Razer’s Blade 15 gaming laptop is getting a new model that’s a little thicker but has more memory and will cost you less.
This “dual storage” model includes both SSD and HDD memory and lowers the gaming laptop’s starting price to $1,599. You’ll get 128GB of SATA SDD on top of a 1TB HDD. If you’re willing to pay $1,799, you can upgrade the dual storage to a faster 256GB PCI Express SSD, and get a 2TB HDD.
The earlier version of the Blade 15, which launched in May starting at $1,899, arrived as an SSD-only laptop. However, the company decided to introduce a dual-storage model based on feedback from the gaming community, Razer product marketing director Kevin Sather told PCMag.
The addition of the HDD drive means the dual-storage model is about 0.10 inches thicker than the single-storage version. (The new model’s full dimensions measure at 0.78 by 13.98 by 9.25 inches.) To cut costs, Razer also swapped out the original Blade 15’s cooling mechanism, a vapor chamber, for a traditional heat pipe.
On the plus side, Razer had enough room on the thicker laptop to add a Gigabit Ethernet port—another request from the gaming community not found on the single-storage version.
The dual-storage model also comes with a slightly different keyboard, which can back light every key, but only in a single color. In contrast, the single-storage model can illuminate every key in a different color, but doesn’t back light the tiny function symbols on each key. (You can look at this picture to see what we mean.)
Although the new dual-storage model is a little thicker, it actually weighs a little less than the single-storage version, but you’ll still get up to six hours of battery life.
In terms of specs, the dual-storage model comes with a 15.6-inch HD screen at 60Hz, an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics card.
PCMag reviewed the single storage Blade 15 in June and gave it an “excellent” score for its thin and sleek design. However, we did note that it was a bit expensive, so it’s good to see Razer expanding the laptop’s configurations and making it more afforable.
The Blade 15 dual-storage model goes on sale today in the US, Canada, and China and can be bought on Razer.com, in addition from retailers such as Amazon.
With the introduction of the dual-storage product, Razer will retire the $1,899 version of the single-storage Blade 15, so buy it while supplies last. Single-storage machines will now start at $2,199, but they will come in a new color: Mercury White. Look for that later this year on Razer.com in limited quantities.
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