Surprisingly attractive laptop for playing computer games

Most “gaming” laptops look like props from cheap 1990s sci-fi: greebled plastic carbuncles, all edgy red LEDs and bloated bezels, whirring like drones in a tiled bathroom as soon as gameplay begins. The new Razer Blade 15, though, is not only as sleek as an ultrabook, but looks beautiful: like a 2001: Space Odyssey monolith with a luminous Pride flag in it.

It comes with a matte 1080-line display (optionally with a 144Hz refresh rate) or a glossy 4k one, both 15.6″ across, a GTX 1060 or 1070 Max-Q video card, up to 32GB of RAM and an 8th-generation i7-8750H CPU. It’s 14″ wide, 9.3″ deep and just under .7″ thick, and weighs about 4.6 pounds, going an ounce either way depending on options.

Prices start at $1900 for the entry-level model (HD, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 1060 GPU), up to $2900 [Amazon] with all the upgrades.

It comes with softare to make the rainbow backlighting any color you please, and it is my tragedy and shame to be that “minimalist” guy who just makes it plain white.

Full specs and prices after the jump.

Specifications:

8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor (6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2 GHz/4.1 GHz)
15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) matte up to 144Hz, individually color calibrated
15.6-inch IPS 4K (3840 x 2160) capacitive multi-touch, individually color calibrated
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q Design
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Max-Q Design
16GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667MHz), 32GB maximum support
Up to 512GB PCIe SSD, 2TB maximum support
Windows® 10 (64-bit)
Intel® Wireless-AC 9260 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 5
Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) x 1
USB 3.1 port x 3 (SuperSpeed)
Mini Display Port 1.4 x 1
Anti-ghosting keyboard powered by Razer Chroma™
Razer Synapse 3 compatible
HDMI 2.0b audio and video output
Built-in front firing stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
Built-in webcam (1MP/720P) with array microphone
Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
Compact 200W/230W power adapter
Built-in 80 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, NVIDIA® Optimus™ support
[GeForce GTX 1060] 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
[GeForce GTX 1070] 0.68 in. / 17.3 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
[Full HD] approx. 4.56 lbs. / 2.07 kg
[4K] approx. 4.73 lbs. / 2.15 kg

Price:
FHD(60Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/256GB - $1,899.99 / €1949.99 / £1699.99 / ¥16,999
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/512GB - $2,199.99 / €2249.99 / £1979.99 / ¥18,999
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/256GB - $2,399.99 / €2449.99 / £2149.99 / ¥20,599
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB - $2,599.99 / €2649.99 / £2329.99 / ¥22,599
4K(Touch)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB* - $2,899.99 / €2899.99 / £2549.99