SpecificationsNotebook: Razer Blade (Blade Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2640M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 2800 euro
Average of 2 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Razer Blade
Our time with the Razer Blade at PAX Prime 2012 was all too brief, but we were intrigued by the combination of raw power, tight form factor and the stunning Switchblade UI. The Blade impressed us when it was first announced in August 2011 as part of Razer's "PC Gaming's Not Dead campaign", and the San Diego-based computer maker has certainly made its point. This new redesign is very exciting, especially at the not-unaffordable price point of $2499. We look forward to putting the Razer Blade through its paces for a full review!
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2012
Source: Comp Reviews
Razer made a huge splash with the Blade at CES 2012 thanks to its extremely thin profile, fancy LCD backlit keys and trackpad and promise of high gaming performance. For the most part, this system does deliever as being the thinnest 17-inch on the market with its unique trackpad and programmable buttons.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/18/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
You can't accuse Razer of playing it safe. Razer's first laptop, the Razer Blade, is a thin gaming computer with some futuristic design touches, but a high price means you're paying for design -- and for the second-screen signature Switchblade UI interface that doesn't do as much as we hoped it would...yet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 60% mobility: 70%
Before starting on the Blade itself, let’s talk about what it represents to Razer as a company. This is Razer’s first foray into the PC space, and it’s a very, very solid first effort. There are definitely some details that show they’re new to this game, but they’re the kinds of things that Razer will figure out as they move forward.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/15/2012
Unfortunately it's going to be out of reach of many and I really hope Razer come back soon with a cheaper model, maybe a 15-inch version with some cut down specs, to open up the Blade laptop to the mass gaming market. To Min and the rest of the Razer team, just don't ditch the SSD though and keep all your cool bits you added to the Blade, as it is a really good product in my opinion and deserves the hype surrounding it. Now, I think I was about to install Battlefield 3 on the Blade, allow me to get back to it, will you?
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/08/2012
The Razer Blade is definitely a niche product, and an odd one at that. You’ll get some fast hardware in a well-designed package, but because of the placement of the touch screen, the laptop feels really wide. Even though this thing comes equipped with a large 17.3-inch screen, there’s no optical drive, and hardcore gamers might also find that they’ll run out of space pretty quickly with only 256GB on the SSD. With a $2,700 sticker price, you probably have some incredibly specific gaming needs if you’re the target for this machine.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/12/2012
Source: PC World
It takes quite a bit of bravado to claim that this machine is going to "save PC gaming," but I can see where Razer's going with this. Consoles have stolen the limelight, largely leaving us PC gaming fans stuck with shoddy ports. A product like the Blade is supposed to get people talking again, about the unique features and opportunities you can only get on a PC. I'm still partial to desktops, and that $2800 price tag gives me pause -- it's closer to the higher end of the desktop replacement category. But well heeled gamers take note: this is one to watch.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/26/2011
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M:
As the successor to the GeForce GT 445M, the GT 555M is available in many different versions based on different chips (GF106, GF116, GF108) with different graphics memory (128 Bit, 192 Bit, DDR3, GDDR5) and varying core speeds.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
2640M: Very fast dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Razer: Razer is a Californian company, founded in 1998. It is specialized in computer accessories like mouses, mousepads for gamers. In 2011, the first laptop review of a Razer laptop was published.
60%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
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