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Razer’s 14-inch Blade is its most powerful laptop to date, not to mention its most affordable. Strong internals, an attractive build and long battery life make it a solid option for gamers and non-gamers alike.

Critic reviews

8.3
13 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.5
  • Battery life
    8.7
  • Display
    5.8
  • Durability
    7.8
  • Expandability
    6.0
  • Noise
    9.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.7

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User reviews

8.0
4 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jul 2, 2013

It's an enthusiast laptop, yes, but one we'd feel comfortable recommending to non-gamers, too. That said, the Blade is still a tough sell for gamers on a budget.

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9.0
Wired Jul 2, 2013

I don’t need to heap on the praise for this machine. It does everything it’s designed to do and more. No hiccups or driver issues (a popular complaint with past Razer machines), no weird fit and finish problems.

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8.0
CNET Jul 2, 2013

Ditching gimmicks and delivering on function, Razer's slim 14-inch gaming laptop marries true power and good battery life in an excellent PC. All it lacks a stellar display.

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8.0
PC World Jul 2, 2013

The Haswell-powered Blade panders to PC gamers on the go, cramming pricey premium hardware into a petite chassis.

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8.0
AnandTech Jul 2, 2013

The 14-inch Blade still has a lot going for it and if you want the thinnest, sleekest gaming notebook out there, this is your one stop shop. I just can't understand how a company would get this close to nailing a design, only to blow it to save a few bucks.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 2, 2013

From its lightweight, portable design to its significantly improved performance, better graphics, and much longer battery life, it's clear that the Razer Blade (2013) is the laptop to buy if you want PC gaming on the go.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 2, 2013

The Razer Blade 14 combines long battery life and excellent graphics performance in a slim and sexy design for a great mobile gaming experience.

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8.0
GameSpot Jul 3, 2013

Razer has done an amazing job of trimming away superfluous features, increasing performance, and decreasing bulk for its new Blade. There's nary a capable Windows gaming notebook that's this portable and good looking, and it's largely due to Razer's affinity for custom parts.

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9.0
TechRadar Jul 2, 2013

The Razer Blade sets a new high mark for what a mid-size Windows laptop can and should be. It looks fantastic, exhibits top-notch performance in both day-to-day use and gaming. And it's comfortable to work on.

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9.0
Maximum PC Jul 2, 2013

The Razer Blade isn’t without its flaws, but the fact that it’s half the size of many gaming laptops while offering much more power, all in a super sexy form factor, is crazy ... Razer’s new philosophy of squeezing the most power per cubic-inch is noble and should be applauded.

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9.0
Forbes Jul 2, 2013

Outside of the average keyboard it’s a joy to use and an even bigger joy to tote around. But like so many Windows laptops, it tragically drops the ball in one crucial area — the display. If you can get around that, the Blade is a great choice for the enthusiast gamer on the go.

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8.0
IGN Jul 2, 2013

I've been longing for a laptop like the Blade for years — a machine with a modern design and premium materials that isn't dominated by its gaming identity. A device capable of running Crysis or Battlefield with ease but portable enough to slip effortlessly into a small bag.

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8.0
Digital Trends Jul 2, 2013

Thanks to new hardware and a new design, Razer fulfilled its original vision. This gaming laptop can handle most games at high detail, yet it provides battery life that’s just a tad above an average Ultrabook. The Blade cuts through expectations to deliver a uniquely powerful Ultrabook.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 30, 2013

We found that it's a stoutly built machine. There is a teeny bit of flex if you press on the lid, but the keyboard deck is as solid as can be. Furthermore, we found the trackpad to be hyper accurate both with single-finger movements and taps -- among the best we've ever used on a Windows machine.

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PC World May 30, 2013

The new Blade feels like a MacBook Air without the sharp edges, though its sleek, matte black aluminum case feels a little flimsier than the MacBook Air’s aluminum unibody.

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CNET May 30, 2013

Weighing 4.1 pounds, the Blade has a practical feel. Measuring 13.6 inches by 9.3 inches and 0.66 inch thick, it's a lot smaller than most laptops, but thicker than most ultrabooks -- hence the Retina MacBook Pro comparison. It slid easily into my backpack and made for an easy commute.

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Laptop Magazine Jun 5, 2013

The first thing we noticed about the Razer Blade 14 is its stunning, all-black aluminum chassis. Like its big brother, the Blade 14 has a number of bright green accents that give it that unique Razer look and feel.

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PC Mag Jun 4, 2013

We had our first opportunity to see the new 14-inch Razer Blade, and it looks fantastic. ... The new Blade takes that portability further, trimming the weight to 4.13 pounds and measuring only 0.66-inch thick when closed.

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Kotaku May 31, 2013

I played a few minutes of Metro: Last Light on the Blade and it ran flawlessly on very high settings. FRAPS wasn't running, but I'd guess the game was hitting around 35-45 FPS. The gentleman next to me was running Crysis 3 and getting similar results.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 17, 2013

The Razer Blade 14 unhinges the typical gaming laptop concept: this slender 14-inch slab is far smaller and thinner than a typical gaming laptop but doesn't hold back on the power or specification.

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TechRadar May 30, 2013

All in all, Razer has put together a machine that ... plenty of gamers are going to want. It's also set the stage for a whole new niche of gaming laptops, one that should accelerate rather rapidly.

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IGN May 30, 2013

There are some lingering questions: how's the battery life? How does it run during more prolonged sessions? Is it worth the $1,799.99 price tag? I'll be answering these questions soon in my review, but as things stand, I'm very optimistic.

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TechSpot Jul 5, 2013

With the new 14-inch Razer Blade, the company has created a gaming machine the likes of which we may not have seen for at least another couple of years otherwise. This sort of fearless innovation is exactly what the PC gaming hardware industry needs.

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5.0
SgtHobbes SgtHobbes

amazingly designed laptop. It looks and feels like a black Macbook. I had it for about a week before I returned it to best buy. If it wasn't for 2 problems i probably would have kept it. 1) It gets super how around the exhaust vets. The vents are at the top top of the keyboard built into the...

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9.0
reuterrat reuterrat

Got this to replace a stolen (>.<) 2011 mid-year refresh Macbook Air. Was very surprised at the speed and responsiveness of Windows 8 on this machine. It definitely boots much faster than the Air and doesn't require near as much loading time out of hibernate. When gaming, the Blade...

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