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I seriously wonder how many they're going to sell.
If anyone buys this, they're a complete idiot. You can buy the best Alienware laptop for like 1300 less I think it is, and basically get the same performance.

And as an extra bonus, if you buy Alienware instead of this, you're only 65% idiot.tongue.gif
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post #12 of 52
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Originally Posted by baws View Post

I seriously wonder how many they're going to sell.
If anyone buys this, they're a complete idiot. You can buy the best Alienware laptop for like 1300 less I think it is, and basically get the same performance.

Exactly. You could buy both a beefy 17in gaming laptop made by Asus, Alienware, etc. for ~$1200 - $1800, and still have ~$1000 to spend on either a 10in tablet or ultrabook computer. When you need the portability / battery life grab the non gaming device, and if you want to play a game on the run then grab the gaming laptop.


IMO Razer should have sacrificed a bit on the form factor and upped the performance / lower the price. The main thing holding this back is the GPU. I have a feeling that they couldn't fit a better GPU in there due to heat issues. If they were able to keep all of the other hardware and dropped a 560M in there and sold it for $1500 - $1700, then they might have a commercially viable product. As it stands now even Razer fans will have a very hard time wasting an extra $1000 - $1100 compared to the competition.
Edited by AtomicFrost - 2/6/12 at 3:17pm
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Witcher 2 on high, skyrim barely on low? I don't get it this thing is a waste of space in the laptop market. Razer needs to put to their money into upping the quality of their peripherals and not spewing out garbage products.
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Yeah, it's for sure not worth the $2800 Razor will be selling it at. The battery is quite terrible, although any laptop that runs a game w/o external power doesn't usually last any longer than 3 hours. The idle though has me questioning whether it's literally idling or is it lite web browsing? 6 hours maximum for this laptop is terrible. Sounding like it'll realistically last 4-5 hours.
I did notice that the thickness is 0.88", less than the 17" MacBook Pro (@ 0.98") but the width and length of the laptop are bigger than the MBP, 16.81x10.9 vs 15.47x10.51. Weight is also slightly more at 6.97lb vs the MBP at 6.6lb.
They could of done a whole lot better with this than the MBP, but the price and the specs, I'd just get a 17" MBP. This actually has the same processor that comes in the 13" i7 MacBook Pro, as it's a dual-core.
Let's see here spec for spec:
Razor Blade
• 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2640M Dual-core Processor
• 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
• 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
• NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with NVIDIA Optimus Technology 2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
• Built-in HD Webcam
• Integrated 60Wh Battery
• 250GB SSD Storage
• Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
• Battery: 6 hours idle, 2 1/2 if playing "hardcore" game.
• 16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)
• Price: $2,800
17" MacBook Pro (stock)
• 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 2760QM Quad-core processor
• 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (upgrade-able to 8GB)
• 17" LED Backlit Display (1920x1200)
• AMD Radeon 6770M with 1GB GDDR5 Video Memory
• Facetime HD Webcam
• Integrated 95Wh Batter
• 750GB 5900RPM HDD (upgrade-able)
• WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
• Battery: 7 hours of WiFi web browsing at full brightness
• 15.47 (Width) x 10.51 (Depth) x 0.98 (Height); 6.6lbs (Weight)
• Price: $2400
The only things that are lower on the MBP than the Blade are the graphics, RAM, and HDD, which those 2 can be upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a SSD that would still cost less than the total for the Blade. Also the battery is much better on the MBP, even though it's only slightly thicker and yet it's still smaller.

That is what i was thinking. I personally would rather have the 17" MBP (style/form factor included obviously neither are a good choice for gaming at this price point) But if I had to choose between the MBP and the Razer, it would definately be the MBP.
The touchpad thing (if that little screen is actually a touchad looks cool, but I doubt it compares to the feel of the apple touchpads.)

This should be at least 700-800 less....
     
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I'm pretty sure that there are other companies out there which offer both portability AND performance without having to compromise.

At a cheaper pricepoint too.
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: It was in the wintry hills of Skyrim that the Blade struggled the most, low frame rates rearing their ugly heads until I set the game to low, and even then the heads were still mighty ugly. The Switchblade touchpad also exhibited extreme amounts of lag in the latest Elder Scrolls game, scrolling a lot like one would expect an elder to scroll; incredibly slowly.

 

Did you see what he said. he had to set the game on LOW & it was still ugly. a $3000 dollar laptop & it struggles on Skyrim on LOW? Garbage

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Forget 256GB SSD, Forget 17.3 i want smaller, more battery life. Make it $999 and it will sell.
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post #18 of 52
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Forget 256GB SSD, Forget 17.3 i want smaller, more battery life. Make it $999 and it will sell.

Even if it means equipping a 45nm Intel Atom, reducing it to netbook class?
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Even if it means equipping a 45nm Intel Atom, reducing it to netbook class?

Why so? You could use a AMD APU.
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Why so? You could use a AMD APU.

An E350? It still wouldn't achieve much.

Also, I'm pretty sure that a GT555M would be at par or better than any mobile APU that AMD has.
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