Razor Blade 2018 Laptop Review
- 1.1 Pros of Razor Blade 2018
- 1.2 Cons of Razor Blade 2018
- 1.3 Design
- 1.4 Display
- 1.5 Typewriter and Mouse
Buying a laptop specifically for playing video games is a strange experience. It’s common knowledge that these devices aren’t anywhere close to being as powerful as an equivalent desktop computer, yet they often cost as much as, if not more than, the big black rectangles they’re meant to replace. Physical appearance is also important.
Most gaming laptops come from the obnoxious “gaming laptop” school of design, with sharp corners and blinking lights, and are so heavy that you risk breaking your back if you try to lift them off your desk. However, Razor Blade 2018 gaming laptops have traditionally resembled the nice, slim portable laptops that many of us, myself included, use for work. The new, rather lovely 15.6-inch Razer Blade that I went to see a couple of weeks ago, complete with its 144Hz refresh rate and one of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q chips, may very well be one of their best yet. Come on, let’s check it out.
Razor Blade 2018 Laptop Specification
|Display||15.6in 1920×1080 IPS, 60Hz/144Hz|
|Processor||8th-gen Intel Core i7-8750H|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1070|
Pros of Razor Blade 2018
- Stunning visuals, especially at 144 Hz
- Compact device
- Stylish and sophisticated layout
Cons of Razor Blade 2018
- In some cases, temperatures may rise to an intolerable degree.
- The performance of the battery is below average.
The unibody is a single, cast piece of aluminum finished in a glossy black that not only looks but also feels incredibly high-end. To avoid any appearance of clutter, the keyboard is placed between two front-firing speakers, with the power button hidden in the right speaker. The green illuminating Razor Blade 2018 logo makes it appear great even when closed.
But, after a few hours of gaming, I found that the laptop’s surface was a total fingerprint magnet and looked very dirty. Well, it’s a good thing there’s a bundle of cloth around it. In its release, Razer boasted that this 15.6-inch gaming laptop was the thinnest in the world at just 16.8 millimeters. To pack so many powerful components into such a little laptop is an incredible feat, and one that Razer deserves a lot of credit for achieving. Its weight of slightly over 2 kilograms makes it easy to carry in a backpack, despite its slim appearance.
After powering on and logging in, the Razor Blade 2018’s eye-popping display almost distracted me from the laptop’s otherwise impressive aesthetics. This 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-resolution screen is a beauty. When I was playing The Witcher 3, I couldn’t help but pause the game every once in a while to take in the game’s gorgeous visuals, such as the crimson sky and lush greenery. Games look as if they were shot out of a confetti cannon, their bright worlds exploding from the screen in every direction thanks to the full sRGB color gamut. Even with the brightness set to half, the screen is quite luminous.
The matte finish also prevented distracting sun glare, which could have led to my character’s demise. If you’re using a standard model and want a faster refresh rate, upgrading to the 144Hz model is the way to go. It makes the gameplay more fluid and responsive, which is especially helpful in fast-paced multiplayer games where every millisecond counts.
Typewriter and Mouse
When turned on, the Razor Blade 2018’s aesthetic appeal only increases. The RGB backlit keyboard lights up and flashes through a rainbow of colors, evoking the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis. Sure, this might get a little distracting when playing a game in a dark area, but you’re free to mess with the settings and turn the lights out if you want. The clack of the keys is perfect. As far as I’m aware, I’ve had no issues composing this evaluation. The separation between keys is sufficient to stop any unintentional grenades from equipping.
Despite the Razor Blade 2018’s lightweight and portable design, it won’t be able to function without a power source. It lasted only an hour of playing The Witcher 3 before completely shutting down. But I did maximize the visual quality by increasing the contrast and brightness to their maximum levels. I might even declare it the Second Coming if it lived for a very long time. To get the most out of your Blade 15, you can adjust a wide variety of settings. You can reduce the display’s brightness, reduce the processor’s power to extend the battery’s life, and even turn off the keyboard’s RGB lighting.
However, you can’t expect console-killing images from just any laptop with a fancy display. You will also require a high-end graphics card. You can play any game on Steam without worrying about the system requirements, whether you go with the base model’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU or the mid-range model’s GTX 1070 (which costs £2150).
Even if you’re a virtual reality nerd and want to use the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, this system has enough power to do it. Really, you’re not doing this machine justice. Combining the GPU’s power with that of the 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM allowed me to play even the most graphically intensive games at their highest settings, including The Witcher 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Speakers of the laptop Razor Blade 2018
The speakers are fine, but when the volume is turned all the way up, they can sound strained.
The backlight and keyboard of the Razor Blade 2018
The Razer Chroma keyboard has a backlight. Using the Razer Synapse software that comes with the keyboard, you can set each key to show your favorite color.
Battey of the laptop
The battery life of the Stealth is great. In our video-loop battery test, with the screen brightness at its brightest, the Stealth lasted for 8 hours.