It’s been a decade since Razer shipped his first Blade laptop, and they are all equipped with Windows. This is not Right That’s changing today – but a company called Lambda is now betting Ubuntu, with Razer’s full blessing, on a souped-up version of last year’s Razer Blade 15 Advanced with the goal of selling it to machine learning and artificial intelligence researchers.
It’s called the Razer x Lambda Tensor Book, and the $3,500 machine is absolutely identical in most respects to a high-end version of last year’s laptop. It features an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics and 64GB of RAM beneath a 15.6-inch 165Hz 1440p display, all powered by an 80Wh Battery powered in an identically sized and shaped 4.45 pound case. It also has the same fast I/O, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a UHS-III SD card reader, and both Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
But the Tensorbook is silver instead of black and comes with “the latest drivers and machine learning tools including PyTorch, Tensorflow, CUDA, and cuDNN,” its own warranty, and — if you pay $4,099 and up — its own premium support Team preinstalled. Lambda says it already supplies hardware to thousands of research groups and sells GPUs, servers, and desktop workstations.
While Razer is currently offering faster CPUs, GPUs and screens in today’s Blade lineup, it’s not necessarily a bad deal if you love the design given how expensive Razer’s laptops can be. But we’ve generally found Razer’s thin machines to run quite hot in our reviews and the blade in question was no exception even with a quarter of the memory and a less powerful RTX 3060 GPU. Lambda’s FAQ page does not treat heat as of today.
Lambda is clearly aimed at potential MacBook Pro buyers, and I’m not just saying that because of the silver tones. The primary hardware comparison the company advertises is 4x speedup Apple’s M1 Max in a 16-inch MacBook Pro when running TensorFlow.
Razer has teased better Linux support over the years, but a popular Linux computing news site Phoronix wrote 2019 that those plans had apparently been mothballed. Perhaps the recent renewed interest in Linux gaming is fueled by this the steam deck, will make Razer consider Linux for its own core products as well.
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