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Pros: This laptop is exceedingly useful as a high spec, high portability laptop. The battery life is relatively long, at about 3.5 hours without dimming the display or cutting applications.
A lot of people seem to disagree with the display, but the only problems I seem to have is that when switching from a game to Google Chrome, the upper tabs do not immediately refresh, leaving the upper half inch of the screen frozen temporarily on the previous application. This is relatively minor, and disappears upon waving the mouse over that general area. Besides that, I do not see the fuss about the LCD screen. The Blade ships with a GTX765m, which is comparable to the GTX650 Ti or 660 and quite significant for a laptop.
This laptop performs incredibly well for its size, but don't confuse this with a miracle laptop that can run current gen games at ultra at 60+ fps. I have found that often times the Razer Blade Pro can render games at ~60 fps on medium settings, or ~30 on high, but not both. You'll have to determine which settings you can live with, but if you want everything you'll be disappointed.
Heating is not much of an issue with this laptop - I have held this on my lap for play sessions, and it does grow warm, but not enough to melt metal or make me feel uncomfortable. The fans are quiet, and the general make of the laptop is sleek and smooth.
The redeeming part of this laptop is likely the portability. I can take this with me to class (I am a college student), and I can take it with me when I travel without any hassle. Whereas most gaming laptops are more like brick briefcases than laptops, the Razer Blade series is more akin to the MacBook Air in terms of size and portability.
Cons: I'll start with the major con of this product: the price tag. At $2500 for the standard model, it is very difficult to justify this sort of purchase. Honestly at this price you could build two separate desktops that can outperform the Razer Blade Pro with monitors and accessories, but again what you are paying for is portability. If you don't have a permanent residence because of work or study, this laptop is for you. Even then, I recommend waiting for sales the next generation laptops to come out (I was considering this, but a 20% sale for college students made this buy irresistible). The Aorus X7 theoretically offers two SLI GTX765m's in a 17" package, and the next generation Razer Blade Pro will likely have even better specs than that.
You might also want to consider the 14" Razer Blade model opposed to this - for ~$500 less, you get just about everything you find in the Razer Blade Pro. It comes with a smaller screen, a slightly lesser processor, and no Razer Edge interface (which is cool, but not exceptionally useful). The Razer Edge interface is essentially a glass extension of a regular laptop touchpad, with a display underneath it for specialized applications. There aren't that many useful applications out yet for this either, so it isn't very useful except to act as a replacement calculator or numpad. While the 17" Razer Blade Pro is a pleasure to use, it was quite large to get familiar with since I upgraded from a 14" Lenovo. As thin as it is, 17" of laptop barely fits into a regular backpack. This also makes it somewhat unwieldy to hold with one hand.
Overall Review: One of the major disadvantages for buying this product is that it's nigh impossible to find a display model to get an idea of what you're purchasing. It's sold exclusively by four brands, none of which seem to offer any display models for curious customers.
It's important to emphasize that this is a luxury product, not a necessity. You can easily purchase a desktop, monitor, and a decent laptop to accommodate for all your needs with the money used to purchase a full priced Razer Blade Pro, but again this product is very much suited for a specific audience. I am very much pleased with the product, but my conscience was very much torn at the idea of purchasing this full price.
Pros: Sharp Screen
LONG battery life
High benchmarks on new games (GTX765 = Awesome)
Killer Wireless-N (1202) is very fast; low latency
Fully customizable keyboard keys (and other Razer peripherals)
Speakers (has a little bass and overall great if you're directly at the computer!)
Solid DC jack. There is no way it is breaking. The cord will break first, if it ever does.
All 3 USB jacks are 3.0.
Cons: Speakers (loud and clear when sitting in front of it, not so much when not in front of it.)
Gets hot playing games... However the computer manages the heat in a very efficient manner.
Wireless-N instead of the newer AC technology. (not too much of a con)
The biggest con: The black coating on the computer will come off only if you hit the computer on something else that is metallic. It's a user-error, so I'm not taking an egg off for that. Be VERY careful!!!
