The Razer Blade 2018 Gives Its Competitors in The Gaming World a Close Shave
The Razer Blade is a top-notch heavy gaming and serious general computing machine. Gaming is becoming popular not only for the people in the young age bracket but also for the old and young at heart. It calls for a machine that can kill the proverbial two birds with one stone – a laptop that can offer the best of the world of gaming and also afford the abilities and functionalities of a desktop computer system. The Razer Blade comfortably gives you the best of both worlds, even with some compromises done to keep it on the rail tracks.
One significant improvement in the 2018 Razer Blade model is that it has a larger display than last years. This model comes with a 15.6-inch display, compared to its predecessor which had a 14-inch display screen. But it still feels comfortable in its jet-black aluminum unibody casing which is its prime signature. On the casing, Razer gave it a coated-anodized finish which makes it easier to clean, prevent it from scratches and generally a beauty to look at.
Again would it be a Razer Blade without its large green logo on the lid? – Your answer is as good as mine – hell No! The lime-green Razer snakes’ logo on the lid is still taking its respectful place on the lid of this gaming guru. Another minor change on this machine is that the screen bezels are much thinned out than for the previous model.
At a glance
- Good battery life
- Impressive gaming machine
- Comfortable and stable keyboard
- Gorgeously built thin body
- Heat issues
- Hard on your wallet price wise
- Heavier than other gaming machines
The Razer Blade is an impressive gaming and computing machine that gives the user the very best of both worlds. It has a beautiful smooth body and a somewhat solid battery. And yes, you pay for what you get – so price wise the machine is worth the cash you fork out to get the 2018 model.
1080p (1,920×1, 080) pixel display
- Max-Q – tweaked NVidia Gforce GTX 1070
- 8th Gen-Core-i7 processor
- 512GB Solid-State Drive (SSD)
- 3 USB type A 3.1 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 USB –C port,
- A 3.5 mm combo Audio jack
- Mini display port 1.4
- HDMI output 2.0
- Dual-band wireless and Bluetooth 5.
The Razer Blade offers many configurations options to choose from for the Blade 2018 model. The machine has:
- An eighth-gen-core i7 processor
- 1080 p 1,920-by-1,080-pixel display with a 144 Hz refresh rate
- Max-Q-tweaked Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
- 512GB solid-state drive (SSD).
You can lower the Specs on the solid-state drive from 512GB to 256GB which will reduce the overall cost price to $2,399.
The Blade also allows you to scale down the configurations for the same screen, but a GeForce GTX 1060 and 512GB of storage. This model will cost you $ 2,199/=.There are also some models in the pipes, one which will have lower Specs which will go easy on your pocket at $1,899/= with a 60Hz 1080p screen, a GeForce GTX 1060 and a 256GB SSD and one which will bite a big chunk in your wallet at $ 2,899/= for a 4K touchscreen with a GeForce GTX 1070 and a 512 GB SSD.
The Super Structure
The 2018 Razer Blade still rocks its jet-black aluminum unibody casing, with the lime-green “Razer snakes” logo on the lid. The Blade did some architectural changes on its superstructure though. The 14-inch display screen was forced to sit it out and its place taken by the 15.6-inch screen which is roomier. This also came with a thinning of the thick bezels and the display borders of the earlier model. Even though the screen was increased, the blade did not misplace the webcam from the top part of the display which to me is a stroke of genius.
This act was necessitated by the need to fit in the bigger screen. As compared to the 14 inches 2017 model which was 0.7×13.6×9.3 inch dimensions, the 15.6 inches 2018 model measures 0.68×13.6×9.3 inch dimensions. Other additional add its total weight to about 4.63 pounds, but even at that weight, compared to other gaming laptops on the market, the Razer Blade is still ‘Razer Blade’ thinner and an easy – carry around machine which can fit in most bags.
The processor on the Razer 2018 model is the 8th gen Core i7 8750H, which is one of the high-speed CPU’s, faster than even the Core i7 8650U. This processor directly places Razer Blade at the helm of the gaming world.
The storage on this Razer is 512GB Solid-Solid State Drive SSD. But there is an option of downgrading it to about 256gb Solid State Drive and thus reducing the amount of the machine by $ 300/=.
