Razer - Blade 14" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 512GB Solid State Drive - Black

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Work and play in the office or on the road with this Razer Blade gaming laptop. This notebook has an advanced 14-inch UHD-capable display and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, which work together to produce a stellar visual experience. Its 2.8GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of RAM make this Razer Blade gaming laptop genuinely powerful desktop replacement.

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What's Included


  • Power adapter
  • Razer Blade 14" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 512GB Solid State Drive

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Overall Customer Rating:
86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (78 out of 91)

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Features


  • Intel 7th Generation Core i7

Windows 10 operating system

Windows 10 brings back the Start menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, such as Edge web browser that lets you mark up web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

14" IPS Full HD display

1920x1080 resolution with native 1080p support to showcase your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ mobile processor

Powerful quad-core eight-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.

16GB system memory for intense multitasking and productivity

Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at the same time.

512GB PCIe solid-state drive

This cutting-edge PCIe solid-state drive has no moving parts, which results in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and efficient performance.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics

Backed by 6GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory, provide a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.

Weighs 4.16 lbs. and is 0.7" thin

Ultrathin and ultralight for maximum portability, features a smaller screen size to achieve a compact form factor. Lithium-polymer battery.

Bluetooth 4.1 interface synchronizes with compatible devices

Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

3 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

HDMI output expands your viewing options

Connect to an HDTV or high-definition monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

Thunderbolt 3 port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives

A single interface supports both high-speed data and high-definition video — plus power over cable for bus-powered devices — ideal for digital content creators.

Next-Gen Intel® Wireless-AC connectivity

Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 3x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N (150 Mbps). Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots.

Built-in 2.0MP webcam with microphone

Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

Anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys

This keyboard deliver 16.8 million color options per key. The anti-ghosting keyboard also registers simultaneous key presses with precision, so you can execute your commands quicker.

Additional port

Headphone/microphone combo jack.

Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

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Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 91 reviews

86%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The New Razer Blade(2016) Review

