Currently I’m on a 2016 Razer Blade. My verdict about the machine comes down to it being a good-build-quality machine that has has done me pretty well in over 3.5 years. However it’s starting to age, and batteries, even bought new, don’t hold a good charge. The premium price has paid off mostly since there really hasn’t been as many big jumps in tech since the NVIDA 10xx series of GPUs; I like being on the edge of tech often and not much has really come to actually contend. But with the new AMD 7 and 10nm chips, this could be another change of the guard (while Intel goes down to 10nm and is saying their next integrated GPU will have some power). Despite the quality holding up, Razer’s hostility toward people asking for basic Linux support is such a turn off that I would not recommend the brand and I don’t want to repeat the mistake.

Specific beef with laptop

There were BIOS upgrades to fix fans and security vulnerabilities with Intel’s chips. Razer requires Windows 10 + a GUI just to upgrade BIOS. This is dumb. I miss the days where you but a .bin file on a USB and loaded it up from the BIOS screen. There’s no good reason not offer this as at least a fallback—the GUI should just exist for normies. OR even being able to upgrade via FreeDOS is infuriating, but workable. I tried using Windows PE to install and that didn’t work either because you need Windows 10-Windows 10. I ask support and they don’t care about supporting LVFS or any other method to upgrade.

I’ve replaced my battery twice already. They start swelling and it warps the machine. They’re like $50-80 a pop.

I’ve had to replace the power supply due to shorts in cables twice.

Not sure who to blame Razer, Nvidia, Linux or myself, but I’ve never had luck with outputting video via the HDMI port.

Super minorly, the move to SEA has caused the rubber grips on the bottom have fallen off—and while I quickly recieved some replacements from support, after I alcohol wiped clean the base and stuck the new guys on, they didn’t stay for more than a couple weeks. Humidity?

I’ve been keeping my finger on the pulse of laptops for over a year now, but it’s been disappointing.

So what am I looking for

Philosophy:
Hard-want specs:
Nice-to-have specs

Put these specs in Amazon or Newegg and you get no results. :(

The new AMD Ryzen 4000 chipsets are looking interesting and Intel is supposed to drop new info about their next chipset’s integrated graphics—so a lot of this looks good. However, the biggest issues all come down to the screen—either it’s too big, wasting power with excessive pixel density, or doesn’t reach the color gamut range I demand.

Let’s hope this changes.