Razer Blade QHD+ Laptop Review (For DJs + Producers?)

Yes folks, this is a laptop review, rare for these parts indeed. Most DJs simply get the latest MacBook and call it a day – what’s to review? Well, with Steve Jobs’ once-renegade company looking more like Microsoft, and some producers preferring to run Windows machines, you might be looking beyond the glowing apple for processing power. The 14″ Razer Blade caught my eye as a viable alternative for DJing and production, with solid specs and a black finish that is perfect for the stage and studio. As a long time Apple user locked into Ableton Live, what would life be like if I left the comfort of my silver cloud?

In this review, I’ll cover three general areas a DJ or producer would probably care the most about when looking for a new laptop.  Keep in mind this is all from the perspective of a Mac user considering a switch to a Windows machine for Ableton Live. For those that are already on the Microsoft end of the fence – stay tuned for a more FL Studio-centric review soon.

  • Hardware: Sleek and adequately powered, this is comparable to a Macbook Pro in a Windows personality.
  • Performance: The processors were more than competent at most audio processing, but the drivers left me wanting more
  • Software: Painful from a Mac-only perspective, but not that big of a deal when you get past the OS and into production/DJ applications

Specs are impressive on the Razer Blade QHD+ model, and comparable to a top-of-the-line Macbook Pro:

  • 14.0″ IGZO QHD+ 16:9 Ratio, 3200×1800, with LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • Intel® Core™ i7–4720HQ – Quad-Core processor with Hyper Threading 2.6GHZ / 3.6GHz (Base / Turbo)
  • 16GB dual-channel onboard memory 
  • Windows® 10 (64-Bit)
  • USB 3.0 port x3
  • HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
  • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • 13.6” / 345mm (Width) x 0.70” / 17.9mm (Height) x 9.3” / 235mm (Depth)
  • 4.47lbs / 2.03kg

Razer Blade’s Hardware

Throughout this review I’m comparing and contrasting the Razer Blade to a MacBook Pro, most likely the product you would also be considering for making music or at least have as a reference point.

The Cool Keyboard

There are pros and cons to the Razer’s keyboard for DJs and producers. In a nutshell: it’s interesting and creative but not terribly functional.

  • Keyboard action: Comparable to Macbook. It’s clean, easy to type and reasonable spacing
  • Keyboard backlighting: Super nice backlighting makes it easy to see the keys in low light. MacBooks also have backlighting that can be turned on when in darkness, the Razer Blade’s green-on-black keys are very visible.
  • Keyboard type: The Razer has a cool, “technical” font that is reminiscent of 90’s hackers, early DOS work or the Matrix movies. In short, it’s very different from the standard keyboard look. Those wanting something different and edgy will love it. Razer’s newest laptop, the Razer Blade Stealth, uses a more traditional font on the keyboard, making it much quicker to get accustomed to.  Perhaps they will use this new font for all notebooks in the future

The Touchpad

  • Multi-finger functionality: The standards are here: two-fingered scroll, three-fingered swipe. It works well and as expected for those that have been on a Mac for a while.
  • The Two Buttons: This is another area that I got super-frustrated with. In the Windows world, there is a pretty established paradigm of left- and right-click buttons, which are dedicated buttons. The Mac has a single-click integrated into a large touch pad. In my opinion, the latter is vastly superior. Simply put, you can click any time while scrolling around with the mouse. With the Razer, I would be scrolling or working and then need to search for the left click button to execute the command. Often it was not under my thumb, and required some hand-searching. Not a huge deal in the moment, but these little 2 seconds of delay really add up over time in terms of total productivity.Technically, you can double tap the mouse pad, which will send a left click command. In theory that works, but in practice it was unreliable and frustrating. Having the trusty tactile feedback of a solid “click” that works all the time is pretty important. Also, the Razer’s mouse will detect a touch and a double touch as clicks, so you don’t need to scout for the button – but without tactile feedback to confirm the click and I didn’t feel it was 100% reliable. (Worth noting: A lot of the touchpad’s features are adjustable – this was just based on how it was set up after install)
  • Button Action: As DJs and producers, we are very particular about the feel of our buttons. The Razer’s mouse buttons don’t have the greatest feel in the world. They have a soft, shallow click with a noticeable plastic sound on click. I found it to be less enjoyable, and felt strange compared to the clean and quiet click of the Macbook Pro.

