When you unbox the Blade, the first thing you’ll realize is that this thing is indeed gorgeous.  Thinner than a MacBook pro (not the new one) with a smooth black aluminum chassis that’s oh-so-sophisticated in every way.  The matte finish is only interrupted by the embossed green Razer logo – which of course glows a lovely shade of Razer green when powered on.

Seemed appropriate.

Weighing in at less than 7lbs (6.4 not 6.9 as stated in that image above) you can spin the Blade on your fingertip like a basketball if you so wish.  As Razer says, the Blade is truly portable.  I found this out first hand when I brought the Blade up to GDC in San Francisco.  Razer had forgotten to ship my review unit with a case so I had to put it in the seat back pocket of my Jeep.  To my surprise, it fit rather snugly.  Just don’t tell Razer that.

The first time I set the Blade up was in a hotel room.  That’s when I noticed that it wasn’t only the laptop itself that carried a low profile.  The power brick was also the slimmest I’d ever seen.

GTA Mug Not Included

Sleekness simply oozes from the Blade and it did not go unnoticed.  Everywhere I went people asked me about it.  At GDC I brought it to the press room and other writers just wanted to touch it.  At LAX I got asked about it by the TSA.

Don't ask me where I hid the power brick...

At JFK I damn near picked up a girl at a coffee shop with it and while sitting on a plane I made one guy with a MacBook very jealous.

I think he's doing his taxes.

But enough about how damn pretty the thing is and how cool I felt while getting to carry it around the country.  I’m not here to tell you that buying a Razer Blade will get you laid (because it won’t) but let me say that yes, this is the “sexiest” laptop I’ve ever had the pleasure of using.  In fact, if not for the Blade, I’m not even sure you could put sexy and laptop in the same sentence.  So at least there’s that.


  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