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New Razer Blade Stealth upgrades all the original's faults

Engadget Engadget 2/09/2016 Sean Buckley
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For a gaming company's first attempt at an ultraportable workhorse, the Razer Blade Stealth was pretty great. It had a stunning chassis, a strong CPU, a gorgeous display and the unique ability to link up to a desktop GPU. Unfortunately, it was held back a bit its limited storage options and a disappointing battery life. Not anymore: Today at PAX, Razer announced a Razer Blade Stealth refesh that packs in more RAM, more options for storage and a bigger battery.

At a glance, you wont' be able to tell the difference between the new and old model, but any Blade Stealth bought from today will pack a significantly more powerful punch. Specifically, the Stealth has been upgraded with an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU with Intel HD 620 graphics and up to 9 hours of usable battery life. The base model starts at $999 and comes with a 2,560 z 1440 QHD touch display, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, but for a little more users can snag a configuration with twice as much RAM, and up to 512GB of storage. A higher end, 4K version of the Stealth is availble too -- packing as much as 1TB of internal storage for $1,999. The new Blade Stealth is available from Razer's online store starting today, and should be in stores in the coming weeks.

Looking for something a little more powerful without the need to tack on Razer's external GPU core? No worries -- the gaming company has updated its standard Blade laptop, too. The updated gaming rig now rocks NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, a touch-enabled 3,200 x 1,800 QHD+ display, 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB SSD storage. Gamers who want to target higher framerates at lower resolutions will be able to opt for a Full HD non-touch matte display. That machine starts at $1,799. Sadly, you'll have to wait a little for this machine: the new Blade is available to pre-order today, but won't ship until next month.

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