The Razer Blade is actually a slim gaming laptop and is in the middle of a range sandwiched between the 14-inch Blade, bracketed by a smaller 12.5-inch Stealth, and the massive 17.3-inch Blade Pro, which carries more power with its larger size. The actual compromise of the Razer Blade, apart from its more affordable price, is its mobility and portability rather than lugging the heavier Blade Pro around. And it definitely carries more power than Stealth and Blade. But then take note that a major sacrifice is long term upgradability that any larger laptop or a desktop can provide.
Like the Surface or MacBook, the Blade is a closed machine since even its RAM is soldered down. So whatever specs you buy it with is what you’ll have on it until the end of time. Fortunately, the Blade packs some real serious power specs that should shame even the best desktops for the next couple of years. The Blade looks the same as the others before it because its power is found inside. The upgraded processor is now an Intel Core i7-7700HQ from the latest Kaby Lake generation that clocks in at 2.8 GHz with a boost of up to 3.8 GHz. The Blade also contains Nvidia’s new GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of memory, a fast PCle M.2 SSD, with choices of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB sizes, and 16GB of RAM. You can’t hand build a gaming laptop from scratch with better specs than these, and it shows why it isn’t upgradable, because it doesn’t need it.
Outside, the Blade sports both USB 3.0 ports and USB-C jacks, an HDMI port, and a proper black color that’s truly a gaming color, rather than the usual slate gray models. This is also one of the few laptops that supports VR and is certified for it; no other laptop is. The chassis is an awesome deep black aluminum that tends to become coated with fingerprints as you handle it in just one day. It’s a breath of elegant air over other models that tend to focus on edgy plastic protrusions and angular vents.
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The keyboard features Razer’s usual Chroma lighting system that allows you to illuminate specific keys and other compatible Razer accessories in different colors in sync with the game. You also have the option to set it in just a single and less distracting color.
Unfortunately, the built-in track pad miserably fails and tends to be iffy; let’s just say if you use this track pad in a game you’ll lose outright, and when used for working, you’ll lose your temper. We highly recommend buying a separate mouse, particularly a wireless one. As a work computer the Blade is truly overpowered. The 14-inch display is big enough to be very productive and the fast processor is way too much overkill even for heavy duty work like text editing and photo or video processing.