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Preview: A look at the new Razer Blade 2018

The days of loud whining fans are over.
That’s what Nvidia wanted to impress upon me when talking about their Max Q design. Introduced almost a year ago, the standard is supposed to give PC gaming enthusiasts the best of all worlds. The high-tech solution puts its most advanced consumer chips into a smaller form factor that is more energy efficient and better at cooling.
That has led to a new generation of laptops that are slimmer, run quieter and are more powerful than before. With a year of work under their belt, manufacturers have come up with systems such as the revamped Asus ROG Zephyrus and the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro . Now, Razer is coming in with a new version of its famed Razer Blade gaming laptop that incorporates Nvidia’s
Max Q design.
The 15-inch Razer Blade laptop comes in four versions ranging from $1,899 for the base line product to the high-end $2,899 version with a 4K touch-screen. All of them come with Intel’s new eighth-generation Coffee Lake processors and either a Nvidia 1060 or Nvidia 1070.
Razer’s Kevin Sather, global director product marketing for systems, says there were three goals that the company wanted to achieve with the new Blade. The design team wanted to create larger and faster display, add performance and features and put all that technology in a more compact chassis.
The first thing users will notice about the new Razer Blade is the screen. The company updated the look to remove nearly all the bezel, going from 14 inches to 15.6 inch. Now, there’s about 4.9 mm of bezel on the sides with 10mm on top because Razer didn’t want to sacrifice the webcam. The monitors also run at 144Hz, ensuring a smoother picture.
Along with that, Sather said Razer now calibrates each of the monitors before it leaves the factory and puts those settings in the recovery part of drive. That means even if the new Razer Blade is reset from scratch, the monitor will still look as good as the day users took it out of the box.
As for the internals, the Blade packs some of the best Intel and Nvidia have to offer, but Razer also created a vapor chamber cooling system, which cools the system more efficiently allowing users to push the system beyond recommended specs through overclocking. When it comes to customization, users can install up to 32 GB of RAM or put in a 2 TB hard drive.
Despite all that technology, Razer has managed to fit the gear into a slim chassis that it calls “the world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop.” The new Blade still has that black unibody construction, but the edges are sharper and mimic the design of the new Razer phone. Along with the new chassis, Razer added a bigger glass trackpad and moved the power button the right speaker. The keyboard layout has been adjusted to include full-sized arrow keys. Meanwhile, the exhaust of the system spills out near the hinge.
From what I’ve seen, the new Razer Blade appears to be an impressive update, one that brings a flagship gaming laptop to the modern age when portable machines can rival desktop rigs.

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