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Apple Macbook Pro "Inspires" Razer To Deliver Blade Laptop

US-based computer accessory specialist has unveiled a new laptop called the Blade that appears to be inspired by the Apple Macbook Pro and aimed at a gaming audience.

Like the latter, it has a full aluminium chassis and comes with a matte screen. It features a powerful dual core Intel i7-2640M processor clocked at 2.8GHz, which would be a tad lightweight for heavy duty gaming.

Likewise, the Nvidia Geforce GT555M graphics card could be found lacking despite its 2GB onboard memory while the 320GB hard disk drive could well turn out to be the system's bottleneck.

The rest of the specification includes 8GB RAM, a 1.3-inch LED backlit display with a 1920x1080 pixel resolution, a built in HD webcam, WiFi and is a mere 22mm thick and weighs around 3Kg, exceptionally light for a laptop with such a big screen.

However, what separates it from the rest of the competition is its Switchblade user interface which has ten dynamic adaptive tactile keys, in essence a very small OLED touch display which can be customised according to the game.

There's also an LCD touch panel which doubles as the laptop's touchpad and is found on the right hand side of the keyboard where the numeric keypad would be. At $2800 however, the Razer Blade is significantly more expensive than a similar specced gaming laptop.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.