The Razer Blade has somehow set the benchmark on how gaming laptops performed and design. The initial versions of this notebook was large and bulky, but was spot-on on performance. The 2015 Razer Blade improves upon last year’s model by introducing faster specifications and a (slightly) better battery. Let’s take a look.
In terms of design, the Razer Blade does not have any other superficial changes from the previous model. It still features the same sleek black aluminum chassis reminiscent on the one found on the current line of MacBook Pros from Apple. The same black and green color scheme has also been applied, making stand from the normal gaming notebook lineup. The Razer Blade measures 345 x 17.9 x 235 mm and weighs just about 2 kilograms – lightweight for a notebook of this type.
Inside, Razer has packed the notebook with top of the line specifications including a quad-core Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor running at 2.6 GHz. It comes with a massive 16 GB of RAM and your choice of a 128/256/512 GB solid state drive. Driving the graphics is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M and the system runs on the 64-bit version of windows 8.1 (upgradable to Windows 10).
The screen of the Razer Blade may be the best thing about this notebook. A 14 screen touchscreen that supports a QHD+ resolution makes this notebook scream with pixel perfect accuracy. That’s a massive 3200 x 1800 pixel screen, and once you see it in person, you will immediately notice the detail and clarity of the display.
The Razer Blade also supports various ports for you to connect your peripherals – three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI out port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It also has stereo speakers, an array microphone and a webcam along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The keyboard features a chicklet style design and is illuminated green to match Razer’s color scheme. It’s not just a keyboard but true to Razer’s gaming promise, the keyboard support anti-ghosting and is of course programmable using Razer’s own Synapse dashboard.
The Razer Blade blazes through our tests with flying colors thanks to its top the line specifications. And with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 having 3 GB of memory, games definitely look great on the QHD+ screen, especially when you play at the right settings and resolutions. Note that even with the 3200 x 1800 screen resolution, you’re good enough playing at 1366 x 768. Be careful though, there were times when the Razer Blade can get quite hot especially on heavy gaming usage.
One problem that the previous Razer Blade had was the battery life – which was somehow been improved on this year’s version. That being said, I managed to get about 4.5 hours of usage after a full charge – good enough for a gaming notebook. Guess that’s the most that we can squeeze out of the battery, considering that it is powering a quad-core processor and a QHD+ display.
The 2015 Razer Blade definitely impresses with its specifications and performance. Despite a few hiccups, it still stands as one of the best gaming laptops available. Cost is at a premium ($2,399.99/8,815 AED), but the Razer Blade is definitely on our must buy list.