    Posted
    VideoGameScores

    The New Razer Blade is Razer's 14" high-end, portable, VR-ready, gaming laptop that became available for purchase in October of 2016. It's powered by Intel's 6th Generation Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6GHz / 3.5GHz) with Hyper-Threading and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 GPU(6GB GDDR5 VRAM) based on the Pascal Architecture. The laptop contains 16GB of dual-channel system memory(2133 MHz) and a PCIe-based SSD with options of 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. It has a Unibody Aluminum Chassis that's 0.70" thick and weighs about 4.16lbs. It includes Killer Wireless 802.11ac communication and Bluetooth 4.1. It charges off of a 165W compact power adapter and comes with a one-year warranty. ~Design/Chassis: A lot of work went into the design of The New Razer Blade and its design will impress virtually anybody, this is one sleek looking laptop. The smooth CNC aircraft grade aluminum chassis is light and highly durable; it's denseness, matte black finish with rounded edges and signature glowing Razer symbol on the top give the laptop a high-end, expensive look. Even though It's marketed as a "gaming laptop", to those who just want a high-powered laptop to do some video, sound or photo editing, it could easily pass for an alternative to the MacBook Air. It sets the standard for how a modern, portable gaming laptop should look: attractive and sophisticated, without drawing too much attention to itself. The hinge of the laptop feels strong and the lid rotates on the fulcrum smoothly without juddering or any abnormal noises. The lid snaps shut securely but since it sits flush with the bottom half of the chassis it's somewhat difficult to open the lid from the sides but there is an indentation on the front of the laptop to allow you to easily open the lid. It's very light and comfortable to hold and carry around. It feels like an expensive machine just holding it but one thing you'll notice soon enough after picking it up are the fingerprints.. It's not uncommon to metal laptops but if you're like me and can't stand the site of them, you'll be cleaning the Razer Blade quite often. It also has two 11" long rubber seats that run along the bottom side of the laptop. ~Display: The 14" screen for the Full HD model of The New Razer Blade(which I'm reviewing here) is a 1920x1080 matte/non-glossy display and does not have touch screen capability. In comparison, the QHD+ version of the New Razer Blade sports a 3200x1800 glossy IGZO(Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) capacitive touch-screen display. For this 14" screen, the 1080p resolution is more than sufficient, the screen looks gorgeous. Spending the extra amount for the same 14" but at a higher resolution isn't necessary. The non-reflective screen for this Full HD version makes it more suitable for use in both the sunlight outside and dark environments; I used this New Razer Blade outside in the sun a number of times and while not 100% perfectly readable, the glare on a matte screen is much less a problem compared to a glossy screen. Images appear very crisp and bright, the screen responds quickly, reading a large amount of text is comfortable on the eyes and the screen is easily viewable from either side angle—which is one of its best features and a great attribute if friends are gathered around watching you game or your playing a video. I streamed a handful of movies such as Casino Royal, Iron Man and Finding Dory and each one of them looked great. The blacks are deep and the colors are bright and vibrant without looking washed. It's a stunning IPS display. ~Audio/Sound: It's more than likely that you will be using your own set of external speakers or headphones on the laptop but the quality of the internal stereo speakers is only decent. While I haven't noticed any distortion from the speakers—even with the volume very loud—and higher pitched sound effects come through clearly, the lower end is certainly lacking. ~Keyboard & Touchpad: The keyboard is a solid design and one of the best I've ever used. The keys have short, punchy travel and bouncy return. The keys are slightly noisier than my Dell XPS laptop but quieter than an average desktop keyboard and there no flex or bend to the panel when typing, It's structurally sound. They keys are powered by Razer Chroma, which is Razer's individual key backlighting software that's available on numerous Razer products such as Laptops, Razor Core, Mice and Desktop Keyboards. Each key is capable of reproducing 16.8 million colors. There is a fair amount of personal customization available; you can change the duration, brightness, which color you would like to use with the chosen effect or you could choose a select number of keys for individual backlighting(such as common keys W,A,S,D, used for gaming) and leave the remaining keys without a backlight effect. One thing I wish that was backlit are the top symbol keys. If you're in the dark(unless you have the keys memorized) it's hard to see where the symbols are. The Touchpad tracks your finger smoothly, it's sturdy and easy to use but I wish that the right and left select buttons below the touchpad were slightly larger. When I'm using the touchpad and I go to press down on the left button to select—without looking down at the touchpad—I have to search for the button with my finger because the thing's so darn small that most of the time you reach over it or not far enough. ~Ports: The New Razer Blade has 3 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI out, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack and a single Thunderbolt 3(USB-C) port. There are no ports on the rear or front of the laptop(keeping with the clean look), only the left and right sides. There is no SD card slot, which is a bit of a disappointment. ~Performance: And here's the main reason you would be purchasing The New Razer Blade and I'm happy to say that It performs just as a high-end gaming laptop should. I've played a variety of games from the more simple(Costume Quest, Castle of Illusion, ABZU) to more demanding(Metro: Last Light, DOOM, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided) and each one of them played well and kept a consistent frame-rate at 1920x1080 resolution with all of the bells and whistles turned on very high or ultra settings. While playing DOOM(2016) with every advanced video option turned to Ultra settings at 1920x1080 the Blade is able to maintain a steady range of 50-55fps with a minimum of 39fps. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with all settings on turned up to Very High/Ultra at 1920x1080 it was able to maintain an average of 52fps with a rare dip down to 36fps. Batman: Arkham Knight: The benchmark test and gameplay yielded the same results: 1920x1800, 50fps average and 33fps minimum. Metro: The Last Light Redux turned out to be the most challenging game I tested for the New Razer Blade, with the video options on Very High the frames-per-second end up in the low 20s(I was getting from 20-24fps), so you'll have to drop Texture Filtering down to AF 4X and SSAA down to 2X in order to maintain a solid 50-60fps. I also ran the 3DMark Fire Strike test(scored a 9,038) and Time Spy test(scored a 3,100). ~Battery: The Battery life for this 70Wh battery is pretty decent. For low load tasks( Watching TV Shows/Movies, Browsing Sites,ect) it'll last just about 5 hours on a full charge. After I fully charged the battery, I played a few games on very high/ultra settings to see how long the battery could last. I played DOOM and then Deus Ex:HR non-stop for about 2 hours and 15 minutes until the battery was fully depleted. The Charger itself does get very warm, I clocked the temperature of the charger at 148F ~Heat/Temperature: This is probably the biggest complaint I have with The New Razer Blade, It does get hot and the fans do get quite loud at full speed—which is anytime you run a visually demanding game—but keep in mind, it is a very thin gaming laptop so it shouldn't exactly be surprising to anyone that these fans can get loud at times. You can still hear the sound from the stereo laptop speakers when the fans are whirring but most of the time you'll want to be using headphones or external speakers so you won't have a problem hearing the game you're playing or somebody overhearing the fans during a voice chat. Since it is a gaming laptop and it's being pushed to run high-end games, It's to be expected that it would throw some heat and the fans would be a little loud but on the positive side I've never had it get to the point though where a game crashed because the temperature was too high. At idle or just performing low to mid-level load tasks such as browsing the web or streaming videos, the blade's fans are virtually silent. Underneath the laptop can get quite warm under stressful applications. After running benchmark tests, I temp tested the underside of the body using an infrared thermometer and pegged temp at 113F, the keyboard at 109F, the touchpad at 87F and the screen at 90F. The keys closer to the touchpad are obviously cooler, while the keys closer to the screen are warmer. Since those rubber strips on the bottom don't lift the laptop much off of the surface, the Razer Blade needs to be placed on a hard flat surface in order to dissipate the heat properly. ~Price: The price is on the higher-end of the spectrum but is on par with the equivalent New Alienware 13 and GIGABYTE Aero laptops but is slightly more expensive than the Asus ROG Strix GL502 ~Overall Thoughts: The New Razer Blade runs a little hot but It's also one of the fastest and most attractive game laptops out there. During the two months or so I've been using it, it's also proved durable and reliable - there's nothing worse than finally purchasing a big-ticket item only to have it riddled with issues that lead you to regret your purchase. To sum it all up; If you want a machine that can run any game out there, with decent battery life, has a bright and stunning display, and that stands-out, not just as a gaming laptop but as a sleek ultra-portable, then this is for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Known Critical Issues + Horrible Support

