Razer refreshes its Blade laptop with stunning QHD+ display, better graphics

By Jos · 17 replies
Mar 12, 2014
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  1. Razer has announced a refresh for its 14-inch Blade and 17-inch Blade Pro that should bring the gaming laptops up to spec with the latest hardware from Intel and Nvidia. The smaller model is also getting an insane display upgrade...

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    OKAY... This rash of interesting laptops and portables is making it rather hard to keep my pocketbook shut until the end of the year regarding tech purchases... =(

    dat new 14" Blade... so good. I mean, I'd buy a SSD third party to replace what is in there for a lot cheaper, but otherwise... do want.
  3. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    So let me get this right.

    It looks good. (and better than the Macbook Pro)
    It has a better display than the "Retina" display Apple uses
    It's WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY more powerful than the Macbook Pro
    It's cheaper than the Macbook Pro.

    It's still pretty overpriced though ;)

    I think if anybody was stupid enough to want to spend £2000 on a laptop, then this is a WAY better bet.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    Where did you get this nonsense?

    - I don't know how well their SSD will perform, surely it won't come close to the 800MB/s in Macbook Pro.
    - For $2,299 you get the most basic spec. If you want to bring it to the Macbook Pro 15" level you need to spend not less than on Macbook Pro.
    - Higher resolution of the screen doesn't mean much if it is not used properly by the OS and the applications.

    The only area where it is better than Macbook Pro is the video sub-system, so gamers may like that, but for regular usage Macbook is much better where the screen is used as it should be.

    And while 870M is surely better than 750M, it uses more power, and in combination with already power-hungry Windows it translates into always-plugged usage, while Macbook Pro with 750M takes me easily through a whole day in Mac OS. I have Windows 8.1 on Macbook Pro 15" as a second OS, and I know how bad the battery life in it compared to the Mac OS, about half, I'd say, if not worse.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2014
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    The 14" is $2199 for the 128GB SSD... the price differences, as far as I can tell on Razor's website, are for incorporating a larger SSD and no other changes to the hardware. The same seems to be true for the 17" model as well (though starting at $100 more).

    Your point of all day usage is kinda moot for systems clearly designed for gaming or high performance computing. Honestly if real life usage actually sticks remotely to the 4 hours of gaming they suggest that's very good considering the hardware. And when you say all day, you mean 8-12 hours? Because your "about half" would be 4-6 hours and that's what Razor is claiming.
  6. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    800M series which TechSpot has still yet to post, is actually packing a bit more tech behind it. Battery Boost is the tech in the 800M series, which you can find details about elsewhere. 870M and 880M will be Kepler based, the 860M and 850M are based on Maxwell. So you might be finding a better option with the latter laptop, in terms of performance per watt on the move.
  7. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Booster Posts: 101   +10

    Looks very similar to the new DELL XPS high end model. Chassis is a little bit different but has the same basic shape, same high res panel. I think as we get thinner laptops all laptops will be the same, just components may differ a little. I am very happy with the DELL since I got it last month. I have upgraded the mid-range DELL XPS 15 to have a 480GB mSata and 1TB SSD and it flies. Only issues so far is under Linux Mint the track pad seems to have a few problems when clicking left button, the mouse jumps to the bottom left or moves down and misses the item I wanted to click. This problem will hopefully go away when the next version of Ubuntu is released. Likely to be driver related since Windows 8.1 that came with it doesn't exhibit the issue.
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Looks great. Regional pricing is just insane... $2199 USD for 128GB. $3199 AUD!!!! for the same thing. What. The. Hell???
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I love how the 14 inch is more powerful than the 17 incher.
  10. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    its stupid, why buy a pro if the basic is more powerfull? I want a pro to be the best you can get
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  11. It's too bad it comes with Windows 8 my computer screen. A pretty lousy experience on super high-res screens unless your playing games. OS X is so far a head in this department (among others). Then you have mortgage your house and pull out your teeth to buy and apply the next Windows monstrosity. Free and painless from Apple without the nasty surprises.

    Nice machine but the next MacBook will be a smarter choice unless you're a win gamer. But true gamers would prefer a powerful desktop rig.
  12. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Gaming on Mac is hilarious. If you don't care about multi touch you could probably just throw Win7 on. Drivers hopefully not a problem between those two.
  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    Maybe in general, but I play SC2 on Macbook Pro 15" with 750M, it looks and works great ;)
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Yeah I was referring to the game support. It's "roll the dice" with whether a game is released on Mac. No idea on how performance on like for like specs is...
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah seriously.
  16. Apple fans do insist in defend that Macs aren't overpriced, it's incredible. It will lose in every spec for a pc at the same price tag, but they claim to have a nice trackpad XD
  17. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Other thing to beware about Razer is they tend to be poorer on build quality and my personal experience is their drivers are shockingly bad. If you just get drivers from 3rd parties (Intel chipset, Nvidia etc), you should be ok but as good as the laptop looks on paper, I'd do some solid research on how reliable the laptops are as well as how their warranty practices are nowadays.
  18. Tech Analyzer

    Tech Analyzer TS Rookie

    Sorry VitalyT, but what you are talking is completely adhering to Macbook pro's side.... the display resolution of 4k will be compatible to most of the new games,movies and youtube videos, so if you got Apple's retina, it wont be the perfect one for 4K streaming!

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