Slim Blade: Razer's 14 inch Blade gaming laptop reviewed
4.6Overall Score

Price (RRP): $3499
Manufacturer: Razer

Gamers have special needs. They need power and grunt from their computers, but this also comes with big sizes and heavy machines. But not all computers are created equal, and in the Blade 14, Razer is showing gamers that it can make a slim, sexy, and surprising computer all gamers will want.

Features

Designed for gamers, the Razer Blade 14 isn’t your regular computer, packing in more guts than most and aimed at people who don’t necessarily need battery life, but rather would prefer the ability to play PC games without scaling back on graphics.

To make that happen, the Blade 14 packs in the specs, with a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz (4702HQ), 8GB RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a high-end video chipset made for gamers, with the NVidia GeForce GTX870M working alongside 3GB video RAM.

Wireless options are catered for with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n and even ac (802.11ac), with wired options taken care of through three bright green USB 3.0 ports, a lone HDMI, and a 3.5mm headset jack for plugging those headphones into.

All of this can be found under a 14 inch Quad HD (QHD) screen, showing the resolution of 3200×1800 and supporting touch. With a 14 inch 3200×1800 display, Razer has provided a display showing off 262 pixels per inch, 40 pixels per inch higher than the Retina-grade screens on Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina.

A trackpad mouse is also included, as is a keyboard with green backlighting.

The casing for the Razer Blade 14 is made from metal, with several types gracing it, including aluminium, magnesium, and steel.

No optical drive or SD card slot can be found on the Razer Blade 14.

Performance

Next-generation consoles like the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4 may well be selling like mad, but ask any gamer how the PC market is going and they’ll say there’s a resurgence.

Head online, and you’ll see it too: Valve’s online store “Steam” sells digitally downloaded gams by the truckload, with plenty of raw gaming goodness being made available through Good Old Games (GOG), Humble Bundle, and plenty of other places, too.

Yes, PC gaming is on its way back, and you can thank platform dependencies of the console world (being forced to buy games for specific platforms) and the more impressive hardware that laptops and tablets now have, making it possible for anyone to take games — both hardcore and not-so-hardcore — where ever they go, not just playing them on the massive computer tower we used to have to use late at night.

Peripheral maker Razer is getting in on that action with a computer of its own, bringing its gaming accessory making expertise to an accessory of a different kind: the accessory that lets you play the whole game, not just controlling the input of said game.

In the Blade 14, Razer has taken its understanding of solid equipment and applied it to a different beast: the computer.’