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Face Off: Razer Blade vs. Asus GL502VM vs. MSI GT72VR 6RD

Same specs at one-third the size. What's the catch? Assuming identical core specifications, the 14-inch Razer Blade performs *nearly* as well as the MSI GT72VR. There are, of course, other important factors to consider including battery life, display options, fan noise, and surface temperature differences between them.

Three gaming notebooks of dramatically different sizes and shapes yet with the same Core i7-6700HQ Skylake CPU and GTX 1060 Pascal GPU in each. What sacrifices, if any, had to made to fit such power-hungry internals into a system as small as the Razer Blade? Why even purchase a larger 15-inch Asus ROG GL502VM or 17-inch MSI GT72VR when a 14-inch "Super Ultrabook" can supposedly offer the same core performance and a higher resolution display?

For this Face Off, we compare and contrast the thermals and fan noise of each of these three notebooks and see if the performance of the Razer Blade can really match something over twice its size when their main internal specifications are identical.

We encourage users to check out our dedicated review pages below for more data and detailed analyses of each of the three models. This comparison is by no means a replacement, but a condensed aid for those on the fence.

Razer Blade 2015
Razer Blade 2015
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
MSI GT72VR
MSI GT72VR

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Case

The Razer design philosophy thus far has been to offer the most powerful hardware in as thin and attractive of a chassis as possible. The result is a minimalist MacBook-like approach that has changed little since the inception of the Razer Blade 14 back in 2013. Even to this day, the aluminum uni-body Blade is flawless in its execution with no unintended gaps between edges and corners and above-average resistance to twists and depressions on both the lid and base.

Move up in size to the 15.6-inch GL502VM and some weaknesses begin to show. The thin aluminum lid flexes more easily than on the smaller Razer and attempting to twist the base will result in some audible creaking. The drawbacks are nothing major as we still find the design of the Asus to be reflective of the high price.

The larger 17.3-inch GT72VR is solid from top to bottom even if it may not use the same unibody approach as on the Razer. There is slight creaking and small weak areas around certain points, but there is little to complain about the overall rigidity of the system. Like the GL502VM, the lid is the weakest portion of the case and feels more susceptible to damage. The small size of the Blade has the innate advantage in smaller surface areas and less warping.

428 mm / 16.9 inch 294 mm / 11.6 inch 48 mm / 1.89 inch 3.8 kg8.36 lbs390 mm / 15.4 inch 266 mm / 10.5 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.5 kg5.58 lbs345 mm / 13.6 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.32 lbs

Ports in Comparison

Razer Blade 2016
Razer Blade 2016
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
MSI GT72VR
MSI GT72VR

Connectivity

The Blade may be small, but it has one major advantage over the GL502VM and GT72VR: Thunderbolt 3. This greatly increases the notebook's compatibility with external displays, docking stations, and other accessories while still providing all the benefits of a USB Type-C port. The Blade is also compatible with the Razer Core should users decide to take that step.

The Asus offers a disappointing number of ports compared to the smaller Razer. The even larger MSI offers a wider selection of ports albeit without Thunderbolt 3 or even HDMI 2.0 for 4K60 output. Unlike on the Razer, both the Asus and MSI ship with integrated SD readers, wired Ethernet, mini-DisplayPorts, and a secondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay.

Ports and Connections

Razer Blade 2016 Asus GL502VM MSI GT72VR 6RD
USB 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 6x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 1
Video-out 1x USB Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0 1x HDMI 2.0, mDP 1x HDMI 1.4, mDP 1.2
Audio 3.5 mm combo 3.5 mm combo 3.5 mm Mic-in, SPDIF, Line-in, Line-out
Other Kensington Lock SD reader, Gigabit RJ-45, Kensington Lock SD reader, Gigabit RJ-45, Kensington Lock
Storage Bays 1x M.2 2280 1x M.2 2280,1x 2.5-inch SATA III 1x M.2 2280,1x 2.5-inch SATA III

Input Devices

The keyboard keys of the Razer are shallow in travel with slightly soft feedback not unlike on many Ultrabooks. Clatter is higher-pitched on the Razer compared to the keys on the Asus and MSI systems, both of which offer firmer feedback, larger layouts, and a generally quieter typing experience. We find that the Asus and MSI feel better for both general word processing and gaming. The Asus offers a dedicated NumPad while the MSI throws in both a NumPad and auxiliary keys for more functionality.

