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A 'no-compromise' premium gaming laptop

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Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan describes the 2014 Razer Blade as a "no-compromise" gaming laptop, and that's almost accurate. Between the machine's screaming graphics performance, its thin chassis and that new QHD+ touchscreen, I was hard-pressed to find a legitimate complaint. Even so, the shadow of compromise is indeed here. The 14-inch Blade's enhancements undo one of the previous models' best features: battery life. Lasting only about four hours on a single charge, the new Blade still has a decent runtime (for a gaming machine), but it used to be exemplary. It's a loss worth mourning.

It's also worth noting that the new Blade is the first in the product's history to launch with a higher price than the previous model, further solidifying it as a premium gaming machine that won't compromise features for the sake of price. Either way, Razer's 2014 Blade is the company's best laptop yet, trumping its previous machine in nearly every regard. If you've got deep pockets, an appreciation for finely crafted electronics and the know-how to navigate the machine's enormous touch display, you may have found your next laptop.

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Critic reviews

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  • Speed and features
    9.1
  • Design and form factor
    9.4
  • Battery life
    5.4
  • Display
    9.5
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Expandability
    8.0
  • Noise
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
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9.0
Engadget May 6, 2014

The newest Razer Blade is the company's best laptop yet, but it trades epic battery life for an exceptional display.

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8.0
CNET May 6, 2014

Razer’s newest gaming laptop trades ultralong battery life for a fantastic screen and even better graphics. It’s a trade worth making: this is the best Razer gaming laptop, and the best thin gaming PC anywhere.

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8.0
Wired Jun 24, 2014

With its iconic green-backlit keyboard, sturdy matte-black chassis, beefy audio, and top-shelf performance, there’s plenty to like in the New Razer Blade. Unfortunately, that comes at a cost that is becoming a bit difficult to swallow.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jul 9, 2014

The Blade 2014 is a leap forward as a gaming laptop, and an impressive feat of engineering, but a step back as an everything-else machine. So get your game on, by all means, but you should probably look for a different daily driver.

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8.0
IGN May 14, 2014

Having only launched its first gaming laptop in 2012, Razer is still cutting its teeth in the PC systems space, but it's innovating rapidly. The 2014 Blade not only represents a significant evolutionary leap over last year's model, but a commendable attempt to push the entire category forward.

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8.0
The Verge May 20, 2014

You get some of the most powerful silicon ever crammed into a laptop, and a super high definition display. In other words, you may not look like a geek carrying around the new Blade, but you might have to be one to appreciate it.

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First Looks

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PC Mag Mar 12, 2014

Now, no single-GPU system will play AAA titles at 3,200 by 1,800 (yet), but tweak the quality settings down to medium-high and you'll get smooth gameplay out of the Razer Blade.

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PC World Mar 12, 2014

Razer's gone all-in on the diminutive Blade this year, overhauling the screen, the internals, the keyboard—everything, really. The Blade's screen is their pride and joy.

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CNET Mar 12, 2014

In the hand, the Blade feels great, too, with a matte finish, bright keyboard backlight, and that eye-popping high-res touch screen covered with edge-to-edge glass.

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Wired Mar 12, 2014

This premium portable will certainly cost you: The new 14-inch Razer Blade will start at $2,200 for its 128GB SSD base version. 256GB and 512GB SSD configurations will also be available for a bit more than that.

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Gizmodo Mar 12, 2014

Everything we loved about Blades past is still here: a stellar keyboard, a beautiful rock-solid body, discrete graphics guts for gaming. But the highlight this time around is the screen, the stunningly beautiful 3200x1600 IPS touchscreen that graces the 14-inch model.

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IGN Mar 12, 2014

Razer is putting a lot of weight into the quality of the display, and based on first-hand experience, it's deserving of the attention. Color bursts from the screen and the level of detail in photos and games running at native resolution is exceptional.

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The Verge Mar 12, 2014

That garish low-resolution 1600 x 900 display has been replaced with a crazy high-res 3200 x 1800 IGZO IPS screen that's incredibly crisp, with far wider 160-degree viewing angles, less color shift, and which the company says is responsive enough for gaming.

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TechRadar Mar 12, 2014

The screen is worlds better than the original and I can't imagine other gaming laptop makers - hell, any laptop maker - ignoring what Razer has put in the Blade. It's not just a pretty face though and Nvidia's new GPU was impressive during my short time seeing it in action.

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Maximum PC Mar 12, 2014

The new 14-inch Razer Blade’s biggest feature is the 3200x1800 touchscreen display that features 5.76 megapixels. It is a significant upgrade from last year’s model that featured a 1600x900 resolution display.

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adridder adridder

Thinnest and super lightweight. Amazing screen and performance. For all who like MacBook quality but enjoy using windows and windows apps. High price but there is no equal product, so this is for those who demand the best. I'm so used to high Rez that any less resolution on a laptop feels like...

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jbsulli jbsulli

Got this laptop because I wanted power in a reasonably-sized package and I don't regret it! It is premium in every way. I do IT work so it is important that my computer be quick, powerful, and reliable - this one really shines in all of those areas. It was frustrating at first because the release...

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j22582536 j22582536

The only thing I can possibly complain about is the price, other than that, it is the best gaming laptop I have ever seen considering the portability and performance. Razer Blade 2014 is probably the most powerful 14" laptop in the market right now. It has a Quad Core i7-4702HQ, a GTX870M GPU,...

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