There's something fundamentally broken in the world of PC laptops: Machines designed nearly four years ago still provide the basic model for how to build one correctly today. The Razer Blade is, in some ways, one of the best Windows laptops I've used in a long time. But I can't decide if it's merely ironic or outright depressing that a PC designed to reinvigorate PCs is ultimately most interesting because it steals something from Apple that most PC makers only wish they could grasp:
How to steal like Apple.
Why It Matters
If you don't buy a PC at Best Buy, the process of purchasing one is often something like this: Pick one model out of dozen or so made by your company of choice (or a small handful if you're shopping for gaming PCs) then configure a dozen specifications to your liking. It's an ocean of choice, even if your choices are mostly terrible. Razer makes one computer. The Blade. It has one configuration. That's it.
The idea is fairly seductive: reinventing the PC as a new kind of platform. One that's more homogenous, in a way—console-like, even—but which promises to ultimately take PCs forward again by more aggressively evolving the platform, leaving the legacy cruft like optical drives behind. (The Blade does not have an optical drive.) This in a world where HP contemplated selling its PC business and Dell says it's no longer a PC company, but an IT company. Well, we need another PC company.