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Need help picking a razer blade

Discussion in 'Systems' started by ThatGuyMiniB, Nov 26, 2017.

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  1. ThatGuyMiniB

    ThatGuyMiniB New Member

    I was looking into getting a MacBook Air recently because I wanted to expand my job search in game dev in order to work for people that wanted to create ios apps/games. Only thing is I would probably be doing most of the developing on my PC in Unity rather than the MacBook itself so 900 down the drain just to have a system to use and build out the Xcode project.

    I came across the Razer blade and it seems it is a better bang for my buck and I figured I can just use Vmware and build out a Xcode project that way and just send that to my client. Now, why not just do that on my PC? I can but I also want something portable that I can work on and if I am going to spend around 1000 might as well grab a razer blade that would run Unity better than a MacBook Air.

    Long story short I will be using this Razer Blade for game development with Unreal and Unity, using VMware to mainly build out those projects with Xcode and for some gaming as well because why not. For gaming, I would probably just be sticking to Blizzard games.

    Thank in advance for the help!
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  2. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    I don’t know about gaming development and softwares you mentioned about, but Blade 14 2017 blows for sure hardware specs from MacBook Air. With MacBook Air you’ll get better battery life and portability, and if you are using Mac OS for your works, maybe some softwares will take the advantages and perform better than similar software on windows. But if you’re talking about gaming, my 2013 Razer Tablet still performs better than MacBook Air, you’ll get instead those MB Airs advantages around 10 times maybe more GPU performance, Display resolution, and TB3 that could bring Blade has more future proof than TB2 on MB Air, and it’s worth extra 1000imo, the GPU is even better than latest MacBook Pro 15, that cost more expensive. If you want to play Blizzards games like Overwatch or Destiny 2 (others maybe can be handled by iGPU on MB Air), Blade 14 2017 is way to go.
  3. ThatGuyMiniB

    ThatGuyMiniB New Member

    Well for game dev I know that the MacBook Air can run the engine I mainly work with the only problem is idk how well it will run it because sometimes I will be working on 3d games as well and I need it to be able to handle it when I go to play and test the game or functions I am working on. That is mainly why I was leaning towards a Razer Blade because it sounds like it would be able to handle and run a game engine with 3d models in it fairly smoothly.

    I may have to do a bit more research though because you said that the MacBook Air beats the Razer Blade hardware specs?
  4. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Sorry for confusing, no I was talking about Blade 14 advantages over MB Air. MB Air only have benefits from being lighter and has longer battery life (around 10 hours) against Blade 14 2017 max around 8 hours. It’s because mainly the 10 times more powerful dGPU on Blade 14.
  5. ThatGuyMiniB

    ThatGuyMiniB New Member

    Ah got ya! Anyone know how good refurbished razer blades are? Just asking wondering if I should go new or try to save some money and go with a refurb.
  6. vistar

    vistar Active Member

    MacBook Air is certainly not adequate for that kind of work because it only has an iGPU, like the stealth. Either a RB 14 with the GTX1060 or the MacBook Pro 15" with the AMD dGPU. The RB offers better performance though. If you do opt for the RB, buy it new, not refurbished, and get it from Microsoft Store with extended warranty.
  7. surfer1081

    surfer1081 Well-Known Member

    @ThatGuyMiniB When do you need this laptop by? sooner than later?

    Not sure that type of money constraint you face, but around the corner the Volta series the new GDDR6 Ram along with the coffee lakes processor. It'll be a sweet deal when that Blade comes out! I'm waiting on this but also face the same questions as you. Not so much on the gaming aspect but graphics design. Toggling between the Quad-core RBS and a new blade.

    Thats nice you'll be using the VMware. I volunteered with a guy recently who helped start up that company. Great programs you are using :)
  8. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Don’t get refurbished gaming laptops, better the new one, though i bought refurbished stealth and praying that former user didn’t push the hardware like gaming.
  9. Bouncyslime555

    Bouncyslime555 New Member

    how was your experience buying refurb blades? I've never heard from anyone who has this experience.

    As for the OP, I love everything about my blade 2017 except for the fact that it LOVES fingerprints
  10. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    So long, the stealth for 3 months?, I’ve no issues at all as my daily paperwork and media consumption device. I noticed no difference with a new unit. It even replaced my iPad for media consumption since it has bigger screen and nice 1440p panel. It has also one day Battery life on my usage, I even have Razer power bank but i use it rarely, mostly I use it for my xiaomi 13 or sometime with stealth when i play games or doing something that kill the battery faster and n go. For under 1K Euro I’m happy with my purchase.
    About my Blade 14, I use it now only for gaming and looking for a good external monitor to hookup with it.
  11. BlutigEisbar

    BlutigEisbar Active Member

    Lynus Tech Tips actually has a video on YouTube that talks about the reliability issues he has faced with his older Razer Blade laptops from his company. Not that it would discourage me from recommending a older Razer Blade 14 over the MacBook Air. The problem is you are looking to two very different classes of computers like @vistar mentioned.

    I would honestly recommend looking at financing plan for a Razer Blade Stealth with a new 8th gen CPU over a MacBook Air and if you need the GPU then pay the extra to get a Blade 14. Both Razer Zone and their partners have financing options for most countries.
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