The Screen

The screen on the Razer Blade is 14″,  a great size for a stage laptop. Probably a tad small for dedicated music production, or graphics work, but great for taking a sturdy laptop on the road and playing shows. The screen was clear, very bright, and easy to see from a distance.

One interesting feature on the Blade’s monitor is that it functions as a capacitive touch screen. While I didn’t find myself using it much (possibly out of sheer habit), it might be a killer feature for some users. It does support multi-touch and some gestures, which worked very well. It would be interesting if the screen fully articulated and could be turned into a tablet, as many performers these days would like for the computer to disappear (at least from the crowd’s view) entirely.

The Ports

The Blade is pretty simple, and boasts a very basic set of I/O

  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 Audio jack combo in/out
  • HDMI out

That covers 90% of uses, but I did find myself wishing for little extras like a SD card reader or Thunderbolt. Those won’t be such a big deal if this is a dedicated music machine, but are nice for the other daily tasks like photo editing and video transfers.

One major plus on this machine are the three USB ports specifically designed to accommodate peripheral controls. Many laptops are down to two USB connections these days, and I find three is a solid number for most controller scenarios. For those that loathe bringing extra breakout cables or hubs, having three full-powered ports will be very nice indeed.

Razer Blade’s Performance

At the end of the day, a powerful laptop like the Razer Blade is here to do a hard job – process billions of data points – every minute. That’s tough work, and the tool needs to be up to the job. I tested the Razer under two circumstances:

1) Realtime audio processing of 12 digital audio channels through Ableton Live from my TR-8

In a basic audio context using the native ASIO drivers, the laptop’s processors ran admirably and seemed to be on par with my regular studio computer, a similarly spec’d Macbook Pro. I first ran into problems when trying to take it a bit further and run my live production set up. This consists of 12 simultaneous channels of digital audio streaming into the computer and being processed in real-time by Ableton Live. A serious test, but not impossible with these specs.

Here is a tutorial that demonstrates this concept in real time: 

There is no way to use ASIO drivers and use one audio device for an input, and a separate audio device for an output. In this case I needed to use my TR-8’s audio interface inputs and listen to the results through a separate sound card to the studio speakers. Basic functionality on my Mac using Core Audio, but apparently not with Windows’ ASIO.

This is a core limitation of the ASIO, Windows basic audio driver, and the only solution was to download an unpolished program called “asio4all” that hijacked the ASIO settings and allowed merging together audio devices. The third-party software may have been to blame, but to run this configuration in a stable way, I needed some very large buffer sizes – which drove up my latency considerably.

It was workable, and we shot the tutorial videos on the topic, but there were considerable drop-outs and latency. This was not exactly stage-ready, because of the reliance on the open source ASIO drivers. However, for a studio computer, it’s an acceptable machine – and we can only hope that ASIO improves soon.

2) DJing a set using all four decks and a flurry of effects in Traktor

In this domain, the laptop performed brilliantly and handled everything we could throw at it and more. DJing was not a problem, and all the common hardware was supported. The major concern I have here for those looking to build a performance laptop are the audio drivers. It’s pretty well-documented that Core Audio is superior in many ways to ASIO, and it is those worlds that everything else it built upon. Here is just one example:

Core Audio drivers are plug-and-play for almost all audio devices. Purchase a sound card and you will get natively written low-level latency at just about any price.

ASIO drivers need to be written by the company who made that same audio interface. Some make really great drivers, and some make really bad drivers – but you won’t know until things get really hairy – and hopefully it’s not on stage when that ultimate test comes. That being said, there are reportedly some high-end ASIO drivers custom written for Windows that purportedly perform very well – you just need to do the research to be confident.

Software: Using Windows On A Razer Blade

Talking about the Windows OS overall deserves the least amount of time in this review. Operating systems are a pretty testy subject and somewhat irrelevant – unless you’re making an OS X to Windows switch. That said, here are my basic thoughts on the experience.

