Excerpt: Razer Blade review: With both Intel ’s Haswell and Nvidia ’s new 700M-series components shrinking and sipping less power, the super-portable, 14-inch, gaming laptop revolution is about to begin. Leading the charge is Razer with its ultra-sleek new Razer Blade gaming notebook, which is a smaller take on the 17-inch version (since rebranded as Razer Blade Pro ) we reviewed last year.
Pros: Sexy, super thin and portable, fantastic performance for the size
Cons: TN monitor, chintzy-feeling keyboard/trackpad buttons, no HDD
Summary: Razer has churned out a sexy and powerful gaming laptop with an amazingly slim profile. The Blade 14's high-end specs allow it to trade shots with heavyweights without breaking a sweat. We also love the customizable, backlit keyboard and more than 8 hours of battery life (when you're not gaming). We just wish this rig kept its cool better during gaming and that it came with a 1080p display.
Conclusion: I went into reviewing the Razer Blade 14-inch skeptical, and I came out of it largely a believer. Razer has done a million things right with this notebook design, and I actually have a very hard time understanding why a user would spend up for the 17-inch Razer Blade Pro. This 14-inch unit has almost everything you want and very little you don't, and it is the definitive gaming ultrabook.
Summary: Razer's first laptop, the Razer Blade, is a thin gaming computer with some futuristic design touches, but a high price means you're paying for design -- and for the second-screen signature Switchblade UI interface that doesn't do as much as we hoped it would...yet.
Pros: The Razer Blade has a thin, sleek design, an excellent 17-inch display, fast bootup times, and unique touch-pad UI with a lot of potential for gamers.
Cons: The innovative Switchblade UI LED buttons are hard to customize, and the Blade has underpowered graphics for its price.
Summary: Size and mobility make the Razer Blade and the Razer Blade Pro the epitome of what affordable gaming laptops should be. The graphics card and high-definition display pair well to give you real and intense-looking gaming environments. Unfortunately, the lack of an optical drive and the limited amount of hard disk space make it difficult for us to consider these the best gaming laptops.
Pros: The unique multifunctional track pad screen opens you up to a new world of navigation and gaming control.
Cons: Customization is not an option for the Blade and Blade Pro, which heavily limits features and personalization.