Razer delays its sexy Blade gaming laptop until January

If you were hoping to get one of those hot and powerful Razer Blade laptops before Christmas, we've got bad news for you: it's delayed. Delayed at the eleventh hour because the company is swapping out the default 320GB hard drive with a 256GB solid-state drive.

In a note on Facebook to fans, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced the company received "overwhelming response from the press and gamers for the Razer Blade." The storage swap will not affect the original price for the Razer Blade which remains at $2,800.

Patient buyers will feel bummed at the storage downgrade, but if you've kept up with the difference between a hard drive and SSD in terms of speed, you'll know that the performance boost from the latter is significant.

Tan says that the delay stems from an SSD shortage and thus the Blade missing its anticipated holiday release. The Blade will now reportedly ship in mid to late January for North American customers.

To make up for the lateness, Razer's letting customers sign up to be notified of when it'll ship the Blade with a coupon for a free Razer Orochi Blade Edition gaming mouse. This is how you appease diehard gaming fans and why Razer customer service is one of the best there is.

The Blade is a 0.88-inch thick gaming laptop with a 17.3-inch display (1920x1080 resolution), 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2640M processor, 8GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 555M and Intel integrated graphics, 2GB of video RAM, HD webcam, 256GB SSD, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, ethernet, backlit keyboard, audio jack and of course an LCD screen/trackpad with 10 programmable adaptive buttons.

Razer has yet to put up a preorder page on its website.

Via Razer Facebook

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