Hands-On With the Razer Blade Gaming Laptop

We check out the ambitious new gaming laptop from Razer, complete with touch-screen switchblade UI.

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82 comments
SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

is it just me or was that game lagging somewhat?

bobman_420
bobman_420

HA! Is this some kind of joke? My MSI GT780-dx cost half that and I have a better gaming computer. I run Battlefield 3 between high and ultra settings at 40fps.

jmsn_m14
jmsn_m14

weak GPU for an overpriced laptop

SoraPR
SoraPR

mmmmmmmm does people know the economy is in bad condition right???

chyng85
chyng85

It is quite expensive~

madglee
madglee

Lol, almost 3k. I was interested, somewhat, until I heard that.

TerrorRizzing
TerrorRizzing

@ megakick go check similar alienware products, they are much much more fairly priced. Alienware has dropped prices big time in the last few years, you cant even build the aurora desktop for the price alienware is selling it for. For a portable gaming laptop, I think the best bet is the m14x, which has similar specs to this but costs less than 1000.

theshonen8899
theshonen8899

The Alienware M11x is more portable than this and yet it's about 5 times cheaper.

Sam39150
Sam39150

gt555 is fairly weak graphic card. You will only be able to play Skyrim at medium settings at best http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-555M.41933.0.html Msi has a much better laptop at a much cheaper price here http://www.xoticpc.com/force-16f2012-msi-16f2-preorder-p-3376.html?wconfigure=yes upgrade to the gtx 580m since that is the most strongest single laptop graphic card out right now and quad core if possible http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-580M.56636.0.html If this isn't good enough then desktop is definitely the best option for pc gaming right now

tom77l1
tom77l1

£7 is pretty cheap.

mo654
mo654

the razer fyona looks better than this junk even though its a tablet

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

You can build a monster desktop for half that price. Can't justify this

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

NTY my $500 netbook that can run skyrim on medium is good enough for me atm for mobile gaming =]

holtrocks
holtrocks

Meh its specs are good for now but unless u have more money than u no what to do with don't get a gaming laptop build a desktop its the only way to do it u cannot upgrade a laptop.

Rovelius
Rovelius

Alienware = too expensive Razer = flashy but breaks Do it your own damn self and you'll even save money.

Rafiky77
Rafiky77

just what i always wanted, a expensive computer i cant upgrade, and by the looks of it has a pretty poor FPS and no mention of battery life! ugh, no thaks

EliOli
EliOli

Yikes! That's way too expensive for what you are getting.

GarGx1
GarGx1

He'd probably do well selling it in PC World (a large, overpriced store chain in the UK) to people with no knowledge and too much money. However at a tech show like CES he's got no chance of convincing anyone that it's good. I'll bet he pulled the short straw on the Razer stand and all his mates are laughing at him.

chaoz-king
chaoz-king

NICE playing free fall at 10fps!

jnw93
jnw93

think ill just geta vita...

Joy-Stick
Joy-Stick

If your primary motive for getting a laptop is gaming then why not just go all the way and get a full blown desktop PC with all the works. I mean, if your planning to drop that much money into it.

megakick
megakick

Alienware is overpriced and is only a badge. Razer sells better products.

pelvist
pelvist

Firefall looks like itsrunning at 10fps on that laptop.

millbro
millbro

Thats crazy expensive.. got at alienware mx17 laptop that blows those specs away for under 2000

shadow580
shadow580

Good specs for the size but I would never buy one of these. I have a decent gaming PC to indulge myself when it comes to graphics and frame rate. That's something you can get for less that half of what that laptop costs. My own laptop is just powerful enough to play most modern games on medium-high with average fps, depending on the game. That's just to chill in, something I wouldn't use in competitive gaming. If you're serious about gaming (which a gaming laptop implies), you would either buy a chunky gaming laptop with great specs or simply take that 2.800$ and put it in a PC with insane specs and peripherals of your choosing.

