1. Post #1
    Fudders
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    September 2010
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    Specs

    • 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2640M Processor
    • 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
    • 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with NVIDIA Optimus Technology 2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
    • Built-in HD Webcam
    • Integrated 60Wh Battery
    • 250GB SSD Storage
    • Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
    • Battery: 6 hours idle, 2 1/2 if playing "hardcore" game.
    • 16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)

    Not exactly mind-blowing specs, but then that's not what the Razer Blade is all about. As the company likes to point out, the Razer Blade is about portability and convenience more than it is about power. At less than an inch thick and weighing in at around six pounds, this is the most portable 17 inch gaming laptop around.

    Now let's see how the most portable 17 inch gaming laptop around performed, shall we?


    League of Legends: The Razer Blade is a monster when it comes to Riot Games' ridiculously popular multiplayer online battle arena game. Then again so is my $500 Best Buy laptop — League of Legends isn't exactly a resource-intensive title. It just looks much better on the Blade's large and lovely screen. With settings maxed and shadows on high I got a uniform 60 frames per second, by far the best performance of all the games I tried. It's also one of the only games I could recommend using the Blade's built-in Switchblade touchpad user interface to control — anything more action-intensive cries out for an external mouse. Luckily the Blade comes packed with one.

    Battlefield 3: I was frightened about running Battlefield 3 on the Blade, worried I might hurt its delicate innards. Indeed attempting to run it on Ultra settings was like transforming the beautiful black box into the world's most expensive slide projector. Thankfully the issue righted itself with one simple step down to High settings, running at a relatively constant 30 frames per second, more than enough for me to get my ass shot off.

    It bears noting that running anything more demanding than League of Legends generated a fair amount of heat under the unit. I've not had any problems arise from rising temperatures yet, but it does get quite uncomfortable when attempting to play with the unit in my lap. Well, first it gets nice. Then it gets uncomfortable. Or maybe it's just uncomfortable for everybody now. MOVING ON...

    Star Wars: The Old Republic: BioWare's massively multiplayer game in a galaxy far, far away seriously stuttered on any setting greater than Low. Mind you it plays like a dream on Low (or as much like a dream as The Old Republic can get), and is certainly good for a couple of quick quests or a flashpoint or two while sipping your coffee at Starbucks, where America goes to tech new technology.

    The Witcher 2: Here's where I was expecting the Blade to really choke. Considering the problems my high-powered gaming desktop had running The Witcher 2 at launch, surely the Blade would trip over its own sword and fall on it here. Damn CD Projekt for their patches and fixes, ruining my fun. Again the Blade managed to perform admirably under all but the highest settings, though of course the lower the graphics the better the performance.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: It was in the wintry hills of Skyrim that the Blade struggled the most, low frame rates rearing their ugly heads until I set the game to low, and even then the heads were still mighty ugly. The Switchblade touchpad also exhibited extreme amounts of lag in the latest Elder Scrolls game, scrolling a lot like one would expect an elder to scroll; incredibly slowly.

    Source

    http://kotaku.com/5882721/putting-th...s-gaming-paces


    Heathcliff Hatcher: Razer's director of product marketing,

    "We believe if performance is all that matters, then a cheaper and more powerful desktop should be the way to go. If it's a laptop, then we sacrifice some performance (but it should still play games well) but portability is just as important. 0.88" thin and 6lbs with good performance in our view is better than 2-3" thick and 12-16lbs. Again, if someone just cares about performance we think Origin makes a phenomenal laptop and they should get it. But it's just a really different product type and we didn't intend it to be a straight up head to head benchmark – how do you benchmark how someone feels when they carry a Razer Blade vs. a traditional gaming laptop all day?"

    Razer needs to cut out with this shit.


    Update

    Update: After some time spent troubleshooting technical issues with Razer, I discovered that for some reason my unit's NVIDIA graphics card was not engaging, leaving the poor onboard Intel card to attempt to handle games that it should never have touched. Once the good graphics card was actually working I was able to run Star Wars: The Old Republic on high with a satisfactory frame rate, Skyrim is actually playable (it auto-detects at Ultra High), and Battlefield 3 — well it still chugs on Ultra, but not quite as badly as it did before.
    Mike Fahey turns out to be a idiot. The laptop is still overpriced.
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  2. Post #2
    Fight until death, shoot until empty.

    November 2009
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    Razor = New Alienware.

    Fuckers.
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  3. Post #3
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    I saw that from a mile away.
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  4. Post #4
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    March 2010
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    Looks like a failure. Who'd use a touchpad for gaming anyway, let alone a laptop?
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  5. Post #5
    Wow.. that is some SHITTY specs for a 2.8k laptop
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  6. Post #6
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    April 2009
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    I just bought a new laptop from Xotic PC with FAR higher specs for $1000 (Though, no SSD).

    You're really just paying for the portability and labeling.
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  7. Post #7
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    March 2007
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    When will companies realize that laptops can't play games...
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  8. Post #8
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    August 2009
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    Hm, I would still like one because I dont play super graphic games like those, mostly source.
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  9. Post #9
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    December 2005
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    wow it was a stupid gimmick all along, when has razor ever done anything like that?