Both the Razer and MSI rely on dedicated mouse keys instead of the integrated solution on the Asus trackpad. This means precision clicks are more difficult on the GL502VM even if its integrated mouse keys have firm feedback when pressed. In general, however, the trackpads on all three notebooks are very good in terms of responsiveness, glide, and tactility when compared to one another. Some nitpicks include the cheap-feeling dedicated keys on the Razer and the lack of tactile borders around the trackpad of the MSI.

Razer Blade 2016
Razer Blade 2016
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
MSI GT72VR
MSI GT72VR
Razer Blade 2016
Razer Blade 2016
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
MSI GT72VR
MSI GT72VR

Display

Razer likes to boast about its IGZO display and heavily advertises improved colors and accuracy from the panel. Our own measurements show these claims to have some merit as the display on the Blade QHD+ indeed provides deeper contrast, a wider gamut, denser resolution, and more accurate colors than on both the Asus and MSI FHD SKUs. The catch here is that the response times on the IGZO screen are measurably slower compared to both competitors, so ghosting is much more noticeable on the Razer especially if playing fast-paced games.

Both the Asus and MSI utilize matte IPS panels from LG Philips and are thus similar in both contrast and colors. Nonetheless, the display backlight on the MSI is just slightly brighter than on the Asus equivalent.

We've also provided data on the matte Razer Blade FHD SKU below for comparing against the Blade QHD+ SKU and the Asus and MSI notebooks. Response times on the FHD SKU are indeed faster than on the IGZO panel of the QHD+ SKU at the expense of color accuracy, contrast, and screen brightness. 

Razer Blade 2016 QHD+
Razer Blade 2016 QHD+
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
MSI GT72VR 6RD
MSI GT72VR 6RD
Razer Blade 2016 QHD+
Razer Blade 2016 QHD+
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
MSI GT72VR 6RD
MSI GT72VR 6RD
Displays at a Glance

Razer Blade 2016 (QHD+) Razer Blade 2016 (FHD) Asus GL502VM MSI GT72VR 6RD
Size 14.0-inch IGZO glossy 14.0-inch IPS matte 15.6-inch IPS matte 17.3-inch IPS matte
Native Resolution 3200 x 1800 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Pixel Density 262 PPI 157 PPI 141 PPI 127 PPI
Panel ID Sharp LQ140Z1JW01 (SHP1401) LG Philips LP140WF3-SPD1 (LGD046D) LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6 (LGD046F) LG Philips LGD046E
Razer Blade (2016)Razer Blade (2016) FHDAsus Strix GL502VM-FY039TMSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (15, 26)
47 (14, 33)
40 (15, 25)
34.4 (14.8, 19.6)
Response Time Black / White *
37 (9, 28)
26 (6, 20)
25 (5, 20)
26.4 (4.4, 22)
PWM Frequency
200 (90)
Screen
Brightness middle
328
272
321
351.7
Brightness
328
277
296
339
Brightness Distribution
69
84
88
91
Black Level *
0.22
0.26
0.33
0.37
Contrast
1491
1046
973
951
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.91
4.59
4.42
3.71
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.23
8.49
9.78
8.48
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.69
4.28
3.34
2.46
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.23 99%
2.4 92%
2.29 96%
CCT
6418 101%
6848 95%
6213 105%
6849 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
55
55
56.6
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
83
83
86.1
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Razer Blade QHD+ 2016 color profile
Razer Blade QHD+ 2016 color profile
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
MSI GT72VR 6RD
MSI GT72VR 6RD

Performance

CPU Performance

The Skylake Core i7-6700HQ is able to run just as fast on the 18 mm thick 14-inch Blade as it can on the 48 mm thick 17.3-inch MSI. According to CineBench R15, the CPU performances on these three notebooks are nearly the same at just single-digit percentage differences. Thus, users can expect no scaling or throttling on the Razer when running real-world applications.

