Razer Blade may not have caused quite the splash they were intending when they launched what they billed as the world’s first true gaming laptop. I also don’t think that their marketing department is going to win any awards for originality when it comes to their promo videos either. However they have made some noteworthy updates to their 17.3-inch display-clad notebook. The latest Ivy Bridge processors now come as standard along with up to 256GB of solid state storage and 8GB of RAM.

Razer Blade gaming laptop

As you might expect, GPU horsepower has also received a speed bump, with the Nvidia GTX 660M now handling all the graphical heavy lifting. Of course what makes this machine so unique is the 4.05-inch capacitive LCD touch panel built right into the keyboard, which provides in-game information. It also functions as a secondary display, allowing you to multitask, while staying in the game. Additional upgrades include improved cooling, optimised speakers and USB 3.0 ports that allow you to charge the machine even when it’s turned off. The system weighs 6.6 pounds and measures just 0.88-inches thick. This second generation Razer Blade gaming laptop is available now to pre-order for $2,499., which represents a $300 saving on last year’s model.

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