The out­stand­ing mid­dle child

Razer Blade (2017)

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Koh Wanzi

Sit­u­ated right be­tween the 12.5-inch Blade Stealth ul­tra­book and the 17.3-inch Blade Pro with its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the 14-inch Razer Blade is the mid­dle child of the brood.

Still, the Blade has man­aged to strike an ex­cel­lent com­pro­mise be­tween the low-pow­ered Ul­tra­book and beastly 17.3-inch desk­top re­place­ment, and this mid­dle road that the Razer Blade has taken may turn out to be the one most tra­versed.

The Blade sports a diminu­tive 14-inch frame that is only 17.9mm thick, but it man­ages to in­clude a 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, which is a very re­spectable GPU for 1080p gam­ing. It also weighs just 1.86kg, so the notebook of­fers a de­cent amount of power in a back­pack-friendly pack­age.

It comes bun­dled with a very com­pact 165W power brick, and avoids fall­ing into the same trap as other so-called por­ta­ble gam­ing note­books that come with heavy, clunky adapters.

How­ever, one draw­back of its slim de­sign is the noise. The two bot­tom­mounted fans can whip up quite the storm, and you’ll risk an­noy­ing any­one in the vicin­ity. For­tu­nately, we didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any prob­lems with ex­ces­sive heat, so it seems like the fans are at least do­ing their job.

Un­like the smaller Blade Stealth that charges over Thun­der­bolt 3, the Blade re­lies on a con­ven­tional charger, but it does still have a sep­a­rate 40Gbps Thun­der­bolt 3 port. This means that even though the Blade has a GeForce GTX 1060 in­side, you’ll still be able to hook up a Thun­der­bolt 3-com­pat­i­ble dock like the Razer Core for even more graph­ics horse­power.

The Thun­der­bolt 3 port also dou­bles as a ver­sa­tile dis­play out­put con­nec­tor, with the abil­ity to con­nect to DVI, HDMI, Dis­playPort, and even VGA dis­plays with the right adapter. That said, Razer has in­cluded a ded­i­cated HDMI port, so you don’t have to run to get an adapter all the time.

We also re­ally like the gor­geous uni­body alu­minum chas­sis (un­for­tu­nately, it’s quite the finger­print mag­net) and the Chroma key­board. There are al­most lim­it­less cus­tomiza­tion op­tions, and Razer con­tin­ues to have one of the best im­ple­men­ta­tions of key­board back­light­ing.

con­cLu­Sion a beau­ti­fully con­structed and por­ta­ble notebook with de­cent gam­ing horse­power.

the Razer Blade comes with three uSB 3.0 ports, two of which are on the left.

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