CES 2016: Razer’s “ultimate ultrabook” revealed

Gaming technology and software company Razer has announced at CES 2016 a new gaming laptop – The Razer Blade Stealth. Referred to as the “ultimate Ultrabook” this new addition to the Blade lineup will be the thinnest and cheapest. Measuring at 0.52 inches thin and weighing at 2.75 pounds – this is thinner and lighter than Apple’s 13 inch Macbook Air (2.96 pounds, 0.68 inches).

In addition, the stealth will be the first laptop in the world to be equipped with individually backlit RGB keys, which of course will be provided by Razer’s Chroma technology.

Unfortunately the laptop isn’t as powerful as compared to its predecessors due to the integrated graphics card, but the catch here is that it can be connected up to an external graphics card enclosure – the Razer Core.

The Razor Core desktop hub will allow users to install a graphics card into the hub to use for optimum gaming performance – essentially transforming the ultrabook into a desktop experience. The enclosure is connected to the ultrabook to supply power and data through a single thunderbolt cable. It is designed to accommodate every popular desktop graphics card from AMD and NVIDIA.

Razer is hoping to bring new meaning to portability and performance for gaming on the go with the Razer Blade Stealth.

“Before today, gamers needed a portable system for everyday work and a separate desktop computer to power their PC games at the highest level possible,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “For the first time ever, there is no need for two separate systems. The Razer Blade Stealth offers the portability of an Ultrabook with the scalability to play hardcore games with desktop graphics performance thanks to the Razer Core.”

In addition to this, the Razer CEO stated that the Ultrabook starts at just $999 USD – significantly lower than any comparable laptop in its class.

The Razer Blade Stealth is now on-sale from the US Razer Store, whilst the Razer Core will be available sometime during the first half of 2016. Prices for the Razer Blade Stealth are not yet confirmed for Australia.

For more information you can check out the official page here.

Specs:
Razer Blade Stealth:
⦁    12.5 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
⦁    QHD (2560 x 1440)
– 128 GB / 256GB PCIe SSD options
⦁    UHD (3840 x 2160)
– 256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options
⦁    Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
⦁    Intel® HD Graphics 520
⦁    128 GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
⦁    256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
⦁    8 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
⦁    Windows® 10 (64-bit)
⦁    Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
⦁    Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
⦁    USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
⦁    Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
⦁    Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
⦁    HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
⦁    Built-in stereo speakers
⦁    3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
⦁    Built-in array microphone
⦁    Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
⦁    Compact 45 W USB-C power adapter
⦁    Built-in 45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
⦁    0.52 in. / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6 in. / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1 in. / 206 mm (Depth)
⦁    2.75 lbs. / 1.25 kg

Razer Core:
⦁    Connection to PC via Thunderbolt™ 3 using included 40Gbps cable
⦁    Supports single double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card
⦁    GPU max dimensions – 5.98 in. / 152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Width) x 12.20 in. / 310 mm (Length)
⦁    GPU max power support – 375 W
⦁    USB 3.0 port x 4 (SuperSpeed)
⦁    Gigabyte Ethernet (10/100/1000)
⦁    Chroma lighting (2 zones)
⦁    Built-in 500 W power supply
⦁    8.6 in. / 218.4 mm (Height) x 4.13 in. / 104.9 mm (Width) x 13.38 in. / 339.9 mm (Length)