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Razer Core pricing announced - $500

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by reloader-1, Mar 15, 2016.

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  1. nicktien

    nicktien Active Member

    Lol... I know right? Smart on their part... sleazy... but smart.
     
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  2. HelldiverL9

    HelldiverL9 Active Member

    Everyone (including myself) is finding the Core's alleged $500 pricing that steep because on a holistic view it is essentially an empty box with plugs for your graphics card and cables to connect to your Blade Stealth Ultrabook. Yes, it is intuitive. Yes, it is fantastic.

    But for half the price of the Ultrabook? It is a very tough pill to swallow. This is putting the Blade Stealth into the price range of the 2016 Blade, which costs $1999.

    Blade 2016 - QHD display, 256GB SSD, GT970M GPU - $1999
    Blade Stealth - 2K display, 128GB SSD, integrated GPU $999 + Core $500 + GPU $???

    Unless the Core packs in an external GPU under the $500 price tag, but I highly doubt it.
     
  3. RScrub

    RScrub Active Member

    I wouldn't say everyone. While it does seem expensive, we have no precedent to compare it to. The 2016 Blade can also make use of the Core, and it is 400 dollars if bought in a package with the Stealth or the Blade.
     
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  4. NomadRT

    NomadRT Active Member

    But we do have a precedent, at least in terms of similar functionality: the XPS version. It was $250. I would expect the Core to be higher than that, but comparatively priced.

    I'm not upset because I never intended to buy the core, but I completely understand and sympathize with many people who were interested but now realize that they will be forking over close to $1000 for the ability to use a desktop video card with their portables.
     
  5. TrueLightbringer

    TrueLightbringer Active Member

    ...XPS version? You mean Alienware, right? The former does not exist, while the latter doesn't work with XPS series since they don't have that proprietary plug.
     
  6. hopefully there is a discount for people who bought the stealth. $500 for the core and then still needing to buy a graphics card is rather pricey.
     
  7. _ramsey_

    _ramsey_ Active Member

    Doesn't that require Apple to release some hardware that doesn't suck tho? TB3 is 6th gen Skylake. They don't even have a Skylake laptop. Rumor has it, they're not even going to announce new laptops until the developer conference in June.

    Razer has replaced Apple as the go to company for amazing laptops. I don't really think Apple even cares about the laptop market anymore TBH.
     
  8. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    I don't see why the core is so expensive, it kind of defeats the purpose of the Stealth IMO....
    It's like, would you pay $1000 for a Razer Blade Stealth, $500 for a core, and $3-500 for a GPU (total of around $1800)?
    Or would you rather pay $2000 for a Razer Blade 14, and be able to play games on the go, have a faster quad core i7, 16gb ram, and 256gb SSD?
    I don't know about you, but if I were a stealth owner that planned on gaming, I'd be mad if it were $500 for what is essentially a PC case with basic IO...
    If anyone at Razer is reading this, you should do either of the following:
    1. Make the price no more than $250, unless you plan on including a $250 GPU pre-installed in it.
    2. Make a cheaper $250 version without RGB LEDs, all plastic, and without the easy pull out mechanism (use screws instead) since I doubt people who paid $1000 want to put in another $500 for their GPU's box...
    Edit: Okay, I guess you could include a 3rd option:
    3. Disappoint most of those that bought the Stealth with an arbitrarily high $500 price tag for the core...
     
  9. RScrub

    RScrub Active Member

    I already own the Stealth and plan on just turning into a computer for my classes and personal use. For that purpose it is really kick ass. Then I can get the Blade for gaming on the go.
     
  10. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    But why buy a stealth when a blade can do all that and more? I'm confused...
     
  11. Unfair

    Unfair Member

    Agreed. I keep seeing people argue that this is a new product in uncharted waters. It's not. MSI and Alienware both dove into this market first. This is the first one released that uses Thunderbolt 3, but that doesn't make it a new idea. Hell, there's already a bunch of thunderbolt 2 enclosures out there and even instructions on how to make your own mini PCI, NGFF, Firewire, and TB2 eGPU setups. Only thing Razer has done is give the concept a spit-shine, wait for official driver support, and add Chroma to it.

    And I'm going to say this again. They aren't going to be alone in the TB3 eGPU market for very long.
     
  12. kurohyo

    kurohyo Active Member

    sorry to butt-in into your discussion but I'm a casual gamer and i perfectly fit in the #2 and since i knew about the stealth+core i fell in love with what they promised because it's what I've always been searching for: cheap solution for pc gaming. actually now that the price is out out isn't that cheap though

    I've never had a pc/laptop with a decent gpu and I've been stuck with console gaming because of 2 reasons first console gaming is cheaper and second I'm by no means knowledgeable in computers and stuff like that so that i can build my own desktop. But now that i can actually afford I've been searching for a mobile laptop that is by any means heavy, has great build quality and can stand good pc games(the other solutions weights about 5+ pounds are worth $2k+ and have horrible build quality) i knew about the blade since the first gen but is still too pricey for my budget and that's why i fell in love with the stealth+core was hoping it could fit my budget(around $1.8k) and it kind of does $999+$400+$400(stealth, core, decent gpu i guess respectively)

    But now I'm in a dilemma stealth+core+gpu or save up a bit more and just buy blade 14 (blade 14+core it's way too expensive for me)any advice??

    thought stealth+core was my solution for great laptop on the go and great gaming performance at home and now that the cpu bottleneck issue theory has arisen and the core price leak is out i just don't know
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016
  13. planefreshDodgerBlue301

    planefreshDodgerBlue301 Active Member

    500....i think i'll get a desktop....
     
  14. I feel you'd be much better suited w/ the blade 14. If you only game at home in one particular room, then the core likely will work, but for gaming anywhere else, you'd probably be limited w/out the core. The real benefit of the stealth is it's much smaller and a bit lighter. Either setup would likely work, but the blade 14 would likely be more versatile if can accept the extra size and weight.
     
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  15. kurohyo

    kurohyo Active Member

    I'm actually not planning on gaming on the go most likely gaming at my room and med stuff-I'm studying medicine that's the reason of my tight budget-and normal student things on the go

    by the way I'm okay with the blade 14 size and weight
     
  16. Ur2eZ_4_Me

    Ur2eZ_4_Me Active Member

    Made a post a couple months ago about the Core being priced at 500$ and how it would hurt sales of the Stealth and people said there's no way it would be 500$. The price is so high even Razer insiders who buy premium Razer gear didn't believe it. This will greatly hurt Stealth sales for gamers. Still a great machine for non-gamers however.
     
  17. RScrub

    RScrub Active Member

    I already own a Stealth. I planned on making it my main gaming laptop, but with the Blade coming out, I might have to spend more and buy that and just use my Stealth for other stuff.
     
  18. I don't understand all the shock with this pricing.. Razer sells (and their customers buy!) $180 keyboards and $150 mice.

    I would argue Core is orders of magnitude more useful than a light up keyboard. Isn't it?
     
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  19. You could pay $1000 for the Stealth, $500 for the Core, and $500-600 for a 980ti for a total of ~$2100 and it will vastly outperform the new Blade. If you're someone who needs an ultrabook for school or work and only games while being back at home, it's a good solution, IMO.
     
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  20. Shadowfire67

    Shadowfire67 New Member

    I have to admit the price is disappointing. A Razer Stealth + Core + Video card costs about the same as a Razer blade or a really nice desktop, but is not as good as either of them.
     
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