We are no more teenage students playing games all day. But that does not mean we still don’t love gaming. Now, we just have computing needs outside of gaming too. That makes us more demanding.
Now our laptop has to be sleek, good battery life, excellent track-pad and solid sound capacity along with horsepower suitable to gaming needs. You cannot find these demands in a whole lot of laptops. But Razer has always fulfilled the maximum with their Blade laptops.
But these babies don’t come cheap. For a cheap gaming laptop, if you want aesthetics, you have to compromise on something else. Here is a detailed list of the top 5 cheapest Razer Blade laptops where you don’t have to compromise over anything and at the same time they don’t cost a fortune.
The Top 5 Razer Blade Gaming Laptops
1. Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″: Our Top Pick for the Cheapest Razer Blade Laptop
The Razer Blade Stealth is not just perfect for gamers. It is the Ultrabook for everyone. The display is excellent and provides value for money. With upgradations in the former Ultrabook model, the Stealth 13.3” has become my personal favorite.
You will see why.
• Display Size: 13.3 inch
• Resolution: 3200 x 1800
• CPU: 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
• Memory: 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz
• Graphics: 128MB Intel HD Graphics 620
• Storage: 512GB SSD
• Networking: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1
• OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
When you go to a laptop market all you see around you is grey! But when your eyes meet Stealth, you will go ‘Oooooh’.
The gunmetal grey is outstanding. The 3-headed snake logo at the back does not glow like Apple, but I don’t mind it one bit. Just the way the light hits the grey is more than enough to make anyone swoon.
The deal with the rest of the laptop is as usual. When you open the lid, you will be faced with the same gunmetal grey keypad and touchpad made of aluminum. The display is 13-inch QHD, the keypad is backlit with a pair of speakers surrounding it.
Like any modern slim Ultrabook, there is not much room for ports. On the right, you will find an HDMI 2.0, and a USB 3.0 while on the left there is one more USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 3 and a headset jack.
The Stealth weighs 2.9 pounds which puts it on the heavier side in the lightweight laptop category. With HP Spectre weighing just 2.4 pounds, this will not feel wafer thin. But it is still very light and easily portable.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The gunmetal keyboard with boardroom friendly white backlighting is very enticing. The backlighting is not colorfully customizable, but that’s okay because the typing experience is really good.
The key travel is 1.2 millimeters and the actuation is 69 grams, but still, the keyboard does not feel shallow. The touchpad is a massive 4.1 x 2.5-inch box which looks quite big on the otherwise small system. But that’s good.
Larger touchpad means there was enough room for the three-finger press to call Cortana or zooming in and out by pinching. The corners of the touchpad are also impressive. The bottom corners were comfortably responsive when I was doing the left and right clicking.
How’s the Stealth’s QHD 13.3-inch touchscreen?
I could see every texture on the Deadpool uniform and the brilliant black and red contrast. Every crease on Ryan Reynold’s skin was visible. I don’t think he’s going to like that!
The colors are sharp and deep as I said. The suit looked mind-blowing. Fell in love all over again. The color reproduction is by far the best among all ultraportable laptops I have tested till now. The panel is also pretty bright at 328 nits.
The 10-finger capacitive touch is also quick in response and accurate too. It was fun scribbling randomly in Paint and have the laptop respond immediately.
The laptop is thin but the speakers are louder than I expected. The lean speakers on either side of the keypad can fill the room with a loud, crisp and clear audio. Of course, they have support from the preloaded Dolby Atmos software.
On listening to music, I found that at max volume the vocal was still crystal clear but the instruments had a little distortion. There are 6 pre-sets – Movie, Personalize, Music, Dynamic, Game, and Voice. But that slight distortion remains in all 6 settings.
When it comes to Ultrabook touch laptop, the performance is beyond expected. It is an amazing laptop. Though I must say, despite being a Razer, it is not a gaming laptop. The laptop has 8th-gen processor by Intel which is powered by new 4 core chips instead of two. Compared to 7th-gen, the 8th-gen processor is 92% faster. Obviously, it also depends on the tasks you are performing.
I started the Windows Defender scan and at the same time had 24 tabs open in Google Chrome some of which were YouTube, Twitch and so on. The laptop held its own impressively. I did not experience any lag. 16 GB RAM with this CPU, the laptop gets you on fire.