Overall Review: I'm on it as I'm writing this. I frequently have been playing Hitman: Absolution, DayZ and League of Legends... On Hitman, everything looks like I could reach through the screen and touch Agent 47. It's VERY sharp. The screen brightness is also very easily adjustable by holding down Fn and pressing F8/F9, and so is the keyboard brightness; F10/F11.
Also, there's a bunch of other useful keys on it, using the alternate key-bindings for the Function keys. My favorite being the Back, Skip, Pause/Play function keys that control my itunes while I'm working on something.
This is the best laptop screen I've had, despite the screen size. If i want a bigger screen, I can hook an HDMI cord from the computer to my 55" LED TV and play games with a neat 1080p output.
I ran a benchmark on Hitman: Absolution, on High settings and had a steady 52-60 FPS. After playing it for some time (system was very warm), I re-ran the benchmark and got an average of 45-60.
DayZ: Standalone and League of Legends run flawlessly with a stable 60 FPS.
Another amazing thing about this computer is the software included with it. The computer has ZERO bloatware. In addition, it comes with Network management tools that help limit and prioritize each and every program's usage of your wireless' bandwidth after testing your maximum bandwidth for upload/download.
Each and every keyboard key is FULLY customizable using their Synapse program (also pre-installed with the OS). If you have a Razer Naga (the 12 side-button mouse), it too is customizable!
The wireless card (Killer Wireless-N 1202) is specifically made to be low-latency. Wireless-N is still pretty new, and AC is state-of-the-art right now. N, still, is extremely fast. Once the computer is out of warranty, The card can be unplugged from the motherboard.
SSD (LMT-256M6M): I have the 256GB. It's worth the money to go up to a 256. I'd hate to carry around a Ext HDD. It is SATA III, and has a read/write speed of 520mb/s read, 420mb/s write. It's mSATA as well. (replaceable)
The memory is more than I'll ever need - 8GB of DDR3. I use about 5-6GB of it overall, while having Hitman, Chrome (I usually have ~6+ windows open at a time), Steam and iTunes running.
People complain about the screen because of the size... But the whole point of this laptop is the ultimate mobility + dedicated gaming computer. That's exactly what I bought it for, and I have not been disappointed.
Pros: Amazingly fast, especially within such a light weight.
About 5 seconds to start it.
Inside has two places for SSD, able to update.
Clean design of the inside as well.
Very light and able to carry it anywhere.
Cons: the screen is a little bit low in display
needs a serials of special small size (higher price when updating):
screw: small size and in hexagram for the shell =_=||| hard to buy...
small size in cross shape for the ssd part
get hot when runs big programs
Overall Review: Love it over all. I think it worth the price as its performance.
Pros: i7 Haswell Quad Core is Fast!
Nvidia GTX 765m handles my games at max settings!
256 gb Samsung mSATA SSD stock!
Killer WiFi card performs great!
Keyboard and Touch Pad best I have seen on a laptop!
Appearance and Build Quality:
I hate to say it, but this is what really pushed me to buy the Razer Blade. I love everything about its appearance. The matte black paint job, sleek slim design, glowing green keyboard and Razer logo on lid. Sharpest looking laptop I have ever seen in my opinion. The build quality is great as well. The aluminum makes it feel nice and sturdy. No flex whatsoever! You would have to see one in person to truly appreciate it. Pictures do it no justice!
Cons: TN Panel has horrid viewing angles.
CPU, GPU, RAM all soldered to the board.
I would say price, but you get what you pay for!
Overall Review: The 1600x900 resolution does not bother me at all. That is perfectly acceptable for a 14" laptop. However, this display is about as TN as they come. Mediocre colors, bad viewing angles. I did not dock an egg for this because I was already aware of the display quality and I understand why they went with this panel. Razer was more so aimed at straight performance. A 1920x1080 IPS display may have provided a better picture quality, but the 1600x900 TN provides higher FPS in games and faster refresh rates. When I am at home I have my Blade hooked up to an Asus 1920x1200 IPS 2ms(GTG) Monitor and I can play League of Legends at max settings using it. All that matters to me. I am only using the laptop display when I am on the go.
