Leland Wayne better known as Metro Boomin or Metro Beatz is one of the most sought after producers of our time. He had the best of the best mentoring him, the likes of Grammy nominated producer Don Cannon and Maestro.
One of his first works was “Karate Chop” by Future featuring Lil Wayne that took off setting his place in Atlanta as a producer not to be taken for granted. At that time, he was a business student at Morehouse but had to take a little break from classes as he was quite busy making beats and having world class rappers lining up to have him on their albums.
His producing prowess has seen him work with the likes of French Montana, Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Waka Flocka, Alley Boy and Future. It does not stop there, both established and emerging artists are all lining up to have his sound.
Now that we know he is quite the busy guy producing killer beats, how does he get to make those beats when travelling or when he is not at the office?
I did a little bit of digging up and found out that Metro Boomin owns a Razer Blade 14” Notebook. Let us look at its features and determine why Metro Boomin made this laptop his choice to work with.
The Blade’s Description
This laptop is a small, light and powerful laptop made by Razer as an ultimate gaming laptop with a 1080p and edit video. The Blade comes with specifics like a Core i7U CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and it is VR ready.
This laptop was made for the people who are looking for a laptop that can do everything, it is light, it is mobile and is capable of handling 1080p gaming.
The Blade’s Design
Keeping the standard Razer design, this 2017 design has kept the black metal, ultraportable look that most Razers are known for.
It rocks the glowing green Razer logo on top of the laptop but does not have external RGB lights. This feature gives the laptop an unassuming look to it, making it very comfortable to use out in public without the fear of someone targeting you to steal your laptop (but let us face it, thieves take anything they deem valuable, does not matter whether it looks expensive or not).
This laptop is quite sturdy and light considering it is a gaming laptop. It comes with a Core i7 CPU, GPU equivalent that of a desktop weighs less than 4.41lbs (2kgs) and is 17.9mm.
The other endearing thing about the design of this laptop is its great connectivity features. It has 3 USB ports, one Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) connector, HDMI 2 and headphone jack input. The connection possibilities are many as it would be able to connect to any screen and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets.
It comes with a warning though. Because the laptop is very light, you should be careful when using the VR headsets because when you are running away from whatever is chasing you or dodging bullets, you might just send your laptop careering across the floor.
On the design downside, the Razer Blade seems bulky compared to other gaming laptops. Its screen is surrounded by a huge bezel; its metal frame does not feel luxurious and gets easily scratched.
The Blade’s Keyboard and Trackpad
Looking at the Blade’s trackpad, it is big enough and has good physical right and left keys. It will need a little adjustment of its settings to make it respond better and cut out the sluggishness that comes with it when it is unpacked.
Blade’s Chiclet keyboard was comfortable to type on but the shallow key action made it uncomfortable for gaming. The keyboard also has programmable RGB backlights which can be left on or locked out, your choice.
The Blade’s Display
The display comes in Full HD, QHD+ and 4K screen options. It has a 311nits white level making white come out clean and bright.
When gaming, there were no qualms really. I enjoyed the rich colors displayed on the screen.
The Blade’s Performance
Equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 6GB of GDDR5 memory, sixth-gen Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM which runs at 2,133MHz and 1TB PCI-Express M.2 SS makes this laptop one to be reckoned with.
These were its performance rates on different games:
- Rise of Tomb Raider it reached a frame rate of 65.5fps with the graphics settings at 1080p.
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor it reached a frame rate of 94.7fps with the graphics settings at 1080p.
- Killing Floor 2 reached a frame rate of 62fps with the graphics settings of 1080p.
- Resident Evil 7 reached a frame rate of 60fps with the graphics settings of 1080p.
As expected, the bottom of the laptop became hot but not so much that I could feel like I was going on fire. The cooling fans were noticeably noisy but not as irritating as the MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro gaming laptop.
The Blade’s Audio
It comes with a solid stereo speaker that is good for gaming. When put on high volume, they will drown out any noise emerging from the fans and they remain unaltered and noiseless even at high volume. All in all, it is still advisable to get proper gaming headphones that will not have your neighbors gunning for your head if you are prone to playing loud games late at night.
The Blade’s Battery Life
Let us not even start on how bad battery life on gaming laptops is and the Blade does not have anything exceptional to change this fact. It has a 70Wh battery that will not last more than four hours just doing basic things like working on Word and browsing the net.
When using it for work, starting at 9am in the morning, the battery never lasted till 2pm in the afternoon. When gaming, I could not even do two hours without getting forced to plug it in to charge.
It basically has below average battery power and I hope it is something they are working on improving for their next release.
Should You Buy It?
So, there is a lot of factors you will need to consider if you want to buy this laptop. For one, if you are looking for a gaming laptop that is compact, lightweight, and you can carry around easily then this is it for you. Secondly, if it is important to you that y, our gaming laptop is aesthetically pleasing then get yourself this laptop. Lastly, it has an additional Thunderbolt 3 port which gives it a unique twist from other gaming laptops.
It might be discouraging to buy it considering its price compared to other gaming laptops, so it will all come down to what you are really looking for in a gaming laptop for you to buy one and how much you are willing to pay for one.
In essence, this laptop is a great portable gaming option that has rivals that can strongly kick it from the competition.
- Quad-core 2.6-3.5GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ
- 16GB DDR4 memory
- 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
- 14-inch, Full HD screen (QHD and 4K available)
- 256GB PCIe SSD
- 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3), HDMI, 3.5mm headset jack
- RGB backlit keyboard
- Weight: 4.41lbs (2kgs)
- Manufacturer: Razer
What Others Are Saying About It
Below is a list of both the advantages and disadvantages of the Razer Blade as mentioned by many of the people who bought and used it this laptop.
- Although robust in built, it was light
- One could able to use the VR headsets
- Has very good processor and GPU performance
- RGB keyboard that will be appealing to some users
- Below average battery life
- Shallow keyboard action considering it is a gaming laptop
- It is a little on the higher price compared to its rivals
Some of the comments given by those who bought and used the laptop are:
“I bought the Razer Blade because I wanted a sleek Windows laptop that was powerful enough for games development and gaming.
It was between the Razer Blade and Alienware but I opted for the Blade because of form factor.
While Razer have addressed the issue of hot surfaces from previous generation of the machine, the redesign comes at a price. The internal fans can spin up and be quite loud even when the machine isn’t under load. The fans turn on and off as required so it isn’t a constant noise and the machine can be almost silent for the majority of the time.
The touch screen is responsive, the keyboard well laid out and the performance is on par with my desktop machine meaning I can take my gaming and game development with me.” By Bazajaytee
“If you understand this is not a logical choice price to performance wise and have the money to get it…get it. It is an amazing little guy. Also if you don’t care for the chroma Keyboard of the Newer blade 14 this is for you. But if you want the chroma keyboard get the newer one. (I know I wish I waited a bit longer for it but had no idea it was coming). Probably best to stay away from the razer blade stealth because of all the performance sacrifices that had to be made and has a much higher screen resolution which I imagine will kill battery quicker and/or not perform super well.” By Darrtel