07 January 2019
Razer Gaming Laptops come with a couple of key highlights, firstly they are very well built for a gaming laptop and secondly they don't come cheap! However, Razer has made its gaming laptop a bit more affordable now by updating its Blade 15 lineup.
The company has announced a new base model which comes with an 8th-gen Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 16GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and 1TB hard drive in a CNC aluminum body. Unlike the vapor cooling system on the regular Razer Blade 15 laptop, the new Razer Blade 15 Base Model comes with a traditional heat pipe setup. It comes with a 15.6-inch display with 1080p resolution at 60GHz and offers a dual storage solution with either a 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD storage or 256GB SSD and 2TB SSD storage.
The base model though looks identical to the regular Razer Blade 15 laptop, however thanks to the dual storage it is slightly thicker now. In the bargain of increased thickness, Razer has included a full-sized Ethernet port. The base model loses the per-key Chroma lighting, instead gets a single zone RGB keyboard.
In terms of pricing the new Razer Blade 15 Base Model with 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD will retail at $1599 while the 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD variant will be sold at $1799. This laptop is already available in the US and Canada. It will be available in Europe and Australia by November this year.
Apart from the base model, Razer also announced a new color option for the regular Blade 15 model. This now comes in a matte white finish called ‘Mercury White’. Apart from the change in the color, the logo is non-illuminated unlike the regular version and the USB ports carry a green color instead of black.
In terms of specifications, the Mercury White variant will come with 144GHz display and comes in both GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 Max Q graphics configurations. It will be launched later this year exclusively via the Razer Store in the US and Canada and at select retailers in China.