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87 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

Since the first Blade made its debut back in 2011, Razer has steadily improved their portable gaming powerhouse, making it lighter and faster with each iteration. The fifth generation continues that streak, though not without some of the usual drawbacks that continue to plague gaming laptops.

The Blade still sports all the sleek styling we've come to expect from a Razer product, starting with an anodized aluminum chassis that "feels fantastic in hand and immensely strong" to KitGuru, with the green highlights offering CNET "just enough flash" without becoming too garish. TechCrunch calls it "aggressive on the outside and classy on the inside," thanks to a "a comfortable amount of space" on the keyboard and an exceptional trackpad. AnandTech was enamored of how the trackpad was "very easy to move around on," though a few reviewers took issue with the mouse buttons, as TechCrunch mentions their lack of a "satisfying click."

The display had plenty of its own flash to offer, with TechCrunch taking note of how "photos and video really pop on the display" and how it even "looks pretty from most angles." CNET finds it "very nice to game on, but great for entertainment and video and photo work as well." However, though Gizmodo notes that the UHD+ screen is beautiful, the 1080p Blade "will probably give you an objectively better gaming experience," since the higher resolution takes its toll on performance.

The Blade has plenty to offer in that department, with the new CPU and GPU bumping up the performance "substantially" for AnandTech, with benchmark improvements of about 50% over last year's model. However, this only applied to games played at 1080p. IGN found that anything higher took "a lot of horsepower" and you might as well "forget about 60fps at that resolution unless you have three GPUs." But, as long as you "keep your expectations in check," the Blade delivers solid performance.

The ongoing effort to reduce the Blade's size takes its toll in other ways, as well. GameSpot discovered the RAM is soldered to the board, making it impossible to upgrade. It also lacks certain ports, including an Ethernet connection and an SD card slot, which wasn't a dealbreaker for Gizmodo but can still present a point of contention if you like to take a lot of photos.

Overall, Razer has put out another solid gaming machine with the 2015 edition of the Blade. If you're looking for 4K gaming you should just keep on looking but, if you crave a machine that has the size, weight, and battery life to go anywhere, the Blade is a real treat.
87 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
sarz_stark
I own the 2015 edition of the Razer Blade (970M with a 3K QHD+ Panel) and I...read more
80
Hiram4000
Thin and light gaming laptops used to be a fantasy, but now its no longer. The...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
84
Average Critic Score
 
80
PC Mag
The newest Razer Blade boasts impressive features and great performance, making it the ultraportable gaming machine to beat.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
The Razer Blade is a slim stunner that now packs GeForce GTX 970M graphics, making it a lightweight gaming powerhouse.
 
100
IGN
Though expensive, the Razer Blade (2015) is a top-notch laptop that's as good as it gets for ultraportable PC gaming.
 
80
Gizmodo
It's not the "perfect" laptop, but it's the closest Razer's come yet. The day a Blade comes out with all day battery life is the day I put my MacBook to rest.
 
80
AnandTech
For the money, you get a great display, good keyboard, excellent trackpad, and powerful internals wrapped in a thin machined aluminum body. It is a lot of money, but it is also a great experience.
 
80
TechRadar
The 2015 Razer Blade almost fully realizes 3K gaming, but unscalable applications and games prevents this dream from becoming a reality.
 
90
CNET
Whether it's for gaming, multimedia enjoyment, work or all of the above, the Razer Blade is a fantastic choice if you need high performance but don't want to sacrifice mobility to get it.
 
90
TechCrunch
Gaming on a laptop has always involved a trade-off between performance and convenience. ... But some people care about performance and aesthetics. For those gamers, the Blade is the best compromise available.
 
80
KitGuru
The Razer Blade 14 is a stunning looking laptop, like the evil brother of the MacBook Pro. Gaming performance is top class, but it comes with a hefty price.
 
80
GameSpot
It's an incredibly well built gaming laptop that's thin and powerful. It's not the cheapest option around, but it's not always about comparing specs and numbers if you take build-quality seriously. Here, the Blade is the slickest gaming laptop money can buy.
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