Gamers get the choice of thin with new laptops

If you’re a PC gamer, you generally know that if you want to take a hardcore gaming rig on the road, best prepare your back for a heavy machine. We’ve done it before and wished there was a better way. Fortunately, there might now be.

A company known for building gear for hardcore gamers is about to let Australians get their feet wet with a couple of new laptops built to be thin, comparatively light, and yet spec’d well enough to be able to handle most of the gaming grunt you’ll want to throw at it.

Razer normally builds gaming keyboards and mice, but in the Blade and Blade Pro, it’s taken its hardware expertise to crafting a couple of laptops.

We’ve covered the international announcements on GadgetGuy in the past, but now the lappies look ready for release in Australia, and that’s a good thing for gamers who care.

First up is the Razer Blade, which packs in a fourth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 14 inch 900p (1600×900) screen, Dolby support, Windows 8, 256GB solid-state drive, and NVidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics chipset with 2GB RAM working alongside Intel HD4600 graphics when you don’t need as high-end a chip.

This sits in a body that comes in just under 2 kilograms, and should play a lot of the games you can think of installing.

Another model the same amount of grunt, though, but with a bigger screen, and will sure be easier to carry than the dedicated desktop tower computer at home (and yes, we’ve previously strapped one of these to our back, so we know what it’s like).

The Blade Pro packs in much of the technology that makes the Blade awesome to begin with, but ups the screen to a Full HD (1920×1080) model measuring 17.3 inches, and brings with it a touchscreen LCD mouse capable of showing you more in-game than your typical passive touchpad.

Make sure you have a decent backpack though, because this larger Razer Blade brings the weight up an extra kilogram to just under three kg.

Both machines are heading to stores now and will be there from October 18, where they will retail $2699 for the Blade and $3399 for there Blade Pro at JB HiFi.