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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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 Review

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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Pros
  • Fast and powerful
  • Great 3,200 x 1,800 display
  • Slim, compact and attractive
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Screen resolution can undercut performance
  • Shorter battery life than the 2013 model
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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).

Scores

Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

90
Douglate
The notebook can incorporate a quality hardware in a beautiful and very thin...read more
90
xiaoxion
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
nug050
There isn't anything new I can say about the Blade that isn't already said or...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score
Product Review
IGN
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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PC Mag
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
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
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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The Verge
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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Wired
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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TechRadar
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
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.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
90
Engadget
The newest Razer Blade is the company's best laptop yet, but it trades epic battery life for an exceptional display.