During this CES 2021, it is the Blade range of the manufacturer Razer which benefits from some improvements. In any case, in terms of components, because the design remains at least identical to the previous generation. Three models are refreshed at the start of the year: the base Blade 15, the advanced Blade 15 and the Blade Pro 17. Razer has not integrated 11th generation Intel Core processors, so it is a Core 6-core i7-10750 that powers the base model while an 8-core Core i7-10875 will run the advanced version and the Pro 17.
Apart from the switch to GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards, few new things are to be expected. We still note the possibility of adding now an NVMe SSD on the advanced since a dedicated slot is left free to change its configuration. Adding RAM is also possible. On this new wave of Blade, the screen refresh rate will be able to go up to 360 Hz and more QHD versions (2560 x 1140 px) will be available. A trend that should accelerate soon among many manufacturers thanks to the performance gains offered by recent GPUs.
The Blade 15
The connection is well provided on the Blades which have a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C port, 3 USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.1 port, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. The base model is equipped with an Ethernet port that the advanced model does not have, but this lack is filled by an SD card reader, a camera with infrared module compatible with Windows Hello, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
Apart from the cheapest PC in the range whose specifications are inferior with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, a 120 Hz FHD screen and 256 GB of “only” SSD, all the others will have at least an RTX 3060 and 512 GB of storage. In total, nearly ten profiles will be accessible, from the Full HD panel to 4K, from 144 Hz to 360 Hz, up to 32 GB of RAM and at most an RTX 3080 for the graphics card.
The Blade 15 will be put on the market at the end of January, or even in February for the advanced models, at a price of € 1,799 for the cheapest of them.
The Blade Pro 17
The Blade Pro 17 takes more or less the same characteristics as the advanced Blade 15 with, as its name suggests, a diagonal of 17 inches. This large panel, the abundant connectivity and the muscular configuration should satisfy both players and creators. Three models will be offered with the same amount of component variables mentioned above.
It will be available from the end of January at a price starting at 2399 €.
And a connected mask!
Razer also created a surprise by unveiling a smart mask to protect against Covid. If a marketing release is not yet planned, the concept is relatively well advanced and provides a glimpse of what could be the future of the 4.0 fight against the virus.
The mask looks at first glance like an anti-pollution mask for a cyclist, but it is not and it is much closer to a post-apocalyptic video game in the Fallout or Metro 2033 than a stroll zigzagging through traffic jams. The mask is transparent – so that we can finally see our faces -, has an N95 certification (equivalent to FFP2), has integrated fans whose speed is adjustable thanks to a smartphone application, and an RGB line for more customization. What’s the use of seeing people’s mouths if you can’t hear them? The manufacturer has thought of everything since a voice amplification module is integrated into the device in order to be heard clearly by his interlocutors.
The case that allows you to store the mask is not anecdotal since it offers not only to recharge it by induction, but also to sterilize it.
A technological innovation that could make us smile, but these days, with our fabric masks, no one would really see it …