Razer Blade 14-inch Gaming Notebook Review
Impossibly Thin, Insanely Powerful
When Razer first launched original Blade notebook all the way back in 2011, I think very few people could imagine how far Razer would get as a system integrator. At the time, Razer was facing quite the uphill battle being not only a first time system integrator, but also having a product that was both underpowered and overpriced. Carrying a mid-range mobile graphics card along with a dual core processor at the time and costing nearly double of what many of the big box manufacturers were charging for a similarly equipped system, many thought that the Blade concept wasn’t going to be a very long lived project. However, with its great design and a commendable marketing effort, Razer, who recently introduced their new 14 inch Blade notebook, has proved us all wrong.
As you may guess then, today’s review will be on the new Razer Blade, which I’ve actually been dying to get my hands on for the better part of the past two months. Before we get into the review itself, let’s first talk about the changes to the Razer Blade series notebook lineup. The Blade series will consist of two SKUs – the Blade and the Blade Pro. The original 17″ Blade will be renamed as the Razer Blade Pro and the new 14″ Blade will just be called the Razer Blade. Quite simple really. Pro = 17″, non-Pro = 14″.
Alright, so with that out of the way, let’s talk about the all new Blade. Unlike what we saw in the first generation Blade, this time around Razer has done pretty much anything and everything possible to pack as much power into the 0.66″ thick formfactor. In its core we get Intel’s latest Haswell based Core i7-4702HQ processor, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 765M 2GB, 8GB of DDR3L 1600MHz memory, as well as the choice between 128GB, 256GB and 512GB of fast SSD storage. As this is a 14″ notebook, Razer has also dropped the entry price on the unit giving it a starting price of $1,799.99 – a far cry from the near $3,000 Razer was charging for original Blade when it was first introduced a couple years ago.
Ready to see what we think of the new Razer Blade? Flip the page to find out!
Razer Blade Specifications
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4702HQ (6M Cache, Up to 3.20 GHz)|
|Motherboard||Intel Lynx Point HM87 Chipset Motherboard|
|Memory||8GB DDR3L-1600 Hynix Memory|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4600 Integrated Graphics + Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M 2GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB / 512GB SATA III SSD|
|Display||14″ HD+ 1600×900 LED Backlit Display|
|Sound||Built-in Stereo Speakers|
|Networking||Killer Wireless 1202 a/b/g/n + Bluetooth v4.0|
|Keyboard||Built-in Anti-Ghosting Keyboard|
|Battery||4-Cell 70Wh 6400mAh Li-Ion Battery Pack|
|Webcam||Built-in HD Webcam (1.3MP)|
|I/O||HDMI, Headphone/Microphone, Kensington Lock; 3x USB 3.0|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit Edition)|
|Dimensions||13.6″ x 9.3″ x 0.66″|
|Warranty||1-Year Limited Warranty|
|Check Pricing||Click Here|