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.
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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