    When will companies realize that laptops can't play games...
    i actually have one that can play skyrim relatively well on medium-high settings, but all most gaming laptops are still overpriced to hell.
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  10. Post #10
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    January 2011
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    Hm, I would still like one because I dont play super graphic games like those, mostly source.
    Don't pay $2,800 for this piece of shit and get a real laptop.
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  11. Post #11
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    January 2010
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    lol gimmicky piece of shit
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    Wait what, $2800? Would anyone seriously buy it at that price?
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    September 2010
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    Why does anyone need to play games on a laptop?
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  14. Post #14
    DesumThePanda's Avatar
    January 2010
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    When will companies realize that laptops can't play games...
    They can, just that this one's an overpriced piece of shit.

  15. Post #15
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    December 2005
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    Why does anyone need to play games on a laptop?
    because some people leave their basements.
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  16. Post #16
    DesumThePanda's Avatar
    January 2010
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    Why does anyone need to play games on a laptop?
    Portability. Easier to carry a laptop on vacation or to a LAN party than to bring a huge ass desktop.
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  17. Post #17
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    June 2010
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    When will companies realize that laptops can't play games...
    But they can. And as even this model shows, pretty hardware-hungry ones (not just flashgames). That the compactness imposes more architectural limits should be a given, but gaming laptops are very possible nowadays.

  18. Post #18
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    January 2006
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    I don't get it, Skyrim should run fine with those specs.
    a core i7, a GT555 2gb, 8gb of RAM, and an SSD should be more than plenty, that doesn't make sense.
    Of course, it's ridiculously overpriced, but still.
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  19. Post #19
    ask me for a rust key :~)
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    December 2008
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    Wait. A 17in MacBook Pro is cheaper than this.

    holy fuck they managed to top the apple tax
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  20. Post #20
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    Ah, you're also paying for the customization keyboard, that was a major selling point apparently. Good for MMO's I suppose.

    Portability. Easier to carry a laptop on vacation or to a LAN party than to bring a huge ass desktop.
    This is mainly why I bought my new laptop, I have lots of money to spare. I also have an external monitor / computer setup for at home long-session games.

  21. Post #21
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    March 2007
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    because some people leave their basements.
    But can only play for 10 minutes because the battery will run out.
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    April 2006
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    When will companies realize that laptops can't play games...
    Ummmmmm what? There are many laptops well equipped for higher spec gaming.
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    March 2009
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    When will companies realize that laptops can't play games...
    I have an Asus notebook that runs Skyrim on ultra with additional graphics mods at 30 fps.
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  24. Post #24
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    October 2007
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    razer making shitty products what else is new
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  25. Post #25
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    June 2008
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    It would be useful for me because I am constantly shifting houses and places where I live, transporting my computer and all its stuff gets old.
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  26. Post #26
    I Love Gaylo 4
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    April 2006
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    But can only play for 10 minutes because the battery will run out.
    It's called a power source.
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    January 2010
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    But can only play for 10 minutes because the battery will run out.
    Most batteries will at least last 30 minutes and if they last any shorter than that's atrocious and you have something wrong with your laptop.

    Also you don't always have to have your laptop unplugged.

  28. Post #28
    I Love Gaylo 4
    Delta616's Avatar
    April 2006
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    razer making shitty products what else is new
    They also make very nice products. Like The Black Widow, and Imperator.
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    Wait what, $2800? Would anyone seriously buy it at that price?
    The same people that buy Mac's or Alienware...
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  30. Post #30
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    October 2007
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    Why does anyone need to play games on a laptop?
    It's much more convenient than hauling around a desktop every time you want to play games with friends.
    I got my laptop 3 years ago for ~$650 and it can play Skyrim on medium with at least 30 frames.

  31. Post #31
    I Love Gaylo 4
    Delta616's Avatar
    April 2006
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    Wait what, $2800? Would anyone seriously buy it at that price?
    I would have considered investing in it, if it was actually good. But only because I can afford pointlessly expensive things.

  32. Post #32
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    November 2009
    6,600 Posts
    Sexy case, shit product.

    Read: Apple.
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  33. Post #33
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    saw this one coming from a mile away
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    DesumThePanda's Avatar
    January 2010
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    It would be useful for me because I am constantly shifting houses and places where I live, transporting my computer and all its stuff gets old.
    There are better, less gimmicky laptops you can get for a lower price.

    Did you even read the article? lol

  35. Post #35
    Arkei's Avatar
    July 2010
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    Isn't this like the third time they've tried to "save PC gaming" with an overexpensive gadget?
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  36. Post #36
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    Indeed attempting to run it on Ultra settings was like transforming the beautiful black box into the world's most expensive slide projector.
    100+ FPS on my desktop.
    Bitches.
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  37. Post #37
    Fudders
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    September 2010
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230142

    $1,329.99 and blows this laptop out of the water.
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  38. Post #38
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    Razor needs to stick to scooters
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  39. Post #39
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    because some people leave their basements.
    Leave their basements to play games?
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    April 2011
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    and no one was surprised
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