Razer has announced a new laptop at CES in Las Vegas, designed to invade both ultrabook and gaming PC territory. The laptop, known as the Razer Blade Stealth, can be purchased with an external desktop graphics solution, providing some potent, upgradable gaming horsepower.
The look of the Stealth is similar to previous efforts from the company, and like its other laptops, there's a high-specced screen on board, with the 12.5-inch touch display coming in a choice of 4K 3,840 x 2,160 and quad HD 2,560 x 1,440 resolutions. Attention has also been paid to the keyboard, with individually customizable RGB backlit keys.
The machine measures in at just 0.52 in (13.2 mm) thick and weighs 2.75 lb (1.25 kg). It's powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, packs 8 GB of dual channel RAM, and can be configured with between 128 GB and 512 GB of SSD storage.
While there's only an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 solution included in the laptop itself, users will be able to plug in external graphics cards via an optional accessory, known as the Razer Core. We've seen this idea before, most notable in Alienware's Graphics Amplifier, designed to work with the Alienware 13 gaming notebook.
Connecting via a Thunderbolt 3 cable plugged into the device's USB-C port, the Core can accommodate full-length desktop graphics cards, hugely improving the notebook's graphics performance. The aluminum case is easily opened up, and the GPU is secured via a single screw. Users can easily swap in a different card, making it easy to upgrade performance down the line.
Razer plans to sell the Stealth directly to consumers, and has worked to keep the cost down. Prices range from US$999 up to $1,599 depending on specifications, though that figure doesn't include the Razer Core, or the graphics card you'll need to plug into it. The accessory is set to ship in the first half of 2016, for an as-of-yet undisclosed price.
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