This is a review of the 2016 Razer Blade highly anticipated product in comparison to last year’s model. This one’s thinner more powerful and yet somehow it’s four hundred dollars cheaper, sounds pretty good. So the box this year is pretty similar to last year’s at the black box with a bright green trim and inside to get the laptop AC adapter and a pack of pamphlets with the cleaning cloth and some stickers the top surface is a black anodized aluminum.
It’s a different material from the 2015 blade that was rough and not pleasant to hold this is the same smoother finish as a Razer Blade stealth the Razer logo lights up and even if you turn off the local lighting the back-lighting from the screen still gives it a blow. It has the same aluminum material on the bottom and you can access the internals by removing some screws the driven.
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Razer Blade 14 (2016)
Here is yet again that PM951 from Samsung where the smaller the drive is the slower they are.
|Sequential Read||Up to 1,050MB/s|
|Random Read||Up to 250K IOPS|
|Sequential Write||Up to 560MB/s|
|Random Write||Up to 144K IOPS|
|Interface||PCI Express Gen3 x4|
This is a 250K read speed are good but the write speeds aren’t so hot. The 512GB will have faster rights it’s around twice as fast but it’s still not amazing and likes to see better drives at this price point the good thing is that if you want to swap it out. It’s easy to do the ram is soldered on it’s got 16GB which is planning for gaming and the fans have been redesigned. If you take a look at them they have a bit of a concave shape to them and they’re also easy to access.
If you ever need to clean them out the screen construction is super solid is essentially no flex wit and same with the hinge excellent tension. Out of the box and it’s one hand open the keyboard area is also very rigid now build quality and in terms of the exterior build of the Razer it’s awesome better than last year’s model and could say it’s equal to the build quality of a MacBook. If I had to nitpick at something I guess the plastic hinge cover here could be better. But that’s really all you got now it looks super cool to have a black anodized laptop. But underneath this block is a super shiny silver and nicks and chips are going to sparkle like a diamond.
Razer Blade Ports
For ports it has three; USB-3 the combo audio jack HDMI port and of course a thunderbolt 3 port that, you can connect into the Razer core. There’s no SD card slot again this year and for kicks. You can charge it with the Thunderbolt 3 port but it didn’t seem to work with the Razer Blades stealth charger. If you’re unfamiliar with the core it’s an external box that you can connect to boost your graphics performance.
If you want to learn more about it there’s a link up top and going to be doing a review of the core with both Razer laptops shortly so be subscribed for that the CHROMA keyboard is pretty cool you can do lots of fun stuff with it. There’s a lot of options and then use to make it go from rainbow to solid -breathing too reactive funds it’s pretty neat. But don’t make it the main reason that you buy it the novelty will probably wear off quickly the keyboard itself is really good.
Razer Blade Keyboard
It definitely feels better than the stealth keyboard because each keystroke has a little bit more travel it also still has the anti-ghosting feature for maximum span and I think it’s a keyboard that most people will like the glass trackpad is good. it’s an excellent texture not too smooth and the controls actually feel better than the stealth trackpad what I don’t like are the buttons they feel like they’re the same buttons as last year they feel and sound cheap and they’re small right. So it took me over a week to get used to it and once you’ve been spoiled with the force touch trackpad.
Razer Blade Display
We can click wherever you want kind of sucks to be clicking on a tiny sliver of a button the screen on this model is a 14-inch exhaust touchscreen running at 3,200×1800 viewing angles and color game are pretty good. But I would calibrate it if you can it gets pretty bright 330minutes. But it’s a glossy screen so some great outdoors the weird thing is that the lowest brightness setting isn’t very dim. So if you plan on using in the dark a lot that might bug you.
The webcam up top is 2MP(megapixel) looks pretty good the bezels on the sides aren’t too bad. But the top bezel is pretty big.
Razer Blade Speaker
The speakers are pointing upward and forth in the laptop. They sound good you definitely sound better than the Razer Blade stealth speakers, they sound clear they get loud and the base isn’t bad. But they’re not as good as the speakers on the thicker laptops.
Razer Blade Graphics card (GPU)
It’s running a quad-core sky like chip and GTX 1060 so the Razer Blade handles games. Well, it’s older chips there are tons of benchmarks on the web. But you’re going to get excellent game performance for light to moderately demanding titles 60 frames per second on max graphics settings. 1080p something heavier like rainbow six sieges will still get 55, 60 frames per second with high graphics settings at 1080p for extremely demanding titles.
You’ll need to reduce your graphics quality or resolution at 1080p. And had to play on low to medium settings to get smooth frame rates in the new doom granted. This is one of the most hardware demanding games right now. And if you’re thinking of playing at the native resolution of 3200×1800 unless you’re playing a Gari or something don’t do it last year’s Razer Blade ran.
Razer Blade Temperature
It is really hot this year the fans and heat pipes have been redesigned and it’s running a Skylake chip. So temperatures are better. It’s still hot the good thing is the fans are strong enough to keep the clock speed up now these fans are quiet on idol and even when watching a movie they spin. But you don’t really hear them but when you’re playing a very demanding game. Fans can get super loud you’ll probably want headphones it uses a 165 water adapter under normal use.
Razer Blade Battery (When Playing Game)
I was getting around five and a half hours of battery life screen at sixty percent playing games.
I got around one and a half hours and to charge the battery up takes around two and a half hours (2 1/2hrs) all right the 2016 Razer Blade 14.
It starts at around $2000 dollars. It has a really solid unibody chassis excellent build quality. But get asked in our sleep for it. It has a 14-inch touchscreen that’s bright and color accurate but the bezels are a little big. The speaker’s well positioned and sound pretty good for a thin laptop the keyword has fun CHROMA lighting. And it’s a good typing experience the trackpad is good the buttons are not.
So good on the inside the intel SkyLake quad-core i7 and the GTX 1060 strong performers. But the system can get pretty hot the 16GB of ram can’t be upgraded. But it’s more than enough for gaming the 256GB drive is a little slow on rights. But it is upgradable and powering all of this is a 70-watt-hour battery that gets around five to five and a half hours of regular use.
So this year’s Razer Blade it’s still an expensive laptop but it’s a better product at a significantly cheaper price compared to last year and terms of its thermals.
It still runs hotter than I’d like it too but that’s just the nature of the beast when you build something this thin and this powerful. It’s going to run warm but if you are looking for a laptop that’s thin and powerful and can crash games. This is one of the best available on the market right now.
Razer Blade 14″ Full Specification and Price Details
|CPU||Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Hyper-Threading 2.6Ghz / 3.5Ghz(Base/Turbo)|
|Graphics card||nVidea GeForceGTX 1060 – 6GB GDDR5 VRAM|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel PCHM 100-series chipset, HM170|
|Storage||256GB,512B,1TB – SSD(PCIe M.2)|
|RAM||16GB DDR4(2133Mhz) onboard|
|Communication||Killer Wireless-AC 1535(802.11a/b/n/ac +Bluetooth 4.1)|
|Input & Output|
|Power & Battery|
|Approx size & Weight|