Razer and Lambda’s Linux Laptop for Machine Learning Sure Is Pretty


Razer’s newest notebook runs Linux, but it isn’t for gaming. Instead, the company typically associated with playing PC games is working with Lambda, which makes computers and cloud services for machine learning, for a sleek notebook intended for more scientific work. 

The laptop is called the Tensorbook, and it looks an awful lot like a Razer Blade 15, albeit with the silver coloring on the productivity-focused Razer Book. There’s no tri-headed snake here (thank goodness). Instead, the lid has the Lambda logo, though the lower bezel reads “Razer x Lambda.” Can’t forget about the collab. There are also purple ports rather than the green ones Razer is known for.

But if you want the Tensorbook, you’ll have to be ready to drop some serious cash. It starts at $3,499.99 with  an Intel Core i7-11800 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q GPu with 16GB of VRAM, 64GB of DDR4 memory and 2TB of SSD storage. The 15.6-inch screen is gaming-ready at 2560 x 1440 resolution with a 165 Hz refresh rate.

The base model comes with Ubuntu 20.04, Lambda’s software stack (including drivers, PyTorch, TensorFlow, CUDA and more), and a 1-year warranty. $4,099.99 boosts the warranty to two years but is otherwise the same. The top-end $4,999.99 model has both Ubuntu and Windows for dual booting.  Those who want one can buy it directly from Lambda.