    Posted
    Omgthisnamesux

    I would suggest avoiding Razer products at all costs, the company as a whole cares very little for their customers - My story: I purchased a Razer Blade, and after approximately a year (pretty much immediately after the base warranty ended), the power adapter stopped being recognized by the system - and thus the battery would not charge. I noticed this while I had the device in a meeting, and simply thought maybe the plug in the room wasn't working - so didn't think it was that big of a deal. The battery ended up draining complete, I went home, and plugged it in... and the computer would no longer boot. There was literally no power at all running to the system, the keyboard lights wouldn't come on... the power button did absolutely nothing at all. However, the AC adapter light was still green - so power was technically flowing to the system. I did some research online and found that this is a known issue, experience by tons of users - Razer even has a full article on this issue on their own support website. Pay careful attention to the fact that they know it's a problem with their systems, and they have an update... but they have NOT proactively communicated to customers who own the Razer Blade to get this update (my Laptop was registered from their site, and purchased through their site.. they 100% know I have a problem machine). Basically, this means anyone who's battery drained completely - would be forced to go through their service center to address the issue - as the only fix is opening up the machine. I contacted Razer Support for assistance, first by e-mail and was told that they would send me an RMA label and instructions to send the device in for repair. A week went by and no such label or instructions were ever sent. Next, I called Razer support by phone, and the representative basically told me the exact same thing that the e-mail rep told me, that an RMA label and instructions would be sent out to me. Again, another week went by and no such label or instructions were ever sent to me. Note: For transparency, about 2 weeks before this happened, I just got out of critical condition in the hospital - and was on a number of pain killers and medications. So, my patience was very thin, I had a bunch of personal files on the system - and was feeling completely disrespected and ignored by Razer. So, a bit enraged now, I called back into Razer support and asked for the issue to be escalated or to speak to a manager, as I had now spent the better part of a month attempting to go through the proper channels to resolve the issue with no progress. I was put on hold for over 20 minutes by the first representative and then "accidentally" hung up on by the second representative when they were attempting to transfer me. I installed the Twitter app and went to Min-Liang Tan's (CEO of Razer) Twitter and called out that I was being ignored and was upset with his company - obviously I expected this to go nowhere, and was promptly ignored again. However, I did this every day, and after about the 3rd day of spamming his Twitter, the Razer Support team messaged me on Twitter and referred to my being ignored/hung-up on etc.. as a "slight glitch". They finally sent me the return labels and information about sending my laptop in to them to get the issue fixed. Almost 2 months after I started the whole process. Now - the best part of all of this, is that the service department just sent me the invoice for what needs to be repaired - the Motherboard, based upon the known issue of the Motherboard not detecting the AC adapter, and thus no power getting to the machine. This is the literal bill they just sent me: Part Price (USD) Motherboard (no power) $1,019.00 Top Assy (track pad fail) $209.00 Battery (not hold charge) $58.00 Rubber foot (front missing) $0.00 Labor Fee $130.00 Optional Repair : LCD (display have bright spots) $395.00 Total $1,811.00 Note carefully that it specifically calls out repair for the battery not holding a charge. This is a known critical issue with Razer systems that is actually on their support site - and there is an update to address it. However, they NEVER sent that information out to the customer base - thus resulting in lots of bricking systems. Also note that they call out No Power to the Motherboard, and attempt to charge almost the price of a whole new system - again, a KNOWN issue with flaws in their hardware that they are attempting to rip customers off with. There was/is nothing wrong with the screen on the device that I sent in, I literally use the device for visual projections and adobe graphics - one of the reasons I got a Razer system was for the color matching. The track pad I never use, and the Motherboard is a known fault with their systems. However, they wish to charge me the price of a whole new system - to basically repair their own issue. Horrible customer support, no proactive communication of known issue and zero accountability for mistakes/problems - by far the worst product experience I've ever had in my entire life.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Slim and powerful, but runs very hot and very loud

