PC Gaming is not dead, but that has nothing to do with the Razer Blade.

The phrase above has come to both haunt and represent Razer as a company.  “PC Gaming Is Not Deadread a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal.  However, when that now infamous PR campaign led up to the reveal of Razer’s $2800 Blade gaming laptop, many were less than impressed.

People had already argued that the high price of entry was one of the things “killing” PC gaming, so why on earth would Razer think that releasing the lamborghini of laptops would change anyone’s mind?  It was a curious campaign to be sure, but not as curious as the Blade itself.

The Razer Blade, simply put, is unlike any laptop I’ve ever used before.  And I mean that in both very good and very bad ways.  The company was nice enough to let me live with their flagship device for nearly two months, and live with it I did.  It traveled with me from San Diego to San Fransisco, to New York and back, garnering stares and questions from curious onlookers the entire way.  It sat on my desk, on my bed, on a plane, on a train and of course, on my lap.

I started off reviewing this thing as I would a new video card.  I planned on testing it using every benchmarking program and game under the sun.  But then I took a step back.

This isn’t Nvidia or AMD’s latest GPU, this is a laptop.  It’s supposed to be part of my life.  My workstation away from my desk, my only solace when I’m trapped at my mother’s house with my family during the holidays.  Who cares how it runs Crysis Warhead or what sort of FPS it gets on Unigine’s Heaven?  Who cares how it scores on the Mafia II PhysX benchmark or the Lost Planet 2 DX11 tesselation test? I’m never going to play those games again and that has absolutely nothing to do with my life or yours as a gamer on the go.  So as I said, I took a step back.

Can this thing handle the games I want to play when and where I want to play them? Can it work as well as it plays?  Should anyone actually buy the damn thing? Let’s find out:


  1. “If you came here simply looking for a score, you’ll find it lost somewhere within the confines of this review.  You know, in the words… between the lines.”


    Now please apply this philosophy to rest of the site's reviews. 

  2. Nice review. I do have to disagree with your opinion on the keyboard as many other reviewers have praised it. Isuppose that it is all up to the individuals preference in the end.

    Thanks for all the gameplay videos though. I have been waiting a long time to see some real time action of the blade. Pity that the witcher 2 hasn’t shown up yet though (sigh).

    • Thanks! 

      Yes, the keyboard simply infuriates me, but that’s just one man’s opinion.As for your high end European favorites, The Blade runs Witcher 2 and Metro on low.  But you don’t want to play Witcher or Metro on those settings.  I have my Metro benchmarking vids somewhere if you really want to see them – but the Blade gets around 10-15 FPS and it’s not much fun to watch. Thanks for the feedback!  

  3. Bad speakers.
    Bad keyboard.
    Gets hot and loud.
    Cant run games perfectly.
    Out dated specs.
    Razer aka bad quality for a high price.
    3 years old G73 has better performance lol?
    2800$ 2800$ 2800$ 2800$ 2800$ 2800$ 2800$ 2800$
    You give this piece of trash a 7?
    “there’s nothing else like the Razer Blade.” And I’m glad that this is true!Want portablity ? Get 3 m11x instead.

    • This outspecs the m11xs. It is razers equivalent of the 14x except with a 17 inch screen and thinner.

      It is able to run all current games at high to medium so it is a perfectly acceptable gaming machine. As for the quality it is made of aluminum so its durable and Nvidia and Intel have worked on the project along with employees from dell, apple and hp.

      All the issues have come from a lack of experience in the pc industry. You do realize that this is their first laptop right? Also they keyboard is fine, some people just dont like it as much as others. 

      I am not a Razer fanboy, I dont own any of their products but I hate people hating on this laptop when they do not know enough about it to judge it properly. 

      • This ^

        You are dead on.  The Blade is a perfectly capable gaming machine and it’s more portable than any of the more powerful gaming laptops out there.

        Also, OP’s username already makes his ill informed argument invalid.

  4. Thank you so much for writing this review and uploading all those videos.  I’ve been looking for info on what settings a gamer would really use on the Blade, and that’s exactly what you’ve put out there.  I’m a bit sad that there’s no mention of Diablo III on the article, and a bit surprised at your remarks on the keyboard, since I’d never read negative feedback on that before.

    The bottom line is that I’m even more fickle about getting this than I was before.  It accentuates the biggest of my concerns (emissions), introduces a new one (keyboard), but at the same time alleviates the most relevant of them all (performance).  I’m the kind of guy who loves going around with his m11x R2, but wishes it had a bigger (matte) screen and a better GPU- and this is basically that (plus a slim-down and some blingy lcd techno-sorcery) for $1800.Just as a curious afterthought, does it not run Crysis 2 at all?  Or is it only playable on low?  If you could give a ballpark on how you think it might run Diablo III I would greatly appreciate it- that will probably leave me confident enough to make the leap of faith into this love/hate/both relationship.

    • I could have swore I gave Diablo III a brief mention since it runs great at max settings! However, since Diablo also runs on Mac I didn’t make it a focal point of the review.  Also, yes – it will run Crysis 2 but on low-medium at 20-40fps and without any DX11 implementation.

      Thanks for the feedback!! m/_((><))<3