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Portable High-End VR Gaming Just Got More Compact with Razer Blade

Laptops designed to be virtual reality (VR) ready aren’t usually the smallest, or lightest of machines. The power needed to adequately run the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive at 90 frames-per-second, means companies like MSI and Alienware need to cram quite a lot of tech inside their laptops so VR enthusiasts can enjoy immersive gaming anywhere. Now Razer has revealed its latest VR-ready entries into the market the Razer Blade and Blade Pro.

The new Razer Blade laptop comes in several configurations ranging from a Full High Definition (FHD) display with a 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and 16GB DDR4 RAM for £1,749.99 GBP, rising up to Quad HD Display with a 1TB SSD for £2,649.99. The full specification list can be seen below, with the crucial part for VR performance being the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 graphics card – recently launched earlier this year.

Razer Blade specs

At the top end is the Razer Blade Pro, this laptop features the same Intel i7-6700HQ processor as the normal Blade but ups the performance with 32GB DDR4 RAM and NVIDIA’s top-of-the-range GTX 1080 graphics card. Currently the Blade Pro hasn’t been given a price.

Razer Blade Pro specs

What will interest gamers apart from the performance is the design. The Razer Blade is incredibly thin and light for a VR compatible laptop, coming in at a depth of 235mm and weighting 1.89KG for the FHD screen and 1.95KG for the QHD model. In comparison the recently launched Alienware 15, itself coming with a GTX 1060, comes in at a much more weighty 3.49KG with a depth of 305mm.

As the market for VR-ready laptops continues to gain momentum, VRFocus will bring you all the latest announcements.