The Blade still uses a touchpad with hard right and left buttons, rather than the inimitable Apple click pad. And where the tracking surface is silky smooth and snappy, the buttons are rather flimsy.
It’s not a major issue, considering most gamers are wont to hook up a gaming mouse as soon as their Blade emerges from its black box. Regardless, a premium touchpad to match the rest of quality put forth here would be much welcomed.
So, now that you have sufficiently gaped at the most beautiful gaming laptop in this star system, take a quick look down to brass tax: the numbers. How thin and light is this thing, really, and what are you getting for that asking price! It’s already been said that the new Razer Blade is almost impossibly thin and light for a gaming laptop. But what do the numbers look like, and how does the new hotness compare with last year’s model? That is the question here.
The new Blade measures a super slim 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches (W x D x H) and weighs just 4.47 pounds – just four tenths of an inch thicker and three tenths of a pound heavier. That’s quite the feat for all the new, beefier hardware (and touch screen) that Razer has managed to cram inside this time around.
Now, put that into perspective. The 15.6-inch MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K measures 16.5 x 11.3 x 0.85 inches and hits the scale at 4.36 pounds. A bit thicker, sure, but much lighter, considering its larger dimensions. The Gigabyte P35W v2 tells a similar story, measuring just a tad thicker at 15.16 x 10.63 x 0.83 inches and weighing a heftier 5.07 pounds – but not by much, again considering its size in comparison.
But there’s a likely explanation for all this: the Razer Blade is encased in an aluminum uni-body enclosure, much like the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K, that it looks to emulate. Where it is obvious that aluminum being a softer metal is much denser than the plastic, it is being used to cover the undersides of MSI and Gigabyte’s gaming laptops. For the most premium products, you can pay by the pound – literally. At any rate let’s take a closer look at what Razer managed to stuff inside 0.7 inches worth of alluring aluminum.
Here is the Razer Blade configuration sheet given here:
• CPU: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.2GHz with Turbo Boost)
• Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM), Intel HD Graphics 4600
• RAM: 8GB DDR3L (1600MHz)
• Screen: 14.0-inch, 3,200 x 1,800 (QHD+) IGZO, IPS with LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch
• Storage: 256GB SSD
• Ports: 3 x USB 3.0 port, HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack, security lock slot
• Connectivity: Intel Wireless-AC 7260HMW (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
• Camera: 2MP HD webcam
• Weight: 4.47 pounds (2.02 kg)
• Size: 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches (W x D x H)