Why 2016 Razer Blade Notebook Stands Out in a Crowded PC Market

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-03-18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    1 - Why 2016 Razer Blade Notebook Stands Out in a Crowded PC Market
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    Why 2016 Razer Blade Notebook Stands Out in a Crowded PC Market

    The latest Razer Blade notebook—with improvements on many fronts—is aimed at gamers and others seeking high-end computing power. And its price reflects that.
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    2 - The 14-Inch Display Is Awfully Nice
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    The 14-Inch Display Is Awfully Nice

    Although a 14-inch screen might not seem like the best option for gamers, Razer makes up for its smaller size with top-of-the-line quality. The screen features a resolution of 3,200-by-1,800 pixels and LED backlighting. In addition, it features a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is perfect for graphics apps, like those from Adobe.
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    3 - Graphics Performance Is a Key Feature
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    Graphics Performance Is a Key Feature

    Graphics performance may be one of the key differentiators between the Razer Blade and competing PC models. The device ships with the high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics chip. Most impressively, the chip features 6GB of VRAM, ensuring Blade can handle just about any game or graphics-intensive app.
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    4 - There's Plenty of Processing Power
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    There's Plenty of Processing Power

    The high-end Blade wouldn't be so appealing without its processor. The device ships with the sixth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU. The quad-core processor has a 2.6GHz clock speed, which can be turbo-boosted to 3.5GHz. Its hyper-threading support will also help it handle more tasks without significant slowdowns.
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    5 - Yes, That's a Touch-Screen You See
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    Yes, That's a Touch-Screen You See

    Thanks in large part to Windows 10's touch-friendliness, many notebooks today launch with touch-screens. The Razer Blade is no different. The device comes with support for multi-touch, so users can pinch to zoom, swipe around the screen and more. Although it's unknown how the multi-touch works, considering Razer has spent so much on its screen, it's likely quite responsive.
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    6 - As Many Peripheral Ports as Customers Could Want
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    As Many Peripheral Ports as Customers Could Want

    Like any true gaming notebook, the Razer Blade ships with a wealth of ports for peripherals. Owners will find Thunderbolt 3, along with three USB 3.0 ports. In addition, the device ships with a headphone/microphone combo port and HDMI 1.4b for video and audio output. That should cover just about any accessory users may need.
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    7 - Pick Your Solid-State Drive
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    Pick Your Solid-State Drive

    To keep things speedy, Razer has bundled solid-state drives with its Blade notebook. The base Razer Blade model ships with 256GB of storage, while the higher-end version features a 512GB solid-state drive. Both support the M.2 interface that enhances solid-state data access speeds.
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    8 - This Is a Windows 10 PC
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    This Is a Windows 10 PC

    Windows still reigns supreme among gamers. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that the Razer Blade runs on a 64-bit version of Windows 10. Razer was quick to note that it chose Windows 10 for the Blade because the operating system resembles Windows 7 and includes support for streaming games from the Xbox One to the computer.
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    9 - Chroma Keyboard Is an Important Selling Point
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    Chroma Keyboard Is an Important Selling Point

    The Razer Blade's keyboard is an important selling point. The keyboard is capable of displaying 16.8 million color options for each key. In addition to color differences, the keyboard, dubbed Chroma, can register simultaneous key presses without confusing the software and boasts the ability to remap keys for any need. The Chroma Keyboard is arguably one of the Razer Blade's biggest selling points.
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    10 - It's a Highly Mobile Notebook
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    It's a Highly Mobile Notebook

    The Razer Blade might be a powerful computer, but it's also mobile-friendly. The device is just 0.7 inches thick when closed and 13.6 inches wide. It's also just 9.3 inches deep, thanks to its screen's small bezel. And at just 4.25 pounds, it should be easy to carry around.
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    11 - This Isn't a Cheap Computer
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    This Isn't a Cheap Computer

    It might be considered a lightweight notebook, but the Razer Blade is by no means cheap. The 256GB version is available for $2,000, while those who want the 512GB option will need to pay $2,200. The computer also comes with a free copy of Tom Clancy's "The Division" video game, as well as FL Studio 12 Producer Edition. Pre-orders are available now, but the Razer Blade won't ship until March 31.
 

The PC market is dominated by familiar names, such as HP, Lenovo and Dell. But an increasing number of so-called "boutique" vendors are making extremely attractive PCs with features that can measure up to and often top the big brand-name models. One of those boutique vendors is Razer, which on March 15 announced the new version of its Razer Blade notebook. The device has been improved on all fronts, thanks to a new processor, a higher-grade screen and a more refined design. The Blade is designed for gamers or anyone seeking high-end computing power. And its price reflects that. However, for the thousands they'll spend, buyers will find a device that is arguably one of the most appealing notebooks on the market. This slide show covers the 2016 Razer Blade's features and explains why the boutique vendor, which has made a name for itself by building high-end accessories for gamers, is now getting so much attention as a general-purpose PC maker. It turns out that Razer is really good at making computers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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