RAZER BLADE

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Less than two years ago, Razer en­tered the note­book mar­ket with a 17-inch note­book called the Blade. It was slim for a 17-inch note­book, but let down by its dated spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Quick to learn, Razer cap­i­tal­ized on the re­cent launch of In­tel’s new fourth-gen­er­a­tion Core processors by re­fresh­ing its note­book lineup with a new ul­tra­slim and ul­tra-por­ta­ble 14-inch model, called the Blade, while re­nam­ing its 17-inch as the Blade Pro.

Decked en­tirely in Black and with the bright green Razer logo em­bla­zoned on its lid, the Blade is eas­ily the best-look­ing and slimmest note­book in our shootout. Razer goes as far as to call its new 14-inch Blade the world’s thinnest gam­ing note­book, and it is hard to dis­agree. The Blade is just 16.8mm thick, which is com­pa­ra­ble to the thick­est point of the MacBook Air.

De­spite be­ing so thin, it feels solidly con­structed, thanks mainly to its full alu­minum chas­sis, which helps keeps it light yet strong. In terms of weight, the Razer weighed in at around 1.9kg. The chas­sis has so also been given an an­odized fin­ish­ing to give it some tex­ture, mak­ing it nicer to touch and also visu­ally ap­peal­ing.

To give it more vis­ual piz­zazz, the key­board sports green back­lights, which look re­ally cool in the dark. The key­board is ex­cel­lent to use and makes a sat­is­fy­ing “click” sound when de­pressed, but felt a bit shal­low. It also fea­tures anti-ghost­ing, which should be a boon to Star­craft play­ers.

The track­pad, on the other hand, is spa­cious, but track­ing is er­ratic and un­pre­dictable. The Blade also comes pre­loaded with Razer Sy­napse 2.0 soft­ware, which lets users re­bind keys or as­sign macros on both the Blade and any other Razer pe­riph­eral. It saves th­ese con­fig­u­ra­tions to the cloud so it can be ac­cessed any time. De­spite be­ing so thin, the Blade does not scrimp on hard­ware. Un­der its hood is In­tel’s lat­est fourth gen­er­a­tion Core i7-4702HQ pro­ces­sor, com­ple­mented by 8GB of RAM, a speedy 256GB SSD and NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 765M dis­crete GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 video mem­ory, both com­pa­ra­ble to its ri­vals and im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing its size.

Again, in spite of its size, the Blade of­fers de­cent op­tions when it comes to con­nec­tiv­ity. To be­gin, it of­fers three USB 3.0 ports and Killer Wire­less-N 1202 for su­pe­rior online gam­ing per­for­mance. It also has a HDMI port for users who want to use an ex­ter­nal dis­play. Fi­nally, it also has a head­phone and mi­cro­phone combo jack that can be used with head­sets.

Sadly, the dis­play is eas­ily the Blade’s weak­est link. Un­like the Dell Alien­ware 14 and Af­ter­shock XG13, which have Full HD IPS dis­plays, the Blade’s dis­play only puts out a res­o­lu­tion of 1600 x 900 pix­els and it is a TN panel. And al­though the Blade’s TN panel dis­play is of rea­son­able qual­ity, it looks washed out and bland when com­pared with the IPS panel dis­plays of the Dell and Af­ter­shock note­books.

“RAZER GOES AS FAR AS TO CALL ITS NEW 14-INCH BLADE

THEWORLD’S THINNEST GAM­ING

NOTE­BOOK.”

At just 16.8mm thick, the Blade is com­pa­ra­ble to the MacBook Air. The key­board has funky green back­lights and fea­tures anti-ghost­ing for those with quick fin­gers.

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