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The $1,799 14-inch Razer Blade laptop isn't cheap, but it's stylishly packaged.
The AC adapter brick's not too large. Packaging is minimal.
In its all-aluminum, matte-black design, this Razer Blade is similar to the 17-inch version we reviewed last year, but this one's far more compact.
In terms of dimensions, it's similar to the 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, with a wider footprint.
The 14-inch matte display has a 1,600x900-pixel resolution. It's OK, but not nearly as crisp and impressive as displays on other current laptops at this price.
A backlit keyboard feels crisp and responsive, as do the large touch pad beneath and its physical click buttons, but there aren't any standalone macro keys, nor a number pad. You can program keys via Razer's Synapse 2.0 software.
Yes, it's sleek.
Backlit keys, up close.
It's not ultrabook-thin, but the 0.66-inch-thick, 4.1-pound Blade is extremely easy to carry around.
Ports are sparse: three USB 3.0, HDMI, and a headphone jack, but no Ethernet or SD card slot.
You'll probably plug in a mouse or control pad, but keyboard controls work nicely.
No touch screen on this Blade; you'll have to use the touch pad for Windows 8 gestures.
Comfy lap typing.
You could use the new Blade as a regular laptop. But the base 128GB solid-state drive may not be enough for a lot of gamers (you can upgrade to 256GB or 512GB).
The screen tilts back farther than you'd expect.