See our dedicated CPU page on the Core i7-6700HQ for more benchmarks and comparisons.

Hardware at a Glance

Razer Blade 2016 Asus GL502VM MSI GT72VR 6RD
CPU 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ
CPU TDP 45 W 45 W 45 W
GPU GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
RAM 16 GB DDR4 2133 MHz, Dual-Channel, Soldered 16 GB DDR4-2133, Dual-Channel, 1x SODIMM, 8 GB soldered 32 GB DDR4, 1300 MHz, Dual-Channel, 2x SODIMM
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016)
146 Points ∼67%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
148 Points ∼68%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
139 Points ∼64%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016)
671 Points ∼15%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
680 Points ∼16%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
669 Points ∼15%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
1.68 Points ∼69%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
1.59 Points ∼65%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
7.5 Points ∼17%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
7.4 Points ∼17%
wPrime 2.0x
1024m (sort by value)
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
233.067 s * ∼3%
32m (sort by value)
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
7.859 s * ∼2%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
635.934 Seconds * ∼3%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
9560 Points ∼33%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
9757 Points ∼34%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016)
9556 Points ∼29%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
9547 Points ∼29%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
9716 Points ∼30%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6739 Points ∼17%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
7001 Points ∼18%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
44739 Points ∼52%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
45311 Points ∼52%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
42414 Points ∼51%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
45547 Points ∼54%
PCMark 7
System Storage (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
5306 Points ∼74%
Computation (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
23019 Points ∼81%
Creativity (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
12000 Points ∼83%
Entertainment (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6544 Points ∼61%
Productivity (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
4601 Points ∼42%
Lightweight (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
5434 Points ∼74%
Score (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6527 Points ∼71%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016)
4214 Points ∼65%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
5109 Points ∼78%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
4906 Points ∼75%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
7095 Points ∼67%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
6871 Points ∼65%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016)
3417 Points ∼56%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
4741 Points ∼78%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
4551 Points ∼75%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2 (sort by value)
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
41.6 fps ∼1%
Pass 1 (sort by value)
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
143.2 fps ∼53%

* ... smaller is better

Razer Blade 2016
Razer Blade 2016
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
MSI GT72VR 6RD
MSI GT72VR 6RD

GPU Performance

According to 3DMark Fire Strike, both the Blade QHD+ and FHD SKUs are behind the Asus and MSI by 6 percent and 9 percent, respectively. The lower scores on the Razer notebooks could be attributed to lower GPU Boost clocks when under gaming stress. Likewise, the Razer falls behind its two competitors just marginally in our Bioshock Infinite benchmark.

Note that these tests were performed after the EC 4.00 software update from Razer that fixes CPU throttling issues when the system is under certain conditions.

See our dedicated GPU pages on the GeForce GTX 1060 for more benchmarks and comparisons. Our review on the Pascal series reveals additional technical details and features of the GPU.

3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
5145 Points ∼26%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
5427 Points ∼27%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
5541 Points ∼28%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016)
10890 Points ∼27%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
10791 Points ∼27%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
11622 Points ∼29%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
11957 Points ∼29%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016)
13891 Points ∼27%
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
13534 Points ∼27%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
15387 Points ∼30%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
12731 Points ∼25%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
93.61 fps ∼37%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
59.67 fps ∼24%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
89.82 fps ∼36%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Razer Blade (2016) FHD
94 fps ∼35%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
102.3 fps ∼39%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
105.5 fps ∼40%

Stress Test

We run both Prime95 and FurMark to simulate maximum stress and to test system stability. These unrealistic conditions do not represent daily workloads and are instead meant to put both the CPU and GPU at 100 percent capacity.

