Our fellow bloggers at Engadget have gotten their hands on the Blade laptop from Razer
(the very first commercial fruits of that "Switchblade" concept
seeded so long ago), and the unit gets some high marks, despite some significant flaws. The worst issue with the laptop seems to be the audio (the built-in speakers are so bad that Engadget suspected their unit was broken somehow), but in general the problem with the Blade seems that it's tuned for a mix of portability and performance, which means neither gets to be perfect.
Yes, the Blade is sleek and super thin for a PC laptop, but it trades on that build
by being a "gaming" unit that doesn't play StarCraft 2 on its highest settings perfectly
. (see update) For the sticker price of $2,799, Razer traded a little too much performance for the admittedly impressive form factor.
But while Engadget doesn't recommend the laptop wholeheartedly, the site does praise the Blade's "bright and delectably tactile" LED buttons. The article surmises we'll see those types of controls again soon, either in Razer hardware
, or units from other device manufacturers.Update:
Engadget has discovered that they didn't have the latest drivers for the graphics card, and with those, apparently Skyrim
runs much better. Engadget is working on updated benchmarks for all of the Blade's performance aspects.