Razer has just announced the new Blade gaming laptop which brings the best features of its predecessor and the recent Blade Stealth. We will have a lighter laptop with Chroma keyboard, Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 6GB graphics card, 16GB DDR4-2133 and PCIe SSD for a lower price point.
However, the most important upgrade is the USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 which allows transforming the Razer Blade into a desktop gaming experience. You can just plug in the Razer Core external graphics dock and immediately enjoy the high performance of your external graphics card, no rebooting required. This is said to be the world’s first plug-and-play graphics enclosure.
The Razer Core is different to its competitions like the Alienware Graphics Amplifier because it uses an industry standard Thunderbolt connector. So it is the best solution to add desktop-class graphics hardware to your Razer at the moment, but you will have to pay a price for the feature.
Razer revealed that the Razer Core will be sold separately and there is no graphics card inside. They will start shipping the dock in April for a hefty price tag of $500. If you buy it with a Razer Stealth or new Razer Blade, you will receive a $100 discount. That means you will have to pay around $800 – $1,000 for the graphics booster. The Razer Core will be compatible with virtually any AMD Radeon and Maxwell-based Nvidia graphics cards (standard double-width, full-length PCI Express x16 graphics card).