While still pricey, the update certainly makes it more appealing.
Despite originally starting at $2,800 with a GTX 555, the Blade was widely praised for its design and actually sold well. Now, shaving off $300 to a cool, but still expensive $2,499, moves it well into the territory of the Retina Macbook Pro, and though it has a lower resolution, it makes up for it with power:
CPU: Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 (Unannounced CPU)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 660M (2GB VRAM)
RAM: 8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz
HDD: Hybrid 64GB SSD/500GB HD
Display: 17.3 inch LED, 1920×1080
Ports: 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI
Annnnd of course, that funky looking Switchblade UI trackpad.
Impressive, but at 1080p, don’t expect to max out Battlefield 3 with a 660M anytime soon.
There’s just something about how Min-Liang Tan says things that seems to make these videos both intriguing and hilarious at the same time.
Now then, could you get a gaming laptop with better specs for the price? Oh yeah. In the same form factor? Probably not.
That might just make all the difference though.