Razer Blade Review: Beautiful Black Sheep
The Razer Blade is a 14-inch laptop, weighing in at 4.1 pounds. While the original Blade (now called the Blade Pro) was a 17-inch device, the new Blade cuts off the Switchblade interface and brings in the right side of the keyboard for a more symmetrical look. The dimensions (13.6 x 9.3 x 0.66 inches) and weight put the Blade right between its two primary competitors: The 13- and 15-inch Macbook Pro’s from Apple. The Blade is a premium product, and it takes after its thoroughbred, Cupertino-born rivals.
The entire aluminum chassis is an attractive matte black, and the only breakage in the scheme comes from the classic Razer Green trim found in the USB ports, and the Razer logo on top. It’s a very attractive scheme — and oddly refreshing compared to the silver/grey overdose from the likes of Apple and Asus — but it does suffer from the same smudge problems found on most machines. If the budding smudges on the spacebar are any indication, this review unit has been through the hands of several reviewers already.
Smudging aside, the Blade is elegant in the most simplistic way possible, with only two small stickers on the entirety of the body — the classic Windows sticker on the underside, and a small, black Core i7 sticker on the right palmrest. The Blade reminds me of one of a “murdered out” Porsche … a powerful machine kept in flat, matte black with similar trim. It’s one of the most attractive machines I’ve ever used, without a doubt. The green lighting from the fans and the backlit keyboard complete the look, one that most gamers are sure to appreciate. In fact, it keeps gamers — who are used to strange logos, decals and color schemes – happy, while appealing to the non-gamer as well. Sure, the Razer snake logo is a bit odd, but you won’t get nearly as many funny looks in Starbucks with the Blade as you would with a gaming behemoth from Alienware or MSI.
The Blade’s construction is top notch, too, with an incredibly strong lid that shows no sign of wobble or weakness. Like the Macbook Pro, the middle of the front edge is recessed enough to allow opening and closing of the lid with just one finger. These kinds of touches make it clear that Razer has taken notes from the best without any outright theft taking place. Solid construction and simple, beautiful design are no longer monopolized by Apple, it seems.