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Игровой ноутбук Razer Blade 2014Источник: Ixbt Что касается стоимости ноутбука Razer Blаde 2014, то ситуация такова. На момент подготовки статьи модель с SSD емкостью 128 ГБ (как в нашем варианте) стоила 133 тысячи рублей, модель с SSD емкостью 256 ГБ — 144 тысячи рублей, а топовая конфигурация с SSD емкостью 512 ГБ — 153 тысячи рублей. Актуальные цены можно посмотреть в таблице с характеристиками ноутбука в начале статьи. Для сравнения отметим, что 15-дюймовый игровой ноутбук MSI GS60 2QE-218RU на базе процессора Intel Core i7-4710HQ с 8 ГБ памяти DDR3L-1600, видеокартой NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M и подсистемой хранения данных на базе SSD емкостью 128 ГБ и HDD емкостью 1 ТБ стоит 105 тысяч рублей. Причем в ноутбуке MSI GS60 2QE-218RU тоже используется экран с высоким разрешением — 3840×2160. Более того, MSI GS60 2QE немного легче (1,9 кг) и лишь на 2 мм толще, чем Razer Blаde 2014. Как видим, за меньшие деньги можно купить и более производительное игровое решение. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, доскональный, Дата: 16/07/2015 Razer Blade 14 (2014) – лезвие, заточенное под геймераИсточник: Notebook-Center.ru Razer Blade 14 образца 2014 года является уникальным устройством, которое показывает, в каком направлении в ближайшем будущем будут развиваться ноутбуки. Одной из главных особенностей этого девайса является сочетание компактных размеров и высокой производительности, благодаря чему мы получаем полноценную игровую начинку в ультратонком корпусе. Также стоит отметить сверхвысокое разрешение 14-дюймового дисплея, которое насчитывает 3200х1800 пикселей. Дизайн Razer Blade 14 можно назвать как сдержанным, так и броским, но уж точно не скучным. К сборке само собой, также нет никаких претензий, она выполнена идеально. В целом, Razer Blade 14 (2014) – желанный ноутбук как для заядлого геймера, так и для простого пользователя, но цена в $2600 за 14-дюймовую модель ставит под сомнение целесообразность приобретения этого ноутбука как для первой категории покупателей, так и для второй. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, средний по длине, Дата: 04/11/2014 Обзор игрового ноутбука Razer Blade: самый тонкий из мощных, самый мощный из тонкихИсточник: 3DNews.ru Новый Razer Blade — это невиданное прежде сочетание изящества и мощи. Когда ноутбук ещё не попал в тестовую лабораторию 3DNews, мы читали его спецификации и не могли поверить в то, что в корпусе толщиной 18 мм можно уместить четырехъядерный процессор с мощной игровой видеокартой — и при этом избежать перегрева. Однако разработчикам «Блэйда» это удалось: мы не столкнулись с троттлингом нигде, кроме одного — сугубо синтетического — теста, а в играх эта проблема и вовсе не встречалась. Соответственно, Razer Blade можно рассматривать не только как игровой ноутбук, но и как очень лёгкую и весьма мощную рабочую станцию, ведь масса «Блейда» составляет всего лишь 2 кг, тогда как остальные игровые ноутбуки с похожим «железом» могут весить в два раза больше. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, очень подробный, Дата: 18/08/2014 Обзор The New Razer Blade — 14-дюймового игрового ноутбукаИсточник: Ferra.ru Также меня порадовало время автономной работы, дисциплина, в которой геймерские лэптопы редко способны блеснуть. Однако ёмкий аккумулятор занял много места, часть которого могла бы быть отдана для жёсткого диска. А так в младшей версии для всего, что вам нужно, есть только SSD на 128 Гбайт и то далеко не самый «быстрый». Если вы поставите первым делом Titanfall, который занимает 50 Гбайт, для других игр места останется впритык — поместится только одна либо две поменьше. Но эта единственная претензия, которая возникла у меня за всё время использования ноутбука. Во всём остальном же Razer Blade — очень смелая и определённо удавшаяся попытка создать самый компактный игровой ноутбук, который к тому же отлично выглядит и долго работает от батареи. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, очень подробный, Дата: 29/07/2014 Обзор The New Razer Blade — 14-дюймового игрового ноутбукаИсточник: Ferra.ru Также меня порадовало время автономной работы, дисциплина, в которой геймерские лэптопы редко способны блеснуть. Однако ёмкий аккумулятор занял много места, часть которого могла бы быть отдана для жёсткого диска. А так в младшей версии для всего, что вам нужно, есть только SSD на 128 Гбайт и то далеко не самый «быстрый». Если вы поставите первым делом Titanfall, который занимает 50 Гбайт, для других игр места останется впритык — поместится только одна либо две поменьше. Но эта единственная претензия, которая возникла у меня за всё время использования ноутбука. Во всём остальном же Razer Blade — очень смелая и определённо удавшаяся попытка создать самый компактный игровой ноутбук, который к тому же отлично выглядит и долго работает от батареи. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, очень подробный, Дата: 29/07/2014 Обзор Razer Blade 2014: Очень Мощный Игровой НоутбукИсточник: Hi-Tech Mail Кому можно посоветовать этот ноутбук? Тем, кто по работе нуждается в очень мощной мобильной станции для любых задач, а также геймерам, которые не могут оторваться от компьютера и хотят всегда его видеть рядом с собой. Получается очень расплывчатая аудитория. Если хочется игровой ноутбук для дома, тогда логичнее покупать что-то с более крупным экраном, 14 дюймов — это немного. Удовольствие и комфорт от игры на 17 дюймах будут явно выше. Долго работать в дороге тоже не получится, плюс не стоит забывать про увесистый блок питания. Razer доказали, что можно сделать небольшой и очень мощный ноутбук, а как показывает практика, покупателей таких устройств пусть и немного, но все-таки они есть. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, очень подробный, Дата: 28/07/2014 Тест игрового ноутбука Razer Blade 14: игры с IGZOИсточник: Zoom Что в итоге? Безусловно, Razer Blade — один из лучших ноутбуков, доступных сейчас на рынке. В нем есть всё: высокая мощность полноценной игровой станции, портативность ультрабука (за исключением времени автономной работы), экран с потрясающим качеством изображения и хороший дизайн. Не хватает ноутбуку лишь одного — у Razer Blade нет покупателей. Его стоимость на российском рынке начинается от 100 тысяч рублей за минимальную конфигурацию с SSD накопителем на 128 Гбайт. Нужно ли объяснять, что за такую сумму получится собрать домашнюю игровую систему, которая будет мощнее, и дополнительно купить ультрабук, который будет обладать лучшей автономностью? А из игровых ноутбуков, MSI GS60 Ghost при сопоставимых характеристиках стоит немного дешевле. При этом, значительное увеличение цены Razer Blade, по сравнению с прошлогодней моделью, приходится на IGZO экран, почувствовать все прелести которого при 14-дюймовой диагонали достаточно проблематично. Да и аппаратная платформа, как выяснилось, с трудом тянет разрешение 3200х1800 в играх с максимальными настройками графики. В итоге, Razer Blade можно купить разве что «из любви к искусству» — для радости обладания самым стильным и крутым ноутбуком на рынке. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, очень подробный, Дата: 22/07/2014

