At CES 2021, Razer unveils new Blade laptops and two daring prototypes – teller report

Traditionally, and at least as far as the computer world is concerned, CES is an opportunity to come across two types of announcements: those which will allow new ranges of products to be revealed to the general public, and those, more daring, which will attempt to chart new technological paths, through strange prototypes.

Razer has often been in the second category in recent years: we still remember the Christine project presented by the brand in 2014 and which promoted a new type of fully modular desktop PC. In 2018, it was the Linda project that created the surprise, describing a laptop PC whose removable heart was a brand phone. Two concepts that have never found their way to our distributors.

For this CES 2021 vintage, Razer has decided to go back to things a little more concrete, without neglecting innovative concepts. In concrete terms, the brand has decided to offer a makeover to three of its existing models: the Blade 15 Base, 15 Advanced and 17 Pro. For the most part, this is an upgrade that follows in the footsteps of NVIDIA and its launch of the mobile RTX 30 chips. The Razer Blade 15 Base will thus be able to benefit from the functionalities of the RTX 3060 and 3070, while the Advanced version will be equipped with RTX 3070 or 3080.

The Blade PRO 17, meanwhile, will have the entire new NVIDIA range at its disposal. Improvements are also to be noted on the side of the display, which can now go up to 360 Hz refresh rate in Full HD version. QHD or 4K OLED options are also available on the Blade Advanced 15. Apart from its appearances, the Blade range maintains a certain consistency, with an overall slim and sober design, and 10th generation Intel processors. The switch to AMD options does not appear to be on the program yet.

Razer also advances masked

So much for the concrete. And regarding the more conceptual elements, Razer has put forward two rather surprising prototypes: the first, named Project Hazel, consists of a protective mask. At first glance, its design suggests a technological gadget that surfs on the issues of the moment, but if we are to believe its specifications, its strengths in terms of protection, against COVID-19 in particular, are very real, since has an N95 certification. The mask is also equipped with an active ventilation system so as not to impede breathing. And a set of microphone – speakers will amplify the voice of the wearer so that he can speak loud and clear. The mask could come with a charging box that would also have a sterilization function, and, Razer Oblige, backlit elements are activatable.

Second prototype presented under the project name Brooklyn: a gaming chair of a new kind, surmounted by a folding 60-inch OLED panoramic screen. Little or no projection of specifications here, but instinctively, we feel that this product is for the moment closer to a sweet designer dream than a commercial reality. The Blade laptops, however, do have an availability date: from January 12, on the manufacturer’s site, and during the first quarter, at other resellers.

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