Razer Blade 2014

Things to be liked:

Panache with performance to match, the Blade can keep right up with the best of its competition. If you own a (completely legal) treasure trove of 1440p or better video content to watch, it will absolutely pop on this brilliant, bright screen. And, if you can tolerate lower settings, games will look just as incredible at QHD+.

Lasting exactly half a work day in the personal battery test, the Razer Blade – being a gaming laptop, of course – produces at least some of the lasting power that its form factor commands. The Blade will hang in there for most flights, but will likely check out before you land on a cross-country jaunt. That’s more than most gaming laptops can even come close to claim.

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Things to be disliked:

Well, the touch screen should have stayed on the chopping block like it did last year. Sure, it performs just great, thanks in no small part to the IGZO technology, but does that really matter? Your use of the touch screen would not extend beyond testing whether it actually works, and it rarely does on any touch screen laptop you have used, you could have saved your hard earned money.

Speaking of which, while being one of the first gaming laptops to pack an IGZO panel sporting a crazy crisp 3,200 x 1,800 resolution makes for a great bullet point, it too is largely unnecessary. If this model were to come touting an IGZO, 1,920 x 1,080 display (without touch), you would be just as excited and impressed. Again, other place dollars could be saved for all parties involved. Finally, as much as Razer tried, it simply still struggled to keep the heat under control in a laptop this thin. Perhaps if Razer moved the air intakes to where the speakers are located, and employed tweeters embedded underneath the keyboard, heat would be less of an issue. Most PC gamers use headsets anyway.

Final verdict

All in all, Razer has more than proved its point: it can craft a gaming laptop better than all the rest. But the Razer Blade still feels like a proof of concept more than a viable product for the PC gaming masses, if only due to some superfluous features and thusly baked-in prohibitive price. As powerful and pristine as the new Blade is, some of that power is wasted on unnecessary hardware features that only serve to drive the price up to levels unattainable by most PC game enthusiasts. And that’s not even including those who have yet to recognize the wonder and majesty of the platform and ecosystem. To be blunt, there is not a scenario in which you will be wholeheartedly recommended the Razer Blade. For the same price, you could either purchase a far more sensibly-built, though not as beautifully-built, gaming laptop or build your own beastly desktop gaming PC. But, and this is a big “but”, the fact of the matter is that the Razer Blade is one of the best gaming laptops, if not Windows laptops, that money can buy. It’s just a damn shame that it takes so much money to get. Well for that, Razer Blade has been given 4 stars.

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