(Note – the Blade used in this review came with Windows 8, which was notoriously difficult and frustrating for a lot of users. Windows 10, a free update, made a big difference in terms of basic usability.)

During setup, the Windows installer was lengthy and asked a lot of personal questions – it was really a poor first experience for someone like myself coming from OS X. Finding programs, files, and managing folders felt much more tedious than on OS X. With a bit of time, I’m sure that anyone can become just as efficient on Windows, but there’s definitely an initial learning curve.

Unless you absolutely want to run PC-only software (on a PC – you could always dual-boot your Mac), the experience of switching to Windows is a bit of a jarring trial for everyday use. However, it’s a different story for someone who just wants to run Traktor or other single programs on a Windows machine.

Design + Look: Super-Superficial Bonus Section

Aesthetically inclined DJs and producers do find ourselves being a little picky about the look of things. For that reason, let’s look at some of the more superficial elements of the Razer:

The Look of The Computer

I was a huge fan of the black 13″ MacBook circa 2010. It was compact, clea,n and very functional. Just about everything any DJ would need for Serato, Traktor, etc. Today, we have to choose from all silver or gold models, and I find myself missing the black option. The Razer steps in and provides the 2015 version of that original ultimate DJ black MacBook.

At 14″ the Blade is compact, while large enough to see plenty of software real estate. About an inch smaller than the 15″ MacBook Pro, it feels more portable and comes in 1 pound lighter. The black finish is matte and very sexy. With some gaffer’s tape over the green logo, you will have a subtle and sleek laptop for the stage that does not scream “I’m checking my emails!”

As mentioned in the hardware section, the keyboard and its proto-nerdy font are very cool. Functionally, not my favorite, but it is certainly a unique look that some may love. I’m personally counting on a pretty natural product placement in Alien 5, because that is clearly where this laptop belongs.

A Great Windows Laptop For DJs + Producers?

There are a lot of really interesting young producers out there that are totally devoted to FL Studio as their DAW of choice. For that contingent, who absolutely need a PC, the Razer Blade is probably your best choice in hardware. We can wholly recommend the hardware for that purpose alone. Should anyone else consider switching away from your Mac or running Ableton Live on this? Probably not – the price is just to high to be worth the challenges, you are better off sticking to a Macbook Pro.

I was seriously considering getting my own Razer Blade for stage use, because being an Apple fan boy is just not that cool anymore, and I really miss the 13″ black MacBook Pro. Sadly, the switching costs are just too high. Between the driver issues and the frustrating UX I just can’t give up the efficient functionality of my MacBook. That being said, the last word is not yet written – Razer has some new things under their sleeve that might just change my mind.

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  • David Bikowski

    Why would you ever run your audio straight into the computer and not use an interface…

  • Robert Saunders

    No thunderbolt connection – dealbreaker

  • Rasp Haunt

    the keyboard is cool,thats about it…if you want a dope PC for DJing…get a Sony Vaio…also,there are plenty of companies that make clones that out-clock even the illest Mac….again,the ONLY Stand out I see here is the cool looking old style keyboard….so for all you kids at home..Desktops for Production…Laptops for Shows,and dont forget your gigantic Flash Drive Necklace with all your samples for and when and if it crashes….still,cool logo and as always,,great article..

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  • Anthony Gomulka

    If Razer wants to take appealing to the music production crowd seriously…they should focus on making a 15″ or even a 17″ “Stealth” laptop with quad core CPUs, and not by dumping money into marketing their current catalog.

  • Tony Mitchell

    Mac books aren’t even touch-screen, case closed. I’ve been using my Lenovo Yoga 2 pro for two years without issue. Before that a Alienware M14x. The folks who claim to have had Latency issues with windows must have been using a Pentium II.

  • Lu Ynoji

    been using apple for the past 2 years( after 8 years of production on windows) and boy.; i can tell you from a technical, performance, stability, on the road perspective that the macbook wins its all, end of story… the OS is just better written, and deals with issues alot better while producing..

    Do you need a mac to make music/dj? no certainly not, but your life will be alllllot easier if you do…and you can actually focus on getting things done..