The laptop does not have a discrete card dedicated to powerful 3D, it uses the graphics pack built in the processor. As most of the lightweight laptops do. Because of that, the laptop is not able to capture the 30 fps rate even with the low resolution of 720p and medium settings. Graphics and 3D not being the powerful weapon, gaming is out of the question on this Ultrabook unless it is on the lowest setting. It will still not be perfect.
File transfer of the laptop manages to give an average rate of 462 megabytes per second. I ran a copy function of 4.97 GB of multimedia files which was completed within 11 seconds.
Stealth has poor battery life like a noose around its neck. With the majority of surfing the internet over Wi-Fi, the laptop lasted only 5 hours and 21 minutes. It is quite below the average of Ultrabook’s average in general.
2. Razer Blade 14″ QHD (2014): The Runner-up
Razer has been making lots of efforts to produce thin gaming laptops with high resolution and super touchscreen. They have been at it for a few years now. But the 2014 model saw some big improvements and the introduction of a 14-inch screen to the Blade series. It is thin and beautiful. I absolutely love it!
• Display Size: 14 inch
• Resolution: 3200 x 1800
• CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i7- 4702HQ
• Memory: 8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM
• Graphics: 3GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 870M
• Storage: 256GB SSD
• Networking: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet
• OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Unpacking the Razer Blade 14, I thought it won’t be fun because it is majorly the same design as 2013 model. Everything is seen and repetitive.
Boy, was I wrong?
The Blade 14 is familiar but it is still titillating. The green snake logo in all-black aluminum looks as enticing as ever. Besides the logo, there are horizontal lines running along the lid which gives the laptop a luxury car looks. Just like a luxury car, it is also sleek and fast.
When you open the lid, you will find the all black keypad sitting precisely between the speakers. The keypad is backlight with emerald green light and the power sits on the top center above the F7 key.
Compared to the previous Blade versions, the Blade 2014 is a little thicker and heavier. It weighs 4.4 pounds and measures 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.7inches. There aren’t too many ports on Blade 2014. On the right, there is a USB 3.0, HDMI, and a Kensington lock while on the left you will find another pair of USB 3.0, a headset jack and power port.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The full keyboard of Blade 14 is island style and sleek. With a key travel of 1.4 mm and 60 grams of actuation, it is a joy to type on the keyboard. The green of backlighting is eye-catching and it is a treat to watch the keyboard light power down when not in use. You can also customize the brightness of the lighting to a small degree using the Razer Synapse 2.0.
The Synaptics touchpad is huge at 4.1 x 2.5 inches which leaves plenty of space for three-finger press, pinch-zoom and two-finger rotate. The left and right mouse buttons at the bottom of the touchpad are on the skinny side but do their work seamlessly. The buttons are bouncy and command the same bouncy response too. The Windows 8.1 gestures experience was also smooth and fun for me.
Compared to the humble 1600 x 900 display resolution of Balde’s predecessor, the 3200 x 1800 is visibly outstanding. The display is clear and crisp. I was impressed by the vivid colors which are represented very deeply on the screen.
Though it is not as good as MacBook with Retina and there is a visible difference in the display quality. But if you don’t put both sides by side, Blade 14 impresses much. The colors are realistic. I opened a landscape photograph in full HD and every hue and tone was crystal clear. Even the graduation was apparent. To test further I watched the 4K quality trailer of Interstellar on Blade and discovered that Blade delivers warmer colors overall. There are brightness explosions of white, yellow and orange when it comes to all-in-all display production.
On the color capability test, Blade delivers a strong performance with 101.5% on the sRGB gamut scale. Even the color accuracy test was just a little shy of perfect. On an average notebook scenario, it is pretty impressive. The brightness test also revealed a superlative performance from this laptop. It produced 261 nits which are quite high as compared to the average 219 nits. The capacitive screen is super responsive and the touch is fun to use.
The audio has a mixed response from my side. It is a loud baby hitting 88 decibels on an audio test. But I found it to be treble heavy. Some notes distort at maximum volume but with a little volume adjustment, it can be remedied.
The VOC, all of the song felt overcrowded which could not be fixed even by the preinstalled Dolby software. But changing the music genre changed the output quite a lot. It is loud, though not the best quality speaker. But it is not unbearable too. I would give a positive review to the speakers ultimately.
Razer Synapse 2.0
Most gamers prefer setting up a macro but the process in itself is really boring. I personally hate doing all that work. Recording the keystrokes and commands can be time-consuming. All this time can be utilized in gaming some more.
Razer Synapse 2.0 cuts a little of this long process and lets the gamers create macro profiles which can be accessed on any Notebook which has the software. It even works on Mac.