Capt_Shavers
Capt_Shavers

holy crud that is expensive....get an alienware, better specs and cheaper, I got my m14x recently for $1600. still there's no match for razer when it comes to pc peripherals

zanelli
zanelli moderator

Always good see new kit coming out, but they need to tell the guy on the floor to lay off the verbal diarrhoea.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

I think they shouldn't max out all the Firefall graphics options. It's getting a little bit laggy... The specs are good; I would put that to good use TBH, but it's useless if you try to play as it was a high end desktop PC.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

@wack_joE Acutally, you do play on high settings. What you 'maybe' wouldn't be able to do is to play on ultra (very high) settings, and I'm not including every game (Crysis 1 would run on ultra with this specs).

jesuschristmonk
jesuschristmonk

Gotta be really desperate to play newer games on the go to pay so much more that an amazing Desktop gaming PC. I can say that I'm disappointed that my laptop probably wouldn't be able to play Skyrim, but I'm definitely not gunna spend anywhere near that much just so I can at least run it...

PresidentDman
PresidentDman

I liked the touch screen on the bottom left, that's a pretty simple yet great idea. As a gaming laptop however its a clear fail, lusafis518 summed it up perfectly below.

wack_joE
wack_joE

this "gaming laptop" got terrible specs... dual care i7, gtx 550 m.... i mean wtf? u cant even play a decent game on high settings. for that price i want a laptop with nice specs atleast. :P

Shinob3
Shinob3

'Other' gaming laptops are 3 inchs thick, 15-16 pounds? Really?

jlm2k5
jlm2k5

Its awesome, it really is, but it is still $2799.

monkeypants
monkeypants

So the first "true" gaming laptop has a video card slower than any other claimed "gaming" laptop on the market. Seriously, that's a card you put in cheapo sub $800 laptops or put up on the shelf at Best Buy to trick people who don't know anything about video cards. If you doubt it, the framerates from this video should be all the proof you need. I love the concept of the lcd touchpanel and graphical buttons, but unfortunately neither makes sense on the right side. Nobody wants to take their hand off of their mouse to fidget with buttons. If they had gone with the full keyboard customizable concept of the switchblade, I'd be way more into this. Instead they decided on a measly ten buttons on a part of the keyboard a gamer can't comfortably reach with either hand. Barring some amazing proprietary interface software they haven't mentioned yet, I can't see how those buttons can be anything more than a gimmick. And if it makes it so games are somehow easier to play withOUT a mouse, someone at Razer should tell us. For some reason the media is drooling all over this thing, but so far no one has mentioned how the hell you're supposed to utilize all the gadgets when they're in an inaccessible area of the keyboard for gamers. Too bad, I really wanted to like this thing.

mekani
mekani

Nice for gift FOR me but too expensive to buy. : ) Why DO people need laptops for gaming? ----BEST question

fzd88
fzd88

Everything is choppy with this laptop. The game is laggy, the useless little screen is choppy. The marketing guy did a terrible job of selling this product...hahah.

illegalChronic
illegalChronic

@Torrasque3132 @ProMethUse get ur facts straight. portability is always expensive, hopefully you would realize it by now. uptil now there never was a truly portable gaming laptop. i know of 2 people who sold the asus g73 loptops because they are too heavy, battery drains in 1-2 hours, and they are actualy huge. some people just dont like those weaknesses, especially the battery. LCD screen is awesome, if my friends asks me to play a crap game with them, then i can watch vids rather. i can have game huds moved to there for less clutter. and also razer keyboards and mice are quite expensive aswell. their features never justified the price. my only regret is a 555m wouldve prefered the 560m or 580m. and that the processor is a dual core. if that changes i might get one. and the switchblade is stil a CONCEPT!!! go read its a CONCEPT!!! as is the fiona a CONCEPT!! ie prototype, not close to release. it just got mentioned alongside blade which is being released soon.

lusafis518
lusafis518

i like how in that big price there is not even a SSD..... at least throw a SSD into this for that god forsaken price

jamyskis
jamyskis

So much for superb performance. The FPS on that game can be measured in single digits. Think I'll stick with my desktop for real gaming and my 500 euro laptop for simpler and older stuff on the road, thanks.

lakers808
lakers808

the gaming is running probably at 5-6 fps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VXCOM
VXCOM

y do u need a 2nd little screens for??...open another browser?what?isnt all browser can open alott of tabs?....n also..its overprice no 3dscreen whatsoever...n the guy is like.."uhhh...y hes asking me alot of stuff abt this laptop..ummm...i dont really know how to answer it"...lol..but yeah..the tech looks kinda nice...but useless