The Good Great overall design, with a larger screen, smaller bezels and larger touchpad. Includes either an Nvidia 1060 or 1070 GPU, which is enough for almost any gamer of the laptop. Display variant 144 Hz. Cool backlit keyboard if it’s your bag.
The Bad Painfully expensive, given the Nvidia 1060 laptops, you can find it for less than $ 1,000. The 4K touchscreen option is not yet available.
The Bottom Line The redesigned Razer Blade moves the bar on thin gaming laptops, with better hardware and a larger screen, but you’ll need a bigger budget for that.
There are really only two features on the new Razer Blade notebook that make their origin a gaming machine: The keyboard is still lit, each key capable of displaying over 1 million colors in multiple patterns; and on the back of the lid is a bright interlaced snake logo.
To disguise yourself as a non-mechanic, you can turn off the keyboard illumination or set it to a softer color. The illuminating snake logo (which always reminds me of this iconic film design) can also be turned off. It’s still there and it’s green, but at least it’s not glowing.
Or you can take your internal gamer and spin the keyboard lights to a full thermonuclear explosion (they really get a pretty bright character) with swirling or flipped rainbow patterns. The green Razer logo can also breathe, fading in and out. Take another step and add Razer accessories like this Hyperflux mouse keyboard or the Chroma stand , all of which can be synchronized in one glorious light show.
But none of this matters if it’s not a great gaming laptop. And at $ 1,899 to start, and $ 2,599 with all the current updates, it was better to actually deliver. The starting price is £ 1699 in the UK and £ 2899 in Australia.
Razer Blade (2018)
|Price as reviewed||$2,599|
|Display size/resolution||15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 @144Hz display|
|CPU||2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz|
|Graphics||8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
Fortunately, this new version has a lot of leaps and bounds past its previous gaming laptop, calling itself the Razer Blade. We always liked the previous one 14-inch Blade for a slim design, a multi-colored backlit keyboard, and general gaming reflectors. But there was a thick bezel on the display, which felt a bit off, and the GPU came out on the Nvidia GTX 1060 – great for mainstream games, but not exactly top-end.
For the new version of the Razer flagship laptop, the 14-inch Blade display gets an upgrade to a 15-inch screen, keeping roughly the same footprint. In fact, Razer says it’s “the world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop.”
The biggest difference is the much thinner bezel around the screen that gives the new Blade a more modern look. If you compare the old and newer models side by side, you will see that it has also shifted from traditional rounded corners to a more modern, square-shaped look with sharper edges.
The screen comes in 1,920×1,080 60 Hz or 144 Hz versions, and the case is ground with one piece of aluminum as MacBook and features a much larger touchpad than previous models.
The 4K 60Hz screen will also be an option, but it’s not yet available (and 4K in a gaming laptop is an absolute battery killer, so think carefully before making that jump).
The components inside are also upgraded to the eighth generation Core i7-8750H and your choice of Nvidia 1060 or 1070 GPU. In order to keep things cool, it has a cooling chamber, which is a kind of sealed heat pipe for cooling the liquid.
Guts for gaming
Thin gaming laptops with decent features are still rare, but not as rare as before. Still, Razer Blade is ahead of much of the competition in terms of packing the biggest gaming power into the least visible chassis. The Asus Zephyrus is a similarly thin gaming laptop with similar parts, but opening it requires a giant vent when used. MSI is approaching its Stealth notebooks , as does this an extremely slim PC Origin model .
In this configuration, we have the Max-Q version of the Nvidia 1070 GPU and the 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor, plus 16GB of RAM. Performance is broken down as expected, usually between bulky laptops with non-Max-Q version 1070 and laptops with the more basic Nvidia 1060.
During the hands-on testing, I tried a variety of games, including new ones, such as expansive RPGs Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire and a new gothic vampire game, Vampyr . Both worked smoothly at high detail settings and full 1080p resolution.
The battery life was a pleasant surprise, lasting 7 hours 53 minutes in our battery trip test for video playback. It’s longer than most gaming laptops we’ve tested, but keep in mind that playing a game rather than streaming video will shorten that life significantly.
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After several years of mostly static construction, this is a very nice reworking of the Razer blade. The larger screen and touchpad and other aesthetic enhancements are all very modern laptops.
My only real concern is the major investment, even for a gaming laptop. An Nvidia 1060 GPU Laptop Can Be Easy found for less than $ 1,000 , though with a slower processor, less RAM and storage, and none of the calls found here. But like Apple, Razer has never served the budget end of the market, and it still works. And if the company is looking for a new challenge, now I want to see a GPU in 13-inch Razer Blade Stealth ($ 1,239 on Amazon) .
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|Razer Blade (2018)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeFroce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design; 512GB SSD|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501 (2018)||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeFroce GTX 1070; 512GB SSD|
|Alienware 15 R3 (2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070; 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (late 2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design; 256GB SSD|
|Origin PC Evo 15-S (2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q-Design; 512GB SSD|