    Posted
    Jeff
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    ​Pros +Powerful quad core processor +Excellent gaming with 1060 graphics +Colorful keyboard +Thunderbolt 3 +Excellent build quality Cons -Battery life is only about 5.5 hours -Runs hot -Gets loud -OS stability issues -Secondary keys are not backlit -Touchpad is just ok Summary I was on the hunt for a thin and light laptop that travels well, had dedicated graphics, good battery life, and doesn't scream "I'm a gamer!" in the boardroom. The Razer Blade 2017 almost was that laptop. The build quality is excellent and is still the closest to a Mac that I have seen on the Windows side, save the Surface line. Unfortunately, it runs hot, it runs loud, and the battery life was not very good. I also encountered something I rarely see - blue screen critical errors in Windows 10. I have literally gone months without seeing those on multiple systems from different vendors, but encounted 5 in the first 3 days of using the 2017 Razer Blade. While performance and build quality is excellent, I simply cannot tolerate a system that is not stable. Considering what you pay for the Razer, it's not a buy for me. In the end, I feel there are other similar options like the Gigabyte Aero 14/15 or Dell XPS 15 that cost less money and are better values. I really wanted to like this, but I ended up returning it as I could not justify paying a premium for this compared to the similar Gigabyte and Dell offerings. Design This is a gorgeous device. Think of a MacBook that you wish was matte black and that is essentially what you have here. It's thin, light, and looks every bit of a $2000 computer. Unfortunately, it attracts fingerprints just by looking at it, so you will want to keep a cloth handy or apply a skin to it. The biggest detraction from the design are the huge bezels around the display. I really hope Razer looks at the Gigabyte Aero 15 and Dell XPS line to see what they are doing with their bezels. They could easily fit a 15 inch display into the same casing if they shave the bezels down. Display The 14 inch display is 1080p and pleasing to the eye. I didn't notice any issues with it and it gets bright enough for any sort of indoor use. Thankfully, it is a matte display so reflections are not an issue. It is also not a touch display, so you will be using the touchpad or mouse to get things done. Input devices The keyboard has the always very cool chroma effect and the keystroke is fine. The worst thing I can say about the keyboard is that the backlight does not show up for secondary functions on keys (like punctuation, volume, or brightness controls). A work around for that is to create a custom chroma key color for the functions you want (and then remember your color scheme). The touchpad uses Elan drivers and is average. It has good gliding characteristics, but sometimes registers false taps and two finger scrolling isn't as smooth as you can find on other machines. Audio The speakers are fairly good for a laptop this size. They fire upwards and get loud enough that I did not have any issues hearing them, unless I was playing a game when the fan drowns out everything. Battery Life It has a 70wh battery, but the quad core processor really takes a toll on that and I suspect the system is not as optimized in this regard despite me creating a custom power plan that focused on energy savings. I averaged about 6-7 hours of office style use (Chrome, Office apps), which isn't as good as I had hoped for. Doing any sort of gaming will drain the battery in 2-3 hours. This is decent, but you can get similar performance and better battery life out of the Gigabyte Aero 14/15 (94wh) or Dell XPS 15 (97wh). Each of those easily got me 8-10 hours of real world office-style use. Webcam It has a 2.0mp camera, but the image quality isn't as good you would expect. If you are big on this, you will want to look elsewhere. Heat & Fans Here is where the issues start to add up and become more noticeable. This thing runs warm to the touch, even just sitting at idle with no open apps on a Windows 10 desktop. Once you start to put a little bit of load on it, the heat becomes far more noticeable and the fans rev almost immediately. The fans get LOUD. Having used a similar device in the Gigabyte Aero 15 that has the same video card and processor, the Razer is significantly louder and will drown out any sound in the immediate vicinity. OS/Bloatware The device does not ship with any bloatware, which is a great thing. It is a standard Windows 10 Home install with just the Razer Synapse software on top to control the keyboard chroma effects and miscellaneous system tweaks.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portable Slim Gaming Laptop

