2016 Razer Blade (GTX 1060) Gaming Laptop Models Review

This review is about three different Razer Blade (2016) gaming laptops with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. RZ09-01952E71-R3U1RZ09-01952E72-R3U1 and RZ09-01952E73-R3U1 models have same specifications but differ in storage. So, in this review, we talk about these three models combinedly. Lets see the review of 2016 Razer Blade (GTX 1060) gaming laptops.

These are 14 inch compact, thin and lightweight powerful notebooks. Design looks very premium with premium finishes, well spaced keyboard and attractive hinge. These advanced notebooks feature a Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard which can show about 16.8 Million backlit colors for a single key. This keyboard is specifically designed for gamers to get he precise response for their input while gaming. These Razer Blade models are about 0.7 inch thin and weighs around 4.16 lbs.

Gaming laptops face heating issues due to extreme usage of CPU and GPU. These models feature a cooling system to solve the heating issues. Most liked feature of these models is their Chroma Keyboard. You can set different lights for the keyboard keys and that's an awesome feature only found in Razer Blade notebooks.

These models have a 14 inch IPS Matte Full HD display. These are budget-friendly gaming laptops from Razer Blade, so having a Full HD display is acceptable for the price. For GTX 1060 GPU, this display is best suited for playing games in medium-high resolutions. As we said earlier, these models have similar specifications but storage is different.

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2016 Razer Blade (GTX 1060) models are powered by 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor. Speed can go up to 3.50 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost technology. Comes with a 16 GB DDR4-2133 RAM and Desktop-Grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM. In mid-2016, these specs are common for gaming laptops in this price range. Performance-wise, these specs are enough for running demanding applications or playing games at high resolutions. You can do multi-tasking, programming, edit videos etc. With same CPU, GPU and RAM, we have ASUS ROG GL502VM, GL702VM and GL502VS models.

The main difference between these three models is their storage. RZ09-01952E71-R3U1 model features 256 GB PCIe SSD, RZ09-01952E72-R3U1 features 512 GB PCIe SSD and RZ09-01952E73-R3U1 features 1 TB PCIe SSD storage.

SSD's are far better than HDD's but costs more. And in SSD's, PCIe SSD is better than mSATA SSD. So, you are getting an ultimate hard drive for these models. 1 TB PCIe SSD storage is an ultimate storage option to get in a notebook.

These three models are VR-Ready models, so that you can optimize them easily for playing VR games. With these models high quality (1080p) 2 MP webcam, you live stream your gameplay in high resolution and clarity. You can have Full HD video calls and have better conversations with in-built Array microphone. Audio quality is good from two built-in speakers. These models use Dolby Digital Plus for audio processing.

For gamers, having a better LAN and WiFi is must. To satisfy online gamers, these models feature Killer Wireless-AC 1535 adapter. This WiFi is more advanced and filled with features than standard WiFi adapters. These models feature three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C port. With adapters and Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C port, these models have almost all connectivity options.

These models can give around 3 to 4 hours of battery life and totally depends on the laptop usage. Use Razer software to enhance the gaming experience by changing the audio and display modes to suit the game.

  • Amazing compact and thin design with premium look.
  • At the time of this review, its the best processor to get in a laptop.
  • High RAM and storage type. SSD PCIe is an ultimate storage type to get.
  • One of the best GPU at the time of writing this review.
  • Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C port and Killer Wireless-AC 1535 adapter are two connectivity options which you shouldn't ignore.
  • Chroma keyboard is amazing.
  • Many are complaining about heating of the notebook.
  • No SD card reader. (Optional)

Technical Specification of 2016 Razer Blade (GeForce GTX 1060)
Display 14 inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) Matte Display
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core processor
Storage 256 GB PCIe SSD (RZ09-01952E71-R3U1)
512 GB PCIe SSD (RZ09-01952E72-R3U1)
1 TB PCIe SSD (RZ09-01952E73-R3U1)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM
Webcam 2 MP Webcam (1080p) with integrated Array Microphone
Audio Two built-in stereo speakers
Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
Wireless Connectivity Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (802.11 ac)
Built-in Bluetooth V4.1
Interface One COMBO audio jack
Three USB 3.0 ports
One HDMI port
One Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C port
Battery Up to 4 hours of battery Life
Dimensions 0.7 x 13.6 x 9.3 inches
Weight Approx. 4.16 lbs


These models have few highs and lows. Performance-wise, these models are suitable for heavy computing also. Choose the model based on the storage capacity. If you want more powerful Razor Blade laptop, take a look at Razer Blade Pro (GTX 1080). Razer Blade Pro (GTX 1080) is a powerful gaming notebook with an ultimate GTX 1080 GPU, 32 GB RAM, UHD display and 1 TB or 512 GB PCIe SSD storage.