Razer laptops will soon get even more expensive. Just writing such a sentence makes one feel… strange. We’re talking about some of the most premium, high-priced ultrabooks and gaming laptops on the market. These machines, although undeniably beautiful, are already obscenely expensive. But it seems that the ongoing semiconductor shortages — in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic — has affected the whole industry in more ways than we could ever imagine.
“Just had a long meeting to review our gaming laptops line for next year – looks like there are significant increases in component costs etc. and we’ll be seeing price increases for next gen gaming laptops across the board (including the Razer Blade) next year,” said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan.
So, needless to say, if you’ve been thinking of splurging on a Razer laptop, now would be the best time to do so! We don’t know when (if ever) this whole situation will blow over, so you might as well invest now and not think twice about it.
Increased Costs Across the Board
Razer gaming laptops don’t come cheap and, frankly, that’s okay: they have some of the best craftsmanship and design in the entire Windows realm. If it’s looks and build quality you’re after, you cannot go wrong with any of Razer’s products.
Unfortunately, they also come packed with the latest and greatest hardware, including NVIDIA’s Ampere-based GPUs and, as of late, AMD’s Ryzen processors. Add to that the fact that Razer will almost surely want to harness the hybrid nature of Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs, and you get quite a thankless situation: these components are hard to come by and are being sold at insanely high mark-ups (to put it mildly).
So, frankly, Razer’s hand is being forced here. There’s still no telling how big of an increase we’ll see, but it’s probably not going to be negligible. In any case, most Razer laptops will get a thorough refresh around CES 2022, so we’ll find out soon enough!