    Posted
    Leonsk
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    THE GOOD: - Specs. The specs on this thing are amazing. Core i7, 512 GB SSD, a 1060, with 16gb of ram? Yes please. - The build. Quality throughout. Well built, sturdy, and (at least on mine) no issues with defects. - The screen. I opted for the QHD touchscreen. If you are do not care about a touchscreen, GET THE 1080. I don't care too much for the upscale resolution, but the matte finish was a big deal for me. I would love a matte touchscreen, but I actually do use the touchscreen, so I enjoy having the QHD. The colors are vibrant with excellent viewing angles. Great screen overall, but again, if you're not really going to use the touchscreen, save some money and grab the 1080 resolution. - Performance. I've been able to run most games with full ultra settings comfortably at 1080. Native resolution? Well...a 1060 isn't powerful enough for most of the graphic intensive games I've tried at ultra or max settings. For instance, Witcher 3, 1080 with ultra (hairworks turned off) and it can comfortably run at 55-60 FPS. Arkham knight was running at 50+ FPS at around 54+ FPS at 1080. Tomb Raider (2013) ran the benchmark at 60FPS when on ultimate. GTA V I turned everything to max, 1080, and ran it and got (FPS per pass) 42, 36, 43, 47, and 46. I also turned down a few options and reran it at 1080 and got 59, 60, 60, 60, and 59. If you want to turn up the resolution a bit, you can, but it will be a tradeoff of which settings you need to turn down (obviously). I doubt this is capably of playing games well at 4k, although I do have a 2k monitor and it runs fine on it. - Core. The razer core is one of the main reasons I updated to the new laptop from my 765m model. With core compatibility I can upgrade graphics cards in the future and have a traditional desktop setting with monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. I also have a cooling pad on my desktop so it stays cool (more on this later). I really like having a set desktop area, with a 2k monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc, but still retaining portability. - Chroma. Nice incentive to get the razer. It looks neat, but doesn't really serve any practical purposes. I leave mine on the "fire setting" most of the time, but it's easy to turn off or change. - Keyboard and touchpad. The keyboard and touchpad are fine. I wish they would have made the function key purposes light up, but it's a small complaint. The touchpad works fine for everyday use, but who doesn't game with a mouse? - Portability. This is where the Blade really shines. When I bought my original blade I thought, if this were only a bit smaller....then a while after that they came out with the 14" version and I was hooked. I love the portability. Perfect size for on the go. PORTABILITY is why you pay more than other brands and it's still (IMHO) decently priced. - Battery life. I've watched some movies and gotten about 3-4 hours of comfortable view time. That's decent, considering all the power under the hood. Gaming...well...game with it plugged in. I haven't tried to game with it unplugged most of the time, but when I have, 1-2 hours is what I've gotten before windows tells me it's going to turn off. PS: you can buy a non-razer power charger that works fine for around $50, but it's pretty dammed brick-like and not portable like the razer one. Works well if you don't care about portability for a few spots, like at a desk at home. THE BAD: - Heat. This thing gets HOT. The areas underneath are HOT. Don't be fooled. It's a "notebook" and not a "laptop" for a reason! This would probably burn your lap if you put it on bare skin while doing anything intensivine. I use a cooling pad whenever I game because the heating does concern me. That said, the heat IS directed away from common areas, like the WASD keys and touchpad. I ran some thermal monitors and I suspect it may be throttling a bit (temps max out around 83-85C) in some circumstances, but it's not noticeable in games (at least I haven't noticed). The fans do a good job and cooling seems all around better than my 765m model, although this is another weakness... - Fan noise. Fan noise has never bothered me and it still doesn't. But if you are easily bothered by fan noise, just know that fan noise is an issue with the new version. The fans are ALWAYS on and they can get quite loud, even under low loads. Like I said, doesn't bother me (I just like to know that my $2600 laptop isn't going to become a paperweight due to poor heat management). They do a better job of cooling than my 765m version, however. I think Razer has probably increased it's default fan RPMs in the BIOs or something.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Windows MacBook Pro!

