Razer Decisions...

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Wrapped_In_Plastic, Mar 29, 2017.

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  1. Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to ask you all which system you think i should go with. This is going to purely be a work laptop (with possibly some light gaming in there...), i'm an animator and use a wide range of 2D animation softwares (ToonBoom Harmony) and many Adobe products. My current system is a Macbook Pro 15" (2012) which I've had since university and new very little of what i really needed. I also hook this up to a Wacom Cintiq. I work from home and at a studio so need something powerful, and portable, but i will be carrying a cintiq with me too but that only weighs just over 1kg i believe.

    Now, i thought i had come to the conclusion that the newest Dell XPS 15, 7th Gen intel core i7, 16GB memory, 512 SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5, and a 4K 'infinity edge' screen - was going to be the perfect one for me. BUT! I then came across Razer, and now i'm back to square one!

    So yeah, any advice would be amazing! I'm not that clued up on computers to be honest, but know some.

  2. JETcoolCoolBlack681

    JETcoolCoolBlack681 Active Member

    Both models have been extensively reviewed: XPS (lower end) and Blade (earlier 2016 but they are almost identical). XPS is a more balanced choice: it received higher scores due to upgradeability, and battery lifetime. The screens are good in both models. XPS is significantly cheaper because of a less powerful GPU (it is behind Blade by roughly 20% though this number may be even smaller with i7 you are considering to purchase). There are also minor shortcuts in XPS such as a limited performance of Thunderbolt 3 if you want to play with external GPUs.

    From my point of view, you should go for XPS: consumer-level GPUs are not really relevant to work applications and XPS is cheaper. But if you want to attach some Nvidia Quadro via Thunderbolt then Blade may be a better choice: first, you get a support of the full setup (Blade, Core) from the manufacturer and, second, you get a fully functional Thunderbolt 3.
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