Razer first released their updated 14-inch Blade laptop in September last year, equipped with Nvidia GeForce 10 series graphics and Intel Skylake processors. with Intel having launched new high-performance Kaby Lake CPUs at the start of this year, Razer has decided to give the Blade a minor upgrade.
This latest version of the Blade swaps out the Skylake Core i7-6700HQ for a Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ. These two processors are largely the same, however the Kaby Lake model is clocked up to 300 MHz higher, with a 2.80 GHz base clock and 3.80 GHz boost clock, compared to 2.6 and 3.5 GHz previously. This should provide a minor performance improvement in CPU-limited workloads.
The rest of the Blade's hardware is the same as before, including the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and SSD options that range from 256 GB to 1 TB. The base model includes a 1080p IPS display, although a variant with a 4K touchscreen display will be released in Q2 2017.
The upgraded Blade is $100 more expensive than its predecessor, with the base model starting at $1,899 rather than $1,799. It is available starting today from Razer's website, followed by "select retailers" next week ahead of a worldwide launch in March.