    Posted
    Firetoad
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I am a first time buyer/owner of a Razer laptop. Just purchased a 2017 Blade, 512 GB HDD model and am happy to report that I love it! I have always been a Windows guy up until about 2 years ago when I switched to a top shelf MacBook Pro. I must say that I have been very happy with the MBP and the Mac OS. However, my personal video work on my MBP was not outweighing my work-related need for Windows (yes, I ran BootCamp) and my "need" for gaming during my work travel. So, I decided to venture back into the world of Windows laptops. My first foray was the purchase of a MSI GS63VR about two weeks prior to the Razer Blade. That computer gave me nothing but problems. I really did want to like it, but the various issues were just too much. And, call me an Apple snob, but I just could not get past the overall "feel" of the MSI vs. my MBP. So, back the MSI went and a search was on for a solid MBP-like Windows machine. Researching brought me to Razer. Honestly, I didn't realize Razer even made laptops (as I owned one of their mousepads only). I purchased one through BestBuy.com as I utilize Best Buy quite often, especially given their low cost shipping, return policies, and brick & mortar stores. The shipping box arrived in short order, about a week ago, and I have been loving this laptop! I am running a second, external Asus VG248QE monitor with the Blade. My "sample" has no dead pixels and just the slightest bit of backlight bleed at the bottom of the bezel that is noticeable during startup only. I have not done any tweaks to power settings, etc. I have added multiple pieces of software, which include many background processes, and then decided to benchmark my system. CrystalDiskMark gave me just shy of 3100 MB/s Sequential Read, Fire Strike gave me a total score of 9258, Time Spy gave me a total of 3623, and I can run Battlefield 1 at 1080P/Ultra/V-Sync with CPU temps staying in the 80's C and GPU right at 72 C. Again, these benchmarks were run with all factory background tasks, Adobe CC, CUE, Logitech software, and a browser window with multiple tabs open all chugging along. I have got to say, I am mighty happy with the machine. As expected, it does sound like a bathroom hand dryer under load, but I didn't expect anything less. It is quiet as a mouse under normal desktop application tasks and the battery seems to last forever with a reduced screen brightness. I have read many complaints and of problems with some people's machines. So, I decided to come on here to at least give some praise about my machine. In the end, if I could have anything different, I would love to have the little bit of backlight bleed fixed. But, that would only be to satisfy my OCD within and would not make any difference in my day to day use of the laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Windows Laptop

    Posted
    AAron
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Very good laptop and worth the money. If you want macbook build quality but want the freedom of windows, this is the go to laptop. I use it for basic day to days tasks and some heavy gaming as well on the go. The nice thing about the pc is that it has bluetooth and with windows 10 has native xbox one controller support, all games(fallout 4 and farcry) that i have played so far have been able to run @ 60fps on high-ultra settings. Battery life is decent (5-7hrs) when doing basic things, but when gaming you get maybe 1-2, which is expected for a machine packing this much power. Only downside is that when gaming or doing anything intensive the laptop fans get very loud, but that was also expected after reading reviews of previous models and is necessary when a laptop this powerful is this small. Another thing I like is the matte screen, most computers have a glossy finish which tends to be annoying when gaming and staring for hours but this has one of the best matte screens I have seen. Overall this computer is a great machine and I have had it for about a month, I have been wanting to buy this machine for almost 2 years and I'm glad that I chose this over any other one. Yes, you can buy a laptop that has the same/more power for less money, however, you will lose out tremendously on build quality. I've compared this machine side-by-side with it's "competitors" and it is really in a league of it's own, the only thing that compares to this is a very high-end mac in my opinion. I would highly recommend this machine to anyone that wants a well built ultra-book, and the ability to play Triple-A games @ max settings without having to sacrifice portability and quality. I also recommend getting some kind of sleeve, case, or skin seeing as this is a finger-print magnet. I put a carbon fiber skin on laptop and tracpad because it annoyed me, which i will include pictures of... Pros: Matte 1080p screen Best Built Windows machine I've ever used Very Fast(7th gen i7, 1060, PCiE SSD, 16Gb ddr4 ram) Runs Most Triple A games @ max settings Decent battery life for the amount of power Portable CHROMA KEYBOARD Packaging is awesome Can buy an accidental damage plan on device because one is not offered though razer Cons: A little pricey(worth it especially with the interest free financing) Loud Fan noise when under stress No led indicator for battery or charging Finger-print magnet(get a D-Brand skin) Will get hot if you game on your lap(not recommended)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gaming Windows Equivalent to a MacBook.

