The Blade is also the rare gaming laptop where its input hardware keeps up with the best traditional notebooks. Its keyboard simply feels great, with a satisfying amount of key travel. The keyboard is also comfortable enough to actually get some work done, something that’s not always true of gaming notebooks. I didn’t notice any slowdowns or typo increases, compared to my usual desktop keyboard. And as you’d expect, it includes Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting. Razer also added a new Microsoft Precision Touchpad that’s 50 percent larger than the last model. It’s one of the best PC trackpads I’ve ever used, thanks to its smooth glass surface and responsive performance.
Similarly, the Blade offers up something of the best battery life we’ve seen in a gaming laptop. The Blade lasted eight hours and 50 minutes in our standard test, which involves looping an HD video until it dies. It’s almost two hours more than MSI’s GS65 Stealth Thin, and an hour beyond Gigabyte’s Aero 15X.
Pricing and the competition
MSI’s GS65 Stealth Thin
The Razer Blade starts at $1,900 with a 1080p 60Hz screen, GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics and a 256GB SSD. You’ll have to shell out $2,600 for the system we reviewed, which has a GTX 1070 max-Q GPU and a 512GB SSD. In comparison, the Stealth Thin starts at $1,800, while the Aero 15X goes for $1,700. Even when you upgrade those systems, you’ll end up spending far less than you would for the Blade.
Basically, you’ll be paying a premium in a category that’s already high-end. Razer is aiming to be a prestigious brand, just like Apple, and that’s not something that could be affordable to all. If you want to get the most power available today though, look to the laptops with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, like the ASUS Zephyrus.
The Razer Blade isn’t meant for everyone. Those who can afford it can look forward to being the envy of gamers and non-gamers alike. And you get what you pay for: A machine that will play everything, and look good while doing so.