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70% Razer BladeИсточник: Computer Shopper EN→RUThough it's nice to see that Razer was listening to criticism of last year's Razer Blade for not having full HD resolution, the 3,200x1,800 display of this year's update feels like overcompensating, since it's hard to get playable frame rates at such sky-high resolution. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, умеренно подробный, Дата: 29/12/2014Рейтинг: Общий балл: 70%80% Razer BladeИсточник: Comp Reviews EN→RUThe 2013 version of the Razer Blade was an amazingly small yet powerful gaming laptop that had an extremely flawed display. Razer has addressed that problem with the 2014 version by including a great ultra high resolution display that also features a touchscreen. This finally makes the system worth its premium price but it does introduce a new problem of reduced battery life which is disappointing. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, средний по длине, Дата: 29/08/2014Рейтинг: Общий балл: 80%90% Slim Blade: Razer’s 14 inch Blade gaming laptop reviewedИсточник: Gadgetguy EN→RUIt’s expensive though, that much we have to acknowledge, especially at $3499, but you are paying for something that is offering some of the best performance this side of the portable PC gaming world, and that’s something. If you’ve checked out the competition for gaming computers and aren’t impressed, it’s time to see what Razer has to offer, because while it’s not cheap, the Razer Blade 14 is very, very impressive. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, средний по длине, Дата: 20/08/2014Рейтинг: Общий балл: 90% Стоимость: 80% Производительность: 90% Оснащение: 100% Внешний вид: 100%80% Razer Blade 14Источник: Laptop Mag EN→RUAfter three iterations, Razer continues to lead the charge on what a true portable gaming notebook should be. The $2,399 Blade 14 is a near-perfect merging of power and portability, delivering the sleek, sexy chassis I've come to know and love, with enough oomph to knock competitors on their arses. And the 3200 x 1800 display is a sight to behold. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, очень подробный, Дата: 10/08/2014Рейтинг: Общий балл: 80%70% Razer Blade (2014)Источник: PC Mag EN→RUThe Razer Blade (2014) is disappointing, mostly because we had such high hopes. Razer still manages to outfit the laptop with some amazing capabilities, but it feels like the company reached too far, too soon, stepping up the resolution at the expense of gameplay, and opting for powerful hardware that chews through battery life and runs alarmingly hot. Past models of the Blade left us eagerly anticipating the point when Razer could finally bring everything together into an ultraportable gaming system that required no compromises, but between the heat, the short battery life, the display issues, and the higher price, we're still left waiting. The previous model, the Editors' Choice Razer Blade (2013), is still available through Razer and other retailers, so it remains our top pick for ultraportable gaming, thanks to better battery life and a more affordable price. классический обзор, доступен в Сети, краткий, Дата: 28/07/2014Рейтинг: Общий балл: 70%80% Razer Blade 14 (2014)Источник: CNet France FR→RU классический обзор, доступен в Сети, средний по длине, Дата: 10/06/2014Рейтинг: Общий балл: 80%

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M:

Мощная видеокарта для ноутбуков серии GeForce GTX 800M.

Эти видеоадаптеры справляются с большинством современных игр и демонстрируют в них более или менее комфортную частоту смены кадров. Однако особенно требовательные детища игровой индустрии придется на них запускать со средней или низкой детализацией. Плюсом таких видеокарт является то, что их можно использовать в не очень больших ноутбуках с приличным временем автономной работы. >>Подробнее: Сравнение мобильной графики.4702HQ: Четырехъядерный процессор, основанный на архитектуре Haswell, с базовой частотой в 2.2 ГГц и возможностью ускорения до 3.2 ГГц в режиме Turbo Boost. Оснащен встроенной видеокартой HD Graphics 4600 и двухканальным контроллером памяти DDR3.>>Подробнее: Сравнение мобильных процессоров.14": >> Некоторые производители предлагают различные параметры экрана для одной и той же модели. Общие рекомендации по выбору электроники: Гид покупателя.

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Razer Blade (2014) Review & Rating

Change is hard, and continued innovation is even harder. Case in point: the newest iteration of the Razer Blade ($2,399 as tested). Razer has revamped the Blade gaming laptop, keeping the same ultraportable design of the Editors' Choice Razer Blade from last year, but ramping up the display quality, adding touch-screen capability, and upgrading to Nvidia's newer mobile graphics options. But not all changes are good: The shift to higher-resolution graphics and more powerful hardware hit battery life (and thus overall portability) pretty hard, and the price has jumped up by $400. While it's still an extremely well-made gaming laptop, the latest Blade may be the first of Razer's laptops to not get our strongest recommendation.

DesignThe external design of the Razer Blade remains unchanged from the previous-generation Razer Blade (2013). It has the same slim MacBook-like aluminum chassis, measuring 0.7 by 13.6 by 9.3 inches (HWD) and weighing 4.47 pounds. That is slightly thicker and heavier than the 2013 Blade, but that difference can be attributed to the addition of a touch screen. The black paint job is accented with bright-green accents, like the glowing Razer snake-triskelion logo on the lid, or the system's distinctive green USB ports and glowing keyboard.

The biggest change to the Blade is the display, a sharp Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) panel, which now offers 3,200-by-1,800 resolution. That's a significant step up from the 1,600-by-900 resolution offered on the previous Razer Blade model. The difference results in a stunning improvement in detail, adding an extra dose of realism to all but the most demanding current games, displaying textures with crisp details, and bringing out the small touches that are strewn throughout modern titles. In the past, Razer claimed that the Blade had lower resolution in order to offer better frame rates and smoother gameplay. That reasoning made sense then, and even though the hardware has improved and 4K gaming is looming large, that logic still works. So, even though it looks amazing, that high-res display may be the weakest point of the new Blade—but I'll discuss that more later.

The other big addition is touch, with 10-finger touch capability now offered. This is especially rare among gaming PCs, which have thus far shunned touch as unnecessary, despite the touch-centric nature of Windows 8. The speakers, found on either side of the keyboard, offer enough volume to fill a room, and even a bit more bass than we expected.

The chiclet-style keyboard and large touchpad seem to be exactly like the ones used on the previous model, which makes sense, seeing as both are quite excellent for any laptop, let alone a gaming machine. The keyboard has Razer's distinctive block font and has the same anti-ghosting capability offered on Razer's gaming peripherals. The touchpad is calibrated for precision, and by default is set to match the dimensions of the display, meaning that you can take the cursor to either side (or top to bottom) on the display without having to lift your fingers from the touch pad. Similarly, the right and left mouse buttons are discrete physical buttons instead of being integrated into the touchpad. These smaller details are what make the Blade stand out from other ultraportables as being distinctly gaming-oriented.

Unfortunately, just as with previous models, heat is a major concern with the Blade. The narrow chassis doesn't leave much room to circulate air, and these issues actually seemed to be more of problem with the new hardware inside. While running tests and games on the Blade, I routinely saw temperatures of up to 126 degrees Fahrenheit (as measured with a Fluke IR thermometer). This scorching heat wasn't only found around the hinge and vents, but on the keyboard as well. Fan noise is also a big issue. Within moments of firing up a game, the fans inside the laptop rev up like the laptop's trying to take flight, and the insistent, high-pitch whine is difficult to ignore, even with headphones on.

FeaturesThe slim design is still fairly light in terms of ports and features. On the right, you'll find a single USB 3.0 port and an HDMI-out port. On the left are two more USB 3.0 ports, along with a headset jack. Inside, the Blade boasts 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Another small detail made for the sake of portability is the design of the compact 150-watt power adapter. Where many gaming rigs have giant AC adapter bricks weighing a pound or more, the Blade comes with a much smaller adapter, measuring less than an inch thick and weighing less than a pound, a far cry from the giant three-pound bricks you'll need to lug around for any full-size gaming laptop.

Our review unit came with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), though Razer also lets you purchase the Blade with either a 128GB or 512GB SSD (for $2,199.99 and $2,699.99, respectively). There's very little preinstalled on the drive, except for the Windows 8.1 operating system, and programs such as Nvidia GeForce Experience. The latter includes drivers and a settings dashboard for the graphics hardware, along with features like Battery Boost, which offers dramatically improved gaming performance when the system is on battery power, ShadowPlay, which lets you record in-game video, and Game Stream (for streaming your games to an Nvidia Shield). Razer also includes its own Synapse 2.0, which adjusts device settings and saves user profiles for any of a dozen Razer peripherals, such as the Ouroboros mouse or the Tartarus gaming keypad. Razer covers the Blade (2014) with a one-year warranty.

Performance Armed with an Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor and 8GB of RAM—the same quad-core CPU and memory allotment used in the previous-generation Razer Blade—the system offers excellent processing power, putting it in line with some of the best ultraportables on the market. On Photoshop CS6, a processor-intensive test that involves running a photo through nearly a dozen filters, it cranked through it in 4 minutes 54 seconds. That puts it alongside the similarly equipped Maingear Pulse 14 (4:52). That said, both the previous Blade model and the MSI GE40 2OC-009US completed the same test in just four minutes.

A new Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M with 3GB of dedicated memory offers the most graphics power we've seen yet in a Razer laptop, and that potency shone through in 3DMark, where it garnered 15,713 points in Cloud Gate and 2,098 points in Fire Strike Extreme. That sort of performance would have been amazing on the previous model, with its lower resolution.

Despite the higher-resolution capabilities of the display, the system still couldn't produce playable scores in our gaming tests when dialed up to those higher resolutions. At a paltry 1,366-by-768 resolution, the Blade cranked through Heaven with 77 frames per second (fps) and 84fps in Valley; but at 1,920-by-1,080 resolution with anti-aliasing on, it only produced 10fps in Heaven and 14fps in Valley. This may suggest that the decision to stick with a lower-resolution display in the past was the correct one, but with some tweaks to the resolution and detail settings, even the newest games will still be playable on the Blade.

In anecdotal testing, I tried running the game Watch Dogs at full resolution, only to find it was unable to keep up, stuttering and jerking. Granted, Watch Dogs is a pretty demanding game when all the eye candy is turned on, but I found that when I backed off on the resolution—down to 1,600 by 900—the stuttering disappeared, and the heat dropped by a few degrees within only a few minutes. But even with the resolution dropped, the game wouldn't run at full screen, instead displaying in a smaller 1,600-by-900 pixel window. This won't be an issue with all titles, but many games will only be playable in a smaller, windowed view.

The Blade lasted 4 hours 15 minutes in our battery rundown test, down from the 6:52 of the 2013 model. This difference can largely be attributed to the new display, which has more pixels and demands greater processing resources. Unfortunately, it also puts the Blade at the bottom of the list for battery life, as both the Maingear Pulse 14 (4:52) and the MSI GE40 2OC-009US (6:14) did better. If anything, this puts it in the same range as regular not-so-portable gaming systems, like the Digital Storm Krypton (4:07). Despite this, the four-hour battery life should still allow you to enjoy your games for an hour or more when away from a power outlet.