After entering all the commands necessary for creating the profile and hitting save, I mapped them to the keyboard and had a blast.
The macros can also be mapped for other uses instead of gaming. For example, I mapped the arrow keys for showing desktop, launching menu, closing apps and choosing from among the profiles. And as I said before, you can also map keys to set the brightness level.
Man, is this laptop hot?
No, I mean hot, literally. After streaming a 15-minute video on full screen, the touchpad was heated up. When I measured the temperature it came to 87 degrees Fahrenheit. The space between keys G and H was also uncomfortably hot. The bottom portion of the laptop and especially the back panel heated up to 108 degrees.
Things really jumped up when I started playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition. After 15 minutes the Touchpad became uncomfortably hot and the bottom of the laptop was really ready to fire up. And as the laptop starts heating up, you can noticeably hear the fan gearing up. If you like white noise, you will find it attractive but otherwise it’s just distracting.
The Blade 14 has an integrated 1080p webcam but that seemed a little disappointing. The colors looked a good 2 shades darker on the webcam and the bright colors looked washed out. Especially the red and pinks. The details are fairly impressive. It was possible to read text even in the background and the fizziness of the hair. But color detailing is disappointing.
Gaming and Graphics
The Blade 14 may not be the lightest or thinnest but it sure is the best gaming Notebook on market. Thanks to the Nvidia GPU with VRAM of 3 GB, you can play the most intensive graphically detailed games at the highest setting without any problem.
With special effects on high, Blade does not sweat even during the war zone. At 45 fps the gameplay is smooth. Even during less taxing tasks like video playback and web surfing, the graphics held up pretty high. The overall performance is outstanding according to me.
The strong performance of Blade is not confined to just gaming. Otherwise, also, this is a mean productive machine. More than 10 tabs open on Chrome, streaming a video on Netflix and a Windows Defender scan in the background was all done without a hitch. Then I thought of taking it up a notch and opened 12 tabs of Internet Explorer but still, the machine did not give me a reason to complain.
The laptop takes only 10 seconds to boot Windows 8.1 and can transfer 4.97 GB of multimedia files in 33 seconds.
This machine here is a winner.
On a full system utilization of surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 20% brightness of the laptop made it last for 5 hours and 19 minutes. There was no video streaming or any of the heavy gaming. Still, it did not meet the 7-hour average of a thin and light laptop.
3. The Razer Blade (2016) 14″ QHD+ Gaming Laptop
The premium design of Razer Blade 2016 is drool-worthy. The ultra-portable laptop delivers a solid performance and high-end features. It is an incredibly compact gaming machine which is colorful, slim and strong.
In a sea of silver and grey laptops, the all-black finish comes as a breath of fresh air. The green snake logo on matte black finish stands out brightly. Overall, the design is pretty incredible. When the rainbow colors are on display, it is the best-looking laptop to date.
The chassis is well-constructed and Razer stuck to the aluminum body which is a good move according to me. Of course, because of the metal, the laptop becomes a finger-print magnet. And then the inner body will also have smudge marks from palm resting. So cleaning becomes a daily task.
Unless you wear gloves all the time.
Razer managed to bring down the weight from its previous model to a comfortable 4.3 pounds. That is a lot of improvement. Carrying this laptop is not a herculean task anymore. The 0.7” thickness also deserves some credit while we are talking about portability.
The ridges on the side of the logo never fail to give that ‘Wow so sleek’ feeling. The snake logo illuminates when powered up but there is a provision for turning it off. So if you don’t like the goofy logo on the surface, Razer provides you with an option.
As you open the lid, you will see end-to-end glass on the Sharp IGZO touchscreen. The top center of the screen has a 2 MPx webcam with the mic on both ends and on the bottom center, there is a subtle Blade logo. The keyboard has speakers on each side and the palm rest as usual.
On the top center of the keyboard, there is a subtle non-lit power button. On the left of the body, there are two USB 3.0 ports, a power connector, and a headphone jack. On the right, there is a Kensington lock, another USB 3.0, an HDMI port and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
One improvement they could have made is the memory card reader. Even a microSD slot would have been enough. The bottom of the laptop has two air intake vents and a corresponding fan. The fan is usually running as long as the laptop is on.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is pretty decent and is of the kind which you can grow to like too much. The key travel of 1.4 mm and force of 50 grams takes a little while to get used to. Immediately the typing may get affected but you will get your speed back once you are used to the keypad.
