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Did you receive a defective or a flawless Razer Blade?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Ridha, Oct 19, 2016.


Did you receive a defective Razer Blade?

  1. Yes, it has major issues.

  2. No, it's flawless.

  3. Other (Please post in the comments)

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  1. TheGurgeMan7

    TheGurgeMan7 Well-Known Member

    I have figured out that when you start up your laptop, you cannot have any external displays connected, or it will mess up. While doing that as well as having the windows aniversary edition installed, I havent had a problem. Just make sure to connect your monitor AFTER you are booted up ans logged in.
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  2. XarockX

    XarockX Member

    So it turns out my Blade was not flawless. Over the weekend it began making a strange buzzing sound that would progressively get louder the longer the laptop was powered on. So now I am in the process of getting an RMA (which takes forever as it seems they only do one email reply a day...) so that I can return it. Not sure if I will repurchase or just go with another MB and just keep gaming on my PS4. If I decide to purchase another it will def be from either a microsoft store or amazon so that issues would be easier to deal with.
  3. Gahurissant

    Gahurissant Member

    I basically showed up at work at 9 and let it download game (cause my internet sucks) with the lowest brightness plus restart a few times for updates and it died in front of me at 15.40 so yeah I was happy about it.

    Gaming wise, I didn't try yet to switch from battery to plugged in but I tried the Shadow of Mordor Benchmark in Ultra settings (only recent game I own) while checking the temps on MSI Afterburner (Note that I enabled the cool mode in Synapse and was running the laptop on a "compact wood" desk)

    Average FPS: 54.19
    Max FPS: 138.62
    Min FPS: 28.99

    GPU max temp: 70°C
    CPU max temp: 63°C
    CPU average Temp: 60°C

    I did film part of the Benchmark with my phone (worst benchmark video ever by the way) where I turn the sound off at some point to show the fan noise. It's loud but it's comfortably covered by the game sound in my opinion.

    In real gameplay, I was at a stable 60 fps (according to Fraps) in high settings with Vsync enabled (because I won't really see those extra frames anyway) with temps not exceeding 73°C from what I observed.

    I'll try to see how it fares in battery mode.
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  4. wesley27

    wesley27 Active Member

    @Gahu That's awesome! So it sounds like you got one of the good ones! That's really encouraging, glad to hear a story from someone with a 100% model.

    Would you mind posting some pictures of yours? You have the FHD with the matte display right? It'd be awesome to see some pictures of it, both with the screen off and with the screen on. I currently have the 2016 v1 Blade, and I've seen the 2015 matte blade and it looked rather ugly. When I swap mine for the v2, I'm not sure if I wanna keep the QHD+ or go FHD, as I've been somewhat annoyed by my monitors lower resolution. It all depends on if the matte display looks nice, like the glossy one does.
  5. Gahurissant

    Gahurissant Member

    Yeah I actually took a shot of the matte screen compared to my very quite glossy Surface Pro 4. I love the matte finish personally it is a huge plus for mobility (I sometimes struggled with my SP4 in airports due to the awful glare, it's sad that proper touchscreen don't come in matte finish though as I still have the nasty habit to try and touch the screen of my blade from time to time)

    Also, High resolution doesn't play well with any of the software I'm using for work and I intend on using my blade for productivity as well as for gaming so the FHD is perfect for me.

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  6. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    That is great to hear, we actually have a whole thread dedicated to benchmarking the new blade here if you wanna keep posting about it and compare and contrast.
  7. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    @TheGurgeMan @wesley27 I do have the Anniversary edition installed and I cannot boot up my computer without the external displays connected as it's using a KVM switch which asks to be plugged in before starting the computer (it's finicky when hot plugging).

    I totally agree that Razer should look into getting the Blade to work with Krakens with in-line mics and 3.5 mm combo jacks. I mean, they are meant to be mobile, working with phones and laptops. It's very disappointing that this mobile Razer headset doesn't work with this laptop :frown_:
  8. Malhar808_no_id

    Malhar808_no_id New Member

    I am really confused between the full HD and qhd+ display option!
  9. Remamian

    Remamian Well-Known Member

    Full HD = 1080p
    QHD = 1440p
    Ultra HD = 4k
  10. Malhar808_no_id

    Malhar808_no_id New Member

    I know what they mean man! I just really don't know which one to get!
    Full HD will get me better battery and frames.
    But the qhd+ is just so good to look at.
  11. XarockX

    XarockX Member

    QHD+ = 1800p
  12. Remamian

    Remamian Well-Known Member

    Oh! ... Well you should have said indecisive not confused :3

    I would never get a lower resolution if a higher resolution of something is available...