ConclusionThe Razer Blade (2014) is disappointing, mostly because we had such high hopes. Razer still manages to outfit the laptop with some amazing capabilities, but it feels like the company reached too far, too soon, stepping up the resolution at the expense of gameplay, and opting for powerful hardware that chews through battery life and runs alarmingly hot. Past models of the Blade left us eagerly anticipating the point when Razer could finally bring everything together into an ultraportable gaming system that required no compromises, but between the heat, the short battery life, the display issues, and the higher price, we're still left waiting. The previous model, the Editors' Choice Razer Blade (2013), is still available through Razer and other retailers, so it remains our top pick for ultraportable gaming, thanks to better battery life and a more affordable price.

www.pcmag.com

Razer Blade 14” (2014) | Razer Support

Since updating to Windows 10 Razer Synapse does not detect my device and show the correct product configurator If you encounter this, please perform Synapse update through Settings >> Check for Updates. If the updates not able to run or Synapse not able to load, please uninstall Synapse and download the latest Synapse Framework from Razer support site. While trying to upgrade to Windows 10 on my Razer Blade/ Blade Pro, the system hung up and rolled back to the previous OS with error message “C1900101-30018 Windows Update ran into a problem” If you encounter this error message, please ensure you have met all Microsoft requirements for Windows 10 and try to perform the upgrade again. Make sure to close all running programs and stable internet connection when the upgrade is running After upgrading to Windows 10, no wireless networks are available to connect to, even though wireless networks are available and in range If you encounter this, please go to device manager and uninstall all devices under “Network adapters”, especially VPN adapters and Wi-Fi adapters. After these devices are uninstalled, click on “Action” along the top of the device manager window and then select “Scan for hardware changes”. Then install the latest Wi-Fi drivers posted on the Razer Support website. After restarting the system, suddenly my trackpad does not respond anymore If you encounter this, please try to shut down the system and power it on again. If this still does not work, please uninstall Synapse and download the latest Synapse Framework from Razer support site. While trying to upgrade to Windows 10, I saw Razer Wizard installer pop-up If you encounter this, please close the installer wizard and complete your OS upgrade first. You will be able to perform driver and applications update after Windows 10 upgrade completed without problem. How do I update my Razer Blade to Windows 10? There are certain updated drivers you will have to install and we have created a guide to help you with the update process.Please visit www.razersupport.com/downloads and select “Razer Systems” and then the model Blade you are attempting to update.Please view the “Windows 10 Upgrade Guide” for complete details regarding the update process. During shut down or reboot, intermittently my system will stuck at the message “Configuring Windows Features 100%  - Please do not turn off your computer” though I never perform Windows Update operation Don’t panic when you see this message, windows is trying to perform automatic uninstallation of unused language packs to free up more space on your system.     The duration depends on how many languages are being removed as it will accumulate if the system is never shutdown/reboot for a period of time.     To avoid from seeing this message again in future, you can perform the following workaround procedures to manually removed the language packs that you don’t need:1.    Boot into Windows OS desktop2.    Press “Windows + S” keys and type “lpksetup”3.    Click on “Uninstall display languages”4.    Select the languages need to be removed and click next5.    Progress bar will appear to give feedback on the language pack uninstallation process     Since this steps might take some time (more than 1 hour), it’s advisable to run this when the system is not actively in use My  computer system  became unstable after I installed Comodo Internet Security / Comodo Firewall. Currently there are few known compatibility issues with Comodo applications. Here are a few reported issues when Comodo applications are present on a system:•       Keyboard or trackpad intermittently not responding•       Blank desktop screen shown immediately after user boot to Windows OS•       Intermittent BSOD related to DPC_Watchdog_Violation•       System not able to boot-up after installing Comodo Internet Security / Comodo Firewall applications

To ensure Razer Blade customers do not encounter the above issues, we advise users not to install Comodo applications at this time.  If you have installed the applications, please immediately remove the following applications through Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel:•       Comodo Internet Security•       Comodo Firewall•       GeekBuddy•       PrivDog

Can I dual boot, partition, or otherwise modify the Blade’s operating system? The Blade is designed for compatibility with the as-shipped OS. Should you want to install or modify the OS Please first format the boot drive then install your OS. Razer Warranty and Support is only available for the as-shipped OS. I can no longer click while holding down a letter on my keyboard. Please see the following resolution from Microsoft,  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2908279 My Razer Blade is out of warranty, how can I have it repaired? Razer has authorized repair centers in every country where the Blade is currently sold. To set up a repair at one of our repair centers please contact our support team at www.razersupport.com/email . Our support team will be happy to give you a rough estimate of the repair costs, but final costs cannot be determined until the unit is physically inspected at the repair center. Only authorized Razer Repair Centers will have the parts and specialized training required to repair your Razer Blade. Does the 14" Blade Support Intel WiDi? WiDi is not supported, as this technology isn't meant for gaming. Does the 14" Razer Blade Support 3D? No, at this time, the Razer Blade does not support 3D display modes. Does the 14" Razer Blade Support Miracast? No, at this time, the Razer Blade does not support Miracast Does my Razer Blade (14") come with virus protection? The Windows 8 operating system package includes Microsoft Security essentials. Does the Razer Blade (14") come with bloatware? Razer understands how important it is to keep a bloatware free environment on your brand new Razer Blade.  The Razer Blade comes with no bloatware preinstalled. Does the Razer Blade (14") feature a system recovery mode? Yes, system recovery is achieved simply by pressing the F9 key when booting your system. A Blade Recovery Stick is also available for purchase to restore your Razer Blade to its factory default state. Does the Razer Blade (14") support NVIDIA 3DTV Play? In lieu of longer battery life this feature is not available on the Blade. This is tied into the NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology for better performance and extended battery life. Does the Razer Blade (14") Solid State Drive (SSD) support TRIM? Yes, the Razer Blade's SSD supports TRIM.  TRIM optimizes performance and prolongs the life of your SSD. How can I contact Razer Support if I'm having problems with my Razer Blade (14")? Please visit www.razersupport.com, email [email protected] or call 1-855-87-BLADE (1-855-872-5233). How do I run my games or applications at optimal performance? The Razer Blade features two graphics processors (Intel HD graphics and NVIDIA GTX 870M Graphics). If you would like optimal performance be sure to set your program to utilize the NVIDIA GTX 870M graphics processor.

1. Right click on your desktop and click "NVIDIA Control Panel."2. Under "Manage 3D settings", click on the "Program Settings" tab.3. Select or Add the program you wish to run and select the preferred graphics processor as the High performance NVIDIA processor.

How do I use the additional functions indicated on my keyboard? In order to take advantage of the additional functions on the Razer Blade, hold the "FN" key and press the specified function key. I put my Blade to sleep by closing the cover when the O/S is still launching.  When I open up the unit the screen is blank. How can I solve this? If you experience this problem, please wait a moment for the light on the keyboard to go off.  Then, press the power switch to wake up the unit. My internet or Wi-Fi connection indicates that I am connected to the network but I am unable to connect to the internet. What should I do? Most modems have and indicator that shows if it is connected to the internet, check if your modem is connected to the internet. If your modem does indicate that you are connected to the internet, try restarting your modem. If you're still have issues please contact your local internet provider to ensure that the connection is stable.  If you still have problems connecting, please contact Razer Blade Technical Support.US and Canada:1-855-87-BLADE (1-855-872-5233)

International customers:1-760-448-8997

What do the different colors on my status indicator mean? The front Led indicator shines on only when the lid is closed. The power button indicator shines on when the lid is open.

