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84
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

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.

Pros
  • Fast and powerful
  • Excellent trackpad
  • Stellar battery life (for a gaming machine)
  • Slim, compact and thoroughly attractive
Cons
  • Middling screen and audio quality
  • More expensive (and less powerful) than other machines
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Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

90
guillaumeiii
Best Windows 8 laptop I've used. A really good compromise between Mac's quality...read more
90
reuterrat
Got this to replace a stolen (>.<) 2011 mid-year refresh Macbook Air....read more
90
Evan Maraszek
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
1600 x 900
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i7
System RAM
81
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 620

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)
Number of cores
Quad-core

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g)

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete + integrated (NVIDIA) (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
Yes
Screen size
14 inches
Screen resolution
1600 x 900
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
2 slots (total)
2 slots (occupied)
16 GB (system)
8 GB (per module)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 6 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (70 Wh capacity)

Input

Keyboard
Yes
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo