New Razer Blade 2016 Reviews

Discussion in 'Systems' started by SladeNoctis, May 8, 2016.

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  1. SladeNoctis

    SladeNoctis Member

    Hey just making a thread based on the reviews that will be showing up on the net about the new Razer Blade 2016. Just a reminder this is for the Razer Blade with these specs:

    Tech Specs
    • Display
      • 14.0" IGZO QHD+, 16:9 Ratio, 3200x1800, with LED backlight, with capacitive multi-touch
    • Graphics
      • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970M (6GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus™ Technology)
    • Processor
      • Intel® Core™ i7–6700HQ Quad-Core Processor with Hyper-Threading 2.6GHz / 3.5GHz (Base/Turbo)
    • Chipset
      • Mobile Intel® PCHM 100-series chipset, HM170
    • Memory
      • 16GB dual-channel onboard memory (DDR4, 2133MHz)
    • Operating System
      • Windows® 10 (64-Bit)
    • Storage
    • 256GB SSD (PCIe M.2)​

      512GB SSD (PCIe M.2)​

    • Communication
      • Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
    • Input & Output
      • • Multi-point touchscreen interface
        • Built-in webcam (2.0MP)
        • Anti-ghosting keyboard with Chroma backlighting
        • Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
        • USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)
        • HDMI 1.4b video and audio output
        • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
    • Audio
      • • Built-in stereo speakers
        • Array microphone
        • Bluetooth® 4.1
        • Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
        • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
    • Additional Features
      • • Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard
        • Kensington™ Security Slot
        • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
    • Power & Battery
      • • Compact 165W power adapter
        • Built-in 70Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
    • Approx. Size
      • 0.70 in / 17.9 mm (Height) x 13.6 in / 345 mm (Width) x 9.3 in / 235 mm (Depth)
      • Approx. Weight
      • 4.25 lbs / 1.93 kg

    Laptop Magazine: May 6, 2016

    CNET: May 16, 2016

    Gizmodo: May 16, 2016

    PCMag : May 17, 2016,2817,2476486,00.asp

    D2D (Dave Lee): May 21, 2016

    Digital Trend: May 25, 2016

    UltraBookReview: May 29, 2016

    LaptopMag: June 2, 2016 (Razer Blade 2016 vs Macbook Pro 15)

    Kotaku: June 6, 2016

    MobileTechReview: June 7, 2016

    MobileTechReview: June 8, 2016 (Razer Blade 2016 vs Dell XPS 15)
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2016
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  2. TheGurgeMan7

    TheGurgeMan7 Well-Known Member

    I am waiting for NotebookCheck to do their review, they always go into depth, and even include fps counts for various games at various settings.
  3. SladeNoctis

    SladeNoctis Member

    Same here, surprisingly according to laptopmag its slowing in gpu and has less travel on the keyboard. Also battery life about 10mins less.

    Which is either why Razer? or LaptopMag's review has some flaws.

    Also holding out for anandtech's review, about same level of depth of notebookcheck.
  4. DeepLemontechnofever002

    DeepLemontechnofever002 Active Member

    I'm still sad there haven't been any reviews on YouTube.
  5. SladeNoctis

    SladeNoctis Member

    Don't expect any so soon. Seems like folks are not receiving their laptops or holding off due to upgrade or lack of time with the blade.
  6. byteFlirtinteractive386

    byteFlirtinteractive386 Active Member

    go watch some 2015 blade reviews. Now add in a tb3 port with no core and the stealths colored keyboard and you have your reviews. Honestly don't know what you all are expecting, its literally the same pc with very minor changes. That doesn't mean it isn't a nice machine at all, it is.
  7. SladeNoctis

    SladeNoctis Member

    That really doesn't cover all the bases. Your just expecting things to be the same since its "minor". The new model comes with refinements, but instead us of spending $2300 to see those refinements actually improve the device we want to see a review that confirms those refinements then spend that kind of money. There is suppose to be thermal improvements, a lighter frame, improved battery life with skylake cpu, a more customizable keyboard experienced with chroma, a thunderbolt port that should power 4k displays with ease or be charge by a usb type c charger, and a pcie ssd that should provide faster write and read speeds.
  8. byteFlirtinteractive386

    byteFlirtinteractive386 Active Member

    K well here is a little bit of info to hold you over then.

    Thermal Improvements :

    Not really.

    source :

    Light Frame : yes, razer wouldn't lie about the weight.

    Improved Battery Life :
    5:30 ish ..nope, same

    2015 model

    2016 model

    More Customizable Keyboard : well the 2015 model didn't have chroma so yes, more customizable.

