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Razer Blade (2017) review: A terrific gaming computer with a few shortcomings

  • September 03, 2017

Beastly specs

The Blade is a gaming laptop and thus Razer outfitted it with impressive specs to handle everyday gaming and even more intense VR rigs, which the Blade is compatible with. The basic model, which is what we reviewed, comes with a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ clocked at 2.8GHz that can Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz when needed.

NVIDIA’s GTX1060 with 6GB of memory is included in the entry-level Blade. That will come with the standard 16GB of RAM and options of 256GB, 512GB and 1TB PCle M.2 SSD.

The lowest storage capacity, with the specs already mentioned and the model we tested out costs a cool $1,899.

As far as power is concerned, the Blade has you covered, but it’s good to know you also have the option of hooking up the Razer Core in case you ever need a little more.

Unlike Apple’s full fledged jump into USB-C, Razer took a more measured approach with the Blade, equipping it with three USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C, HDMI, headphone jack and proprietary charging port (you can’t charge through the USB-C port). It would have been nice if Razer had included an extra USB-C you could charge through, eliminating the proprietary port, but it didn’t.

Speaking of charging, battery life is pretty great with the Blade. For my everyday workflow of writing, surfing the web and having multiple apps open like Slack and Twitter, it had plenty of juice to get through a full eight-hour work day with battery to spare.

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