From the get go, gaming was done to simply pass time. However, gaming has evolved to a more dedicated hobby that takes skills, attention, and money. Gamers are always on the look for the new games, maybe tournaments, and of course gadgets. Released this year, Razer once again treated its followers with its Razer Blade 2, a gaming laptop. How is this gaming laptop different from its predecessor? What does this promise? Is this worth the money? Let’s find out below!
The overall look of Razer Blade 2 does not deviate much from its predecessor. It’s still made of a sheet of aircraft-grade aluminum assembled via CNC mill that is also anodized and coated in a glossy black paint. Also, the logos and buttons are in their respective places and look or feel exactly the same like in its predecessor.
However, it would not be a new version if it did not incorporate several little changes. Let’s begin with its weight. The first Razer Blade weighs 4.47 lbs while the new Razer Blade weighs 4.25 lbs. Not much of a difference and difficult to appreciate since Razer Blade has been known to be thin and light, but still!
Razer Blade 2 also hyped its improved thermal design that allows using the laptop on your lap (but who does this while playing anyway?) while under heavy load. This blade also has the coolest keyboard with Razer breaking ties with Alienware and MSI’s laptops and introducing its Chroma lighting system for PC keyboards, and this allows individually-lit keys that can display any of 16.8 million colors available. With this, you can assign a unique color to each key on the board helping you visually see the most used keys, such as the letters W-A-S-D, or color code them for specific scenarios, such as which keys are for potions, skills, and movements. This blade also added a Thunderbolt USB Type C port in addition to the existing three USB 3.0 ports, and this allows for external GPU (via Razer core). Blade 2 also has the usual HDMI-out 1.4 and 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack.
Moving on, Razer Blade 2’s GPU is Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M. Although GTX 10 series is out in the market, there’s still no mobile version for this, so GTX 970M is still preferred for mobile. However, when GTX 10 mobile series releases, which could be anytime soon, there’s a big chance that Razer Blade 2’s GPU would be outdated very quick.
Lastly, this blade’s screen is 14 inches with Quad HD resolution and IGZO, which allows for multi-touch. This gives the added convenience especially if you’re used to using smartphones and tablets.
The new blade operates under 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ (quad-core, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost) powered with 16GB DDR4 (dual-channel, 2,133MHz), which is the latest generation, so it follows that the laptop is top of the line providing fast handling and less (to none) lagging. And these are what all gamers want in a laptop!
Essentials (battery life, RAM etc.)
The blade comes in two variants: the 256GB and 512GB, but this is the only difference. Both connect via Killer Wireless AC 1535 (802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1) and have a 2MP built-in webcam.
Unlike its predecessor that only has 3GB of video card RAM, the new blade has 6 GB, and if the first blade already provided a good performance, just imagine what the double RAM power could do.
Furthermore, this blade’s PCMark 8 Battery Life score is an hour longer than its predecessor, but to make things even better, the laptop could last up to 6 hours but with 50% brightness only, which is pretty impressing for a gaming laptop.
The 256GB variant is sold at $1,999. This is fair when compared to its competitors, such ASUS ROG, MSI Gaming, and Alienware, which are all priced in the same range. But if your cash is above par, you can also consider its 512GB variant sold at $2,199.
I would say that this is the gaming laptop to go especially with its excellent features and nice additions, yet the idea that it doesn’t use the GTX 10M yet could be a sign of how this laptop could swiftly lose its luster in the future once GTX 10M gets released. Overall, this gaming laptop gets a 4/5.