    TB3 can drive 4k, confirmed. Charging over usb-c? No don't think so, max wattage of usb-c is under what the blade requires.

    Hard drive is much faster , same 2 sources listed above for battery.
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  9. SladeNoctis

    SladeNoctis Member

    Thanks for the gather resources!

    Would still like to know if that keyboard got nerfed just for some fancy rgb leds.
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  10. I'm most curious about the thermal and cooling. Whether the fans will really be quiet when not gaming. But yeah, it's not such a big update like people think but I do generally trust a "2nd" version or refresh lol
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  11. TheGurgeMan7

    TheGurgeMan7 Well-Known Member

    So I have been searching since May 1st for reviews on the New Razer Blade, but to no avail.

    If anyone could help a brother out and link some nice reviews (video reviews are great) that would be awesome.

    Reviews found so far ;
    1. (meh, but not great)
    2.That one thing from Reddit
    3. Whatever else you guys can dig up :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    Thats a trailer. Note the lack of a crosshair and a lack of a hp bar. Also those death animations are not in game.

    Edit - also that was uploaded march 31st. Blades didnt ship till early may.
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  12. X-2357

    X-2357 New Member

    Yea I noticed it was fake just after posted

    This on the other hand is a really old video from when they announced, nothing new but I figure it could be here in this discussion thread.
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  13. Brastic

    Brastic Active Member

    The USB-C can supply up to 100Watts. Yes, the stock Blade charger can run up to 165 Watts. But those are maximums that under normal usage are not achieved. It is possible for the Blade to charge off of the USB-C. It might not be able to run full performance and charge the battery. The battery is 70Wh. If the laptop ran 70 Watts for 1 hour, the battery would be dead. Now is the laptop ran 35 Watts and hour, it would last 2 hours.

    With all that said, charging from USB-C would not be an engineering issue, but a marketing one. The performance is higher when plugged into the charger vs running on the battery. The marketing question is are people willing to have battery usage performance will on the USB-C charging or will they complain on this forum that the Blade is slow? Then after a bunch of post later, we discover that they are using USB-C and not the charger.
  14. 9377519279

    9377519279 Active Member

    It will be interesting to see if when you plug the blade into the core, if it is enough to play everything or if you will be forced to bust out your charger. I have a dock for my work laptop and I love everything about it, and I'm hoping I can use the core like a dock, just throw the USB C in and be done with it.
  15. TheGurgeMan7

    TheGurgeMan7 Well-Known Member

    The blade will not be able to be powered over thunderbolt. Thats just for the stealth.

    Note how the stealth only has the thunderbolt as a source of power input, and the blade has both the thunderbolt and a charging port.
  16. TrueLightbringer

    TrueLightbringer Active Member

    Power requirements are way too high. The charger is a 165W power adapter, while Thunderbolt 3 (IIRC) can only send up to 100W of power. That's why your work laptop is a work laptop, and the New Razer Blade is...well, the New Razer Blade
  17. 9377519279

    9377519279 Active Member

    Yea I might just have to buy an extra charger, one for my bag, one cable managed at my desk. I hate packing and unpacking chargers at my desk.
  18. KyubiFox

    KyubiFox New Member

    I would think 100 watt's would be enough if you’re not using the internal nvidia card...

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  19. Brastic

    Brastic Active Member

    The max wattage of a power supply is not how much the computer uses. With the 970 GPU and screen turned off, the 100 Watts from the USB-C should be more than enough. Please note that the Blade battery can supply 70 Watts for 1 hour. If you go by the power supply rating of 165 Watts, the laptop battery life would be around 20 minutes.
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  20. Technometry

    Technometry Active Member

    That is what I was thinking, considering the 6700HQ TDP is 45W and the 970m has a TDP of 81W. If you turn off the GTX 970m, the 100W would indeed be enough to power the laptop, so the only question, 'is it supported?'.

    I would think that if you plugged a stealth charger into the new Blade 2016, it would still charge, just not fast enough to keep it running on the 970m, as it simply can't supply enough current. However, if we lower the current requirements by 81W, that drops the Power Supply requirements from 165W down to 84W, which is more than low enough for Thunderbolt 3 to handle. I think Razer understands how much cooler this feature would make this laptop, so I highly doubt they didn't at least try really hard to make it possible.

    I would be very surprised if this wasn't a feature. We need someone with a new blade to plug in a Stealth Charger and see if it at least undercharges it, if it tries to charge (even though the battery will still drain, just slower) then we know that the Core will be able to power the Blade too. Razer really has given themselves the chance to make something really special here.
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