The most interesting fact about this keyboard is that you can program each key to a different color. The keyboard is the Razer’s Chroma variant which allows you to program keys to a choice of 16 million colors. There are a couple more options which are fascinating about this keyboard.
One is Razer has done away with the box font and the Blade 2016 keyboard has the normal fonts on it. And the backlighting can be changed to anything else if you don’t like the default green. The sharp green and weird font were the only things in the design which was not giving the professional look to Blade. And for us working full time, gamers part-time people, the laptop should not look like a gaming laptop.
One of the issue with the keyboard is that the secondary key functions like @ and $ are not backlit. It is kind of disappointing. Though most of us are well-versed with the keyboard and we don’t need to locate it through lights, but it does not look good to have a line of key functions in the dark. Also, the media keys are not backlit too. So ironically, if you want to switch off the keyboard light, you will need a flashlight to find the key. Unless to memorize it of course.
The trackpad is just like the previous models with enough space and correctly recognizing the gestures. It is smooth to touch and accurate to function. Below the pad, there are 2 physical buttons for right and left click. What is odd about them is that both the clicks make different noises.
The trackpad is Synaptics Pad with a number of built-in drivers. It needs hardly any adjustment. The three finger swipe for moving forward and backward in a browser is missing though. Instead, the three-finger swipe performs the function of app switching like the Alt+Tab.
With a maximum resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, it is a treat to look at. There is no backlight bleed on the edges but as soon as the viewing angle goes beyond 45 degrees, you start to lose colors. It is not up to the standards of today.
The glass screen has a matte panel to stop light reflection. But the matte finish does not do any good, in fact, it makes the image quality worse. The color accuracy is very good. The maximum brightness of the laptop has been recorded at 316 nits which are quite greater than average. But with direct sunlight, it is still a little bit of struggle.
The screen chassis is pretty sturdy and does not wobble while using the touchscreen.
Gaming and Graphics
The gaming performance of Blade 2016 is about as expected. It is similar to all other machines using the Nvidia GTX 970M chip. There is little TDP throttling but it is not noticeable in the game. Anyways you can improve the gaming performance by utilizing the external GPU.
Compared to previous models, Razer claims to have improved on the cooling system. The Blade 2016 uses dual fans with dual heat pipes to keep the laptop cool. During normal usage, the fans are quiet. You would know that they are running but nothing distracting.
But the fans grow loud when the laptop is being used for gaming on full load. the sound becomes noticeable to others too. It can get extremely loud.
Similarly, under normal usage, the laptop remains relatively cool. The temperature remains around 28 to 32 degrees, and as soon as it rises, the fan compensates. But while gaming at full capacity, it starts heating up extremely. The Razer Synapse has a cool mode which helps a little but it does not allow playing game son your lap.
The speakers are located in their usual place facing upwards. That is a very good design thinking on the part of Razer because most of the time you will find speakers facing bottom. So the sound goes to your lap is always muffled.
The speakers are not of the highest quality but they are loud. For a gaming laptop, the speakers are quite good. The highest sound generated by the speakers is 70 decibels. At the highest volume, there is a little distortion in the sound.
At minimum settings like Power Saver mode, 40% brightness, switched off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and muted volume, the laptop lasted for 7 hours and 45 minutes. There are many Ultrabooks out there which have a lot better battery life. On maximum usage, the battery will not last 7 hours. So that is one thing Razer needs to improve.
4. Razer Blade Pro 17-Inch Gaming Laptop
This laptop is the hero of the film. Razer manages to cram all the latest specs into a razor-thin laptop this time. With a generous 17.3-inch screen size, the Razer Blade Pro (2015) is an all-in-one productivity and gaming machine.
• Display Size: 17.3 inch
• Resolution: 1920 x 1080
• CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7- 4702HQ
• Memory: 6GB DDR3L 1,600MHz RAM
• Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M
• Storage: 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
• Networking: 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0
• OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
The chassis is black stamped aluminum but in lights, it looks more like grayish. The green snake logo of Razer emits green light when the laptop is powered on. There are 2 ridges beside the logo to give the laptop a sleek luxury car looks.
There is a beveled edge at the center of the body for easy opening of the lid. The overall design of the laptop is very minimalistic. The right side is devoid of any ports except a Kensington lock and cooling vents near the back portion. On the left side of the body, you will find a headphone jack, an HDMI port, 3 USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, and a power cable connector. Near the back of the system, there is a second set of cooling vent situated.
