Razer Blade Review: A slim gaming laptop in a class of its own – TNW

Ever since the original Razer Blade was announced way back in 2011, the series has received some praise as the MacBook of gaming laptops. For good reason – it was one of the first glimmers of hope that a laptop could pack in a powerful graphics card without the dimensions of a whale or looking like it was designed by a teenager on an acid trip.

Now packing a VR-ready Nvidia 1060, the Blade is a more powerful gaming rig than ever, but it’s the classy design and compact chassis that really impress.

Specs

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Note: This review was done with the Skylake version of the device. The Kaby Lake version should pull in slightly better performance and battery, but overall results should be quite similar. Our review unit also featured a QHD+ display which is being replaced with a full 4K display soon.

  • Intel Core i7  Kaby Lake 7700HQ Quad-core (Skylake 6700HQ tested)
  • Nvidia GTX 1060
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB/512 GB/1 TB Storage options
  • 0.7″ x 13.6″ x 9.3″ dimensions
  • 4.10 lb /4.3 lb
  • 1080p non-touch/4K touch display options (QHD+ tested)
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 1x HDMI
  • Chroma RGB keyboard

Design

I’m not someone who particularly minds carrying around a flashy gaming laptop – I used to lug around a 17-inch monster – but it’s nonetheless a relief to pick up the 14-inch Razer Blade, which weighs a little over 4 pounds and is just 0.7″ thick, and know it packs a nearly desktop-level Nvidia 1060 and decent battery life (more on this later). The compact design even extends to the power brick, which you can can reasonably slide into a messenger bag, unlike the monster included with the Alienware 13 I tested simultaneously.