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09-04-12, 02:10 PM
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Over at PAX this last weekend, Razer has been showing off a new version of its Blade laptop. Named the Blade R2 (http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-blade) ‚?? for obvious reasons, and not to differentiate it from a disappointing Daywalker flick. It‚??s physically identical to the original (http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/08/26/razer-pc-gaming-is-not-dead-its-portable/), but with updated insides and a lower price tag.

There‚??s still no news on whether or not it will be available outside of the US, however.

The Blade R2 is a 17.3inch machine notable for standing just 2cm high, with a 1080p screen and a unique keyboard/touchscreen hybrid facing it. Over on the right hand side, the numberpad has been replaced by a multitouch screen and set of 10 LCD buttons for customisable macros.

Razer has developed this concept further with the Star Wars: The Old Republic keyboard and the Deathstalker Ultimate (http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/08/16/razer-releases-deathstalker-ultimate-keyboard-with-new-lcd-screens-and-mod-tools/) keyboard, which have the same design for desktop. Developers can add in-game tools and contextual display modes for the screen using Razer‚??s ‚??Switchblade UI‚?? toolkit.

Although I never got hands on with a Blade (for the aforementioned US-only reason) it was a bit underwhelming first time round, notably because of its GeForce GT555M graphics and $2800 price tag. Cheers all round, then that it‚??s now $2500 and has a GPU with more than double the processing ‚?? the GeForce GT640M ‚?? and an Ivy Bridge quad core CPU to go with it. Still pricey, but a lot more enticing.

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