Razer jumps into the gaming laptop market with 17-inch Blade

By Jos
Aug 26, 2011
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  1. Razer better wake the f up. Gone are the days when consumer tech/gadgets sold for around the $3000 mark in droves. If they wish to sell a considerable quantity of these the price should definitely not exceed the 2k mark.
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    It's ridiculously expensive, but it is refreshing.

    As much as I don't really care for Razer or gimmicky stuff in general, the laptop itself *looks* like it has been REALLY well thought out and hopefully built as good as it looks. I can't speak for quality without having handled one in person, but it *looks* like a very high quality machine.

    We need more well-done products like this in the PC universe... just at half the price. Too many manufacturers are hung up on offering cheap s@#$ for ultra low prices. That toxic mantra has spread to mid-range and even high-end laptops too, cutting corners at every turn with plastic in places there ought not to be, insufficient cooling systems because the R&D and copper is too expensive to do it right, crummy LCD panels with awful viewing angles, poor attention to detail and any number of other things that make even some higher-end PC laptops suck.

    So I, for one, am glad to see this product. I won't be buying it and I can't say it is worth the money, but I hope this laptop enables Razer to span into a lower price bracket or encourage other computer manufacturers to make decent s@#$, for once.
  3. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    If by that you mean you hope that Razer has just set the bar higher, then I think they have, but they haven't. Allow me to explain. There aren't very many laptop manufacturers that can boast this kind of attention to detail. As you said, it looks and feels well thought-out and from their demonstrations, it appears to perform quite well. In that sense, they've raised the bar in terms of (hopefully) a new quality standard.

    But they haven't set it higher because of the price. It'll be so exclusive, not mainstream enough, that it won't have the desired effect on as many people. If more people could afford that sort of quality, and more people could then demand it, then more companies might follow suit. But the price-point (among other things) sort of spoils it.
  4. bugsy siegel

    bugsy siegel Newcomer, in training

    Considering the shabby job Razer does supporting its existing hardware (are the drivers *out* yet for the Razer soundcard and Windows 7? They were still missing when I built my latest system a year ago and gave up on the Razer line of products,) I shudder at the thought of how dismal support will be for this "gaming laptop."
  5. Zilpha

    Zilpha TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 349

    Holy macaroni, three grand? They must be out of their minds if they seriously think that putting a LCD on the keyboard justifies that king of price tag. Gamers are still going to choose Asus, Sager and Alienware to get more machine for less.

    Well, at least they did take one crown from Alienware - Price. I hope that everyone complaining about Alienware's prices get a load of this monstrosity.
  6. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 712   +28

    Yep nice except the price. Gpu isnt awesome either.


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