- Editor's Rating
- Solid quality and design
- Good keyboard and touchpad
- Great gaming performance
- Not user upgradeable
- Limited port selection
Quick TakeThe Blade packs a remarkable amount of power into a package as svelte as they come.
The Razer Blade is a high performance gaming notebook slipped into a sleek and slim package. It features a 14-inch display, Nvidia GeForce graphics and an Intel quad-core processor. NotebookReview was impressed overall with both the performance and design of the notebook. The configuration reviewed by NBR is priced at $1,999 at the time of the review.
The notebook features a precision cut all black, all aluminum exterior and NBR found the top and bottom chassis fit together so well it looks like one piece. The rigid lid design and strong hinges also make the device more than durable. NBR called the overall strength of the Blade “outstanding.” The Blade is just 0.66-inches thick and weighs only 4.1 pounds. The notebook does not have any use serviceable panels, thus it is not user upgradable at all. In terms of ports, the Blade offers users an AC power jack, three USB 3.0 ports, headphone/microphone combo jack, HDMI port and Kensington lock slot.
The Blade’s 14-inch 131 dpi resolution display also features an anti-glare surface and unlimited viewing angles. NBR noted that while the contrast is good and brightness is adequate, the overall picture quality of the display is “underwhelming” due to colors not being as vibrant as expected for a multimedia notebook. The Blade has two stereo speakers provide sound a bit fuller than is traditionally found on notebooks, but is still without bass.
A full-size Chiclet style keyboard is with green backlighting is incorporated into the notebook. The backlighting has three different brightness levels and can be toggled off. NBR noted the keyboard provides sufficient communicative feedback and the noise level is low enough to use in a classroom setting. NBR was a bit disappointed that the home, end, pgup, pgdn keys are secondary functions of the arrow keys. The oversized touchpad sits flush with the palm rests and includes an anti-glare surface that makes tracking smooth. It includes dedicated right and left mouse keys, which NBR noted is quiet and provides responsive feedback. The touchpad also supports multi-finger gestures.
The Blade runs on an Intel-Core i7-4702HQ quad-core processor with Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 and Nvidia Optimus. It also includes a 256GB Samsung mSATA SSD and 8GB DDR3L-1600. NBR found the overall performance for gaming and other applications to be “outstanding” and noted “the amount of power that fits into a chassis this slim is impressive.” However, reviewers at NBR did note they’d like to see more than 8GB RAM in the device. While idle, the machine produces almost zero heat or noise but heats up considerably when pushed and the fan becomes audible with a hint of whine. The Blade’s battery lasted two hours and 57 minutes in stringent NBR testing, which reviewers note translates to about six hours of mild usage.
Overall, NBR was more than impressed with the Razer Blade, noting it “packs a remarkable about of power into a package a svelte as it comes.” NBR was also impressed with the quality of the notebook’s build and design, as well as they keyboard and touchpad. NBR was not so impressed with the lack of user upgradeability, limited port selection and high price tag. In the end, NBR said “our impressions of the Razer Blade are overwhelmingly positive and we’re happy to recommend it.”