Wouldn't it be nice if you could have it all: A thin, attractive laptop powerful enough to play any game you throw at it? Razer's Blade laptops keep narrowly missing the mark—but this time may be different.

Razer's first laptops were gorgeous, but too big. The next version was smaller, but had a shitty screen. Then came a laptop with a screen so good, the graphics chip couldn't quite keep up with the super high-res display. The new Razer Blade—at least one version (and not the most spec'd out one!) seems perfectly balanced. Not only does it have a more reasonable 1080p panel, it sports notably more powerful graphics than last year's model. The combination should be excellent.


With a handsome 14-inch aluminum chassis, a quad-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and that Nvidia GTX 970M GPU, it's not too big, it's not under-powered, and it's not even as expensive as you might think. Specifically, its the $2,000 version that sounds like it might be the Razer Blade we've been waiting for.

That's not the one Razer's leading with though; For $2200 and up, Razer's flagship Blade comes with twice as much RAM and a large 3200 x 1800 touchscreen. Gorgeous, I'm sure, but it's hard to say if the GeForce 970M's extra oomph is enough to play the latest games at high resolution this time around. The cheaper and lower spec'd one is the one we're pinning most of our hopes to here. You can find both models on sale today at Razer's online store.