The Random Access Memory on the Blade is a 16GB dual channel RAM which is normally standard for all models and expanding beyond that is not an option. But yet compared to other machines in this category, the Blade has made swapping out the memory easy and possible.
The Blade has very vibrant, sharp and crisp pictures. The resolution on the screen is balanced at 1080p with a 144 Hz refresh rate at the highest graphical setting. This is great because it enhances the performance of this gaming powerhouse because most standard screens have a refresh rate of 60Hz. The new 15.6-inch screen makes 2018 a model of choice because it’s roomier without as much as making the laptop bigger in size, this is what sets Razer Blade apart from the rest.
The blade is bright enough to handle outdoor conditions even without the HDR technology which drives the screen to adapt to higher-peak brightness and darker – black levels. Another area of strength is on the recreation of Overwatch battlegrounds. While the entry level for the Blade is 1060p with a refresh rate of 60 Hz, the 1080p with the refresh rate of the 144Hz panel will be a better pick for gaming. But if you are looking to productivity stuff like design, video editing and other high – end professional undertakings, then the 4k 60Hz will be the choice that you will go for.
Razer Blade has taken upon itself to factory calibrate all their display screens on their 2018 model. This in itself means that any screen model you pick the colors will come out accurately to the sRGB gamut. As for the 4K option, they can even support 100% Adobe RGB coverage.
The gaming world is a heavy guzzler of power, that’s why any gaming device manufacturer would work hard at ensuring that battery life of the machine is stable and dependable. Razer is in a class of its own in battery life, stabbing in at around 8 hours of battery life. By this the Blade blasts off the blocks and runs home a head of the pack, beating others in its category by nearly twice in battery life, while others like the Surface Book 2, which is a power to reckon with coming home a distant second.
The 2018 Razer Blade bares the following ports on its superstructure 3 type A-USB 3.1 basic standard ports. This three traditional ports are a welcome move by the blade because the user can be able to connect many devices that can be interfaced through the ports. There is One USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, which can also be used for high speed charging even when the laptop is off. There is HDMI 2.0 port, a Mini- display 1.4 port and an AC power connection Adaptor port. There is also a 3.5mm combo jack/mic port which can power both the microphone and the headphones and a Dual – Band wireless and Bluetooth 5.
The Razer Blade keyboard is equipped with keys which allow the user to navigate with ease upon it. The gaming laptop has a keyboard that is comfortable to work on. It also has a signature Chroma RGB backlighting, which is equipped with millions of customized colors and a host of effects. This is driven by the newest version of Synapse Software.
The software which comes installed on the machine and complete with a tutorial, it also makes altering the effects easy to understand. It’s also possible to apply different colors and effects, whenever such a need arises. Razer Blade also threw in the new Microsoft precision touch pad which is about 50 percent larger than the previous model. It has a smooth glass surface and with a superb performance. The keys are quiet and feather touch, which gives it a soft feel good to work with.
The speakers on the Razer Blade are docked on either side of the keyboard and kept behind the protective grille. They have very good sound quality In terms of maximum volume, but there is no much bass going for them though.
Razer covers its laptops with a one-year warranty. Most companies also cover their clients with a one year warranty, but terms and conditions apply from company to company. So when purchasing make sure you read and understand all the conditions that cover your machine, but whenever in doubt, please talk to the customer care personnel for more information.
The Razer Blade though a head of pack in the arena of gaming, it still has to look over its shoulder for a stiff competition from other players looking to unseat it from the helm. Machines like Digital Storm Equinox, Gigabyte Aero 15 and the MSI GS65 Stealth, are equipped with similar components, yet they are cheaper than the Razer Blade. And so while they are low performers compared to the Razor Blade, they have their strength in their costing and their Specs respectively.
Every company manufacturing products, normally do it with the aim of maximizing profits. The Razer Blade 2018 features some of the most top of range components like the eight – gen Core i7 processor, high end graphic card, and the ability to expand and add capacity. This ensures that the machine will have a long shelf life and keep the financial streams of company open, while also maintaining its niche on the market.
The Razer Blade 2018 is a dual gaming and professional machine that combines the best of both worlds. So for those who would like to work and play alongside, then you get two for the price of one machine in the Blade 2018. This laptop will give you both great gaming experience and seamless professional benefits. It’s worth checking out.