The Razer Blade boasts one of the best designs we’ve seen thus far. Coupled with its attractive lighting and thin bezel, the 15-inch Blade will catch anyone’s eye. But even though it offers a premium experience as well as great synthetic and gaming performance, it’s hefty price ($1,900 to start, $2,400 as tested) is hard to swallow.
15.6” FHD (1920x1080) IPS, 144Hz refresh rate
Intel Core i7-8750H
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design
512GB M.2 SSD
|Networking||Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 9260|
Mini DisplayPort 1.4
|USB 3.0 x 3|
Thunderbolt 3 over Type-C
|Audio||Combo audio jack|
Built-in webcam (1MP/720P)
Windows 10 Home
13.98 x 9.25 x 0.68 inches (WxDxH)
|Other||Precision glass touchpad|
Anti-ghosting keyboard with Razer Chroma backlighting
Price (as configured)
The Blade doesn’t try to attract attention Its top cover has a black anodized finish, decorated only with the light-up Razer logo in the middle. One thing you will notice right away (or, perhaps, won’t notice) are the incredibly thin bezels. On the top, the bezel accommodates the 1.0 megapixel camera and array microphones.
The interior is similar to the lid in that it features a black anodized finish with no decoration around the keyboard, touchpad, or speakers. The right speaker grille surrounds the inconspicuous power button.
The bottom panel has a simple design: more aluminum construction with very little in the way of design, which is a good thing for the Blade 15’s minimalistic aesthetic. There are two small air intake grilles for the CPU and GPU fans, as well as exhaust cutouts near the rear for the aluminum heat fins. Finally, there are two long rubber feet to keep the Blade stable.
The Blade measures 14 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches and weighs 4.6 pounds, making it one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops on the market. However, this small size means compromises in its thermal performance.
The left side of the laptop features two USB 3.0 ports and a combination audio jack, while the right has Thunderbolt 3 over Type-C, another USB 3.0 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort and a Kensington lock.
The Blade features a 15.6-inch Full HD matte IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate. It also uses Nvidia’s G-Sync technology to sync games’ frame rates with the graphics card, eliminating screen tearing. The display was vibrant to my eye and exhibits great contrasts at minimum and maximum brightness. It covers 112 percent of the sRGB color gamut and measured 260 nits on our light meter.
The Blade features a tenkeyless keyboard with decent travel distance, but the keycaps feel rather hollow. Furthermore, the keys are spaced awkwardly far apart, which makes for an uncomfortable typing experience.
On the other hand, the Blade’s glass touchpad feels incredibly intuitive. It’s one of the largest touchpads I’ve seen on a laptop, which is impressive given the Blade’s size. Tracking and multi-gestures are incredibly accurate, and there’s very little surface drag. My only gripe is its uneven clicking distance; the middle of the touchpad has a shallow clicking distance, whereas the left and right clicks travel much further.
The Blade’s bottom panel is attached to the chassis with 10 hex head screws.
From left to right, you’ll find the M.2 SSD slot, two DDR4 memory slots and an Intel Dual Band Wireless- AC 9260, which handles the Blade 15’s wireless capabilities. On the back half, a large shroud covers the heat sinks and heat pipes, with two fans surrounding them on either side. The large, 80Wh battery spans the entire front end of the Blade.
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