Opening the barrage of CES 2019 launches are Razer’s product announcements – the first, an anticipated annual refresh of its Razer Blade 15 line of gaming laptops, but the next, a forage into the gaming monitor market.
2019 Razer Blade 15
First released mid-2018, Razer has updated the Razer Blade 15 to include the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs. With the same 15.6-inch display and compact form-factor, the 2019 Razer Blade 15 now features a Windows Hello-compatible IR camera for convenient and secure login with facial recognition even in low light.
Available with up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with Max-Q, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model gaming laptop focusses on graphics performance improvements. Powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core processor, all models in the Razer Blade 15 range also feature 16GB of dual-channel RAM (configurable up to 64GB) and up to 512GB of SSD storage (and up to 2TB of total storage).
Build quality remains the forte of the Razer Blade 15, with its aluminium body CNC-milled from a single block of aluminium, and anodised for added scratch resistance. At 0.70 inches, the Razer Blade 15 holds the title as the smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop.
The Razer Blade 15 comes in different configurations, including the RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6), RTX 2070 (8GB GDDR6), or the RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6). The latter two also feature a Max-Q design for optimal thermal performance, which works in conjunction with silent fan-cooled vapour chamber technology that take the place of conventional heat pipes.
Power efficiency with included power management options, along with efficient components, work together with a built-in 80Wh battery and Nvidia Optimus to deliver great battery life.
The series also feature 1920 x 1080p 15.6-inch displays with 144Hz refresh rates (or a IPS 4K display at 60Hz with touch sensitivity), offering an individually custom-calibrated 100% sRGB colour gamut. With powerful graphics processors on board, the Razer Blade 15 laptops will be able to effortlessly power 4K (3840 x 2160p) external displays with full support for touch input and 100% Adobe RGB range.
The laptop can output to up to three external displays using Mini DisplayPort, HDMI and Thunderbolt 3 ports. It features three USB-A 3.1 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, a HDMI 2.0 and a Mini Display Port 1.4 port, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone port for audio.
The base model will begin at USD 1,599.
Also displayed at CES were experimental Blade 15 models featuring technologies that could possibly feature on future iterations of the blade. One showcased a 240Hz display, while the other had a 4K OLED touch display.
Razer Raptor Gaming Monitor
The Razer Raptor gaming monitor is Razer’s first desktop monitor. Unveiled at CES 2019 as an early design-phase model, the Raptor is slated to be released later this year.
At 27 inches, the 16:9 Razer Raptor would boast many conveniences afforded by its competitors’ products. With a 144Hz refresh rate, high response rate, HDR support, and AMD Radeon FreeSync on board the Razer Raptor, the 2460x1440p IPS LCD display easily satisfies the needs of the most demanding gamers.
With 95% DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and HDR support, the Razer Raptor also will feature colour profiles for different applications like for gaming, movies and productivity. It also sports a viewing angle of 178 degrees.
Most notable is the build of the Raptor. Engineered with a solid forged aluminium base, the Raptor’s back is constructed from fabric and metal. It features Razer Chroma around the base, customisable via Razer Synapse 3 and able to be synchronised with compatible hardware.
PC enthusiasts are necessarily cable-management fanatics, and Razer understands that. With CNC-milled channels to route eye-catching and unique Razer green cables down the back, the height-adjustable monitor also tilts back 90 degrees in order to alleviate the perennial problem of I/O access.
The Raptor will feature one HDMI port, one DisplayPort, one USB-C (with Power Delivery), and two USB-A 3.1 ports, with included power, HDMI, USB-C and DisplayPort and USB-A 3.1 cables.
The Razer Raptor is slated to be launched in the US and Canada later this year from their website at an MSRP of USD 699.99