Razer Blade Review: Beautiful Black Sheep

 

“Impossibly Thin. Insanely Powerful. Designed for Gaming.”

The taglines used to describe Razer’s latest-generation Blade laptop certainly make for an impressive machine in your mind’s eye. The Blade is indeed very thin — with an overall footprint not much bigger than your average ATX desktop motherboard – and its Core i7 CPU and GeForce GTX 765 GPU should make for potent one-two framerate punch.

Given the hardware tucked away in its diminutive frame, the Blade is in fact a machine designed for gaming … but at what cost? What sacrifices were made to achieve gaming nirvana in such a compact form factor, if any? The Blade is a machine built on a foundation of compromises — some good, some … not so good. But one thing’s for sure: this isn’t your older brother’s back-breaking 12-pound behemoth.

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3 Comments on Razer Blade Review: Beautiful Black Sheep

asianman

On July 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I looked at the price and said “IMPOSSIBRU” and then came here to type this.

DevinConnorsIsn'tSoSmart

On July 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I feel like you’re reviewing a different product. No touch screen on a gaming laptop? Are you really going to gripe on that? As for the screen, the CEO put out a page of text why the screen the way it is; to maximize gaming performance. The reviewer may not believe so but this laptop is ultimately a gaming laptop. Lastly, can we stop comparing this to a Macbook Pro. You don’t have to mention Apple every chance you get, we understand. It baffles my mind that you would review this months after every other review and still leave out information.

Huntsman06

On July 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

No touch screen? That’s a bad thing? I specifically DO NOT want a touch screen on a laptop, I have my smartphone and tablet for that. The screen is just small enough that I would personally plug in a larger display for playing, which then makes the low resolution much more noticeable and at that point I’d just have a desktop.

Lastly, *ANY* portable computer that has a high(est) performing CPU and GPU will have an awful battery. Which leads to you plugging it in…which isn’t exactly portable and might as well be a “12-pond behemoth”. That’s my two cents.