Razer is set to miss its q4 shipping schedule for the Blade gaming laptop and has apologised by promising to ship a free custom green and black Razer Orochi mouse with each notebook.
The reason for the delay is somewhat legitimate, with Razer's CEO Min-Liang Tan saying that there was a last minute decision to upgrade the internal hardware from a 320GB HDD to a 256GB SSD. While gamers who wanted their new laptop before Christmas might be disappointed, the speed jump from switching over to an SSD is certainly worth the wait.
This is the second Razer product to be delayed in recent weeks. The Verge has it that the Tiamat 7.1 will also have a pushed back release date due to some finishing touches that still need to be made to the headset.
The Blade has been described by the firm as the "first true gaming laptop", bringing with it an eye catching touch screen display to the right of the main keyboard. Using the "switchblade UI" there are ten touchscreen keys that can be programmed with different macros and commands. There's also a small display wherein supporting games can have an extra mini-map or in a secondary mode, acts as a very sensitive touch pad for gaming on the move.
Internal hardware includes an i7 processor from Intel, with a 2.8GHZ base clock bumping up to 3.5GHZ in Turbo mode. Memory wise, it's packing 8GB of DDR3 and graphically it uses a GT555M with 2GB of onboard GDDR5. This is all there to power the 17.3" 1080p LED display, running at 1920x1080 resolution.
Keeping it portable, the Blade is only 2.24cm thick, less than 30cm wide and just over 42cm long. It also weighs in at only 3 Kg.
The Blade is now set for release in mid to late January.