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Razer Blade (2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and screen are overall positive. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably, but there are mixed reviews on the touchpad and energy efficiency. The usability and price get negative reviews.

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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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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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 17 (2019)

 

Razer's 2019 revision of the Blade Pro 17 pares away some of what set apart the last-gen model, but the trimmed-down design and ample pep make this luxe system appealing enough among 17-inch gaming laptops.

Redesign is much trimmer than original, but maintains premium build. Strong HD gaming performance. 144Hz display. Superior touchpad. Customizable per-key backlighting.

RTX 2070 Max-Q lacks power to fully leverage the 144Hz display in AAA games. Semi-mechanical keys, volume roller, and 4K option of last-gen version are gone. Feature set now less suited to creatives.

Bottom Line: Razer's 2019 revision of the Blade Pro 17 pares away some of what set apart the last-gen model, but the trimmed-down design and ample pep make this luxe system appealing enough among 17-inch gaming laptops.

Jul, 2019

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)

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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

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