Razer actually began their business to develop a high-end computer gaming peripheral known as the Boomslang, a gaming mouse.
In the year 2000, the parent company, Karna LLC based in Singapore, folded and it wasn’t until 2005 that the current Razer company was formed.
Six years later they showed off the Razer Switchblade, a handheld gaming device, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
It wasn’t until 2013 that Razer released the first in a series of Razer Blade gaming laptops, The first 14-inch and 17-inch Razer Blade laptops used fourth-gen Intel Haswell processors, with the 14-inch Razer Blade hyped as the “world's thinnest gaming laptop”.
Each year since then, Razer has updated the Blade series of gaming laptops with models which include the Razer Blade 15, Razer Blade Stealth and the Razer Blade Pro gaming laptop/desktop replacement.
Razer is now of the global leaders in manufacturing gaming laptops, a pioneer of eSports and a large brand in the eSports world today.
Their laptops are respected by gamers for the innovative hardware in a “Razer” thin casing. Let’s take a look at four of the best Razer laptops you can buy.
The Razer Blade 14-inch is the 2017 version of the Razer Blade but can still be found at many retailers. If you can hunt one down, it’s still a very good choice.
Being last year’s model, if you can find this Razer Blade 14-inch version it is normally at a bargain price. Many retailers have knocked $300 to $400 off the original price, with it even being sold for as little as $1205.
For the price, you are getting a laptop which can match many of today’s latest gaming laptops under $1500, if not under $2000.
The relatively new 7th generation Intel core i7-7700HQ processor is a great find at this price. This CPU from Intel features an improved battery with a stated run time of nine hours.
This is considerably better than the five hours of previous generations, although heavy gaming may bring that down to around a couple of hours.
16GB of dual channel DDR4 RAM is pretty standard in laptops of this calibre and offers more potential for multitasking.
This laptop would make a great desktop replacement for productivity tasks, but some features may be overkill for a family computer. The 14-inch screen features full HD display using IPS technology with a matte finish for viewing in direct sunlight.
The storage featured on the 14-inch Razer Blade is average, with the configuration we looked at having a 512GB SSD but no additional HDD.
Although it’s very quick, gamers with larger collections may struggle for space after a few installs. Fortunately, a selection of high-speed ports allows you to easily connect external storage via USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 3.
A problem found with many of the Razer Blade laptops is with the temperature when running heavier loads on the GPU. The aluminum chassis can get very hot to touch and once the fans kick in their volume can be quite distracting.
It doesn't help that the top mounted speakers, despite offering a rich and detailed sound, do so at a lower volume.
The Razer 14 may feature the same Chroma keyboard of its big brother, the Razer Blade 15, and for simple productivity tasks, word processing or web browsing, the built-in trackpad is adequate.
You will want to buy a mouse as well though because gaming with the trackpad is a nightmare, it lacks the precision of other gaming laptops.
Normally when you talk about a previous model of a laptop, the specs are outdated.
This Razer Blade 14 still offers a great mid-range gaming laptop which sits between the smaller 13.3-inch Blade Stealth and the larger 17.3-inch Blade Pro.
To carry this laptop around in your backpack is nowhere near as difficult as lugging around the Pro, yet it’s still large enough to fit in a full graphics card.
Razer may be in the process of replacing this model with the newer Razer Blade 15 but if you can find it, the Razer 14 is half the price.
For under $1500 you are getting a gaming laptop which is VR ready and will be able to play the latest releases for at least the next couple of years.
The Razer Blade Stealth is Razer’s version of an Ultrabook.
It’s designed to rival computers like the MacBook Pro in both the looks and power department.
Despite having exactly the same slimline dimensions of its predecessor, Razer have managed to increase the screen size from 12.5 to 13.3 inches. Using the smaller bezel design of the more expensive Blade 15 they have squeezed a 13.3-inch QHD screen into a case which is only 12.6 inches wide.
And what a beautiful touchscreen it is! Although it has lost the 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution of the 12.5-inch version, it still features a QHD+ display (3200 x 1800). The 100 percent sRGB coverage and viewing angles of up to 178 degrees mean you will hardly miss those few extra pixels.
Otherwise, it’s a pretty incremental upgrade, with the newer 8th generation core i7 quad core processor, HD graphics 620 changed to UHD graphics 620 and the RAM being slightly faster.
The new hardware means this laptop runs faster than ever. Battery life has improved on the original’s poor five and a half hours, but only by an hour or so.
If you’re buying a Blade Stealth to do some light gaming on the go, the Intel UHD Graphics 620 will suffice. You may be able to play some less demanding games like Dirt 3 or older versions of Battlefield and Call of Duty.
Newer AAA titles like Rise of The Tomb Raider or GTA 5 are out of the question on all but the very lowest graphics settings.
If you want to take your gaming up a notch, you will need to spend a few hundred dollars more for the Razer Core external GPU case.
And then you still need to buy a GPU for those next level graphics, but it will give you a mean gaming device for home use with that QHD+ display.
If you only use your laptop for more basic productivity tasks on the road, photo editing or other graphics work, the Blade Stealth is an ideal Ultrabook choice.
The Intel UHD 620 graphics can handle lighter gaming but for any more serious gaming you will need to invest in a Razer Core eGPU.
Even with the cost of a decent NVIDIA desktop graphics card it will still come in cheaper than many high-end gaming rigs. And of course you have that glorious QHD+ display to enjoy your games and movies on.
Despite being classed as the “World’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop”, the Razer Blade 15 is big on specs.
The perfectly crafted aluminum chassis which has been CNC milled for extra precision is packed with the latest gaming hardware.
Taking a look at the internals of the latest Razer Blade 15, you find the latest 8th generation Intel core i7 6-Core processor combined with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU.
The 8th generation processor allows for mega multi-tasking processes like playing games, streaming and recording the gameplay at the same time.
This latest model of the Razer Blade sticks to the same subdued matte black finish of its predecessors, with the Razer logo on the back of the lid being the sole point of light.
Despite its slim profile, the Blade offers an adequate mix of expansion options with both USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt ports for external hard drives or GPUs.
A full-sized HDMI port and Mini-DisplayPort provide alternative methods of hooking up an external display in addition to the previously mentioned Thunderbolt.
In terms of gaming, the NVIDIA GTX 1070 Max-Q can deliver frame rates over 60 fps on most triple-A titles even at high setting. The GTX 1070 is also VR ready if you want to try connecting an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset for a virtual gaming experience.
Unfortunately the aluminum case means this Blade can often get extremely hot, especially in heavy gaming marathons or more demanding video productivity tasks.
The area above the keyboard will get to higher temperatures when the GPU is taxed and unfortunately the cooling system uses fans which get very loud.
Other sacrifices that have been made for this smaller case include the poor quality speakers. Although they are large, they are not very loud. You will almost definitely have to invest in external speakers or headphones to be heard above those whirring fans.
Despite having the same full Chroma RGB backlit keyboard of the previous models, the smaller key travel of just 1mm makes it less comfortable to use.
For storage, the configuration we have looked at only came with a 512GB SSD drive installed. It may be blazing fast but with the latest titles often needing 40-50 GB for installation, you can run out of space very quickly.
However, a lone M.2 slot in the Razer Blade 15 supports SSDs up to a maximum capacity of 2TB. You can also swap out the RAM sticks if needed.
If you are considering purchasing a Razer 15, make sure it’s the most recent version. A slim and portable computer, it packs a maximum amount of horsepower under its hood and has an impressive battery life of over six hours, longer than most other gaming laptops.
For serious gamers it offers the complete package of portability and power in a stunning design.