Razer CEO claims that Razer gaming laptops will be more expensive next year

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Photo: Sam Rutherford

techno.rentetan.com – CEO Min-Liang Tan of Razer isn’t concealing anything: The price of Razer gaming laptops is going up. Is this a trend that will spread? Sugarcoating it is impossible: This year’s gadget shopping has been a nightmare. No one knows when the chip shortage, which is the root of this whole mess, will be resolved. Products are out of stock, and bots are reselling them at astronomical prices.

Things are going to get worse before they get better for the laptop business. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan tweeted that Razer’s next-generation gaming laptop would cost more because of “substantial hikes” in the price of components.

If you want a high-end laptop, Razer already has a number of models that start at $1,299 for the Stealth 13 and may go up to $3,699. Imagining a future when certain Razer Blade setups cost more than $4,000 is not difficult. Despite Tan’s vagueness, we hope to learn more about Razer’s forthcoming laptop line-up at CES 2022, when the company is slated to unveil its new products.

These component prices aren’t unique to Razer since laptops from other manufacturers employ the same key components: Intel or AMD CPUs, Nvidia graphics cards, and Samsung SSDs. Following CES 2022 in early January, laptop manufacturers are likely to begin releasing devices powered by Intel’s new Alder Lake 12th-generation mobile CPUs.

Photo: Sam Rutherford

AMD is expected to release Rembrandt APUs (Ryzen 6000) and Nvidia is expected to unveil the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU at the same time. Manufacturing prices for some of these components may be higher than usual because to the current chip scarcity caused by the continuing covid-19 epidemic.

However, issues might arise from sources other than CPUs and graphics cards. Memory, including DDR5 RAM, SSD storage, and other components, may be to blame for the increasing pricing of these products. Specifying “gaming laptop” while referring to the price increase, Tan did not include the Razer Book, which is not a gaming laptop. Only gaming devices may be impacted since the components in issue were manufactured specifically for such devices (a discrete GPU, for example).

We’ve contacted a few additional laptop manufacturers in an attempt to gather more information, and we’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

In order to keep their laptops affordable, certain manufacturers will be better able to tolerate the rising component prices than others. If you’re looking for a next-generation gaming laptop, we recommend that you start planning for the worst.