A Review Of The Razer Blade – The World’s Thinnest, Fastest, Sleekest Gaming Notebook

It doesn’t come so often that we see gaming laptops that try to re-design or re-define all that goes in the world of gaming laptops, but Razer has attempted to do just that with their new laptop – The Razer Blade.

Hardware

Equipped with an Intel Core i7 Quad Core Hyper-Threading Processor running at 2.2GHz (Base) / 3.2GHz (Turbo), a massive 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB of Hard Disk space and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M Graphics Processing Unit with 2 GB of GDDR5 Video RAM, the New Razer Blade from Razer puts it all out on the table. These tremendously high-end specs put the Razer Blade in close competition, maybe even ahead of other rivals such as Alienware, MSI, Asus, Toshiba and Origin PC, given the slim form factor of the device.

CEO of Razer USA Min-Liang Tan, With the Razer Blade

As the CEO of Razer USA Min-Liang Tan said, “There are no gaming laptops in the market today. There are only notebook replacements of high-end desktop computer models built for gaming.” To put this another way, gaming laptops are not only huge in terms of size, but they are also very heavy, and this makes portability a big issue for them. Similarly, users also have the choice to go with slim and lightweight laptops, but the problem with these is that they only excel at surfing, web browsing and office applications, and are only good at that. If you try to run higher-end games on them, you will notice that they struggle to perform effectively. This is indeed a competition between portability and performance, really.

In order to solve the much debated ‘performance-vs.-portability’ problem among high-end gaming laptops, Razer re-designed the entire form factor and came with a new concept from ground-up in the new Razer Blade. The Razer Blade comes in a very very slim form factor that is thinner than an inch, which makes it, quite possibly, the thinnest gaming laptop in both history and in the market today. Top that with the fact that it comes with a large screen of 17.3-inches and you get something that is exceptional for a gaming laptop. Also, weighing in at only 6.6 pounds (2.99kg), you won’t even feel any weight when you are carrying it around in your backpack.

Features And Performance

The particularly new hardware that the Razer Blade brings to the table is its Switch Blade UI. It comprises of a touchscreen and a series of touch-buttons that replace the mouepad and the mouse buttons on conventional laptops. Theoretically, what you can do is that use the touchscreen as a second screen as well as a touchpad for your laptop. You can also control the mouse cursor using this touch pad as you would normally do on the mouse pad in normal, everyday laptops. Plus the ten buttons above the touchscreen have customizable graphics that pop-up on them and that can be used for a number of tasks such as launching applications to web-browsing to setting macros as well as customizing your own buttons for games.

The New Switch Blade UI

The Razer Blade has no optical drive inside it, but you can add one using the provided USB ports. It is a solid-state, no optical drive machine and the idea is that you will be connecting via cloud using Steam for gaming, which is something that a lot of gamers already do.

In terms of speed, the Razer Blade is a lightning fast laptop. With the Core i7 processor from Intel and a number of other high-end specs under the hood, launching applications is a matter of mere seconds. Normally, processor and graphics-heavy games take quite a bit of time to launch and to get ready to play, but on the Razer Blade, you can just click on the relevant icons and get ready to play. And during gameplay, frames rates are particularly high owing greatly to the high-end GPU from NVIDIA.

Battery Life And Capacity

In all honesty, if you do want to engage in hardcore gaming, you do need to find a power source nearby. Especially while playing graphics and processor-heavy games like Defend Of The Ancients, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Starcraft II, LA Noire, Grand Theft Auto, Call Of Duty, Need For Speed, and what-not!

Battery life on laptops can be a problem many times, especially during gaming. But on the Razer Blade, battery life is quite solid, largely due to NVIDIA’s Optimus graphics switching technology. It is due to this and similar technologies that many modern gaming systems including the Razer Blade are capable of four or more hours of real world usage on pure battery power.

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Price And Availability In Australia

For Australian customers, the New Razer Blade is available from the Razer Store Australia at quite a hefty price tag of AU $2,699.95 (with free shipping to mainland Australia). Considering the extreme performance you get out of the device, the price is quite competitive with the likes of Alienware, Asus, MSI, Toshiba and Origin PC.

So if you are planning on getting a new gaming laptop for yourself, and you are a Razer fan like most gamers out there, and on top of that you are also a gaming enthusiast, then you need to get the new Razer Blade to satisfy that hardcore gamer in you!

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