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Bigger is better for the new Razer Blade and Razer Core XThis gaming laptop and external GPU combo are out just in time for E3.
Razer is evolving two of its key PC gaming products just weeks before the annual E3 video game trade show. First is the flagship Razer Blade laptop. The 14-inch gaming laptop gets an upgrade to a 15-inch screen, but keeps the same small size. In fact, Razer says this is world's smallest 15.6" gaming laptop. The biggest difference to me, right away, is the much thinner vessel around the screen which give the new blade a more modern look. The screen comes in 60 hertz, 4k, or 144 hertz, 1920 by 1080 versions and the body is milled from a single piece of aluminum, much like a Macbook. And it's fitted with a much larger touchpad than previous models The components get updated as well to an eighth gen Intel Core I7 and your choice of Nvidia 1060 or 1070 GPUs. And if you wanna show it off a little more, the new razor chroma laptop stand is exactly that, a laptop stand that lights up in all kinds of crazy colors. ��Now if you got a laptop that doesn't have it's own GPU, Razer also has a new less expensive version of it's core's external graphic enclosure. The new Razer core acts as basically a big box, with a single slot for your graphics card, and a heavy 650 watt power supply. Plug it in to to your laptop via thunderbolt 3, and you got a instant gaming rig. It skips some of the features of the more expensive Razor Core V2, like colored lights and some extra ports, but it's only $299 plus the cost of a graphics card of course.