While throttling may occur on Ultrabooks and systems with ULV processors, it is largely unacceptable on gaming notebooks like these. Fortunately, none of the three systems will throttle significantly even when subjected to extreme stress. The GPUs in the Razer and Asus will run slightly slower than their base clock rates whereas the MSI is able to maintain variable GPU Boost throughout the stress test. This advantage explains why the MSI comes out slightly ahead in gaming benchmarks as shown in the section above. CPU clock rates on the Razer and MSI also retain faster Turbo Boost speeds compared to the Asus.

As for core temperatures, the Blade is the warmest with CPU and GPU temperatures at 98 C and 82 C, respectively. This is compared to 77 C and 72 C on the MSI and 96 C and 84 C on the Asus. Needless to say, the cooling solution of the Asus is far inferior to that of the MSI and looks to be on par with the smaller Razer instead.

Razer Blade 2016
Razer Blade 2016
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
MSI GT72VR 6RD
MSI GT72VR 6RD
CPU and GPU Clock Rates Under Stress

Razer Blade 2016 Asus GL502VM MSI GT72VR 6RD
Processor Core i7-6700HQ Core i7-6700HQ Core i7-6700HQ
Rated GPU Core Clock (MHz) 1405 1405 1405
Stable GPU Core Clock on FurMark (MHz) 1202 1202 1544 - 1708
Rated CPU Core Clock (GHz) 2.6 2.6 2.6
Stable CPU Core Clock on Prime95 (GHz) 3.0 - 3.1 2.8 3.1
Average CPU temperature 98 C 96 C 77 C
Average GPU temperature 82 C 84 C 72 C
Razer Blade 2015
Razer Blade 2015
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS
MSI GT72VR 6RD
MSI GT72VR 6RD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emissions and Energy

System Noise and Temperature

When under low processing loads, the fans on the Razer are generally more sensitive and more likely to pulsate than on the Asus or MSI. The fans can range from anywhere between 31 to 35 dB(A), which is slightly louder than its two competitors under similar loads.

When under medium to high loads like gaming, the Asus system is surprisingly the louder system of the three. The Razer system may be slightly softer, but its fans are higher pitched and will continue to pulsate more frequently. This combination makes fan noise more distracting when gaming on the Razer compared to the Asus and MSI. Lastly, the MSI is quietest as it generally remains under 40 dB(A) under gaming loads. It can certainly reach over 50 dB(A) when absolutely necessary such as during stress tests and temperature benchmarks, but the fans are otherwise generally more indolent especially when compared to the Razer.

Surface temperatures are warmer on the Asus at over 65 C (!) compared to 52 C and 54 C on the Razer and MSI when under extreme loads. This doesn't tell the whole story, however, as average surface temperatures are still warmer on the Razer. This is due to the flatter temperature gradient of the Razer as nearly the entire notebook will warm up noticeably including its palm rests and most of the keyboard. Gaming on the Razer will indeed result in warmer keys and warmer hands.

In contrast, the front quadrants of the Asus remain very cool in the 25 C range even when its rear can be over twice as hot. The MSI is generally cooler with its very localized hot spots for a more comfortable typing experience. Its keyboard center, for example, maxes at out 35 C compared to nearly 50 C each on the Razer and Asus.

Razer Blade 2016
Razer Blade 2016
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
MSI GT72VR 6RD
MSI GT72VR 6RD
Razer Blade 2016
Razer Blade 2016
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
Asus ROG Strix GL502VM
MSI GT72VR 6RD
MSI GT72VR 6RD
Razer Blade (2016)Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039TMSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Noise
off / environment *
30
31
28.6
Idle Minimum *
31
32
30.8
Idle Average *
33
33
30.8
Idle Maximum *
35
34
32
Load Average *
39
44
37.2
Load Maximum *
51
53
51.5

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption

Both the Razer and Asus are significantly more power efficient than the MSI when idling or during average everyday loads. We suspect that the larger size, screen, number of I/O ports and background activity of the MSI system are all responsible for the measurably higher power consumption rates.

