Razer Blade 17 (2012)

  • Razer Blade 17 (2012)
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  • Improved graphics and a quad-core.
  • Powerful Core i7 processor in the same thin body.
  • Excellent 17-inch 1080p display.


  • Expensive.
  • Switchblade UI touch-screen interface doesn't have enough game support to be a killer app.

Expert reviews and ratings

By DigitalVersus on 60

The 14" Razer Blade is a poorly executed great idea. It's thinner and lighter than the competing gaming laptops and has just as good processing and gaming capabilities as the best of them. Unfortunately, it overheats like crazy and has ridiculously...

By Notebook Review on 69

The Blade packs a remarkable amount of power into a package as svelte as they come. This 0.66″ thin, 4.1 pound notebook can play modern games at higher settings. Other things we like about the Blade include the superb build quality, elegant...

By IT Pro Portal on 80

From its lightweight, portable design to its significantly improved performance, better graphics, and much longer battery life, it's clear that the 2013 Razer Blade is the laptop to buy if you want PC gaming on the go. Compared to the bulk and...

By mashable.com on

We all know what gaming laptops are supposed to look like: big and bulky, complete with gaudy Christmas lighting and enough air vents to make a Cylon cringe. That's what you get if you want desktop power in an itty-bitty frame, and even then...

By Computer Shopper on 80

Just 0.66 inch thin and 4.1 pounds, this souped-up slimline delivers genuinely game-worthy frame rates in an amazingly portable package. If James Bond went to LAN parties, he'd carry the Razer Blade....

By IGN on 80

A device capable of running Crysis or Battlefield with ease but portable enough to slip effortlessly into a small bag. The Blade meets or exceeds most of these criteria, but its lackluster display and high cost prevent it from achieving perfection.

By PCWorld on 80

And while it doesn’t sport the touchscreen or the funky peripherals of the Razer Edge Pro, the Blade is more powerful and far more comfortable to use than Razer’s Windows 8 gaming tablet.

By PC Mag on 80

The oh-so-portable 14-inch Razer Blade has got you covered when you want to take your gaming on the road, with an Intel Haswell processor and the latest Nvidia...

By TechRadar on 90

Ultimately and despite these few concerns, the Razer Blade sets a new high mark for what a mid-size Windows laptop can and should be. It looks fantastic, exhibits top-notch performance in both day-to-day use and gaming. And it's comfortable to work...

By Maximum PC on 90

Razer Blade review: With both Intel’s Haswell and Nvidia’s new 700M-series components shrinking and sipping less power, the super-portable, 14-inch, gaming laptop revolution is about to begin. Leading the charge is Razer with its ultra-sleek...

By Digital Trends on 85

The original Blade was interesting, but it fell short in performance and portability, making it more of a curiosity than a strong choice for consumers. Now, thanks to new hardware and a new design, Razer fulfilled its original vision. This gaming...

By PC World on 80

The Haswell-powered Blade panders to PC gamers on the go, cramming pricey premium hardware into a petite...

By Pocket-lint on

Razer gaming laptops are rare creatures in the UK, so when Pocket-lint caught a glimpse of the latest superthin Razer Blade Pro at a gaming event ahead of this year's Computex we jumped at the change to have a play. With a 17.3-inch 1080p LED...

By Maximum PC on 80

Gaming laptops tend to push garish, over-the-top designs these days; the second-generation Razer Blade throws these clichéd conventions out the window. The result is a 16.8x10.9x.88-inch minimalist laptop that resembles a large matte-black MacBook...

By The Verge on 68

But deciding that you want a gaming laptop isn't the final choice — it's only the beginning. To learn more about the best gaming options on the market, and to find out which gives you the highest performance for your hard-earned dollar, read...

By Atomic MPC on

Very much a laptop we’d love to...

By cnet on 70

Faster and better than before, the improved Razer Blade is a better gaming laptop in an impressively thin form, but you're paying for design over...

By PC Mag on 80

Slim and sexy, the Razer Blade (2012) laptop offers lighter, more portable gaming, and the innovative Switchblade UI, but it will cost you, both in price and...

By Tbreak.com on 90

At the end of the day the new Razer Blade provides a very unique experience for PC gamers. Of course, you can get a far better specced gaming laptop for far more than the single option available on the new Razer Blade, like Alienware; or slightly...

By AnandTech on

Earlier this year, Razer handed me a Blade evaluation unit and told me to go wild. Considering the company had no previous experience with developing PC laptop hardware, I was skeptical about their ability to transition from a manufacturer of...