Razer Blade Review

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Method

I've read that the SSD is user replaceable- though it will void the warranty. Confirm? Deny? 512GB just won't cut it for what I need, that's basically the only thing stopping me from getting one of these...

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CBurns

I read all the reviews, got my hands on one, and decided to wait for a good sale. Razer makes a pretty good product, but I know a lot of this price point is brand loyalty.

The blade, while super fast, outstanding graphics, and a decent KB/Touchpad responsiveness (who cares, I use peripherals anyway)... is small. It's small. I'm used to at least a 17" screen, and so, this just felt tiny to me.

Okay, okay, SIZE doesn't matter all that much. It's all a matter of preference, but when you're used to bigger - well, that's just a thing.

So, while the performance of this little rig is amazing, (though the processor does get pretty hot under a full graphical load, but that's nothing a little cooling pad does not solve)
I would go for this baby only under a good sale. For now, I will stick with my current gaming laptop.

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Obsidian

As a portable gaming rig I would expect that there would be an option for an additional 1TB mechanical hard drive. SSD even at 512GB isn't enough to feed my Steam account if I want ALL (and any future) games installed, examples: Skyrim = 12 GB, Borderlands 2 = 10 GB, Left 4 Dead 2 = 13 GB, GTA 4 = 15GB, Dirt 3 = 12GB, Far Cry 3 = 11GB, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 = 16GB, Batman: Arkham City = 18GB!! -- point being that even with 512 SSD for the $2300 price point, it's not quite enough space for a hardcore gamers platform. Most major games aren't getting smaller in instal space 8GB to 20GB is pretty much norm now, what happens when we are able to feed higher resolution displays? Gamers can fit a lot on a 512, sure, we can uninstall games that aren't being played. A true gamers platform is an amalgamation of all the games they have amassed along the way.

I want this laptop, but I'd throw down a few hundred more for a worthy 1080p screen. I have a TN panel on my Asus hybrid ultra-portable now, and I won't bother with another one ever again. It's worked well for me, but try and share something as simple as an image and the off-angle colors are terrible. Try viewing under sunlight and we may as well be sharing a mirror. For $2000 I expect something that looks at least kind of like a retina display, even if the total resolution isn't there on the PC version.

The Razer Blade 14 is certainly an excellent looking piece of hardware. Very impressive how they crammed so much into so small a space. I'm entirely interested in gaming in a laptop at 15-inches or under due to portability, I'm probably the target audience ... but Razer is misfiring on a few key hardware specs; HDD space at a good price and a better IPS-quality screen with at least 1080p resolution. If I can change those specs, I'd consider ordering one.

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vrmlbasic

Did the Zero Point and the Razr Blade run the game benchmarks at different resolutions?

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sotoa

Looks nice, but that screen... yikes! Would've liked to have seen a better screen. So far, the only 765m 14" 1080p I've seen is with Alienware. But Alienware is thicker and heavier.

Details on this are sparce. Does it have bluetooth? 802.11ac? WiDi? Is this considered an Ultrabook?

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Hey.That_Dude

14" does not a gaming laptop make. Ever.

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jimmthang

We personally like the 14-inch form factor as it's super light and portable. If that screen is too small for you, you could always plug in a bigger monitor via HDMI.

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elias21

Thats why HDMI port is for bigger display.

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Hey.That_Dude

Which is fine and friggin' dandy if I
A) have another screen that has an HDMI which I'm allowed to use
B) want to stay where that other screen is since they generally aren't portable
C) wanted to spend a crap ton of money on a computer that can't perform it's primary function without needing outside assistance.
Sure the HDMI solves my problem if I can stay still, but I wanted a PORTABLE gaming system that was also light. Plugging into a screen instantly makes this NON-PORTABLE, and I can make a much better non-portable computer for the price.

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Hey.That_Dude

Yeah. But, I'm not gonna take a 23" LED LCD with me as well. So no, it still doesn't make sense.
There are plenty of other Thin Gaming Notebooks that have decent graphics with larger screens. Razer Pro and MSI GS70 to name two off the top of my head.
And I think the guy above you is spamming just a little... *and do the Creep* -----Thankfully that odd comment was removed-----

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LatiosXT

What I'm wondering is what are the thermals to the laptop? It can be the best gaming laptop in the world, but if it's uncomfortable to touch during moments of heavy gaming, then it becomes almost unbearable to use.

