If I had to choose my highlight of CES so far, it would be a tie between two Windows laptops: HP's exceptionally slick Elitebook Folio and Razer's Blade Stealth. Both are built with beautiful precision out of CNC-machined aluminum. Both have 12.5-inch displays (with up to 4K resolution) and both offer USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Basically, they are the future today, which is exactly what CES is supposed to be about.
Razer's laptop is that little bit thicker and heavier than HP's fanless wonder, though that extra size is put to good use with a beefier processor and an all-around higher specification. The big party trick that Razer has up its sleeve, though, is contained in a breakout box the company calls the Core. This serves as a receptacle and power supply that will support any of the latest desktop graphics cards and connect it up to the Blade Stealth via USB-C. With Thunderbolt's expanded bandwidth, we can now legitimately run graphics cards outside the computer without creating a major bottleneck through the cabling. It's the dream of having one machine that is both with you everywhere and a powerful pixel pusher when you want to settle down for a serious gaming session.
Razer thin, Razer powerful
Check out our chat with Razer's Kevin Sather as he runs us through the what, why, and how of Razer's new ultrabook gaming machine. The Razer Blade Stealth will be available this month, starting at a price of $999, and it should be joined by the Core GPU box, though the company hasn't yet revealed how much the accessory will cost.