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The New Razer Blade Ultra-thin Gaming Laptop

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Welcome to the world’s thinnest gaming laptop. At just 17mm deep, and weighing a mere 1.88 kilograms, this is designed for the gamer on the go, where portability is the deciding factor come purchase time. Has Razer had to pare back the hardware within to reach such small dimensions, or is it indeed the gaming powerhouse the company claims it is?

Description: Description: The world’s thinnest gaming laptop.

The world’s thinnest gaming laptop.

Taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, the Blade’s chassis is carved from a single block of aluminium, but adopts a slick matt black finish. As a result, we have no doubt that it’ll better handle the rigours of the road than the all-plastic cases used on other, more affordable gaming laptops. The overall size is largely dictated by the 14 inch display, which uses a native resolution of 1600 x 900. This might sound a little disappointing compared to the true HD displays found on other gaming laptops, but the smaller screen size keeps the pixels per inch high enough that it’s impossible to spot the pixel structure. Unfortunately the rest of the screen’s performance is nowhere near the level expected for a laptop of this price. It’s overly saturated during white saturation testing, and the TN technology used within delivers woeful colour reproduction compared to the IPS panels used in other expensive gaming laptops. Mediocre viewing angle performance is the final nail in the display’s coffin.

Description: Description: The overall size is largely dictated by the 14 inch display, which uses a native resolution of 1600 x 900.

The overall size is largely dictated by the 14 inch display, which uses a native resolution of 1600 x 900.

If you can get over the woeful display quality, the hardware within is relatively respectable. The Intel i7 4702HQ Quad Core CPU ramps up to 3.2GHz while gaming, a remarkable achievement for a laptop so thin. Even more remarkable is the fact that it remains relatively quiet while gaming, without turning into a hotplate that could fry bacon. The palm wrist gets a little bit warm over time, but not overly so. Eight Gigabytes of DDR3 memory is standard for a gaming laptop of this price, while the single 256GB SSD seems a little underwhelming compared to the SSD/HDD combinations found in other gaming laptops.

Unfortunately the choice of NVIDIA’s GTX 765M GPU really lets down the entire package when it comes to gaming. We ran the Tomb Raider, Hitman and 3DMark 2013 benchmarks on this laptop and found it to be the slowest gaming laptop to ever hit our labs. It delivered the lowest frame rates in all three, despite the fact it was running at 1600 x 900 while its competitors were running at 1920 x 1080. Razer likely didn’t have much choice in the matter, as a more powerful GPU would blow out the depth of the chassis, but it leaves the Blade unable to play today’s demanding games with more than middling detail settings.

Description: Description: The Intel i7 4702HQ Quad Core CPU ramps up to 3.2GHz while gaming, a remarkable achievement for a laptop so thin.

The Intel i7 4702HQ Quad Core CPU ramps up to 3.2GHz while gaming, a remarkable achievement for a laptop so thin.

While the chassis is extremely impressive, the lackluster display and ordinary gaming performance make the price tag seem unreasonably high. It’s definitely a desirable piece of tech for those who value aesthetics over all else, but for gamers who want a true gaming laptop, the Razer Blade fails to cut the mustard.

Specification

•           Price $2,699

•           Gorgeous chassis

•           Very portable

•           Powerful CPU

•           Horrible display

•           Mediocre GPU

•           Very Expensive

 

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