I purchased a gaming laptop with similar specs for much less, just because it has one of the best cooling solutions. Even under full load I don't feel the keyboard area get too uncomfortable to use, unlike the laptop before it that would get really uncomfortable to use after 20 or so minutes of gaming to the point I just said "screw it" and carried a small keyboard.

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jimmthang

It can get toasty at the bottom under load, but is fine if you're just browsing the web, etc.. Regardless, we recommend that you use a desk whenever possible.

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dgrmouse

The last Razor laptop required special online-only software just to enable the LCD trackpad. It actually required you to go online and login with an account to use the hardware on the device. Does this one sport something equally sinister?

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jimmthang

No.

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appleroxinhouston

you should give this a 10, since the keyboard is great and an SSD should be a pro, not a con. With one con left, being the display, I think it deserves a 10. Anyways, you can't expect a HDD in this form factor, there simply isn't enough room and they're too heavy.

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jimmthang

We do like the fact that it has an SSD, but when games like Max Payne 3 take up 25GB, i.e., 10% of this laptop's total storage, it makes it a bit of a tough sell to forego the hard drive just yet.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

I think the 8 or a 9 is more justified, for the size its the best you're going to get, but as a gaming laptop its a bit of a feather weight (then again they did focus on size)

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appleroxinhouston

you should give this a 10, since the keyboard is great and an SSD should be a pro, not a con. With one con left, being the display, I think it deserves a 10. Anyways, you can't expect a HDD in this form factor, there simply isn't enough room and they're too heavy.

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vrmlbasic

1600*900?! A "gaming" laptop with the same resolution as a Lenovo Yoga ultrabook. There's much wrong with that.

What's the point of capable gaming hardware if you can't see the fruits of its labor? If only Apple would put a more capable GPU in their Macbook Pros, then we'd have a more ideal gaming laptop than this or a great many PC laptop offerings. To say that pains me.

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TheMissingPiece

To be fair, framerate would suffer if the screen was higher-res, unless you want to play in windowed mode. It's unlikeltyk Also, if you compare this to your computer monitor (which, for the sake of argument is a 1080p 22 inch, which is quite standard these days), the Blade has a 131 ppi, and the computer monitor has a ppi of about 100. Even a 27" 2560 x 1440 monitor has a ppi of 108, which is still under that of the Blade, so the Blade scales correctly in terms of how clear things are. I mean, it would be nice if Razer fit a 1080p display into that, but it not only costs more, but would require better hardware to push those pixels as well as the Blade does at 1600 x 900.

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vrmlbasic

My 1080 monitor has too few pixels as I can see them at 3'.

My Lenovo Yoga also has a 1600*900 resolution but actually has a smaller screen than the Blade, giving it a _higher_ pixel density than the Blade, and I can still see the pixels on that during normal usage.

For the price and with the Razr "pedigree" & the advances made by Nvidia in this new generation of GPU, we should have at least 1080 gaming going on here.

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chinomon

If they can drop the price until it hits around 1400 in the next model, I'd say It would be more realistic for people to buy this Laptop. I personally Love this Laptop even though everyone would tell you "It's cheaper to get a Titan" or " I can build a full rig for the price". These are the kind of products other company's like HP need to start doing and not just completely just make a cheap plastic version of a Macbook pro and more expensive. The Razor Blade is obviously an inspiration of the Macbook Pro like Hp, but they actually did it right!
Just hope more company's wake up and see the company's that are actually trying to make more exceptional laptops like Razor, Asus, and even FREAKING VIZIO! LOL

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TheMissingPiece

I'd totally get this laptop if I didn't care about money. :(

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jimmthang

Haha. I hear ya, at $2,000, it does price itself in the enthusiast crowd, but at the same time, it's slimmer and $500 cheaper than the previous 17-inch Razer Blade laptop we reviewed. 

In addition, nobody has been able to squeeze that amount of power in such a small form factor gaming notebook before. From what I've seen, the Razer Blade really is the "performance per cubic inch" king and you gotta respect the R&D ($) it took to design and execute on this.

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TheMissingPiece

Yeah, the price isn't unwarranted. Razer's a small OEM, so it's unlikely that they can get the discounts HP, Dell, etc get. Hopefully, this, along with Haswell, will push thinner and lighter gaming PCs at a lower price.

Looks like Nvidia's got really good mobile tech, too! C'mon, AMD, step it up!