When under maximum load with Prime95 and FurMark, however, the three systems come much closer in consumption numbers at about 160 W each. The exception is the Razer Blade at only 124 W before applying the EC 4.00 update. Consumption jumps to 146 W at maximum load after the patch.

Razer Blade (2016) FHDAsus Strix GL502VM-FY039TMSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
14
16
24.4
Idle Average *
18
19
26.6
Idle Maximum *
21
23
36.4
Load Average *
70
68
117
Load Maximum *
146
157
163.6

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery capacity is smallest on the Asus despite the massive chassis size difference between it and the Razer. Runtimes between all three, however, are surprisingly close at just about 4 hours each when under similar WLAN conditions. This is average for a gaming notebook, so users shouldn't expect Ultrabook-level battery life from the Razer even though it may be the size of one. Similarly, users shouldn't expect the GT72VR to last significantly longer simply because it carries a larger capacity battery.

Razer Blade (2016)
70 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
64 Wh
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
83 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
315
323
WiFi v1.3
243
220
221
Load
87
93

Verdict

The Blade runs warmer, louder, and even slightly slower in GPU performance than the GT72VR. While its portability cannot be ignored, gamers should be aware of the differences in response times and hardware features between them.
The Blade runs warmer, louder, and even slightly slower in GPU performance than the GT72VR. While its portability cannot be ignored, gamers should be aware of the differences in response times and hardware features between them.

Opting for the smaller Razer Blade will come with some obvious drawbacks like screen size, a cramped keyboard, and certain key features. Likewise, its advantages are easy to boast including portability, versatility, and performance. We want to point out the lesser-known pros and cons for those considering the 14-inch powerhouse instead of the larger Asus or MSI equivalent.

First and probably most important will be fan behavior. Fan noise is not necessarily louder on the Razer when at its maximum, but both the higher frequency and tendency to pulsate during medium to gaming loads will make the system feel noisier and more noticeable. The generally steadier fans of the Asus and MSI are more desirable as a result.

Secondly, display response times on the new Razer are slower than on the average IPS or TN panel. Ghosting becomes more noticeable and fast-paced games like Overwatch will suffer the most. Note that this applies only to the QHD+ IGZO SKU of the Razer, so hardcore gamers may want to consider the matte FHD SKU instead.

Lastly, core temperatures are generally warmer on the Razer at well over 80 C or 90 C when under demanding loads. GPU performance is slightly slower than on the GT72VR due to limited GPU Boost potential and the system as a whole runs hotter than its 17-inch MSI alternative.

Users who prefer the Razer Blade over the Asus GL502VM will sacrifice far less than those who prefer the Blade over the GT72VR. Surprisingly, portability does not come at the cost of build quality or battery life as the major differences between them are more thermal and display related than any external qualities.

Razer BladeAsus ROG GL502VMMSI GT72VR 6RD

+ Thinner and lighter

+ Rigid unibody aluminum chassis; stronger lid

+ Thunderbolt 3 port

+ Wider color gamut and more accurate colors (QHD model)

+ HDMI 2.0

+ Easier-to-use keyboard; Dedicated NumPad

+ Faster display response times

+ Slightly more power efficient

+ More USB and audio connectivity options

+ Easier-to-use keyboard; Dedicated NumPad and Auxiliary keys

+ Faster display response times

+ Consistently higher CPU and GPU Boost speeds even when under extreme stress

+ Cooler core temperatures

+ Generally quieter system with less pulsing when under stress

- Fewer connectivity options; No SD reader

- Slightly slower GPU performance

- Only a single internal storage bay

- Barebones keyboard w/ no extra features

- Slower display response times (QHD model)

- Non-expandable system RAM

- System fans pulsate more frequently

- No dedicated mouse keys

- Lid more susceptable to twisting

- Narrower color gamut; Lower contrast

- Warmer core temperatures

- Louder when under gaming or extreme loads

- Larger and heavier; Lid more susceptible to twisting

- Only USB Type-C Gen. 1 speeds

- Narrower color gamut; Lower contrast

Razer Blade 2016

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Allen Ngo, 2016-12-29 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.