There are 4 rubber feet at the bottom of the laptop to provide enough elevation for the cooling system. The screen has a matte finish display with a 2 MPx webcam on top and 2 mics at each end of the camera. Below the screen, you will see Blade printed very discreetly. If you are not looking for it, you might miss it.
The keyboard deck is unlike anything I have ever seen. Above the central power button, there is a strip of speakers tucked neatly along the line. The keypad and trackpad are the most impressive feature of this laptop design.
By the way, Blade Pro is quite the fingerprint magnet.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Razer Blade Pro (2015) has its usual illuminated green keys with a boxed font which gives a command prompt feel to me everytime I look at it. As far as the keyboard is concerned there is nothing to complain about. The backlit keys are great and the overall design is spacious as well as minimalistic. Besides the key layout, you will see a multi-touch LCD trackpad which has been named ‘Switchblade UI’ by Razer.
The Switchblade UI has 10 tactile customizable macro keys. Each key has a resolution of 115 x 115 with a 2mm travel and 15 mm x 15 mm measurement. The trackpad does 2 jobs. One is the traditional gesture control and pointing device while the other is working as a secondary display. The screen in total is 4.05 inches and has a resolution of 480 x 800. Below it, there are traditional click buttons for left and right clicks. Don’t look at the keys from any non-standard position or you will get a blurry image.
You can watch YouTube videos, run social media as a default and even browse the internet. These macro keys and LCD display do come in handy but as a normal touchpad Switchblade is not high quality. Because of its glossy finish, there are unnecessary glides and the two bottom keys have shallow clicks.
Unlike the smaller 14” Blade Pro model, there are no touchscreen, IPS or UHD options available in this version. But considering gaming, you don’t need a touchscreen. When it comes to displaying quality, the image quality is clean.
No backlight bleeding.
Obviously, the results are not as crisp as the 4k versions, but it is still high quality. The color temperature is more towards cool tones. The brightness is also just perfect for indoor gaming. Colour accuracy is not that impressive though. It stands at 80%. For a more accurate color and the grayscale result, you need to calibrate the display.
Because the display is matte finish, there is no problem of reflection during outdoor usage. But the colors become washed out and weak in bright sunlight. Viewing angles are good too. The sides and top viewing are quite accurate but the bottom viewing degrades. But then I don’t think that is going to be the general viewing angle.
The Blade Pro has an impressive set of speakers on it. Razer has outdone itself as compared to the previous models. There is a complete absence of bass but the sound is clear and crisp. It is loud too. Even at max volume, I did not notice any distortion.
Gaming and Graphics
The GTX 960M is a rebranded version of GTX 860M and should provide a roughly 30% higher performance. The Blade Pro handles itself well while gaming at medium settings and the native resolution of 1080p. Most of the titles hold really well at 30 fps but on more demanding games the performance starts to downgrade.
The two 50 mm fans at the bottom of the laptop are always active. On Power Saver, they are quiet but definitely on. With the active GPU, the fan noise will consistently increase. So if you like them to be quiet, do non-demanding work like emails and surfing on Power Saver profile.
There is also a difference between the fan noise timings for both fans. When the load is higher on the GPU, the right side will become louder while during higher load on the CPU, the left side will become louder. Under maximum stress, the noise can go up as loud as 46 dB.
On Power Saver, the temperature is quite low with no obvious hotspots. But with extended use on high pressure, the temperature can go up to 45 C. Most of the excess heat is towards the bottom rear end of the laptop.
The 74 Wh Li-Ion polymer battery is non-removable and standard for a 17-inch gaming Notebook. At lowest settings and in Power Saver mode, the battery life is an impressive 8.5 hours. on a continuous 150 nit brightness and balanced profile, you can expect the laptop to hold up for 4 hours. At a battery capacity of 30% or lower, the gaming performance, as well as noise, will reduce considerably.
5. Razer Blade 14 Inch Gaming Laptop
Razer started out as makers of mice and keyboards only. But after that, they have been known as the constant innovators of gaming PCs. The Razer Blade (14-inch, 2013) is not the first one to amalgamate productivity and gaming in a wafer-thin laptop, but it surely is the best one out there.
• Display Size: 14 inch
• Resolution: 1600 x 900
• CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i7- 4702HQ
• Memory: 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
• Storage: 256GB SSD
• Networking: 802.11 ac
• OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
The Razer Blade 2013 has the same black aluminum light and stylish chassis with the hypnotic logo at the center. The three-headed snake is backlit with green color and has two elegant ridges on either side.
