Razer delivers new ultraportable and gaming PC options for Windows 11 – Ars Technica

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– Oct 5, 2021 4:58 pm UTC
Windows 11 arrived yesterday, giving PC-makers everywhere an excuse to refresh their lineups. Razer announced new SKUs for its ultraportable Razer Book laptop and Razer Blade 15 Advanced gaming laptop today, and both are preloaded with Microsoft’s latest operating system. Of course, the new PCs also come with some fresh specs to consider.
Razer’s roots are in PC gaming, but the Razer Book is the three-headed snake’s attempt at a more mainstream, portable PC. The clamshell’s silver aluminum unibody chassis starts at just 2.9 pounds and 0.6 inches of thickness, making it competitive with ultraportables like Dell’s XPS 13.
Today’s announcement lowers the Razer Book’s starting price to $1,000. That gets you a quad-core i5-1135G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a 1920×1200 resolution screen with a 60 Hz refresh rate. Razer also announced more powerful versions with a quad-core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, 512GB for $1,500 or 1TB of storage, and a 3840×2100 screen for $1,800.
Packed with an RTX 30-series mobile graphics card, the Blade 15 Advanced Model is obviously the gaming machine of the two, but compared to the majority of gaming laptops, its design is pretty trim and subdued. The laptop weighs just 4.4 pounds and is 0.67-inches thick.
There were already many configuration options available for this notebook, but the two that Razer added today use an octa-core i7-11800H. The cheaper one, which sells for $2,700, has an RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a speedy 240 Hz screen with a 2560×1440 resolution. The Advanced Model goes for $3,100 and has twice the RAM and a more powerful RTX 3080 GPU.
Razer noted today that owners of older Razer laptops will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 “soon,” and relevant Razer drivers will integrate automatically. You can find Razer’s full list of supported PCs here.
Razer also said that its software (like Synapse) and peripherals are all “fully compatible with Windows 11.”
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