings, director of Marketing for the Scalable Computing and Infrastructure organization at HP. "We will continue to add to this portfolio, delivering innovative solutions based on our deep understanding of scale-out data centers and enabling our customers to gain more value from their infrastructure."