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Razer Blade and Blade Pro, new 14- and 17-inch gaming laptops, coming this year

The Razer Blade and Blade Pro are Razer's new 14- and 17-inch gaming laptops, respectively, machines that the company says provide the power for gaming and resource-intensive creative applications while offering a portable form factor.

The Blade, which Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan called "the thinnest, most powerful 14-inch laptop in the world" in a press release announcing both computers, measure 0.66 inches thick and weighs 4.14 pounds. Packed inside are a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor — Intel's yet-to-be-released "Haswell" chipset, scheduled to launch in June — and 8 GB of DDR3L memory, along with both a 2 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M video card and Intel HD4600 integrated graphics.

The 14-inch display is a 1600x900 screen with an LED backlight, and according to Razer, the Blade offers as many as six hours of battery life with those powerful components. Pricing starts at $1,799.

Weighing in at 6.5 pounds with a thickness of 0.88 inches, the Blade Pro is the thinnest and lightest computer in the 17-inch laptop class, according to Razer. It features a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 8 GB of DDR3L memory, and the same dual video card setup as in the 14-inch version of the Blade.

The Blade Pro boasts a 17.3-inch 1080p LED screen, and Razer will offer the laptop in configurations with a 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB SSD. It also has Razer's Switchblade interface built into it, which uses an LCD trackpad and 10 keys to allow users to work quickly in creative software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro and Maya.

Razer will begin accepting pre-orders June 3 for both the Blade and Blade Pro. The three Blade Pro models will cost $2,299, $2,499 and $2,799 for 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB of storage, respectively. Razer will also offer a special pricing program for creative professionals, giving people such as design students, game developers and Kickstarter partners the opportunity to purchase a Blade Pro at $999 — a discount of more than 50 percent — subject to "terms and conditions."

"We here at Razer want to help game devs and indies out there make even better games that we will play ourselves," said Tan at a press event today.

You can check out product images of the Blade and the Blade Pro below. Both replace the original 17.3-inch Blade, which Razer launched in 2011.

Razer Blade

Razer Blade Pro

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