    FLStudio works for Mac as well btw, not sure it they are still in beta, but its happening..so let that not be a heckle

    its not about being a fanboy or ” oh mac is nice”
    it simply works better in production circumstances ( for me at least)

    but again, enough people use windows without a problem and thats totally fine
    but from what i’ve experienced, i aint turning back.. ( try linux 😉 )

    for many budget can be an issue , yes.; but same as getting a 100 dollar audio interface or an RME card.. it might look expensive at first hand, but you will notice at later stages why you should have gotten the RME one.. or pioneer vs Xone.. you’ll notice the difference

    • Lu Ynoji

      Also, you could run osx on this…. But never tried

  • All-Oh

    I think that new Razer laptop, Stealth is going to be a better deal since it has got all the specs needed for audio related activity and is much cheaper than Macbook, because they dropped that expensive graphics card. In my opinion it is a great deal and I recommend checking it if You’re interested in getting windows laptop 🙂

  • Js

    This might be the worst laptop review I’ve ever read… ever.
    He literally compared Mac Vs windows the whole time….
    Stick to DJ gear Ean.

  • midiman

    I dont know what all this driver problems crap is all about. I use native instruments soundcards and work with cubase,reason,orion,fl, machine and of course my main daw ableton live. I never had any issuess ,wether it was on vista,7,8 or win ten. I love windows! The razer laptop looks fine but from a dj/producer point of view i would get rid of the expensive graphic card, the super high screen resolution and even of the touch screen thing. Also a i7 is not necessary all that would make the razor much cheaper and a very fine mb pro alternative.

  • Charles Mykid

    could you test this or any laptop running Ubuntu and Bitwig Studio? THAT would be a new approach since OS X and Win are not the only OS’s available I think it would be interesting to read about your experience

  • Oddie O'Phyle

    Hey Ean, just a heads up. ASIO isn’t Windows native audio driver, that would be WDM audio or HD Audio (Azalia audio codec). Audio Stream In/Out (ASIO) is actually Steinberg code. Not to be confused with ASIO4ALL which is an ASIO emulator, the reason why your latency goes up while using this piece of 3rd party software is that there is an added software layer to be processed.

    • Ean Golden

      thanks for the correction! 🙂

      • Oddie O'Phyle

        Meant to be more informative than a correction, you are dealing with a steep learning curve on an OS that you aren’t familiar with. We would all be lost if it wasn’t for a bit of help from the community from time to time. Hit me up if you need a brain to pick.

  • Chris Wunder

    This review is all windows users in a nutshell, I loved my windows machine that was spec’d out higher than a mbp yet nothing “fits” right on a pc, 3rd party drivers and latency issues (got forbid you get a BSOD) caused me to jump ship a few months ago and pick up a mbp and I havnt looked back. Runs EXACTLY like you want it to, every time.

  • ShiftFunction

    That kind of money for a Gen 4 processor? Erm… No!
    I’d want to see an i7 6700 at a bare minimum for that spend, with HyperX Impact RAM chips, an M2 SSD of half a terrabyte in addition to a SATA SSD. For the UK guys, PCSpecialist will put together a custom laptop that obliterates this for the same price point.

  • calgarc


    hell even my current dell 2.4 i5 cost me peanuts and runs 60 channels of ableton like a dream.

  • AX11

    If you’re having problems with ASIO, get a real sound card. Same goes for problems with using different devices for different outputs, which is pretty pointless. A decent audio interface will provide the extra outputs you need. Dumping that -extremely expensive and in this case totally useless- GTX970 gaming video card in favour of, say, an RME Babyface would have solved these issues in a decent way. Generally: gaming hardware sucks when used in production.

  • Dubby Labby

    Apple is shifting on and on to mobile platform. The next portable laptop will be ipad pro 2 and bluetooth lte devices to avoid usb dealing. In other hand mac mini are cheap and remote controlable (from logic remote for logic, mainstage to Lemur traxus for traktor, serato remote… And Duet, splashtop2 for true vnc realtime full gesture functions)

    I has this choice when surface come and I bet for this other combo (ipad+mac mini) more versatile, flexible, upgradeable, modular…

    iOS is not suited for true music experience? Against OSX maybe but windows hardware is not the solution…

  • gigglekey

    ‘[…]download an unpolished program called “asio4all”’
    This is funny for at least 3 reasons.

