2016 Razer Blade (14-inch) Review – A Great Balance Between Power and Portability

The Razer Blade is the perfect addition to the tech industry as we are currently living in an era that is akin to the golden age of PC gaming. There are now (relatively) inexpensive desktops that are able to power virtual reality headsets, as well as gaming laptops that can virtually run any game. With Razer’s latest laptop offering, it fits into the higher-end of the PC gaming market. The firm has placed top-of-the-line parts into a very slim chassis as well as excitingly understated designs. The Blade is an excellent moniker for this 14-inch system and it is an updated model over last year’s identically named counterpart.

2016 Razer Blade (14-inch) Review - A Great Balance Between Power and Portability

The 2016 Razer Blade is a Thin Beast

Just like last year’s model, this year’s Razer Blade has the graphics capabilities from an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970m graphics processing unit (GPU). However, this is still one step down from the current top-tier of the mobile graphics category. The major change for the 2016 model is that it is now powered by a new Core i7-6700HQ processor from Intel’s sixth-generation line of Core I-series CPUs. Furthermore, the newer variant trims a bit from both the machine’s weight and its starting price, albeit it is still placed with a high-end price point. At the time of writing, the 2016 model of the Blade is not yet available internationally.

There is one key difference that sets apart the 2016 Razer Blade from most other gaming laptops and that is interested purchasers are only allowed one user-configuration choice on it. The base model has 256GB of solid state storage but you can spend more cash to double that to 512GB. Any other component for the Blade cannot be switched from the onset, sad to say.

Aside from the storage device, the only other real option to consider is whether or not you would want the sold-separately Razer Core, which was announced back in January during CES 2016. This is an external box that is built to house a single desktop graphics card. This will then route its graphics rendering power to the laptop with the use of a Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C connection. It has a steep price if you think about it as just a box that houses a separate GPU, but you can get it for a bit of a lower price if you get it bundled with the Razer laptop.

The Razer Blade, more specifically that of the 2016 model, has very high-end components that are packed inside a slim 14-inch body. It has a programmable multi-colored backlit keyboard which can perform a lot of neat tricks. However, full-sized gaming laptops perform better in terms of gaming performance, and configuration options for getting the laptop is very minimal.


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