    White = Sleep mode    Green = On    Dim Red = Low Battery (10% left)    Bright Red = Lower Battery (3% left)

Note* The status indicator is not a HDD indicator. What happens if my internet disconnects? Synapse 2.0 will continue to function even if your internet disconnects as long as you check the "Stay Logged In" box on the login screen. Razer strongly advises all users to stay logged in. When my Blade comes out of the sleep or standby mode, the track pad does not work. How can I fix this? If you experience this problem, wait for the dialog box titled "Synaptics Touchpad Enhancements" to appear. Then, press and hold  the "alt" key and then press the "tab" key to activate the dialog box. Why doesn't my Razer Blade have an optical drive?  How can I install applications without an optical drive? As digital downloads have become the standard, Razer eliminated the optical drive to make the Razer Blade even thinner. You can purchase an external, USB-based optical drive to pair with the Razer Blade. Will I void the warranty by opening or upgrading my Razer Blade's components on my own? Any damage or issues caused during installation or as a result of incompatible parts being used is NOT covered under the warranty, and may void the warranty coverage. Will the Razer Blade be compatible with other Synapse 2.0 devices? Yes, any device that is Synapse 2.0 ready will automatically sync your custom settings with the cloud.

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Razer Blade 14 (2014) Review

In the words of wrestling legend Ric Flair, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man." If the latest Razer Blade 14 is any indication, the competition has ways to go to take the belt. Where most slim gaming notebooks accept sacrifices to make weight, Razer refuses to compromise on what matters -- performance. The $2,399 laptop offers powerful overall and graphic performance with a beautiful, 3200 x 1800 display wrapped in the same slim, black chassis that turned the gaming industry on its head when after debuting in 2013. Your move, notebook industry.

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Design

Whoever said "familiarity breeds contempt" surely has never laid eyes on the Blade 14. Three iterations later, the all-black aluminum chassis with the glowing, green tri-snake emblem continues to titillate. The subtle pair of lines running horizontally down the lid gives the impression of a sleek yet powerful luxury car, enticing you to put the key in the ignition. Vroom, vroom, baby.

The interior is just as thrilling, with the familiar full-sized keyboard glowing an ethereal emerald green, nestled between a pair of speakers. A lone black power button sits serenely above the F7 button.

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There is however, a slight difference from previous generations. Measuring 4.4 pounds and 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.7-inches, the 2014 edition of the Blade 14 is a little thicker and heavier than the first two versions, which each measured 4.2 pounds and 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.66 inches. The Lenovo Y40, which also weighs 4.4 pounds, is chunky by comparison, at 13.7 x 9.9 x 0.9 inches.

The MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina (2013) is just a hair behind the new Blade, at 4.5 pounds and 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.71-inches. Thanks to its magnesium-lithium undercarriage, the thicker, 15.4 x 10.5 x 0.78-inch MSI GS60 Ghost still weighs a light 4.2 pounds.

Display

Looking to quell complaints about the previous Blade's 1600 x 900 display, Razer put its money where its mouth is and outfitted the latest version with a 3200 x 1800 retina-like touch-screen panel. I was impressed by the screen's vivid color and crisp detail ... until I placed it next to my MacBook Pro 15 with Retina.

Despite the lower, 2880 x 1800 resolution, my 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina beat the Blade on both fronts. When I looked at an image of an American bald eagle on both panels, the Blade delivered more-realistic hues, complete with white head-feathers flecked with subtle hints of gold and brown. However, my eye kept coming back to the MacBook with its borderline-oversaturated golds and browns. The tongue hanging out of the bird's disturbing maw was a fleshy pink.

The MacBook was the clear winner on details, delivering crisp definition between the individual feathers. The most impressive detail came in the tiny flecks we noticed in the bird's iris. These same details were present on the Blade, but some of the finer points of the image were not as clear.

When I watched the 4K Interstellar trailer with a colleague, we noted that the MacBook had better contrast, which translates into deeper blacks. The Blade delivered warmer color overall, producing brighter explosions billowing with plumes of white, orange and yellow.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition looks stunning on the Blade's 3200 x 1800 panel. My hero's red coat billowed out gracefully while I scaled a humongous titan. As I reached for handholds during my ascent, I couldn't help but admire the intricate stone etchings adorning the creature's stone-gray body. Crushing a weak point on the titan's frame rewarded me with a luminous blast of turquoise that willed me onto victory.

The Blade delivered strong performance when it was tested for color capability, hitting 101.5 percent on the sRGB color gamut scale, surpassing the 77.4 percent thin-and-light average. The Ghost wasn't far behind, at 98 percent, while the MacBook Pro notched 94.9 percent.

During the Delta-E test, which measures color accuracy, the Blade hit 1.5, which isn't a perfect 0, but pretty impressive considering the 7.7 average. Once again, the Ghost placed second with 2.9, but the MacBook Pro eked out the win with a score of 1.4.

The Blade produced an average of 261 nits during the brightness test, topping the 219-nit average. However, the MacBook Pro hit 277 nits, and the GS60 Ghost was the brightest in the land, at 299 nits.

I'm not a fan of gaming notebooks with touch-screen displays, but the Blade's 10-point capacitive screen was swift and responsive.

Audio

Audio on the Blade is a mixed bag, as it delivered loud, boisterous playback that tended to be treble heavy. I winced a little when listening to Marvin Gaye's "After the Dance." The opening horns were tinny and distorted at maximum volume. That's easily remedied by adjusting the volume, though.

However neither a volume adjustment nor the preinstalled Dolby software could fix the overcrowded vocals. Gaye's sweet tenor was the best part of the track, but the background vocals sounded flat by comparison.

The top-mounted speakers fared better when I started playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition. Voiced by Robert Carlyle, the character Gabriel's tortured, tired brogue was full and gorgeous. Details such as the scraping of metal against stone had the appropriate grating effect. As I cut a path through hordes of vampires, lycans and zombies, I never tired of hearing my blade hacking away and drawing screams of dismay.