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    Noodle
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I originally purchased the 256gb model but it was not enough storage so I exchanged it for this one. With that being said both models have been the exact same from fan noise to quality. I read a lot of reviews online and watched a lot of videos before making this purchase. My main concern was the fan noise prior to purchasing. I am delighted to announce that for the most part, I do not have issues with the fan, it is steadily on while playing games at high/ultra setting and it will sometimes rev up (really loud mind you) but usually only for 10-20 seconds and then goes back to a steady speed. I have had no issues with the fan noise while doing anything outside of games. With that being said, however, I am not the heaviest of gamers. I play WoW, ES, CS, TellTale games, and a few others. I didn't get to test it on anything too demanding like the Witcher. I can say that if you put WoW on medium settings the fan won't even kick on and it doesn't kick on at all playing CS or Telltale games. If I could give this a 4.5-star rating I would but unfortunately, you can only do whole star reviews, the reasons being listed below. Pros: Portability/Size/Build quality Processor speed/GPU Display/Customizable backlighting on keys Razer Synapse (much better than Alienware command center) Laptop stays cool Speakers (for how little the laptop is the sound quality is very good) Having 3 USB ports The touchpad feels similar to MacBook. Cons: Fan noise (can be a bit loud like mentioned above) Fingerprint and smudges show up very easily on the lid. Only 60hz refresh rate on screen. Price is a bit high in comparison to other laptops in the same size range (with that being said I also find it interesting that Alienware offers their "graphics amplifier" for a fraction of razers "core" and this is something that I would potentially be interested in if the price comes down but that is neither here nor there) The function keys and the punctuations/symbols do not light up so you have to remember where each thing is. The bezel is a bit big could almost fit a 15inch screen if you eliminated the bezel. A few recommendations from personal experience thus far and from many hours reading/watching reviews. Purchase the protection plan through Best Buy. Many, many, people have said that the Razer support is hit or miss and most of the time is a huge miss. Purchase a skin or something equivalent for the lid. As I mentioned the lid shows finger prints and smudges super easy. Also if you ding the machine it is very noticeable since it is a matte black. I purchased a laptop fan to help with the cooling of the machine and to keep the fans from getting out of control. If you're looking for something to be very portable while also being a beast at running games this is the machine you're looking for. To me, this machine is the gaming windows equivalent to a Macbook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great..but unfortunately...

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    CRYMTZ
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this laptop online through bestbuy and had it for about a period of a week before I had to return it. The laptop itself was great and performed really well and I have no complaints about that but the fans were becoming a problem and an annoyance. I noticed that when I first turned it on and began using it the fans were unusually loud (not horribly loud or anything) and I figured out I could configure them using synapse. So I placed them on low settings and the laptop was perfect then. However after about a week they suddenly started turning on and off constantly even when performing simple tasks like powerpoint, microsoft word or even using the internet. Then they started turning on even when there weren't any tasks being performed. For people using this machine for gaming it isn't much of a problem since many will have headphones but for me this was a big problem. The computer was meant to be a school device first and gaming laptop second so it would be pretty embarrassing when I would sit in a silent classroom and suddenly the fans would just start revving up out of nowhere and for no reason. Even our terrible school-issued computers don't do that. I did more research and found out that many people were experiencing this issue with the 1060 model and the previous model and razer was looking into it. However, that was over a month ago and it seems nothing is fixed as of yet so unfortunately I just decided to return it. Such a pity though, it was such an awesome laptop and it really sucked to have to return it for something as simple as overactive fans and minor annoyances like that. But again just to reiterate, the laptop was powerful, fast and great for gaming and had no performance issues whatsoever and the display was superb. its no wonder it was giving mac a run for its money. However, since I was initially using it as a school laptop first and gaming machine second it was just simply too loud to have in a quiet classroom. If these problems are fixed I would definitely buy it again without hesitation.

    I would recommend this to a friend






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