Let’s face it, the built-in keyboards on laptops aren’t exactly fun to type on. Some might be nicer than others, but for the most part, they just don’t feel quite as good as standalone keyboards. However, we have seen some laptop makers try to improve on that by introducing mechanical keyboards in laptops.

Now it looks like Razer is trying to do something different by announcing an update to its Razer Blade 15 laptop, which they claim will be the first laptop in the world to sport an optical keyboard. While the keys themselves will still be low-profile in their design, largely due to the fact that this is still a laptop, the tech for the switches themselves aren’t new.

In fact, Razer introduced a similar keyboard last year in the form of the Razer Huntsman Elite that also uses optical switches, however, this will be the first time that such a switch has been introduced to a laptop. According to Razer, “The new optical laptop switch harnesses the power of light to instantly capture key actuations. Under every key, an infrared light beam is used to detect when a key is pressed (actuation), allowing for much greater precision and speed versus conventional laptop keyboards.”

It should also be pointed out that while Razer might be the first to the market with such a device, Apple might not be too far behind. A patent discovered this year found that Apple is also toying with a similar idea. The new Razer Blade 15 laptop is priced starting at $2,649 and is available for purchase today.

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