Razer, a brand famed for its high-end gaming hardware, has announced plans to diversify with its first non-gaming laptop, the Razer Book 13.
With eyes firmly on the productivity market, the Razer Book 13 is a premium laptop in an ultra-portable 13.4-inch chassis. It aims to deliver high performance and excellent battery life, making it “the most efficient laptop from Razer to date”, according to the manufacturer.
It also features touchscreen models, a 16:10 ratio display, Windows Hello facial recognition and a wide range of ports for comprehensive connectivity options, all aimed at pleasing the “prosumer”.
The Razer Book 13 is available for pre-order now via the Razer website. Pricing starts at $1199.99, and it begins shipping on November 30th.
A Razer for a New Audience
In order to cater to the professional, Razer says it has focused its efforts on portability, performance and battery life. With a unibody design machined out of anodized aluminum, the Razer Book 13 weighs less than 3 pounds and measures 0.6-inches thin, making it ideal for busy users who are always on the move.
Crammed into that thin chassis is a fast 11th-gen. Intel processor (Core i5 and i7 options available) with clock speeds up to 4.7Ghz. These new, multi-core CPUs, along with Intel Iris Xe graphics and up to 16GBs of RAM, promise to deliver fast performance and excellent multitasking. You can render a video or manipulate high-resolution photos while still being able to browse the web or attend a video meeting without stuttering or slowdown.
The Razer Book 13 models that are equipped with the Intel Core i7 will benefit from Intel Evo certification, which brings near instant wake times, quick charging (four hours of use after just 30 minutes plugged in), long battery life up to a claimed 14 hours, and the ability for the laptop to stay connected to the internet even while in sleep mode.
Small in Size, Big on Options
Razer Book 13 storage options include 256GB and 512GB versions, both using super-fast SSDs (solid state drives) for snappy boot up times and near instant application loading.
Professionals will also benefit from a taller-than-usual 16:10 aspect ratio display, taking a page out of the Dell XPS playbook. This feature allows for an extended view of web pages or long-form documents. These durable Gorilla Glass-covered panels will come in both HD and 4K variants, with optional touch screen functionality and, according to Razer, the world’s thinnest bezels on a (rather oddly specific) 13.4-inch panel.
Despite its focus on portability, Razer hasn’t skimped on connectivity either. Flanking each side of the laptop are two Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports, one USB Type A 3.2 port, full size HDMI 2.0, a 3.5mm aux port and a handy microSD card slot. All of which should mean you won’t have to lug around a pouch full of adapters.
Still a Razer Design
While Razer has crafted a mature-looking laptop with a MacBook-like aesthetic, it has also maintained some quintessential Razer design queues to stave off the typical blandness of productivity laptops.
The sleek anodized exterior dons the same large Razer logo that adorns its gaming products. Meanwhile, the clean-looking interior still has fully customizable RGB lighting under its white keyboard. You can stick with a mature monotone setting during meetings, and then express your true colors with rainbow patterns when no one’s looking.
Also drawing from its high-performance gaming roots, Razer has packed the laptop with a fancy vapor chamber cooling system — the likes of which you’d usually expect in a fire-breathing gaming laptop. This, it says, will keep temperatures in check with minimal fan noise.
Full pricing and pre-order options are available now over on the official Razer website.
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