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Razer Blade (2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews of Razer Blade (2012). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and screen. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably. The usability and price get critical opinions, and there are some mixed comments about the touchpad.

performance, portability, design, screen, battery

price, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Razer Blade (2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Razer Blade (2012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Razer Blade (2012) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Razer Blade (Win 8) RZ09-00830500-R3U1 17.3-Inch Laptop (Black)Razer Blade (Win 8) RZ09-00830500-R3U1 17.3-Inch Laptop (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Kevin Lee (techradar.com)

Razer Blade Pro review

 

The ultimate, portable desktop replacement

Fully loaded hardware ; First truly mechanical ‘laptop keyboard’ ; Starboard trackpad placement ; A desktop experience you can finally carry

Off-putting price ; Less than 5 hours of battery life

Equipped with one of the best displays and keyboards ever seen on a laptop, you can finally take your desktop gaming and work experience on the road.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Razer Blade Pro review: A superb laptop for work and play

 

Good performance, consistent thermals and high-quality design combine to make an excellent, if expensive, gaming laptop

Looks fantastic ; Enough power for any AAA gaming title ; Excellent screen

High price ; Gets quite hot

The battery is poor, but that’s no surprise. The larger issue is the price – systems with the same core components regularly cost hundreds of pounds less, but they won’t have the finesse or quality of the Razer. The Blade Pro isn’t cheap, but it’s a...

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Raymond Lau (techgoondu.com)

Hands on: Razer Blade gaming notebook in Singapore with S$4,000 price tag June 13th, 2012 | by Raymond Lau Gaming 2

 

Razer's fancy gaming notebook is slim, pretty and innovative, but is it worth the S$4,000 it is asking for?

Jun, 2012

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Razer Blade review (late 2012)

 

Razer's second-generation Blade is what we wanted the original to be: fast, powerful, and impossibly thin for a machine in this class. Unfortunately, it's still almost as expensive as ever.

Fast and powerfulExcellent build qualitySlim, beautiful designGood battery life (for a gaming laptop)

Audio is still lackluster (though it has improved)Switchblade UI has potential, but needs work

It's hard to hit the market with a self-given description as the "world's first true gaming laptop" only to get knocked down by critics. Subpar audio, a finicky hinge and crippled performance were all common complaints about the original Razer Blade....

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Razer Blade Pro (GTX 1060)

 

Razer's less expensive take on the Blade Pro packs the premium build and many high-end features of its pricier sibling, but still costs more than the average GTX 1060 gaming laptop.

Gorgeous all-metal design. 120Hz panel. A ton of storage. Solid 1080p gaming performance. Good battery life.

Pricier than average for laptop with GTX 1060 graphics. Relatively dull matte screen.

Bottom Line: Razer's less expensive take on the Blade Pro packs the premium build and many high-end features of its pricier sibling, but still costs more than the average GTX 1060 gaming laptop.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Razer Blade Pro review

 

You know that feeling when you're trying to do something -- anything -- and it's not going right and you say to yourself, "there must be a better way?" The Razer Blade Pro is that better way. The right tool for the job, as the adage goes, assuming that...

The Razer Blade Pro puts Nvidia's top-performing graphics card in a slim laptop that can pass as a work or gaming system. The premium design, 4K-resolution touchscreen and mechanical keyboard make it a pleasure to use.

The mechanical keyboard is clicky and loud, and the right-side trackpad placement remains a design misstep. The laptop and power supply get very hot, and the very loud fans start blowing as soon as you boot up a game.

Razer manages to fit a high-end graphics card into an amazingly thin laptop. Gamers and graphics pros alike will love the performance, but not the loud fans and misplaced touchpad.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Kimber Streams (theverge.com)

The best gaming laptop: we review the most powerful portable computers on the market

 

Traditionally, gamers have looked to hefty, monstrous machines with stylish designs — though some prefer the term "ostentatious" — for their portable gaming needs. Even as other laptops get...

Thin and light ; Slim, sturdy design ; Customizable LCD macro keys

Very expensive ; Runs hot ; Poor keyboard ; Switchblade UI lacks game support

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Razer Blade (fall 2012) review: Better, but still not perfect

 

The newest Razer Blade has faster specs and better graphics, but its most distinctive feature still isn't perfect.

The latest ; has improved graphics and a quad-core, more powerful Core i7 processor in the same thin body, with an excellent 17-inch 1080p display.

The new Blade costs $300 less than the first one, but it's still very expensive compared with competitors. The unique Switchblade UI touch-screen interface doesn't have enough game support to be a killer app.

Faster and better than before, the improved Razer Blade is a better gaming laptop in an impressively thin form, but you're paying for design over practicality.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Razer Blade (2012)

 

Slim and sexy, the new Razer Blade laptop offers lighter, more portable gaming, and the slick Switchblade UI, but it will cost you, both in price and features.

Unrivaled portability for a gaming laptop. Innovative Switchblade UI. Decent gaming performance. Intel Core i7-3632QM quad-core processor. Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics processor. Hybrid drive provides speedy performance.

Expensive, given the components. No optical drive. No traditional number pad. Small hard drive.

Unlike most laptops, there is no touchpad on the palmrest, nor is there a numeric pad to the right of the keyboard. Instead, the Blade is equipped with one of Razer's biggest gaming innovations, the Switchblade interface.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Razer Blade R2

 

The original Blade received mixed reviews, and the company wasted no time in hustling out an update.

Terrific gaming performance. Nearly three hours of battery life seems like plenty for a system like this. Can’t complain about the portability

Still suffering from Windows/driver growing pains. Touchpad location takes lots of mental retraining; you’ll be stupidly stabbing at the palm rest for days. No optical drive. No SD reader

Oct, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:1

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):60 / 70
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:43.9
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 6
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 650
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0x591B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1600 / 2400

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:2.0
Microphone in: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter power:120 / 165

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI3
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):22
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8,2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.8
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Kaby Lake
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.8
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I7-3632QM / i7-7700HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-7700 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:Socket 1224
Processor threads:8
System bus rate:5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 22
Idle States:Y / Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:71458 / 97185
Processor package size:31 / 42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:2000 / 500
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 64
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:2256 / 564

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:27.7 / 281
Height :2.24 / 22.5
Weight:2.99 / 3.07
Width:42.7 / 424