The portable design is 4.1 pounds in total but that definitely means losing some of the features to make it thin and lightweight. One of the lost features is the optical drive. It does not matter to gamers who like to play on online gaming services but for those who want to load up an older game or watch a movie from a disc, it can be a disappointment.
Also, there is no Switchblade UI. To reduce the size to 14 inches, the touchscreen panel has been omitted from the laptop which is available in the 17-inch Pro. The Blade 2013 will definitely not stand out in the crowd and Razer has never made any drastic changes in their design. But as it is, the laptop is classy and sleek.
Blade 14 is a super-thin laptop there are not many options for ports and peripherals. On the right side of the laptop, you will find a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, and a secure lock slot. On the left side, you will find 2 more USB 3.0 ports, an AC adapter jack, and a headset jack. Unfortunately, there is no slot for SD card.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The island-style keyboard of the laptop has Razer’s special boxy fonts which glow with eerie green. The backlight is bright enough to work comfortably in a dark room. The keys are well-placed and flat which makes typing easy.
Here’s the fun part.
Razer Synapse 2.0 lets you program every key. And then there is anti-ghosting which recognizes multiple key presses.
Coming to the Touchpad, it is matte black, smooth and roomy. The trackpad is quite big and responsive. It has a smooth silky finish which tends to be oversensitive to touch sometimes. I had so many accidents where I would be typing and the touchpad would recognize a gesture and some function would be triggered by mistake. It would have been nice to have a touchpad lock key.
When I perform the Windows gesture control, the trackpad was fast and instantly responsive. There is just one minor hiccup. If your fingers waver during two-finger scrolling, the trackpad takes it as a pinch-zoom and distorts the screen.
I never thought I would be complaining about a trackpad being too sensitive.
The 1600 x 900 resolution screen has a matte finish to avoid reflections. Unfortunately, even this laptop has the same screen as the other Blades. So the problems are also the same. The display is sharp but the color reproduction is bad. The bright colors look slightly washed out.
But the laptop impressed me during the game session of “Tomb Raider”. The colors looked deep and the jungle backdrop was further accentuated by the realistic red, orange, yellow and greens. The viewing angle beyond 45 degrees is pathetic. So if you are not sitting in front of the screen, you are not going to enjoy it.
The Blade 14 has stereo 2.0 speakers which have been paired with the Home Theatre v4 software by Dolby. It makes the speaker loud enough to fill a small room with crisp and clear audio notes. When I play music, the front and center are filled with clear vocal and the background instruments also appear to equally crisp.
However, you will have to strain to hear the low notes. And the bass is really silent. You will not enjoy heavy-bass songs because they all seem flat. But every time, the laptop holds up on the gaming front really well. The audio while I was playing “Tomb Raider” was immersive and well-balanced. I could hear the music, dialogues and sound effects all equally clearly. There are pre-sets for games and movies (read here about the best laptop for watching movies), and the audio holds up really well in both.
Under normal non-gaming usage, the laptop kept its cool. While streaming videos and surfing the internet, the Blade 14 stayed well below the comfort zone of 90 degrees. But as soon as the Tomb Raider started, the laptop started heating up too.
Even with the custom designed heat pipe by Razer, the touchpad and other areas of the laptop remained too hot to use while gaming. The touchpad measured 98 degrees while the center part of the keypad between keys G and H was 113 degrees.
That’s not it!
The bottom part of the laptop was a scorching 125 degrees. So don’t even think about gaming on Blade 14 while keeping it on your lap.
Gaming and Graphics
You can put Razer Blade 14 (2013) with the best gaming laptops. With the help of Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU with 2GB of VRAM, the gamers play the most taxing games graphically with silky smoothness.
I adjusted the graphics settings to test the machine limits while playing Tomb Raiders. I tested the game in all 4 settings – low, normal, ultimate and ultra. The laptop held up really well in almost all the settings. During the ultra-setting, the game began to stutter. The fps dropped to 29. I tested many other high-graphic games too.
I must say the machine is really top-notch.
The laptop has a good battery life. For less-intensive tasks, the laptop uses Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU. While surfing the internet over Wi-Fi, the laptop lasted a good 8 hours and 7 minutes. That is quite longer than an average thin and small gaming laptop.
I understand that deep urge of playing games and the frustration of not finding enough time. I also go through that phase where I miss those care-free gaming days terribly. But what can I say?
Unfortunately, we all have to grow up and take smart decisions. And for that, you have to find a middle road. A laptop that is highly productive yet very good at gaming is a rare find. And here you have 5 incredible options.
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