The Blade is a bit of a loudmouth, hitting 88 decibels on the Laptop Mag Audio test, topping the 81-dB average. The Ghost was a few levels behind, at 84 dB.

Keyboard/Touchpad

They aren't mechanical keys, but I'll take them. The Blade's island-style keyboard offers firm, springy feedback. The key travel was measured at 1.4mm, which falls below the typical range of 1.5-2 mm. However, it takes 60 grams of force to press the keys down, which confirms the strong feedback I experienced. Because of the tactile feel, I hit 60 words per minute on the Ten Thumbs Typing test, which is higher than my usual 55 wpm.

The eerie, green, backlit keyboard is a showstopper, and I appreciated seeing the keys power down when not in use. You can customize the lighting to a small degree via the Razer Synapse 2.0, by setting the brightness level. It doesn't hold a candle to what you can do with an Alienware system, but it's something.

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The 4.1 x 2.5-inch Synaptics touchpad is massive for such a petite notebook. And the bigger, the better. I had plenty of room to glide my fingers along the smooth, plastic surface, easily performing pinch-zoom, three-finger press and two-finger rotate. I had the same experience with Windows 8.1 gestures, swapping through open apps in smooth, seamless motion.

The discrete mouse buttons are still on the skinny side. However, both inputs have bouncy feedback and perform their left- and right-button mouse duties well.

Razer Synapse 2.0

Most PC gamers have experience setting up macros. I, for one, have a hate-hate relationship with the process. Recording intricate keystrokes and commands to specific keys can be time-consuming, especially for MMORPG titles, and it cuts into valuable gaming time.

Razer's Synapse 2.0 software cuts out some of the pain, letting gamers create macro profiles for various titles that can be accessed on any notebook that has the software, including Macs. Profiles for peripherals such as the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard or the Naga Mouse can be accessed, but profiles and macros created for the notebook are off limits.

I used the cloud-based configuration software to create a custom profile for World of Warcraft, cobbling together a macro that unleashed two abilities simultaneously and another that helped me quickly switch targets.

After entering all the necessary commands and hitting save, I mapped the new macros to the keyboard, created a new profile for WoW and was ready to start questing anew. In addition to gaming, you can also map keys for other uses. I mapped the four direction-keys with commands to launch the Charms Menu, switch among profiles, close apps and show the desktop respectively.

You can customize the lighting to a small degree, by setting the brightness level. It doesn't hold a candle to what you can do with an Alienware system, but it's something.

Heat

Is it hot in here, or is it just the Blade 14? After streaming a full-screen Hulu video for 15 minutes, the touchpad measured 87 degrees Fahrenheit. The space between the G and H keys hit 96 degrees, just past the 95-degree comfort threshold. The laptop's undercarriage measured 101 degrees with the back edge hitting an uncomfortable 108 degrees.

Things really started cooking when I played Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition. After 15 minutes, the touchpad jumped to 97 degrees, while the space between the G and H keys measured 113 degrees. Along the bottom of the notebook, I recorded a reading of 125 degrees in the space between the two fans. Temperatures above 95 degrees uncomfortable and those above 100 really bad.

If you like white noise, you'll love the Blade 14. When the notebook got particularly hot, I was able to hear its fans very clearly. They're not turbine-loud, but it's definitely noticeable.

Webcam

Color on the Blade's integrated 1080p webcam isn't as vibrant as I expected. My co-worker's golden plaid shirt looked two shades darker, and the colors in my own rainbow plaid shirt also looked washed out, especially the reds and pinks.

The camera managed to deliver a fair amount of detail. I could easily read the white text on the water bottle in the background of the shot. It also successfully captured the frizziness near the front of my scalp.

Ports

You won't find too many ports on the Blade. There's a USB 3.0 port, HDMI and a Kensington lock on the right, with another pair of USB 3.0 ports, a headset jack and the power port on the left.

Graphics and Gaming

The updated Razer Blade 14 might not be the thinnest or the lightest, but it's certainly one of the most powerful slim gaming rigs on the market. Thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M GPU with 3GB of VRAM, the laptop can play most of the more graphically intensive titles on the market at the highest settings no problem.

When I played Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition at a glorious 3200 x 1800 with the special effects turned to high, the Blade didn't break a sweat (I did, however, thanks to the laptop's blistering temperatures). At these settings, the Blade delivered smooth gameplay at 45 fps, even when I was beating back a horde of lycans and undead creatures.

The notebook relies on its integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU to handle less-taxing tasks such as streaming video, surfing the Web or working in Google Docs.

When we tested its overall graphics performance, the Blade 14 scored 113,793, which is double the 56,022 thin-and-light average. The MSI GS60 Ghost's Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU was a close second, at 113,571.

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At its native resolution (3200 x 1800) on autodetect settings in World of Warcraft, the Blade hit 100 fps, sailing past the 24 fps average. The MacBook Pro 15 (Nvidia GeForce GT 750M) notched 49 fps at 2880 x 1620. When switched to high, the Blade delivered 65 fps, surpassing the 38 fps average and the MacBook's 25 fps.

In the BioShock Infinite benchmark test, the Blade 14 achieved 120 fps on low at 1080p, easily surpassing the 49 fps average and the Ghost's score of 91 fps. The Blade continued to impress when the settings were cranked to high, delivering 51 fps, which shattered the 20 fps average. The GS60 notched 35 fps.

When our testing team took off the kid gloves and ran the Metro: Last Light benchmarks, the Blade 14 crushed the 38-fps category average and the GS60 (53 fps) by hitting 70 fps on low at 1080p. The Blade's frame rate dropped to 19 fps on high settings, which was more than enough to best the 8-fps category average and the Ghost's mark of 12 fps. At native resolution, the Blade achieved 35 fps on low, which is below the 41-fps average but above the 30 fps it needed to be playable. The notebook finally met its match when we switched the special effects to high, as the Blade delivered 8 fps and just missed the 10-fps average.

Performance

The Razer Blade 14's strong performance isn't confined to gaming. Equipped with a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ CPU with 8GB of RAM, the notebook can just as easily serve as a lean, mean productivity machine. Without missing a beat, the laptop streamed an episode of Hemlock Grove on Netflix while performing a full-system scan with 13 open tabs in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

The Blade achieved 11,497 on Geekbench 3, a synthetic test that measures overall performance. This is more than double the 5,686 thin-and-light average. The MacBook Pro's 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7 CPU edged out the Blade, with a score of 11,928; meanwhile, the MSI GS60 Ghost (2.4-GHz Intel Core i7-4700HQ) came out on top, with 12,695.

