Blade Lifespan

Discussion in 'Systems' started by phiredrop, Apr 28, 2015.

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  1. soloInfraRedONYX011

    soloInfraRedONYX011 New Member

    I'm new to the gaming laptop category and understand the system is expected to get hot under heavy load. My question is, what is the lifespan for a system like the Blade? Should I be concerned about the heat deteriorating internals after 2 or 3 years? If Razer expects me to upgrade every other year, then that's an issue as I would want this to last closer to 4-5 years.

    Note I would probably only game a couple times a week for 1-2 hours max at a time. Thanks for any input!
     
  2. I have never owned a laptop for longer than 3 years. Those I know who have really struggled with year four. Not all laptops are the same. It comes down to your commitment to the same laptop. Technology changes so fast these days, can you be sure you will be happy with this laptop for four years? If so, buy it. It not, and you aren't comfortable upgrading later on, don't do it.
    Edit*
    That is, if the laptop lasts that long. I am a recent blade owner, so I can not attest to lifespan, but internal heat damage should be minimal for your use. Will that prevent other things from going wrong? Maybe. Buy the extended warranty if you are worried. You can get one from Microsoft for an extra year or two.
     
  3. soloInfraRedONYX011

    soloInfraRedONYX011 New Member

    Agreed, but these specs would fit my needs for quite a while. Spending this kind of money on a laptop, I would expect its components to be extremely well made and put together so that when taken care of, it will last a good long time. The product itself just hasn't been around long enough for anyone to really know.

    Extended warranty is definitely worth considering for this machine (given the number of threads out there about random break-downs and issues after short ownership). But dang, it sure adds to the price up-front!

    I'm really having a hard time not considering this purchase as a huge gamble. Half of the threads I read state people need to RMA within just weeks of purchase. Razer's 14 day return policy really should be bumped to 30 days. It's 14 days from *purchase*, not arrival, of the device. So if it takes a week to get to my house, I've lost half of the time needed to confirm the device suits my needs.
     
  4. _ramsey_

    _ramsey_ Active Member

    My biggest concern as a new blade owner is the thermal paste. How long before that stuff dries out and doesn't do its job any longer? Since Razer evidently has a special blend and repasting has not so good results, it would be great if there were Razer paste available for purchase. I do not see that on the Razer store though.
     
  5. soloInfraRedONYX011

    soloInfraRedONYX011 New Member

    @_ramsey_ Definitely a valid concern over time. I highly doubt we'll ever see that as a consumer-available purchase though. Razer wouldn't want to encourage people tampering with the internals, potentially voiding warranties and having Tech Support fixing mistakes users caused. Plus, they make money off you sending it in to fix (if it ever came to this being an issue) post your warranty.

    It would be cool though to be able to purchase the paste if you could confirm/prove you are outside of your warranty via proof of purchase.
     
  6. mmogaming

    mmogaming New Member

    I had my 17" Blade Pro from 2011 and its still working. I had to reformat the Hard-drive a few times, overall happy.

    Granted I cannot run the latest game at their high res, full spec glory; still I am able to play and get things done.

    I will eventually wait till later this year to see what the new blade specs will be and/or see if a new blade edge is every released.
     
  7. Rodetovenaar

    Rodetovenaar Active Member

    I've also got a Blade Pro, though one of the 2012 models. Haven't had a problem with it and it'll still run everything I want to play. Maybe not at maximum settings, but it all still looks pretty enough to me.
     
  8. soloInfraRedONYX011

    soloInfraRedONYX011 New Member

    Seems as though people that experience the issues, whether it's faulty hardware, RMA experience, etc etc.. are the loudest ones, so it's good to hear from those who have had good experiences and are happy with the purchase!
     
  9. Sooo what;s the verdict :) I'm really interested with buying the unit and would want to know if it's really worth it since I did see a lot of mix reviews :)
     
  10. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    I don't own a Razer Blade. My laptop hit its 3rd year anniversary and still working fine. I think proper maintenance is the way to go to last it longer. I do agree with @_ramsey_ regarding the thermal paste lifespan and maintenance but i will like to compare it with the Macbook. I believe the Macbook is the same, still lasts long and just like the razer blade, you can't open it to do maintenance. I'm sure Razer has already thought of the same problems that you had in mind and that's why they created their custom thermal paste to overcome the problems. But having said that, i would recommend for the extended warranty too just for precautionary measures :)
     
  11. AhChoo

    AhChoo New Member

    Its true that you see a lot of problem posts about the Blade, but one thing you should remember is that people will only post about their problems with the blades, i.e. no one will ever post "8 months past, still working as if brand new" lol. I mean Razer keeps selling out of these bad boys, so think of how many of them are out there, the number of problem cases would probably seem smaller after that. I've only just taken the plunge and waiting to receive my 2014 Blade :D, the risky part is that I'm based in Shanghai these days so claiming warranty or repairs is going to be a nightmare :oops:
     
  12. Malevolence23

    Malevolence23 Active Member

    I've had my Blade R2 (2012) for three years now and it is still in great shape. It's not my primary laptop but I do use it for a work laptop with a Ubuntu installed on the side and I still game on it when I'm out and about and I have time to kill.
     
  13. reloader-1

    reloader-1 Well-Known Member

    I've owned two Blades and never had a problem. Will be buying a 2016 Blade early next year.
     
  14. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    Mind buying for me one too ;) (i'm kidding)
     
  15. reloader-1

    reloader-1 Well-Known Member

    I'd love too! Only problem is the $$$

    I got lucky when I sold the first Blade (2013), I sold it the week before the 2014 Blade was announced and got a great price. I was able to then order the 2014 for only a small additional price, which was great.

    I sold the 2014 to pay for my desktop, and have been trying to round up money for a new one since. Here is my desktop: https://insider.razerzone.com/index.php?threads/rate-my-setup.7481/
     
  16. 27SilentChaos

    27SilentChaos Active Member

    Yup i remember your thread. Nice collection btw! :D
     
  17. sangayz

    sangayz Member

    I never had problems with my blade cox mostly when gaming i would have it plugged-in. otherwise movies, it should last you ;)
     
  18. popbobtai

    popbobtai Member

    I never owned a Razer Blade, but I do have an ASUS laptop. First laptop I owned that is for gaming.
    Only problem I had is with NewEgg's open box policy and it just f*ed me up. It was horrible used for an open box item. And I didn't find out until a while later when I opened it up. It looks like someone overfilled the CPU and GPU with heatsink and bad cable management, so it broke my power button and keyboard light ribbon, but for some reason, to turn on my laptop I have to reinsert the battery. Still running strong from 2012 though, so I would say that this laptop would run strong for years (if it was new when I got it), but I did get it for like over half off the MSRP.

    So I would say that the Razer Blade should be able to run strong too.
     
  19. Froop

    Froop New Member

    Well, I would guess it would last for a good time. I mean, all the specs are better than on the computer I'm writing this on right now, and I've been using it constantly for nine years. Not really sure how, but so far only the battery and hard drive had problems. The hard drive was fixable, but I can only use my PC on a charger, so that is why I am saving up for the Blade.
     
  20. Froop

    Froop New Member

    I'd buy a new battery and be fine, but the problem is that the battery is no longer sold, or even made.
     
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