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New Razer Blade Review

By on October 7, 2012
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Redefining gaming laptops.

Good: Sleek design; Light-weight for gaming laptop; Excellent build quality; Good performance on all games at 1080p; Low noise.
Bad: Mid-level graphics card means not all games can be played on highest settings; Switchblade UI needs a lot of improvements to be useful.
Price: AED 9,999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Benchmarks

The closest laptop we have reviewed earlier, in terms of specs and price, is the MSI GT70 gaming notebook. Specs are as below:

Apart from having the upper hand with the size and weight, the new Razer Blade seems to lag behind the MSI GT70 in pretty much every component. However, let’s see if this large gap on paper is effective in the real world when it comes to games.

Keeping in line with some of the more recent game releases, we have decided to add some new games to our benchmarks list, taking out some of the older ones. As such, below is a description of the benchmarks used, allowing with the settings used.

Unfortunately we don’t have the GT70 on hand to run the latest games, so Battlefield 3 should give you an idea of the performance difference.

Temperature & Noise

The new Razer Blade already has some very cool components, with the total system rated at just 120W TDP, plus the improved thermal design and aluminum unibody helps things relatively cool. Still, as you can see from the graph below, things did get fairly hot.

Those are internal temperature readings from HWMonitor, what I felt outside near the palmrest area was a mildly warm surface. The area above the keyboard and Switchblade UI was very hot, thankfully that’s not a place my hand is likely to wander. Unfortunately, the new Razer Blade is near unplayable on your laps, as the temperature, while not severely hot, gets very uncomfortable after just 5 minutes of proper gaming. So a table is where the new Razer Blade is meant, and should be played.

As for the noise, the dual vents for both the CPU and GPU area helped dissipate the heat on either side of the laptop, with fairly low noise. I certainly wasn’t distracted by the noise when playing games with the volume set to 40%, and hardly even noticed it when the speakers were set to 60%. While ASUS certainly has noise levels under control as the air vents on their ROG series laptops is pointed behind the monitor, Razer have done an excellent job by matching ASUS’ level of noiselessness with clever thermal design.

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    I would do almost anything for one of these.

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