It took only 10 seconds for the Blade's 256GB SSD to boot Windows 8.1, which is much faster than the 18-second average. The Ghost (128GB mSATA SSD with 1TB 7,200-rpm hard drive) was right on the Blade's heels, finishing in 11 seconds. The MacBook's 256GB Flash Drive loaded OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) in 15 seconds.

 

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During the File Transfer test, the Blade copied 4.97GB of multimedia files in 33 seconds for a transfer rate of 154.2MBps. It beat the 99.8MBps average and the GS60 Ghost's 91MBps, but the MacBook was the ultimate winner, with a screaming 196MBps.

On the Spreadsheet Macro test, the Blade paired 20,000 names and addresses in 4 minutes and 15 seconds, topping the 6:46 average. The MacBook Pro was only a second faster, at 4:14, while the Ghost finished first, with a time of just 4 minutes flat.

Battery Life

The Razer Blade lasted 5 hours and 19 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery test, continuously surfing the Web over Wi-Fi at 100 nits (19 percent brightness for this laptop), short of the 7:24 thin-and-light average. The Ghost tapped out at 5:34.

Running on the older Laptop Mag Battery Test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 40 percent brightness), the MacBook Pro lasted 8:57.

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Software and Warranty

Aside from Razer Synapse 2.0 and the usual cast of Windows 8.1 apps (Mail, Skype, OneDrive and Calendar), the Blade 14 is refreshingly free of bloatware. That leaves you free to fill the notebook with things that truly matter -- games.

Configurations

The $2,399 model of the Razer Blade 14 I tested comes configured with a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M GPU with 3GB of VRAM and an Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU.

The base model is not that much cheaper, at $2,199, and gives you all the same specs, but bumps the storage down to 128GB. The high-end (higher-end?) model bumps the SSD up to 512GB and costs $2,699. It's enough to make most wallets scream for mercy.

Bottom Line

After three iterations, Razer continues to lead the charge on what a true portable gaming notebook should be. The $2,399 Blade 14 is a near-perfect merging of power and portability, delivering the sleek, sexy chassis I've come to know and love, with enough oomph to knock competitors on their arses. And the 3200 x 1800 display is a sight to behold.

However, the Razer Blad 14 suffers from searing temperatures, below-average battery life and a budget-demolishing price tag. For $1,699, you can get the MSI GS60 Ghost, which is lighter and runs cooler, but has a lower-resolution display, a less-attractive chassis and slightly-weaker performance overall. However if you have the money (along with an arm, leg and a firstborn) to spare, the Razer Blade 14 is the Ferrari of gaming notebooks: fast, sexy and just a little bit dangerous.

Sherri L. Smith, Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget. Sherri L. Smith, on

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Razer Blade 2014. Достойный ответ из лагеря Windows на Retina MacBook Pro 13″

В 2012 году Razer представила лучшую на мой скромный взгляд альтернативу MacBook Pro для тех, кому нужна была мощная игровая машина на базе Windows и с шикарным дизайном. Аппарат, получивший название Blade, выделялся как скромными габаритами и весом на фоне конкурентов, так и материалами корпуса (металл, стекло — все как «в лучших домах Парижа и Лондо́на»). Теперь же компания анонсировала его преемника, который вполне способен посоперничать с 13-дюймовым Retina MacBook Pro в плане габаритов и дизайна, а также дисплея, но по начинке он лучше. Пока New Razer Blade 14 выглядит самым крутым Windows-лэптопом по совокупности характеристик.

Новинка щеголяет алюминиевым корпусом с толщиной в 17,78 мм, внутри которого спряталось внушительное «железо». Так, аппарат оснащен 14-дюймовым IPS-дисплеем с разрешением 3200х1800 точек и плотностью 262 ppi, который выполнен по технологии IGZO. Для сравнения, разрешение дисплея у 13-дюймового Retina MacBook Pro составляет 2560×1600 точек (227 ppi). Более того, экран обладает емкостной сенсорной панелью, распознающей до 10 одновременных касаний. Клавиатура островного типа радует модной зеленой подсветкой.

Внутри тонкого компьютера с массой в 2 кг скрывается 4-ядерный процессор Intel Core i7–4702HQ 2,2/3,2 ГГц, 8 ГБ оперативной памяти и SSD объемом от 128 до 512 ГБ. В качестве видеокарты выступает NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M с 3 ГБ видеопамяти, и это намного лучше встроенного решения Intel в конкурирующем лэптопе Apple. С такой видеоподсистемой можно играть с высокими настройками качества графики практически в любые современные игры. Разве что разрешение придется снизить до Full HD, либо играться с параметрами качества текстур и эффектов. Но, как бы там ни было, Razer Blade можно смело назвать игровым ноутбуком.

Традиционно есть модули Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) и Bluetooth 4.0, а также 2-мегапиксельная веб-камера. Питается аппарат от батареи на 70 ватт-час, но о его автономности компания умалчивает. Среди других особенностей стоит упомянуть о трех портах USB 3.0 и выходе HDMI 1.4a. В текущий момент Razer принимает лишь предварительные заказы на новинку, цена которой стартует от $2200. [Razer]

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Razer Blade 2014 Disassembly | MyFixGuide.com

In this guide, I’ll explain how to disassemble Razer Blade 2014 to remove and replace the battery, SSD, wireless card, heat sink, cooling fan, speaker and motherboard.

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Step 1: Remove the bottom case.

  • Remove ten screws from the bottom case.
  • Pry up the bottom case.

Step 2: Remove the battery.

  • Under the bottom case, you can get access to the battery, wireless card, SSD, speakers, heat sink and cooling fan.
  • Remove seven screws securing the battery. Remove five black tape
  • Disconnect this cable from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect battery power cable.
  • The battery has removed, it’s a 11.1v, 6400mah big capacity Li-ion battery.

Step 3: Remove the SSD.

  • Remove one screw securing the SSD and takes it out.
  • Razer Blade 2014 comes with a Samsung 128GB SSD.

Step 4: Remove the wireless card.

  • Disconnect two antenna cables and remove one screw. The wireless card can be removed.
  • Wireless card

Step 5: Remove the cooling fan.

