Razer Blade 2014 (College Review)

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The Razer Blade 2014 is a high-end gaming laptop that Razer introduced in 2012. Since it’s first generation, this laptop has made significant strides. Does this version live up to its predecessor? And could this be the gaming laptop you bring to college? Read on to find out in our college-exclusive Razer Blade 2014 review!


Features

  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • Compact 150-watt power adapter
  • Nvidia GeForce Experience
  • Battery Boost
  • ShadowPlay
  • Game Stream
  • Razer Synapse 2.0
  • 10 point Touchscreen
  • One-year Warranty

Specs

  • Screen Size: 13.6″
  • Screen Resolution: 3200 x 1800
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4702HQ 2.2 GHz / 3.2 GHz (Base/Turbo)
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Hard Drive: 256GB SSD
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac
  • Average Battery Life: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Weight: 4.47 lbs

Specs Review: The Razer Blade (2014), in terms of external design, remains the same as the Razer Blade (2013). It is a slim design with a 13.6″ screen. The big change that comes with the Razer Blade (2014) is the display. The Razer Blade (2013) offered a 1600 x 900 resolution. The new version steps it up significantly, to an impressive 3200 x 1800 resolution display. This huge change results in improvement in details, making the games we love look even better. The Razer Blade (2014) has the same processor and memory that the previous model had, Intel Core i7-4702HQ and 8GB of RAM, but that does not mean this machine doesn’t have power. This laptop’s performance holds up with some of the best gaming laptops on the market. The Razer Blade (2014) also comes loaded with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M with 3GB of dedicated memory. This is another big step-up from last years model. But even with the solid processor, graphics card, memory, and the higher-resolution display that the Razer Blade (2014) has to offer, it still has issues keeping up on computer intensive games. At lowers resolutions, the Razer Blade (2014) will run games well over 60 FPS. But crank the resolution up to 1920 x 1080, and FPS drops, significantly. Here are some of benchmarks:

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Picture from pcmag.com.

Another glaring issue that arises from the higher resolution is the battery power life. The Razer Blade (2013) had nearly 7 hours of battery life (6 hours and 52 minutes to be exact). The current Blade (2014) is down to 4 hours and 15 minutes, decreasing it’s portability. This difference is largely because of the new display, higher resolution means more pixels and greater demand on the processor. 4 hours and 15 minutes puts the Razer Blade (2014) at the bottom of the list in terms of battery life. Another problem with the Razer Blade (2014) is how hot it gets. The slim design and narrow chassis does not allow a lot of room for air to circulate. Tests have shown that when running games, temperatures can get as high as 126 degrees Fahrenheit. This laptop is also noisy. As soon as games are fired up, the fans kick in and become super loud. The persistent high-pitch noise is difficult to ignore, even with headphones on.


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

“Amazing laptop in every way!”
“Capable, thin, and can do anything you want it to.”
“This newest Razer Blade ultra-portable gaming laptop has a lot to love, but a higher price and some performance issues.”


Conclusion for College Students: The Razer Blade (2014) is an overall solid gaming laptop to bring to school. Other than the terrible battery, it is still a fairly portable laptop. The main issues lie in the laptop getting too hot, not running games optimally, and the noise. But even with all of these issues, a lot of reviews are really positive on this laptop. This laptop will get the job done when it comes to gaming at college, just with some downsides to it. If you don’t mind spending a lot of money on a solid gaming laptop, this one might be for you. But for most people, this laptop is too expensive for what it has to offer.
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Hey everyone! I'm Devin. I'm a video game addict. Some of the games I play include World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and many many many more. I also love computers, and that's why I write these posts!

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