- CPU: Intel Core™ i7-4702HQ Quad Core Processor with Hyper Threading 2.2GHz / 3.2GHz (Base/Turbo)
- Memory: 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz
- Storage: 256GB SSD (SATA M.2)
- OS: Windows 8.1 64 bit
- Display: 14-inch QHD+ 3,200 x 1,800 with LED backlight Capacitive multi-touch screen
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus Technology)
- Connectivity: USB 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Very light
- Amazing display
- Overheats easily
- Benchmark Results
- PCMark 8 Home: 3,756 points
- PCMark 8 Creative: 4,120 points
- PCMark 8 Work: 4,817 points
- 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 2,216 points
- 3DMark Fire Strike: 3,520 points
- Unigine Heaven: 364 points
The Price Of Power
When it comes to gaming hardware performance, Razer cuts no corners and it promises the same high quality gaming performance with its latest Razer Blade. It is designed for cutting edge gaming and mobility at its best but let’s see if it performs up to par during our tests.
Razer needs no introduction as like most of their gaming laptops, this device comes in a sleek black design with the ominous green Razer logo emblazoned on its back. It has a glowing green backlit keyboard and a large mouse tracker located on the middle. It has three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI ports for video and audio output located on its sides as well as a 3.5mm microphone and headphone port. One would also immediately notice upon holding this device the amazing weightlessness that comes with it.
The main draw of the Razer Blade is the amazing visuals that its QHD display renders. It has up to 4.3 million more pixels compared to its predecessor with a total resolution of 3,200 x 1,800. Its display also uses IGZO TFT technology which provides easier viewing when outdoors as well as better video response rate. The gaming laptop also incorporates the latest in NVIDIA technology such as ShadowPlay and BatteryBoost to ensure maximum playability for your games. It also has total audio immersion with its Dolby Home Theater sound system which gives users a cinematic sound experience.
As the benchmark scores can attest to, this laptops burns through our tests brilliantly. It is able to handle most of the demanding games of today as we tried playing Shadows of Mordor, Crysis 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on the highest settings. The laptop was able to play these games at a steady 20 fps. One drawback that was noticeable was that the laptop heats up rather quickly and the temperature can reach uncomfortable levels. Thus it is advisable to keep the laptop on a desk when playing high performance games.
CHIP CONCLUDE: For its price, the Razer Blade is definitely not your run of the mill gaming laptop, but it is worth it for those who are looking for a feather light gaming device which can handle the demands of today’s games.
(previously published in issue December 2014)