Razer Blade (15-inch) Review: Slim Bezels, Hot Temperatures

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Price Analysis & Conclusion

Versus the Competition

The Blade is a solid contender if you’re looking for an attractive thin-and-light laptop with plenty of performance. However, Razer products tend to carry premium price, and the Blade is no different. Our Blade configuration was $2,400.

In comparison to the Equinox, the Blade has worse thermal dissipation but similar gaming performance, better aesthetics and superior build quality. We noted in our Equinox review that the top cover exhibited flexing with even a moderate amount of pressure. The Equinox is $1,875, or $525 cheaper.

If you’re already willing to pay for the Blade, then the Acer Predator Triton 700 isn’t far from your budget. At $2,800, you’ll enjoy better gaming performance. This will be especially useful in GPU-intensive titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Ashes of the Singularity, where the Max-Q GTX 1070 don’t perform as well as the Triton 700’s’s GTX 1080. Additionally, the Triton 700 features great build quality and a RAID 0 configuration, which will be ideal if you plan on using your laptop as a multimedia machine.

Finally, if you just need a budget gaming laptop, then you should consider the Acer Predator Helios 300, which received our Editor’s Choice award for its outstanding performance at a value  With the GTX 1060, the Helios 300 delivers most of the Blade’s performance, but at less than half the price.

Bottom Line

The Razer Blade is a sturdily built laptop with beautiful aesthetics. It’s thin and light enough to be taken anywhere, and you definitely won’t be embarrassed to flaunt it in public. Furthermore, its beautiful, near bezel-less display and attractive lighting make it a sight to behold.

The Blade isn’t without its faults, however. First and foremost is the price, which is high for what you get. It also runs much hotter than the competition.

The new, 15-inch Razer Blade is one of the more striking laptops we’ve ever set our hands on. However, it’s thermal performance and incredibly high price may make you think twice about buying it.

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  • Chaos2Theory
    Can you guys stop making noonsense comparisons after ever single graph? Oh my i see that the cpu performance of one scored 6023 vs 6019 therefore i can say that the one with 6023 has slightly better cpu performance. Like as if those benchmarks that you run every single day dont fluctuate by at least 100 points run to run reguardless of thermals. There are small pedantic nonsense comments like that after nearly every graph.
  • slay1ngt1t4n
    Why is this not compared to other laptops in the same category ie thin bezel gaming laptops like the aero 15x, etc.
  • introjected
    Why does this article repeatedly state that the Blade 15 has a G-Sync display? Razer's own website confirms it doesn't. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, but the only Blade with G-Sync is the Pro.
  • Ninjawithagun
    Bottom line, this Razer gaming laptop is overpriced and not designed well overall. Overheating issues plague it's ability to perform as it should due to it's compact design. It is also a full $800 more expensive than comparable compact thin design gaming laptops, such as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501GS-XS74), which costs just $2199 with similar specs. IMHO, Razer needs to re-evaluate the cost of their products in order to be more competitive.
  • ninjashow212
    Finally, a laptop that I can accurately meme "Guys can you please not spam the chat. My mom bought me this new laptop and it gets really hot when the chat is being spamed. Now my leg is starting to hurt because it is getting so hot. Please, if you don't want me to get burned, then dont spam the chat." With. Except my mum would never buy me a laptop, let alone this overpriced heap of crap.
  • pjmelect
    This sounds like an Apple laptop with hopefuly better build quality.