Razer Blade (R2) Gaming Laptop Review

2. External4. OS and Software


Razer Blade Gaming Laptop with LCD Review

Razer Blade Laptop - Lid Up and Internal

Razer Blade open
Upon opening the Blade we find a 17.3" LED backlit display which is 1920×1080 pixels with a matte/anti-glare finish. As is normal for mobile systems a webcam and mic are integrated into the display surround and the camera used here offers 2.0MP resolution.

Razer Blade keyboard

On the body of the system we find more metal, this time a large surround and palm wrest and in the centre below the screen is the power button and speakers. Like the keys the standard power button LED is green but we also get white for sleep and red for low battery. The keys are a Chiclet design with anti-ghosting technology but it is the right side of the system which is most interesting.

Razer Blade keyboard

Here we have the same Switchblade user interface we saw on the Deathstalker keyboard. At the bottom of this column are two mouse buttons and at the top we have ten LED backed buttons which can be configured to numerous features. Between the LED and mouse buttons is a touchpad which is also a mini display. More about this shortly…

CPU/GPU/Component Configuration

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Razer make a single configuration for the Blade and inside is a Core i7-3632QM CPU which is a quad core model with hyperthreading that runs at 2.2GHz as standard, turbo-ing up to over 3GHz when required. Connected to this is 8GB of DDR3, on our sample using a 1600MHz dual channel configuration from Crucial/Micron.

Built on to the CPU is Intel’s HD 4000 GPU which handles standard desktop/productivity tasks. Through NVIDIA OPTIMUS we then get access to a NVIDIA GTX 660M GPU for gaming. This card has access to 2GB of memory with 384CUDA cores and a 128-bit bus. DirectX11, PhysX, CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute 5.0, Blu-Ray acceleration, etc are all supported by this GPU. It is also worth noting that Razer clock this GPU at 835MHz, 1250MHz memory with boost to 950MHz on the core.

Dataplex

Also inside the system are a wireless-N dual band card (Intel) with Bluetooth 4.0 also supported. Hitachi supply our 500GB drive running at 7200rpm and connected to this is a Crucial M4 64GB SSD. As standard this is set to use Dataplex software for caching to improve the mechanical drive performance but if the user wishes Dataplex can be disabled allowing the two drives to operate on their own.

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