The name itself suggests that it is going to be the ever most beautiful gaming laptop worth your pricing sceme and how much you can avail it for. Well, there is a tagline after every finished story that third time is a charm. At least, here that seems to be Razer’s hope with its third revision of its widely lauded Razer Blade gaming laptop. The result is a PC gaming machine that (keep aside the pun) – has been honed to a fine edge, at least in theoretical aspect.
In response to complaints regarding the 2013 Razer Blade, the company has checked all the boxes and then some at least. That last parenthetical is important, because it is clear that Razer may have been a smidge overzealous in meeting its customers’ demands. Last year, folks were miffed at being asking to pay two grand for a 1600 x 900 display. This year, Razer stuffed a 3,200 x 1,800 IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) IPS panel with 10-point capacitive, multi-touch control into the lid. Now you know what is meant here. You might think that this is some kind of nitpicking here, maybe it is, but a starting price of $2,199 (£2,099, about $2,520) for just 128GB of solid-state storage is asking for extra scrutiny. Especially when you are stacking the Blade up against similarly priced – and arguably better equipped – competitors, namely the 15.6-inch MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K and Gigabyte P35W v2. But that is not the theme of main concern right now.
For now, something which is worth admiring is what Razer has accomplished here. To astonish you, it is 0.70 inches thin; the Razer Blade is still the thinnest gaming laptop on the planet. And, by purely subjective evaluation, the Blade is the most gorgeous gaming notebook – if not Windows notebook – ever made, period. That credit fairly goes to nothing as Razer is doing almost nothing. Not much has changed about the Blade design since last year, and with good reason: it looks simply awful. The triple-snake logo illuminates in a neon green glow as the deep black aluminum lid opens on a single sturdy hinge. As the cool, bright and green backlit keyboard reveals itself, the all-glass black bezel touts a sharp “Blade” logo just beneath the awfully bright touch screen. But the gray logo only reveals itself when under the right light or looked at from the right angle, a brilliant touch of intrigue. Just in front of the hinge is a prominently placed power button adorned in spun metal. The Blade design was clearly inspired by the Mac Book Pro 13-inch with Retina display, and that’s not a slight. There’s a reason why everyone goes gaga over Mac Books, and it is about time that at least one laptop maker from the Windows camp took notice. One piece of hardware that Razer chose not to emulate, though you may wish that it did, was the touchpad.