Introduction: The portable device presents you with a wonderful gaming experience, being thinnest of them all. It comes with a soft-touch body and 4th-gen Core i7 Intel processor in the slim body it has.
Trade good: It has good battery life, is slimmest and very light so portable enough, has great performance.
Trade bad: heats up when you are playing; doesn’t have any slot for SD card; only 3 USB 3.0 ports and only one HDMI port; highly-priced.
At a Glance: Razer Blade 14 offers a great on-the-go gaming experience in a lightweight body, and even though with the drawbacks as heating up and less connectivity ports, for the game lovers, it is a great choice
|Display Type||14 in|
|Max Resolution||1600 x 900|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8|
|Processor Intel||4th gen Core i7 Core i7-4702HQ / 2.2 GHz ( Quad-Core )|
|Sound||Audio & Video|
|Processor for graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M (2GB GDDR5) / Intel HD4600 – 2 GB,Intel HD 4600|
|Processor / Chipset||Central Processing Unit( Intel 4th gen Core i7 Core i7-4702HQ / 2.2 GHz)|
|Storage||Hard Drive 128 GB SSD|
Dimensions & Weight:
Market Value: Recent Market value is calculated as $1999.00
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The device has all that superb aluminium body like its sibling before though now it is much light weight compared to the big brother. The switchblade interface isn’t there anymore so the design looks much better. There are 2 speakers between which are the keyboard along with small buttons of mouse and device comes with a bit smaller power button than before.
This machine with only 4.2 pounds weight is the slimmest notebook for gaming ever, but this thinness is accompanied by connectivity features that lack in this notebook: one HDMI and 3 USB 3 ports only with the Ethernet and optical drive being non-existent altogether. So the gamers only might be quite content with the portability though some would surely have liked all the appropriate connectivity features included.
On the 14-inch screen of Razer Blade 14, one biggest drawback is the lack of full 1080p HD display, that’s offered by most others in its category. Instead, the display features 1600 x 900p resolution which is just fine, and the company could have been better off improving the viewing angles for a good picture and perfect colour when sitting anywhere.
Speakers And Audio Quality:
Being paired with software of Dolby’s Home Theater v4, the speakers show a good difference between the right and left audio channels and audio appears to be unwavering, clear and quite loud to fill a room, though it sometimes feel devoid of any strength and falls flat when it comes to play some complex sounds or deep bass. But anyway, they are better than the Razer blade’s previous sibling which wasn’t quite this loud and consumers complained about distortions when the speakers were turned at full.
Smooth Trackpad And The Keyboard:
The device’s keyboard gives off a cool green color at the back so working in less light is possible too. There isn’t much difference from the previous version except for retooling some sizes of the keys and the keyboard happens to be again as solid as ever, with well spaced keys which deliver a satisfactory report to the user while he is using it. Then there’s the software Razer Synapse 2.0 which makes all the keys quite programmable, along with anti-ghosting features which allow gamers to use it without a glitch. In short this comes as the similar chiclet keyboard presented to us the year before.
The touchpad is quite spacious and highly responsive, so much that it starts functioning at the lightest of touch. It would be better if the buttons of mouse were housed over a bit of more space rather than giving this space to the touchpad, even though they work good enough already.
Configurations And Ports:
As mentioned earlier, the ultra-thin body of the device comes with its disadvantages, the biggest being lack of ports. The machine is devoid of any slot for SD card.There’s one USB3 port on one side and 2 same ports on the other, along with a single HDMI port and slot for secure lock. On the other side, there’s one headset jack as well as one jack for AC adapter.
This Razerblade 14, like its previous family, comes with the latest Intel processor, this time being 2.2 GHz 4th-gen. Core i7-4702HQ processor in its thinnest body. Due to the SSD of 256GB, the Windows were able to boot in seven seconds only which is quite fast. With many tests carried out, the Blade worked superbly and only very heavy games could actually drain it in around an hour. The thinness of the device appears to be a hindrance in letting the heat disperse quickly.
The gamers, however, stay at an advantage by using this laptop basically due to the great graphics GPU GeForce Nvidia GTX 765M along with VRAM of 2GB that helps the users to play many games which could exhaust the graphic features of other laptops.
Testing it with Wi-Fi and the use of Internet, the battery drained out in around eight hours which is longer than that of Alienware 14 but less a bit less than MSI GE40 and about the same as 13-in MacBook Air. With vigorous and heavy testing involving many browsers, chat clients and word processors along with much more, the battery lasted for around four hours or so, which is actually quite good for a gaming laptop.