Normally, when we are talking about a “gaming laptop”, we are talking about this giant behemoth that barely qualifies as portable. In fact, laptops that do sacrifice portability for raw power eventually got their very own designation, called “desktop replacements”, because what you really do with them is replace that space you had set aside for your desktop and put the thing there where it lives more or less permanently.
Razer Blade 17.3-Inch
- Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor 2.2 Ghz
- Nvidia Geforce GTX Video Card 660m 2GB
- 8GBs DDR3 RAM
- 500 GB 7200RPM HDD/ 64GB SSD Storage
Sure, if you needed to take it on the road you could do so a lot more easily than a tower and monitor setup and it does take up a lot less space than a standard PC, but there’s a pretty niche market of gamers and power users who’d be willing to lug this huge machine around to conventions and LAN parties.
Razer’s Blade seeks to solve this problem by providing a laptop that’s almost as thin as a Macbook Air but provides enough power to play modern games on high settings. What’s amazing is that it succeeds in this with few sacrifices. With a 2.2Ghz Intel Core i7 processor, a 2GB Nvidia Gefore GTX video card, and 8GBs of DDR3 RAM, you can crank up the settings in Skyrim or Battlefield 3 without much worry, and it’s super thin at only 2.24 cm in width with the lid closed to boot. The thing also only weighs 6 pounds, so you won’t feel like you are carrying an elephant in your backpack on the way to a LAN party.
There are a few small issues with the Razer Blade. Heat dissipation is handled through the top of the unit, and it can get a bit toasty. The screen has a very poor viewing angle, so don’t expect to be able to share what you are doing with your friends looking over your shoulder (but hey, extra privacy is a plus). The screen does provide full HD support, topping off at 1920×1080 however, and it is a step up from the 14″ model that had even worse viewing angle issues. The battery life also isn’t the best, and the there isn’t a second audio jack found in most upscale laptops. Also, there aren’t many USB ports, so pack a hub for that external hard drive you’re going to need. Oh, and like Henry Ford said of the Model-T, you can have it in any color you want, so long as it’s black.
There is one big sacrifice, the price tag. For the same price as the Blade, which is right around two and a half grand, you can get an other machine that performs even better… if you don’t mind a bigger rig. In fact, if size isn’t an issue, you can even get a machine with nearly the same specs as the Blade for about half the price. It’s all about whether or not you are willing to pay a premium for the ability to shove this thing in the back of a bag without much hassle.
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