Razer Blade (14-inch, 2017)

The Good The Razer Blade has an attractively slim chassis, sharp display and terrific keyboard. It packs Intel's latest-generation i7 processor and great graphics. It's VR-ready.

The Bad It's expensive, and configuration options are limited. The fans are loud and it gets hot when gaming. There's no Ethernet port.

The Bottom Line The Razer Blade is an elegantly subdued mainstream gaming laptop with great performance.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Razer Blade (14-inch, 2017)
Razer Blade (14-inch, 2017)
Origin PC Evo 15-S (2017)
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Alienware 17 Laptop -DKCWKBLG0733
Alienware 17 (R4, 2017)
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Price $1,800 Amazon.com $1,626 Origin $1,900 Dell, Inc. $1,450 Amazon.com $1,900 MSRP
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Review

Razer Blade is the MacBook Pro of gaming laptops

The major changes for the 2017 version are a new processor from Intel's 7th-generation of Core i-series, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and 16GB of faster 2,400MHz DDR4 memory. It's also cheaper, starting at $1,899 (£1,799.99 or AU$2,799.95), and a tenth of a pound lighter, weighing 4.1 pounds (the 4K screen version weighs a bit more).

The stock model has a Full HD screen with 256GB of solid-state storage, upgradable to 512GB ($2,099, £1,999.99, AU$3,099.95) or 1TB ($2,499, £2,399.99, AU$3,699.95). There's also the option of a model with a 4K touchscreen variant with either 512GB ($2,399, £2,299.99, AU$3,499.95) or 1TB  ($2,799, £2,699.99, AU$4,099.95) of SSD. The model reviewed here costs $1,899. 4K screens look cool, but they can really knock down your battery life. The CPU and GPU (really the most important things for a gaming PC) remain the same in each of these configurations.

Dignified design

To fit a full graphics card in a small frame understandably requires compromises. However, the Blade is smaller and more portable than almost any other PC gaming machine. Its design is also elegantly restrained in comparison with current gaming laptop aesthetics, which can have a lot of overblown logos, glowing lights and, yes, alien heads.  

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,900
  • Brand Razer Inc.
  • Type Core i7
  • Installed Size 16 GB
  • Edition Windows 10
  • Capacity 256 GB
  • Diagonal Size 14 in
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model 14-inch, 2017

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