The Razer Blade (GeForce GTX 1060) 14″ HD Gaming Laptop Review
Here we have a smaller Razer model than the previously tested one at the beginning of our round up, the 14” Razer Blade. It is certainly very thin, measuring at just 0.7” thick with a sleek aluminium chassis that is both stylish and functional, helping to keep this unit as light weight as possible.
The CPU is an Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core Processor, which means that it has no problem running any game that you can throw at it. The graphical department is handled by an NVidia GTX 1060, and is the 6GB version. This is a mid-level graphics card but performs really well, considering that there are no performance bottlenecks or limitations from the CPU, as it manages to keep ahead of all the execution duties that one would expect from a high end CPU. There are several screen options, with Full HD and UHD panels available. VR is also possible thanks to the CPU and GPU so there is another great gaming feature that is just waiting to be taken advantage of.
Part of the excellent performance that is achievable with this Intel Core i7-7700HQ normally only in thicker notebooks, because cooling is an issue. Razer is able to take full advantage of this performance, and it is also capable of using Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology. The NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU uses high speed FinFET technology which allows for better thermals and transfer speeds, as well as DirectX 12 functionality and features. This means that all applications that need graphical power will never be found wanting, and the overall system performance will really shine through.
The new Razer Blade unit also ships with Razer’s own keyboard customization solution, Chroma, and it gives users access to up to 16.8 million colour options per key! This gives mountain of customizable options that are available to each individual owner to setup as they choose. They keyboard also features anti-ghosting features that detect multiple key presses without locking up and missing your next vital commands. Razer Synapse comes to the party with an easy to use remapping tool that will allow gamers to go ahead and map the keyboard to match their preferred layout for many different games. There is also a macro creation tool as well, meaning that combination key presses are also possible.
Users that crave a little more graphical power will be relieved to know that Razer has come up with an optional extra called the Razer Core. It is essentially a PCI Express external enclosure that runs off of Thunderbolt 3, allowing gamers to seamlessly add additional desktop based graphical hardware to their rig if they need it. What does this have to do with the unit they we are reviewing? Well, the Razer Blade 14 has Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, meaning that your laptop will be future proof for some time to come.