...this unmistakable 14in machine has the rare ability to double as an everyday workhorse and a potent full-HD gaming platform.
The 2017 Blade is without a doubt Razer's best revision to date. Now armed with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, this unmistakable 14in machine has the rare ability to double as an everyday workhorse and a potent full-HD gaming platform.
Sleek presentation and best-in-class battery life allows the Blade to stand out from the crowd and go some way toward justifying the premium £1,800 entry fee. Yet, while progress has been made, there are still chinks in the system's armour. The standard HD display is good but not great, the entry-level 256GB SSD feels cramped and fan noise continues to frustrate.
Balancing both work and play ultimately makes the Blade a somewhat unique proposition. The system's appeal to enthusiast gamers will perhaps be stifled by the knowledge that rival machines can offer more firepower for similar money. On the other hand, if you're on the verge of buying an Ultrabook and you'd like to add true gaming capabilities to the mix, the Razer Blade helps bring together the best of both worlds.
Core i7-7700HQ and GeForce GTX 1060
Comfortable and well-lit keyboard
Decent selection of I/O ports
Compact power supply
All-day battery life
Pricey at £1,800
Fans get noisy quick
1080p display is good but not great
The Razer Blade gaming laptop is available to purchase from the Razer Store.
At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles. If any company representatives for the products reviewed choose to respond, we'll publish their commentary here verbatim.