For the last few years, the Razer Blade has enjoyed an enviable position among the best gaming laptops. Thin and portable without sacrificing power, it represents what some may say is the ideal when it comes to gaming laptops.
Unfortunately, Razer is no longer alone in the ultra-portable gaming laptop world anymore – with devices like the MSI GS65 Stealth and the Gigabyte Aero 15X stealing some of Razer’s limelight. However, this just makes us more excited for what the Razer Blade 2019 will look like, because if one thing drives innovation, it’s competition.
So, what will Razer do with the Blade 2019? In short, we have no idea – but we can still sit down and hash out a wish list of sorts. So, sit back, relax, and we’ll dive into boundless speculation about the next ultraportable, ultra-premium gaming laptop from the storied gaming brand. And, while you’re here, be sure to bookmark this page, as we’ll keep it updated with all the latest information.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Razer’s 2019 ultra-premium gaming laptop
- When is it out? Likely around May 2019
- What will it cost? Probably around $1,899 (£1,989, AU$2,899)
Razer Blade 2019 Release date
We know the Razer Blade 2019 is coming, we just don’t know when. We can still speculate based on past releases, though. The last two models of the Blade have released in May, so it’s likely that Razer will follow the same pattern with the 2019 Razer Blade, too.
We’re still not completely sure this is the strategy Razer is going to take, but we’re confident that we’ll find out more information throughout the next few months, and even early next year. Either way, stay tuned, and we’ll update this article as soon as we hear more.
Razer Blade 2019 Price
One of the biggest drawbacks of the Razer Blade has always been its high price. Unfortunately, we don’t think it’s going to change with the 2019 model – people are still buying the Razer Blade, right?
The 2018 Razer Blade starts at $1,899 (£1,989, AU$2,899), which will net you an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a GTX 1060. This is about the same price as the 2017 model with similar specs, so we don’t expect Razer to move the price much one way or the other. Especially since we might not see much improvement from the next generation of H-series laptop CPUs.
What we want to see from Razer Blade 2019
The Razer Blade 2018 is already one of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market today, and while it doesn’t stand out as much as past Blade laptops, its still an incredibly solid laptop with very few notable flaws. However, that doesn’t mean Razer can’t improve upon its formula, so we went ahead and created a list of all the things we want to see in the Razer Blade 2019.
Better cooling, please
For all the powerful hardware shoved inside the Razer Blade, it doesn’t have the best ventilation, and while gaming, it can quickly get unbearably hot. If Razer plans to implement even more powerful hardware into the next Razer Blade, and we think they will, we can only see this problem getting worse, especially if Razer doesn’t tackle it head on.
We’re not sure how Razer could improve on it, but we think the conversation of thinness vs thermal performance is going to be prevalent among the best gaming laptops of 2019.
Right now, we’re sitting at a crossroads, waiting for the next-generation offerings from both Nvidia and Intel. We’re not sure what either tech behemoth is going to bring to the table but we do have a ton of rumors to go off of.
We’ve seen a leaked roadmap that suggests Intel is planning to kick off its 9th generation early next year, and Nvidia is rumored to be bringing 11-series mobile GPUs to market later this year. This could mean a world of difference for the Razer Blade in terms of performance, and we hope Razer takes advantage of all of it – as long as it keeps the temperatures in check.
Razer keeps making the Blade thinner and more portable but with its short battery life, it’s still not as easy to travel with as it could be. The Razer Blade needs a bigger battery – we’re not sure how Razer would implement this without sacrificing its status as the ‘smallest 15-inch gaming laptop,’ but there has to be a way.
With the exorbitant price that the Razer Blade carries, we feel like we can reasonably expect longer battery life. We’re counting on you, Razer.
Lighten the load
For as thin as the Razer Blade is, it’s still a quite a heavy machine. Weighing in at 4.63 pounds (2.10kg), its probably one of the heaviest gaming laptops in its class, and even the power brick is a chore to carry around.
This likely isn’t a huge issue for most users who just want a powerful laptop to use at home, but anyone who travels with their laptop is going to want something that’s a bit lighter.