*Update: The original story stated that the Razer Blade 14 would include USB 4 (USB-C) and Microsoft Pluton security processors. However, new information has been provided to us stating that due to a last minute change, the laptop will not come with these features.*
Razer has announced a new color for its premium Razer Blade 14 laptop, rose quartz to be exact. But this color only comes with a certain configuration.
According to the manufacturer, to get your hands on the new colorway for the Razer Blade 14which is one of the best gaming laptops on the market, you will also equip your machine with an Nvidia GeForce 3070 Ti laptop GPU and an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX laptop CPU.
As a bonus, the Quartz and Black colors will now feature USB 4 (USB-C) and Microsoft Pluton security processors. USB 4 has speeds of up to 40Gbps and full Thunderbolt functionality, meaning you can connect it to external GPUs like the Razer Core X Chroma. It will also enable DisplayPort 1.4a for external displays and supports USB-C charging now up to 100W.
The Quartz Pink Razer Blade 14 will cost $2,599 (about £2,167 / AU$3,769) and is available on the market now. Razer official website (opens in new tab)with more retailers coming soon.
Analysis: Why is this bad?
Razer made a smart move by attaching the very vibrant new color to a certain laptop model. And while it makes business sense, it seems unfair that when a bright, unique color is finally offered, it only has to be with a higher-end version of an already expensive laptop series.
And even if it was a much cheaper laptop, the idea of colors being blocked on specific models doesn’t quite fit. It sounds like something that could become an industry standard as many buyers often complain about the lack of color for their laptops and this is one way for companies to capitalize on this.
Razer offers skins (opens in new tab), which are decals that can be applied to your laptop to customize its appearance. And while they’re a much cheaper option, it’s no substitute for having just the right color for your machine.