Another thing to keep in mind with this laptop is that the Processor, GPU, and RAM are all soldered to the board. The GPU is expected, but the Processor and especially the RAM being soldered to the board may steer you away from this laptop. Just know that if one thing fails, the Blade will need a whole new motherboard.
Pros: 1. Excellent build quality. The aluminum unibody was perfectly engineered and manufactured.
2. Excellent thermal dissipation. The palmrest and keyboard does not heat up with heavy gaming.
3. Low noise fans even during heavy gaming. Does not sound like a vacuum cleaner or juice blender like other gaming laptops.
4. Extremely compact and slim. Fits in the smallest of spaces when you are traveling.
5. Extremely light weight considering the power under the hood.
6. Lighted keyboard, high precision trackpad.
7. Powerful GPU. Best in class for this form factor.
8. Long battery life (I get over 6 hrs web surfing via wifi).
9. Fast, upgradable storage. There is an empty mSATA slot for a second SSD should you need one. Basically you can install up to 2 GB internal SSD storage (1 GB + 1GB) in this machine if you need it in the future.
10. The screen has an extremely fast response time (2 ms green to green) which reduces ghosting and thus the best choice for gaming.
Cons: 1. The TN screen quality is really average and certainly not below average. Specifically, in terms of the contrast ratio, the blacks are slightly greyish, just like most consumer laptops. The viewing angles are perfectly fine for a single user and no different from the vast majority of consumer laptops.
2. Non-upgradable 8 GB RAM. Only a minority of gamers would benefit from more than 8 GB of RAM.
3. Only 3 USB slots. I would have preferred 4 but a USB hub is an easy work-around.
4. No optical drive. Few people use optical drives anymore and a USB optical drive is an easy workaround. The benefits of having a lighter compact machine outweighs the benefits of an integrated optical drive that I will only use 1% of the time.
5. The battery is not easily removable. You cannot have a spare battery.
Pros: Battery Life
GTX 765/ 4600HD
Screen res allows you to max out DOTA 2, Dead Space 3, BF3, SC2 etc.
Thin as hell!
Razer's GameBooster shuts off background processes to milk more out of your hardware
Good for Medical School Lecture as well. =P
Cons: Fingerprint Magnet (You get a wipe though)
Not an absurd Mac PPI (But its PLENTY and you get better FPS)
I guess the view angle isn't amazing (why are you looking at your laptop skew anyways?)
Toasty after longer gaming sessions, not near WASD but near the upper edge. (you don't feel it, but you know it's there. Just run CPU Temp and keep it where you feel comfortable)
Overall Review: You're going to get a lot of comments like "How did you turn your Mac keys green?" and "What is that?"
It's a celebrity notebook. =D
Great support (broke the nub on the PSU strap, already got a new one)
Pros: Fast , light, great Performance ,great battery life , wonderful build quilty
Cons: Not any that i can see
Overall Review: A lot of reviews online had me worried about the screen quilty do to it's not being ips but i can say that i sit in public next to mac books and i see my screen in bright day light where the mac book screens glare and make it hard to see . would recommend to any gamer
Pros: i7 4702 Quad Core Processor is Very Fast
8gb 1600mhz ram Performs Wonderfully
Nvidia GTX 765m is Powerful and Graphics are Amazing
256gb mSata SSD Offers High Performance Storage
Killer WiFi Card Provides Fast and Stable Connections
This is where the Razer Blade really shines. The build quality is phenomenal. Everything is seamlessly designed. The all aluminum body is excellently crafted with a sleek matte black finish. The keyboard and trackpad are the best I have seen on any laptop.
The display on the Razer Blade has seemed to receive quite a bit of criticism. I think it is great. A 1600x900 resolution is perfect for a 14" display and provides higher performance/fps while gaming. The colors are bright and vivid. I have noticed no ghosting at all on this display!
Everything about this laptop is a pro!
Overall Review: This is by far the best laptop I have ever owned, used, seen. The build quality is something one can really appreciate it. It packs all of the performance I need in an amazingly small form factor. The keyboard and trackpad are the best I have seen on a laptop. High quality and very responsive. This laptop is as good as it gets, and is what you can expect from Razer.