Today we’re going to be talking about the new Razer Blade (Win 8) Laptop. Razer has made quite a name for itself as one of the premiere gaming laptop providers, but how does this newest entry in their illustrious series hold up in terms of bringing honor to the name?
The Razer Blade comes with all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from a high-end gaming laptop rig. It has a GTX 660 under the hood which, while not top of the line, is still a beastly card, and it has an i7 quad core processor, so it is not lacking in the necessary musculature to manhandle most any game.
It is just as large as most of it’s contemporaries, but the Razer Blade really stands out in terms of weight. It weighs about a third less than most of the other laptops on the market, and while that may not sound like much, the thinness and lightness makes it probably among the most mobile of the gaming laptops on the market, which is ideal, as the purpose of a gaming laptop, of course, is its faculty for being able to be grabbed and gone with.
It boasts a very efficient thermal design to allow for the option of omitting a cooling pad, which increases its already prodigious portability.
One of the major selling features of the Razer Blade is its Switchblade and Synapse features. The idea behind them is to allow for a software to allow you a bit more flexibility when actually in-game, most commonly touted being the ability to access your browser to look up information without as awkwardly having to alt tab.
The basic idea is it is kind of like having a high quality cell phone display you can browse in built into the laptop, which looks really high-tech, and helps prevent the awkward breaking of immersion when getting into a game.
The problem with it is not so much functionality, as the basics of it work more or less, but moreso the unreliability. Most users complain that the updates to the Synapse software borks the system, turning your precisely tuned gaming machine into a really oversized brick until it fixes itself.
The problem mitigates itself more and more as iteration to the Synapse platform occurs, but currently it is the chief among the complaints about the Razer Blade.
In addition, the hard drive space on the Razer Blade is a little light. It does have a 64gb SSD drive, which is nothing at all to sneeze at, but the main hard drive is only 500gb, when many of its competitors can boast twice that. Not a huge thing for gaming, as 500gb is still a very large amount of installs, but it limits what we can do otherwise with our storage, which is an inconvenience for a mobile platform.
Beyond that, we have the same general concerns that any gaming laptop has, such as low off-battery life, low off-battery performance, which simply goes with the territory.
The Razer Blade has solid hardware under the hood to recommend it, and the strikes against it are far from egregious.
The enjoyment you get out of the Razer Blade seems contingent upon the mileage you will get out of their Switchblade feature, as beyond that, it has not added a lot to reinvent the wheel.
It is a bit on the pricier side compared to some of it’s competitors, so a lot of this particular iteration hinges upon the new software, so it is probably the most important thing to take into account when considering the Razer Blade.