So, picked up a new unit a few weeks ago:
2013 Razer Blade 14":
Core i7 4702HQ Quad w/ Hyperthreading @2.2Ghz
Intel HD4600 / GTX 765m Optimus with 2GB VRAM
256GB mSATA SSD
Windows 8.1 (Strange, but I’m getting used to it)
Honestly, this is the first time I can ever say I’ve enjoyed using a laptop. Normally, I prefer a traditional custom built desktop computer, but this laptop got so many things right that are important to me (keep in mind I still have a primary gaming PC), I just couldn’t resist it:
- Thin, light, very portable
- Packs a fair bit of grunt for a portable computer
- Superior build quality and a black anodized aluminum chassis (so awesome)
- And most important of all: NO BLOATWARE. It comes with 2 pieces of pre-installed software, a unified hardware driver program and a gaming chat program, and that’s it. Completely non-intrusive.
I am completely in love with this thing, and being the first laptop I’ve owned (aside from a shitty Asus netbook), I am honestly surprised by it’s capability.
And damn does it boot fast from a full shutdown (like 2 seconds to logged in, although I’m not sure if that’s just Win 8.)
I realize there are much better value gaming laptops in the market right now, but I’ve already got a gaming PC and just wanted something powerful but portable and thin, like an Ultrabook on steroids. I also looked at an MSI GS60 Ghost, but didn’t like the look of it compared to the Razer, and Alienware and Asus gaming laptops are kinda clunky and thick and ugly.
Edit: Fun fact, this thing is thinner than the ‘thickest’ part of a MacBook Air