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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.

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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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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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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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90
sarz_stark
11.22.15
I own the 2015 edition of the Razer Blade (970M with a 3K QHD+ Panel) and I have been using it for a total of 5 months Razer invented the Blade not to be the world's fastest or the best gaming laptop ,but to be the world's best portable gaming laptop and at that is where it destroys it's competition. It might not have an overclocked desktop grade i7 CPU or a desktop grade graphics card such as the GTX 980 like the EON17-SLX from OriginPC or the GT72 from MSI ,but what it has is something that even those gaming laptops are lacking and that is battery life. On average the Blade lasts me 5-6 hours on a single charge which is very impressive considering that it is outfitted with 3K (QHD+) Sharp panel, GTX 970M, and a quadcore intel i7 -4720HQ processor which is still top of the line when it comes to portable gaming laptops. And while I agree that I too was a little envious at the fact that Nvidia was able to outfit a desktop grade graphics card in a laptop which while weighed significantly more was still somewhat mobile. I found comfort in the fact that what I had was still relevant and that was the high resolution screen of the Blade (3200x1800) and while it's not 4K it is very close to it. And the panel is something that I still love about the Blade the only thing that I found annoying was that it is a little too bright which makes it difficult to use it during night time under low light (when I am about to fall asleep). Overall I really enjoy using the Blade the only other thing that I did not like was the fact that the CPU gets hot very quickly while gaming I the blade would reach 95 degrees ,but it's not all bad. Unlike MSI gaming computers the Razer Blade doesn't get loud at all in fact the fan only kicks in when it absolutely has to and even when I downloaded EVGA's Precision X utility to modify the fan speed I wasn't able to as it would cause the entire system to restart which is something I found to be weird. The only utility that works is MSI's afterburner ,but even when I would use that it would still not let me control the fan speed I suspect Razer did this intentionally to make sure the Blade's fans didn't interfere with one's gaming experience or didn't distract them from having an immersive gaming experience. If you are in the market to buy a Razer Blade gaming laptop I'd recommend you to wait since the next year's version is going to be released in a couple of months most probably in the month of February. What I must tell you is that even though the 970M graphics card by Nvidia is one of the best mobile graphics card it's still not enough to output 60 FPS if you are going to be playing at the max resolution on Ultra settings. While playing Witcher 3 on max the Blade reached 95 degrees (max CPU temperature) and on average my frame rate hovered around 19 FPS ,but on high-very high settings I would get 25 FPS and it was smooth enough to a point where I wasn't worried about what FPS I was getting.Pros - Barely audible compared to the competition (MSI's Apache or nominator notebooks), Phenomenal build quality (CNC Aluminum), extremely portable, Stunning display that's near 4K, Keyboard feels just as good as my CM Storm's Mechanical keyboard and an unrivaled trackpad. Cons - While I acknowledge the fact that Razer has made improvements to the thermal system I still believe it needs to be improved further, in the next iteration of this laptop I want Razer to replace the 3K IGZO QHD+ panel with a 4K IPS monitor. Credibility - I am not a professional reviewer ,but a customer who bought this from the Microsoft Store therefore all of my opinions are genuine and I am not being paid to write this review.
 
80
Hiram4000
05.10.15
Thin and light gaming laptops used to be a fantasy, but now its no longer. The new Razer Blade 2015, is a 14 inch thin and light weight gaming laptop, with a thickness of 0.71 inches, which is thinner than the height of a dime. The weight is 4.47 pounds, and has a gorgeous black aluminum design, which kind of resembles the structure of Apple's Macbook Pro.The specs of this laptop isn't to be laughed at, since it packs a GTX970M Nvidia Geforce graphics card, along with RAM which you can upgrade to 16 RAM, and a storage size up to 512 GB. The Blade uses the latest i7 to boost your speed, along with the 16 GB of RAM, makes this laptop not just a gaming laptop, but one for business and work as well.A few things I will point out is the Razer Blade doesn't have a good heating system, so playing games will actually make the laptop very hot. They also sacrificed thinnest for less power. You cannot compare this will other gaming laptops like Alienware or Aorus, but more like a business laptop, plus some regular happy gaming. Display is nice, a 3K with 262 pixels per inch, along with a touchscreen display.Overall, the laptop is about $1899 for the cheapest version, (without touchscreen) for 128GB. This laptop is expensive, but your pretty much just paying for the thinnest. This isn't a powerhouse laptop, but will be great for a business laptop, with 7 hours of battery, or a mild-intensive gaming laptop which is about 2 hours. Buy this if you have the money, and if you want a hybrid between a gaming and a business laptop.
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