Few gaming laptops measure up to the hype, but the new Razor Blade addition as with previous models does not disappoint.
These machines are top performers, the Razer Blade QHD+, is a 14" gaming laptop which is fully loaded yet doesn’t sacrifice portability. Buy the new model directly from Razer for £2499.99.
It’s incredibly light for a gaming laptop. In fact, at a mere 1.95kg, it’s among the lightest 14" laptops of this type considering the impressive power that lies beneath, it’s remarkably slim, too, at only 17.9mm from top to base.
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It looks good, too. A straightforward design, with two vertical lines indented on the lid, emblazoned with a backlit, bright green Razer logo in the centre. The matte aluminium finish is wonderfully smooth to the touch.
Despite its slim design, the Razor Blade QHD+ has more than enough ports. On the left hand side you’ll find two USB 3 ports and a 3.5mm headset jack, while on the right hand side, are another USB 3 port and a single USB Type-C port as well as full-size HDMI 2 port. As for wireless connectivity-wise, you get 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.1.
Performance and battery life - Razer Blade QHD+ Laptop Review
With prices starting at £1,750 for the Full HD model packed with a 2.6GHz quad-core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, you're getting plenty for your money. The top-end model is equipped with a 1TB SSD and the top-end QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) display costs £2,499.99, you can expect blisteringly fast boot times and game load times.
The Razer Blade delivers the full-on gaming experience, including a desktop-level Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, complete with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. It will breeze through any modern game you wish to run on it. In our tests we tried Ark: Survival Evolved, which ramps up the graphics and it ran without a blip, a totally smooth and unhindered gaming experience.
The battery life is reasonable. In fact, in our simple video playback battery test, the Razer Blade QHD+ lasted a credible 5hrs 52mins before draining completely. It still doesn't hold a candle to the MacBook Pro’s near nine-hour runtime, but if you want to work and play it is still up to the job.
Keyboard and touchpad - Razer Blade QHD+ Laptop Review
I love the Chroma keyboard, it might be a little gimmicky, but I had great fun playing with Razer’s Synapse software, customising the keyboard’s colour and animated display patterns; well why not.
The Razor Stealth touchpad was one thing but this is quite another, it still has the smooth and luxurious glass finish but it isn’t clickable. Now there are dedicated left and right mouse buttons that sit immediately below the touch surface. The buttons are a little thin in my opinion, but you can always set up the touchpad to register taps if you want.
Display - Razer Blade QHD+ Laptop Review
We are testing the top-of -the-range model with it’s 3,200 x 1,800 resolution, the QHD+ version is amazing, with a wonderfully colourful image, sharp details and terrific contrast.
The display produces 95.2% of the sRGB colour gamut, which is pretty impressive, but lags slightly behind the Blade Stealth’s 96.9%. Its brightness is a little low at 341cd/m2, but is perfectly suited for indoor use. You shouldn’t have any problems playing outside either unless your are playing an intense game in bright sunlight.
The downside is that there is visible motion blur in fast-moving scenes, but this is something that’s common to all IPS panels.
Verdict - Razer Blade QHD+ Laptop Review
The Blade Stealth’s is near faultless other than the slightly disappointing battery life. Build quality is second to none amongst gaming laptops and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is an incredible performer.
It offers, top-tier gaming performance in a wonderfully slim shell, it really is unmatched. If you’re up for a full-on gaming experience that won't blink an anything that you throw at it, then the Razer Blade QHD+ is the one.