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Razer BLADE Pro Vs. MacBook Pro Retina Display (comparison)

Macbook Pro Retina vs Razer Blade Pro

We used to have the most eye-opening mentally-rewarding existential conversations when I worked as a comic book store clerk in high school. Customers and staff alike would engage in intensely-heated worldview-altering banter like “who would win in a fight between Wolverine and Batman” or “which cereal stays crunchier in milk?” I know! It was truly heady stuff. But in all seriousness, there is where my mind travels as I referee an unlikely–almost MARVEL Comics style “What if?” So here it is… If they were to meet in a dark alley, which laptop would win the Apple MacBook Pro Retina Vs. the new Razer Blade Pro.

Size

MacBook-PR-vs-Razer-Blade-PWhat we have here is the 17-inch Razer Blade Pro. The company has done an admirable job of keeping the innards of the Blade Pro powerful yet petite. The form factor is super thin with dimensions the likes 16.8 inches wide, with a depth of 10.9 nches. It’s height is a lowered 0.88 inches thin and the thing weighs 6.58 lbs. That’s more than 2lbs heavier than the MacBook Pro Retina. To be fair the MBPR is only a 15.4-inch laptop size. The dimensions tally in at 14.3 inches in width, 9.73 inches in depth and 0.71 inches in height.

Winner: 15.4″ MacBook Pro Retina

Appearance

Appearance pic

Both the Razer Blade Pro and the MacBook Pro Retina are aesthetic showstoppers. Most notable on the Blade is the Switchblade capacitive touchscreen interface,which functions as a trackpad and numpad. You can also use it to check email, browse the internet, watch youtube videos, take screenshots and lot more. But this is an easy win for ye’ old lappy from Cupertino. The MacBook Pro Retina is thinner and lighter with more connectivity and storage options than the Razer Blade Pro. The 14-inch MBPR is also much more portable than the RBP. There is a 14 inch variant of the Razer Blade Pro, which is smaller by design and much lighter. But against the bulkier Razer Blade Pro, the MBPR comes out ahead in design and portability. But we all know those looking for this gaming laptop from Razer, are going to care little about a couple extra pounds.

Winner: 14″ MacBook Pro Retina

Display

Display pic

This one is difficult. On paper and in a vacuum, so to speak, the MacBook Pro Retina has the more potent Retina Display which is capable of a massive 2880 x 1800 native resolution with 220 ppi. The tech in the panel equates a superior product. But the surrounding tech in the Blade compliments its display much better than what’s in the MBPR. Images and movies are gorgeous on Apple’s window. Yet that resolution is taxed heavily by the underperforming GT 650m GPU with only 1gb of GDDR memory. Razer knows gamers and gaming very well and the Blade Pro is tuned with this experience. The 17.3 inch backlit HD LED display is not as flashy and really not as rich as the Retina. But it looks great still, pushing the now-standard 1920 x 1080. I should also mention each does great video-out. MBR can push 2560 x 1600 across two displays while the Razer Blade Pro can do 3840 x 2160 via HDMI 1.4a audio/video output.

Winner: 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

Gaming Performance

Gaming Performance

That resolution powered by the newer GTX 765m gpu coupled with nvidia GeForce Experience ensures today’s games run at approximately 60frames per second at 1080 and they look great. Sure blacks are deeper and the contrast is far better with superior color saturation so any static image or HD movie looks better on the MacBook Pro Retina. But gaming is the Razer Blade Pro’s bread and butter. Where the MBPR doesn’t hold high frame rates at in today’s games at either it or the Blade Pro’s native resolution. The Blade Blade Pro has another slight advantage that helps it keep pace with the Retina. It’s using the new Intel Intel 4700H series CPU which comes with integrated HD 4600–a faster step up from the MBPR’s HD 4000 integrated graphics solution. You can be sure Apple will step up their CPU game soon. But for now…

Winner: Razer Blade Pro

Processor

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This is nearly a tie. Speeds are just so close. Intel enthusiasts will undoubtedly remind me the Blade is powered by the sparkling-new Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad-Core Processor clocked at 2.4Ghz with an achieveable 3.4Ghz turbo. Thusly I remind all the MacBook Pro’s older i7 is clocked higher at 2.7Ghz and can be configured to 3.7ghz. Still the Razer Blade Pro steels the win with simple OC ability and a handsome new CPU that one of the best things to hit the mobile sphere in a while. It’s a smaller dies that uses less power (close to 20% reportedly) and generated less heat. Another benefit of Haswell is battery life. It’s hard to see it here. But Haswell is one the reason we can get close to 4hours of intense 1080p gaming out the machine while also powering a demanding capacitive touchscreen trackpad. Moreover, the CPU contains a higher performing integrated GPU option in the HD 4600.

Connectivity

WiFi pic

The MacBook Pro Retina hits hard with a bevy of connectivity options. You get 2x USB 3 ports, 2x Thunderbolt ports, HDMI-out and SDXC card slot for added storage expansion. The Razer Blade Pro is much lighter in this round with 3x USB 3 ports and HDMI out. Each sports headphone jacks but the MBPR packs a dual microphone setup found on the side next to the headphone jack, while the Razer Blade Pro uses a mic positioned up near its webcam above the display.
the MBPR does not house a traditional Ethernet cat-5 connection. But the Thunderbolt ports can be used as Gigabit Ethernet with an adapter sold separately. Conversely the Blade Pro features a normal RJ45 Gigbit Ethernet Port for its suped-up Killer Wireless network adapter. The network solutions from Bigfoot Killer Nic can eek out precious extra frames per second by circumventing Windows OS natural network check resulting in lower pings and higher frame rates.