    Keep in mind also, i dont care about battery... battery is for loosers! I'm a winner!
  13. Malhar808_no_id

    Malhar808_no_id New Member

  14. Remamian

    Remamian Well-Known Member

    Truthfully, i always look for higher resolution because for me thats more working real-estate on my screen to keep myself organized for work and multitasking and design (I dont game a whole heep anymore)

    It all depends on your motivation to get the product and how you will use it.
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  15. wesley27

    wesley27 Active Member

    @Malhar808 I currently have the early 2016 Blade with the 970m, the QHD+ model. The display is stunning, vibrant, and the glossy bezels make it look really sleek. I love it. If you want, I can post pictures? I get 5.5-6 hours on average battery life with normal web browsing and such. I haven't had any scaling issues, but, it has on occasion been annoying to use my external FHD monitor.

    Mine has a defective HDMI port so I'll be replacing it with the new GTX 1060 model. For me personally, as long as I get the same or better battery life, not much else changes my decision from QHD+ to FHD. Having used the QHD+ for a few months now, it might be hard to go back to a FHD screen because this one is so nice to look at. Also, the FHD has matte bezels.

    So for me, it's really about if the matte FHD screen and its bezels looks as nice as the glossy QHD+ screen. Hence why I've been asking everyone I can for pictures of their FHD model.

    I would also think the choice depends a lot on how much time you plan to spend gaming on it versus doing other things, and if you'd often switch in and out of FHD and QHD+ on the high res model. If you had to switch a lot, I guess it could get tedious. I don't mind at all, cause I game plugged into my FHD monitor and have my Blade screen turned off, and at all other times keep the Blade at QHD+.
  16. Malhar808_no_id

    Malhar808_no_id New Member

    @Remamian thanks mate! Will keep that in mind before purchasing.
    @wesley27 now that you put it this way, the qhd+ version looks much more pleasing!
    And check out earlier comments, there is a picture posted of the full HD version.
  17. Gahurissant

    Gahurissant Member

    Coming from someone who used a surface pro 4 as his daily driver for the past 4 months, glare is a nightmare, sure glossy screens looks more premium (Apple like trend i guess) but practically speaking, I just can't deal with It. When I'm on the go, I constantly had to pay attention to the light sources to avoid annoying glare on my screen.

    You also have to pay attention if you're using some software that won't scale at higher resolution. Working with my surface on some software led to ridiculously small icons and toolbars that are a pain to deal with...

    I personally went for the full HD because of the matte finish and the fact that for a 14 inch display, I'm not quite sure I would see much difference from QHD+ to FHD, I mean... No difference worth the glare and the non properly scaled software. Plus, i got extra battery life which is always welcome in my opinion.

    Now, I have to say that I miss the touchscreen as I often found myself wanting to touch the screen to interact with the computer...

    It all comes down to personal preferences. If you intend to do content creation, photos or video editing, then the QHD+ might be better for you.

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  18. softybear

    softybear Member

    RBS with buzzing/coil whine sound in my case
    I really think it affects all the devices though..
  19. Reg3e

    Reg3e Member

    Mostly flawless except:

    Razer Blade 14" QHD+ 2015 -> 3 Dead Pixels + Uneven rubber strip on display + GPU coil whine + heatpipe popping sound + fan buzzing sound (sounds like scrapping against the back cover or something) + Battery died (0% a.k.a won't boot until plugged in) on standby after 10 days from 100% (full shutdown w/ quick boot OFF, according to Razer Support, it's caused by CMOS)

    Razer Blade Stealth QHD 2016 Kaby Lake -> CPU coil whine + fan buzzing sound (sounds like scrapping against the back cover or something, it appears to be the inner fan that's producing the sound)

    Trust me when I say I take good care of my expensive toys.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2016
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  20. Jake146

    Jake146 New Member

    Just picked up the new 2016 FHD 1060 256gb Blade from best Buy two days ago. So far no issues. I've played the new Civ and Black Ops 3 on it so far without issue and no lag whatsoever. The heat hasn't been bad at all and the fans are typical IMO when gaming. I also picked up a Samsung T3 1tb drive for all the games. It runs flawless and doesn't get very hot when gaming. I've done some light productivity work on Microsoft Office, along with standard web browsing and I haven't discovered any issues at this point.

    I'm still deciding if I should go back to Best Buy within 14 days to get the Geek Squad protection for two years for $280. Normally I wouldn't bother, but with some of the issues I have read on this forum, it makes give the Geek Squad protection a second thought.
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