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.
VERDICT / The lightweight body and long battery life make this laptop a great option for long sessions of gaming.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Gaming Laptops here.
Unique and powerful standard features make the Razer Blade and Blade Pro two of the top laptops for gaming. Even though you can’t fully customize these gamer-centered laptops, they come preinstalled with enough muscle to power your RPGs and adventure quests for hours on end. The multifunctional track pad screen and lightweight design are some of the most notable features not just of this series, but of the entire gaming laptop market.
Despite the clever features and ultraportable nature of the Razer Blade, the inability to customize and upgrade features and performance is a hardship for the Razer series. The two options for the Razer Blade and Blade Pro are Intel Core i7-4700HQ and 4702HQ, so whichever you choose, these top gaming laptops will allow you to multitask and play your games without performance interruptions. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card isn’t upgradable, but starts out with plenty of power for a quick-response visual experience. A hard disk drive is not available, but you can choose between 128GB and 512GB of solid-state storage capacity for your gaming library. Even though solid-state is generally a better, more durable option, 512GB is one of the smallest hard drives of all the gaming laptops we reviewed. This is a good gaming laptop when it comes to battery hours. You'll see an impressive six hours on this depending on your gaming use and preferences.
The Razer Blade has a 14-inch display, and the Razer Blade Pro has a 17-inch display for all your MMORPG gaming preferences. Both sizes weigh much less than other competitive brands, and the Razer Blade is the lightest model we reviewed. Even though the keyboard is back-lit, you can’t change the color scheme. The overall black design of the laptop is sleek and doesn’t distract from or clutter your game time.
Since you can’t customize the Razer Blade or the Razer Blade Pro, you are stuck with a limited number of features. Even though Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities are built-in, the Razer Blade models only have three USB ports and one HDMI port. One serious oversight is the lack of a Blu-ray player or any type of optical drive. The absence of a memory card reader is also unfortunate.
To combat these design flaws, though, the Razer Blade Pro hosts a unique multitouch LCD track panel. Instead of navigating this top gaming laptop from a boring track pad in the bottom-middle of your keyboard, this model has a multifunctional screen to the right of your keys. From this panel, you can move the mouse, use gaming controls, or employ it as a second screen to check email or surf YouTube. There are also 10 customizable keys above the track pad which act as user-created shortcuts. You can change them to gaming commands or social media homepages.
The Razer Blade models come with a one-year warranty on the laptop and a limited warranty on the battery. You can contact Razer via phone or contact form, but not through a live chat feature. The website does have an extremely helpful list of FAQs and driver downloads, too. The lack of email addresses and a user forum are disappointing.
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. However, with the high-end computing hardware and customizable trackpad, you may want to take a chance with this gaming device. In any case, Razer is a company to watch.