Winner: 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

Storage

Storage

The Razer Blade Easily comes close to a win on this one. While the MacBook Pro Retina can reach capacities of 768gb vs the the max 512gb of the Razer Blade Pro, it can’t touch the speed of Razer gaming laptop. With read and write speeds hitting above 550mb/s vs. the MBPR’s 400-440mb/s. MBR does feature a nice SDXC card slot for expanded storage. You will undoubtedly be using one of the 3- USB 3 ports to connect an external drive. Our is a 25gb model but again, the 512gb variant is available for more pennies.

Winner: Tie

Battery Life

Battery Life

The MacBook Pro Retina does 7hours wireless on general use. The Blade will get your 4-5 hours of general use with intense gaming cutting that in half–easily.

Winner: 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

Price

Price

The MacBook Pro Retina can be had for aroudn $2000 now. The Razer Blade Pro is priced at $2500.

Winner: 15″ MacBook Air Pro Retina

Conclusion

These are both exceptional machines. The Razer Blade Pro is more of a luxury item but I can’t stop playing with it. For some reason, I want to use this thing more than any laptop I’ve used. The switchblade interface is more refined than when saw it on the Deathstrike keyboard, the key are snappy and responsive. It boots to the desktop in under 5-seconds and it games likes a true desktop can. However, it’s about $500 more yet the performance gain doen’t equate the costdifference. So if you’re looking for a super thin super efficient dedicated gaming system, you may want to look to the Razer Blade without the “Pro” in the moniker. But if overal the MacBook Pro Retina still the win. It can play the same games at lower frame rates/or lower resolutions. That aside, it can do everything the Blade can do minus the tricks of novelty found on the Switchblade trackpad.

Overall Winner: 15″ MacBook Pro Retina

9 Comments to Razer BLADE Pro Vs. MacBook Pro Retina Display (comparison)

  1. The T

    I have used both and still using .
    Razer is magic . stop these funny compares

  2. Marco

    What about the macbook mousepad vs razer blade pro touch pad, for me it is not he macbook pro the winner

  3. Sam

    What’s proofreading?

  4. espeyswims

    lol wut? Macbook can play the same games with lower fps… “play the same games”. Well… if all games are on steam than yes, that is true.

  5. espeyswims

    One thing that you need to keep in mind as far as battery life is concerned with the rMBP (in my experience) is that when running in boot camp it takes a generous chunk out of the longevity, and most of the games I have are on Windows (so to ME that makes a difference). Also when saying that the rMBP can just run the games in a lower resolution, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the high pixel density (not to mention the rMBP tends to look like poop at anything other than native (to be expected) and half res is way too large for most games on a 15″ screen). And one could say “Just spend the extra and get the 2.7 ghz processor in the MBP” Ok, but that doesn’t solve any problems; in all macs the GPU is by FAR the bottleneck for gaming of any sort. If Apple would listen and make a model with like a GTX770m or so; there would simply be no competition in my book. (oh and they should add an actual discrete card to the iMac, none of this mobile poop!)

    Don’t get me wrong, the MBP is a great machine. But the machines spec’d out for this review are not evenly matched. The prices are a bit off as well, spec’d how I bought my Razer they are both pushing 3k (512 SSD and extended warranty). One last note, (some may view this as a negative but it helps) all of the ddr chips on Razer are soldered on the board, as well as the SSD. Razer also doesn’t have the burn in issues that some of the Retina displays have!

  6. TheQuestian

    It did seem a bit biased, in my opinion, but it doesn’t really bother me. What bothers me is the preconceived notion that Razer makes gaming laptops, and therefore only gamers need apply. People have continually said that the only reason they would buy a Razer is for gaming, and that they wouldn’t do so because they could buy a better gaming laptop, or a desktop for cheaper. But if you take gaming out of the equation, the Razer Blade Pro is still basically a MBP that runs Windows natively. And what’s bad about that? All of the reasons for buying are the same [aesthetics, power, content creation capability, style points, etc.] with the exception of users who require OSX. Obviously the Razer is not directed at them, but there is certainly a market.

    I wouldn’t game on the Razer [I would buy the smaller one, personally], because my desktop fills that purpose, but even so it’s an EXTREMELY powerful laptop built with aesthetics and portability in mind. I don’t see that as a bad thing. Sure, there are more powerful laptops, and there are slimmer laptops. But that could be said of the MBP as well. Why does no one say it? Seems like a double standard. I want to run Windows natively, and I want a powerful machine for productivity and content creation. I want a laptop that is not a brick and does not look like a three-inch-thick warship. Based on those criteria, I don’t think there’s another machine that can compete performance-wise. I do wish for a better panel, on paper, but I haven’t seen it in person, so the jury’s still out on that one.

  7. Wyatt Cooper

    Doesn’t really seem biased. I have used both computers, and agree with everything he said. The only reason I would buy the Razer would be to game, but then I would buy a desktop for much cheaper. The rMPB has better battery life, screen, is more customizable, and looks better. The Razer has slightly better performance, which shows especially for gaming. If I had to choose between these 2, I would choose the Mac.

  8. Ayo

    apple bias again reviewr is an isheep

  9. Steve

    This review is inaccurate and ignorant to say the least. Pay ABSOLUTELY NO HEED TO THIS PERSON, HE HAS A BRAIN AS BIG AS AN OSTRICH’S.

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