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Razer's first gaming laptop is impressive, but marred by minor flaws

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So where does Razer's first foray into the PC realm leave us? On the one hand, this is a beautiful, well-made, powerful, impossibly thin laptop. On the other, you'll need a stack of cash to the tune of $2,799. No matter how you slice it, that's a lot to spend on a computer from a company that's just getting its feet wet in the category. Frankly, you wouldn't be crazy to sit this one out, with flaws like abysmal audio, a disobedient hinge and the indisputable fact that most of the latest gaming titles give this guy a run for its money. Additionally, there's that LCD-trackpad, which despite oozing cool, is destined to be more of a gimmick than must-have, at least until Razer invests in some better widgets.

Ultimately, though, the Blade was never about specs, and despite its maker's penchant for calling it a "gaming" machine, it's really just a beautiful laptop. Despite its flaws, the Blade is greater than the sum of its parts. We're aware $2,799 is a tough pill to swallow, however, and despite our rational selves saying "no," we've nonetheless grown quite attached after spending a week with it. For those of you with that kind of dispensable cash, go for it -- who knows, you've probably also got enough lying around to build a serious gaming rig. Personally, we're waiting for Razer to ditch the LCD-touchpad (but keep the customizable keys) and offer a similarly specced 15-incher for around two grand. Razer will really have a winner then, and yes, we'll take two.

Critic reviews

7.8
5 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Battery life
    5.6
  • Display
    9.4
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    4.0
  • Noise
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.4

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User reviews

9.0
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8.0
Engadget Feb 22, 2012

Ultimately, though, the Blade was never about specs, and despite its maker's penchant for calling it a "gaming" machine, it's really just a striking, fast and beautiful laptop. Despite its flaws, the Blade is greater than the sum of its parts.

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8.0
AnandTech Mar 15, 2012

Razer intends the Blade for consumers that don’t mind paying a premium price to get a very unique product, or gamers more focused on the overall experience of mobile gaming than raw computing power and the highest framerates. It’s definitely a different notion.

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7.0
Gizmodo Mar 1, 2012

While Razer isn't trying to sell performance here in the way that say, the cats at Origin are with their gaming PCs, it's still hard to not want something slightly more out of machine that costs nearly three thousand dollars and isn't really upgradeable.

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8.0
Kotaku Feb 15, 2012

A gaming laptop with moderately good performance, stellar design, an intriguing but ultimately unnecessary gimmick, and more portability than any other portable PC game machine.

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8.0
IGN Feb 8, 2012

In the end, the Blade is a sleek, versatile and unprecedentedly compact gaming notebook that is completely overshadowed by its extraordinarily high price.

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9.0
pd8472 pd8472

I recently purchased this from Tiger Direct for roughly 1499 US dollars, and I have to say, when looking at the specs in contrast to other machines this size, it was a steal that I couldn't pass up. Amazon is now offering this model as well for 1499, and their shipping and return policy is much...

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9.0
Keith04 Keith04

This laptop and the retina MacBook are similar but this comes in a one size fits all the MacBook maxed out is 3800 dollars the speed is good enough not great but good enough the display is Beautiful and bright it does get a tad bit gaming but everyday tasks it is fine I don't like the lack of...

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