  • Remove three screws securing the left cooling fan. Unplug the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.
  • The cooling fan has removed, it’s coming from Foxconn.
  • Remove three screws securing the right cooling fan. Unplug the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.
  • Two cooling fans.

Step 6: Remove the heat sink.

  • Remove six screws securing the heat sink. You can remove it.
  • Black mat covering the screw.
  • The heat sink has been removed.

Step 7: Remove the speakers.

  • Remove two screws securing the left speaker. Disconnect the speaker cable from the motherboard.
  • Remove two screws securing the right speaker. Disconnect the speaker cable from the motherboard.
  • Two speakers

Step 8: Remove the motherboard.

  • Remove all screws securing the motherboard. Disconnect LCD cable, keyboard cable, touchpad cable and dc power jack cable. You can remove the motherboard.
  • Toupad and keyboard
  • Built-in memory chips
  • Intel processor
  • USB port
  • The back of the motherboard

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Razer Blade 14 (2014) review

Ah, to be thin and beautiful. In the world of laptops, that feels like the mission across the board, except when it comes to gaming laptops. But what if there were a Retina MacBook Pro of gaming? What if it had a super high-res touch display and outstanding graphics, and it weighed under 5 pounds? Does this sound like dream come true?

Razer has been chipping away at the "thin gaming laptop" category with the Blade for the last few years, starting with a 17-inch model and adding a 14-inch version in 2013. But the 2014 model makes some big improvements, mainly in its upgraded Nvidia graphics and seriously improved IGXO 3,200x1,800-pixel-resolution touch display. The Razer Blade is a beauty. And it is thin. And it's probably the most exciting gaming laptop out there right now.

Specs compared

Price Display size/resolution PC CPU PC memory Graphics Storage Optical drive Networking Operating system
Razer Blade 14 RZ09-0116 (2014) MSI GE60 Apache Pro-003 Maingear Pulse 14 (2014)
$2,399 $1,349 $1,399
14-inch, 3,200x1,800 screen 15.6-inch, 1,920x1,080 screen 14-inch, 1,920x1,080 screen
2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702MQ
8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM 8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM 8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM
3GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 870M 4GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 860M 2GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 850M
256GB SSD 1TB HD 500GB HD
None DVD/RW None
Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

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Design

Last year's 14-inch Blade ditched the second-screen touch UI of the 17-inch Blade Pro and went for a look that felt like a Retina Display MacBook Pro clad in black. The look is the same this time, and there's no problem with that; gaming laptop or not, the Blade is an all-metal stunner that's wonderfully sleek and very solid.

At 0.7 inch thick and 4.47 pounds, this is a laptop that'll slide easily into any backpack. The keyboard and touchpad are also really good, well-placed and responsive. The keyboard in particular has "antighosting," which basically means multiple simultaneous keys pressed together register well. The two discrete touchpad buttons feel a bit flimsy, but that's a minor quibble; for gaming you'll probably use an external mouse, anyway. Navigating Windows 8.1 is a breeze thanks to the touchscreen, making this one of the best gaming laptops for those who might still want to do everyday tasks with touch.

From the glowing green keys on the keyboard to the glyphlike Razer logo that glows from the back lid, this is a gaming laptop that picks understated style over flashy rainbow LEDs and blocky chrome grilles. I appreciate it.

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Screen and sound

The Blade's new IGXO 3,200x1,800 display is its best new feature. The original Razer Blade I first reviewed had a spectacular display, but last year's 14-inch model had an unimpressive non-touch, lower-res 1,600x900 screen. It was a major disappointment, considering how good the rest of the 2013 version was.

The new display is glass-covered, brighter, and very vivid, has excellent viewing angles, and it's multitouch, too. Gamers may not care about that, but touch on a gaming laptop is an incredibly rare thing. It means that Windows 8 users can enjoy this Blade as an everyday laptop and not feel like they've compromised. Touch on Windows 8 is a very good thing to have.

Games, of course, aren't really meant to be played at that absurd resolution, and some Windows gaming apps aren't optimized for it, either. Steam's main UI seemed to be downscaling to lower-res. But, for everyday app usage and extra desktop real estate, extra pixels are always good.

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So how does the new Blade handle games? An onboard Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M GPU with 3GB of DDR5 RAM stands towards the high end of the Nvidia laptop graphics spectrum (but not the absolute highest), and does very well indeed in our tests.

BioShock Infinite ran at 66 frames per second at 1,920x1,080 and high graphics settings with UltraDX11; or at 98.5fps at the same resolution and Medium graphics. The more rigorous Metro: Last Light test ran at 15.3fps. Games looked sharp -- BioShock Infinite looked really good at 3,200x1,800 as well, but obviously at that high a resolution you're better off ratcheting down the graphics level to medium or lower settings. The onboard speakers pump out surprisingly loud and crisp audio, too.

I really liked playing games on this Razer, but after just a half an hour the bottom of the chassis got seriously hot. That happens with gaming laptops, but this runs a lot hotter than last year's Blade. And battery life while gaming drops pretty quickly. We got only around 92 minutes of battery life when playing games on medium graphics settings, which shouldn't be surprising. After half an hour or so on high with speakers blasting, my battery dipped down to 60 percent.

Like all Razer laptops, this one is Razer Synapse 2.0-enabled, too, which means it saves game settings for keyboards and peripherals in the cloud and allows deeper customization.

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Connections, performance, and battery

There are three USB 3.0 ports on the edge of the Blade, along with HDMI. It has Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. That's all you'll really need to stay connected. A 2MP Web camera and array microphone are better than you'll find on your average laptop, in case you also want to do in-game chat.

Thanks to its 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor, the Razer Blade 2014 edition performs fast -- but not any faster, really, than the 2013 version. It's still more than enough for nearly any computing task you're likely to think of, but it's not a pure speed gain. Gaming is another story, as you can see above: those tests took a big leap forward on the strength of Nvidia's new generation of 800-series GPUs.

Battery life, unfortunately, took a hit: last year's Blade lasted an impressive 7 hours, 46 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. This year's version only lasted 4 hours, 27 minutes. That's no different than most other gaming laptops, but the Blade's big advantage of last year is gone, traded for different advantages in display and gaming graphics. Playing games at different settings on battery power gave us between 1 hour and 90 minutes of life, really no better than an oversize gaming desktop replacement.

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