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Buying the Razer blade 2014, please help!

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Dr Crick, Jun 14, 2015.

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  1. Hello there, i'm planning to buy the Razer Blade 2014 (GTX870M) as the new one is too expensive for my pocket and the 2014 versión has everything i want and need (not really a Hardcore gamer). I'm from Argentina and here the price of any computer is extremely high (too many taxes), so as I'm going to the US in july I'm planning to buy it there.
    My main worry regarding this computer, since the last weeks I've been reading lots about it, is about some factory issues and defective systems many users had, I'm concerned if this computer is a good choice since I don't live in the US and I will not have full access to Razer's support here in my country; so I'm not sure to pick another system with support here in Argentina. Any suggestions/opinions/experiences?
    The other question I had is about battery, I have read that some users experience battery drain even while charging, is this true? I mean, I need the computer mainly to work in the university (obviously some gaming too) I'm not so battery dependent as I always have somewhere to plug it in (I love the small brick concept) but I'm worried that I could not trust the battery as I may needed time to time.
    Please I would really appreciate you suggestions, answers and experiences about this PC and how is it doing(since you bough it, is it a good investment?).
    Also I would like to known if there is any difference between buying in on razers page or by Amazon (any recommendation?).

    Thank you very much!
    Crick
     
  2. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

    Hi Click

    1. I can't comment on the battery. I dont have a blade and probably will never get one. I did consider getting one but i can't justify the price base on my need. Like all laptop, if you want to keep it for a long time, you should get a professional to clear the PC for you every year since dust get trap in the laptop and it slower cause your laptop to heat up and slow down.
    2. You have to be careful here. You are buying a 2500 dollar PC. If it breaks down after you go home and there is no way you can submit a RMA, i think you should buy another brand where you country carries.
    3. Regarding making purchase in USA, you should consider buying from authorized dealer for sure. If you want to buy it in person, check this out. See this site: http://www.razerzone.com/pages/razer-resellers
    4. If you plan to buy it on amazon, you need to make sure it is sold by Amazon and not a 3rd party where they are not an authorized reseller. You need to have an address for the shipment. Are you staying in a friend or family's place? If not, you need to speak to you hotel about having package deliver to your hotel.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    @Cyncle raises some good points, but let me offer my views:

    Don't worry about the number of bad reviews you read. Although it may seem like the product is defective or something, keep in mind that happy users are much less likely to review a product than unhappy users. Also keep in mind the amount of people that just don't review a product.
    I live in the USA, so support has been easy, fast, friendly, and productive for me.

    As for battery, PCMag has rated it at around 4 hours and 15 minutes. Do keep in mind that this can be extended if you turn down the brightness, keyboard backlight, bluetooth, etc.

    As Cyncle said, make sure to buy from an authorized reseller.

    A major benefit from buying from the Razer Store would be special deals that can be found on the Store page, and an easier warranty process.
     
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  4. I own a Blade 14, gtx 870m, and have for almost a year. I experienced no problems until a couple weeks ago the battery suddenly died. I couldn't use the Blade unless it was plugged into the wall. I have sent it in to Razer for an RMA and they are currently working on it. I would always recommend buying something that you can contact support for. But the Blade is pretty sweet so, your choice.
     
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  5. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

    Agree 100%. Warranty is extremely important when it comes to high tech toys.

    I am from Canada and I often buy stuff from USA since it is 30-50% cheaper. You need to be careful if the product u brought has USA only warranty or it is international warranty.
     
  6. I usually trip to the US 3 times a year, so I can handle an eventuality, but not willing to take it every time I go...
     
  7. After the warranty expires, I can still get the paid support?
     
  8. I'm assume you could, don't know how much it would be though.
     
  9. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

    After warranty, you a probably better off asking ur local store to fix it if you issues.

    If money is not an issue, get extended warranty.

    Not sure how ur credit card works, in Canada, most gold card has free extended warranty. I always use credit card to buy all my stuff to get the warranty. It double ur original warranty. When there is an issue, get an estimate from the store and send it to the credit card company for payment.
     
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  10. Any other suggestions? I'm going to buy it in the next 2 weeks. Any other Notebook on which I should check or compare? (I'm picking the gtx870 model)

    Thanks!
     
  11. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

    Just my opinion here.

    Blake = super slim, cool and powerful. If you don't care for weight and prefer to save 500-1000k USD, you should check out other notebook from Dell, MSI or Asus. You can probably get the latest an GTX970M for 1500-1800 USD. For example, http://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-ste...gray/3572056.p?id=1219588125917&skuId=3572056

    Almost the same spec as Blade 17,, better gpu, $500 less and 2 pounds heavier then blade.
     
  12. I had the worst experience with MSI, but I'm into Asus and Dell. Alienware is a bit heavy and big. I'm looking for a portable thing. Any model you suggest?
     
  13. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

    It is hard to make a recommendation when I don't have the product.

    If I were you, warranty will be my number 1 issue for getting a Razer. I will find out which brand has international warranty where you can buy in USA and get support in ur country.

    Once you narrow down which can brand you can buy them worry about which laptop. At the end, all gaming laptop brands are decent as long as you stay away from China brand.

    Call the manufacturer to confirm the warranty don't listen to retail store.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the Blade but no warranty is a huge issue for me.
     
  14. Buy the latest blade 2015. You won't regret it. It's decent quality material.
     
  15. I'd totally do, but to expensive and I don't need the top market graphics, not pretending to expend more than 1500USD
     
  16. davidmthekidd

    davidmthekidd Active Member

    Stop looking, get the blade 14 2015. Amazing machine, I wish that I had dumped apple earlier.
     
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  17. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

    Is not too late. Sell it now and buy one
     
  18. I only once had a crappy Mac, never again!

    If 2015 is so epic, 2014 model isn't up to the challenge also?
     
  19. cyncle

    cyncle Active Member

  20. I know it's Better, but i can't afford it. Still the Razer blade 2014 has everything i need In the budget i'm pretending to expend. I would really like to read some owner's reviews, how is the laptop doing after one year of use. Is it durable?
     
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