October 13, 2016
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The 2016 Razer Blade Review

Razer once again gave its followers a treat with its Razer Blade 2016 gaming laptop. How is this gaming laptop different from its predecessor? What does this promise? Is this worth the money? Let’s find out below!

Design

The overall look of Razer Blade 2016 does not deviate much from its predecessor. It’s still made of a sheet of aircraft-grade aluminum assembled via CNC mill that is also anodized and coated in a glossy black paint. Also, the logos and buttons are in the same place and look or feel exactly the same like the Razer Blade 2015.

However, it would not be a new version if it did not incorporate several little changes.

Weight
Let’s begin with its weight. The first Razer Blade weighs 4.47 lbs (2.03kg) while the new Razer Blade weighs 4.25 lbs(1.93kg). Not much of a difference, but it still adheres to the thin and light image of the Razer Blade.

Thermal Design
Razer Blade 2016 also hyped its improved thermal design that allows you to use the laptop on your lap (but who does this while playing anyway?) while under heavy load.

Keyboard Design
keyboard
The Razer Blade 2016 also has the coolest keyboard with Razer breaking ties with Alienware and MSI’s laptops and introducing its Chroma lighting system for PC keyboards, allowing individually-lit keys that can display any of 16.8 million colors available. With this, you can assign a unique color to each key on the board helping you visually see the most used keys, such as the letters W-A-S-D, or color code them for specific scenarios, such as which keys are for potions, skills, and movements.

Essentials

The Razer Blade 2016 comes in two variants: the 256GB and 512GB. Both connect via Killer Wireless AC 1535 (802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1) and have a 2MP built-in webcam.

Unlike its predecessor that only has 3GB of video card RAM, the new blade has 6 GB, and if the first blade already provided a good performance, just imagine what the double RAM power could do.

Furthermore, this blade’s PCMark 8 Battery Life score is an hour longer than its predecessor, but to make things even better, the laptop could last up to 6 hours but with 50% brightness only. Pretty inconvenient as gaming is a visual activity.

Connectivity
usb type c

This version of the Razer Blade also has 
a Thunderbolt USB Type C port in addition to the existing three USB 3.0 ports, and this allows for external GPU (via Razer core). Razer Blade 2016 also has the usual HDMI-out 1.4 and 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack.

GPU
Moving on, Razer Blade 2016’s GPU is
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M. Although GTX 10 series is out in the market, there’s still no mobile version for this, so GTX 970M is still preferred for mobile. However, when GTX 10 mobile series releases, which could be anytime soon, there’s a big chance that Razer Blade 2016’s GPU would be outdated very quick.

Displaydisplay
Lastly, Razer Blade 2016’s screen is 14 inches with Quad HD resolution and IGZO, which allows for multi-touch. This gives the added convenience especially if you’re used to using smartphones and tablets.

Spec Table

Display size/resolution 14-inch 3,200×1,800 touchscreen
PC CPU 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ
PC memory 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M
Storage 256GB PCIe SSD
Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1
Operating system Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

Performance

The new blade operates under 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ (quad-core, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost) powered with 16GB DDR4 (dual-channel, 2,133MHz), which is the latest generation, so it follows that the laptop is top of the line providing fast handling and less (to none) lagging–just about everything a gamer wants in a laptop!

Price

The 256GB variant is sold at $1,999. or upwards of 7ooo AED. This is fair when compared to its competitors, such ASUS ROG, MSI Gaming, and Alienware, which are all priced in the same range. But if you have more cash to spare, you can also consider its 512GB variant sold at $2,199.

Design
4 out of 5
Performance
3 out of 5
Essentials
3 out of 5
Price
3 out of 5
Overall

The Verdict

I would say that this is the gaming laptop to go especially with its excellent features and nice additions, yet the idea that it doesn’t use the GTX 10M yet could be a sign of how this laptop could swiftly lose its luster in future once GTX 10M gets released. 

3.25

Average
3.25 out of 5