  • SPARK972

    A bit biased IMO…
    Your first computer was a Mac ? You always used Mac ? Seems like you just discovered Windows and never touched one before this review.

    Personally those touchpad (be it Mac or PC) don’t do it for me, you have to learn a lot of fingers tricks/combo, some area have special features. I prefer the simple but effective trackpoint with 3 buttons : action/scroll/contextual.

    Asio drivers are not usually made by the company that did the hardware, they ask another company to write the drivers. In my ages there was only 3-4 of them.
    Unfortunately, Ean is right, you don’t know how good or bad they are until you real life test them. But once your setup is correct and doesn’t change, it is rock solid.
    This why I went from Vestax VCI 300 to Numark NS6 to Pioneer SR, with the same computer and dj software, I have seen the improvement (better drivers handling). VCI380/400 was awful !

    I’m still on Windows 7 because those colorful, touchscreen, wanna be Android don’t do it for me on a working PC.

  • hansianderklatsche

    this is a gaming laptop.
    i personally see no need for this expensive NVIDIA GeForce card and the display res.
    would rather buy an Asus N551/N552 or some similar (around 1200€ so half price) with just a fullhd display and same specs..

    • Oddie O'Phyle

      I needed a replacement a couple years ago for my laptop, got my hands on an Asus N750JK. I love it. 17″ screen, 1 mSATA and 2 SATAIII busses on the mobo, with 2 xUSB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0. The best thing is, if I really wanted to dual boot with OSX it is compatible with the OSX86 project for creating a Hackintosh… don’t really see the need though.

    • Tony Mitchell

      Gaming Laptop’s usually have the fastest components and are built without compromise. A gaming laptop would be better equipped to handle heavy processing more so than a non-gaming laptop.

      • Oddie O'Phyle

        To be fair, the laptop he’s talking about has a GTX 850m. More than enough to take the load off the RAM for running the desktop environment.

  • Buts

    For me, the machines aren’t the problem. It’s Windows.
    When getting a second on-the-road machine last year I really weighed out my options for a non-Mac machine, but I just couldn’t settle. And that’s even while it would’ve been running Linux about 80% of the time. I’d just have to use Windows for Traktor and Rekordbox but I just couldn’t put myself to it. Glad I went for a MacBook Air 13″.

  • Rob van Erp

    I had to decide on mac or win a few months ago, i went for a lenovo y700 15 inch with the ssd and the i7, i run traktor together wit maschine or ableton, no stress at all, untill now its is 100 % stable, true the drivers are an issue, i had problems with the db4 assigning one channel to ableton, but i think this was an usb 3 issue, i hav the db4 lugged in to usb 2 and no problem…the trackpad is not the best as the left and right buttons are integrated in the pad, but i bought a bleutooth mouse wich i find easier to use.

    • AX11

      Still running an 3 year old Lenovo business laptop without any problems. No excessive GFX but SSD and decent memory – and a very good external audio interface does the trick.

    • ShiftFunction

      I burned out the motherboard on my 4 year old custom laptop not too long ago before seeing any problems with Windows (including upgrading from Win 7 U to Win 10). And that was due to my own negligence. If I’d bothered to clean out the heat sinks like a responsible laptop owner, it’d still be running fine.

      Alas, you can easily get solid windows laptops. You can’t, however, get idiot-proof laptops!

  • Victo

    I’ve tried some DJ Software on a SurfacePro, with the 2160×1440 resolution (windows 8), I had lots of “non-fullscreen” issues.
    Traktor was Limited to 1920×1080 maximum resolution, so no fullscreen available.
    Serato DJ was really “tiny” in graphics (like the issues with the first Retina’s Mac).
    Ableton fits but you need to configure the Scale.

    What about the 3200×1800 resolution of the Razer ? Is it working like a Retina (so it’s detected as a 1600×900 screen for Traktor and Serato ?)

  • mikefunk

    If you have money for Mac why buy this if you are not a gamer? People buy Mac’s not based on processor speed but for stability and compatibility. If I had money I would buy Mac on the spot. And I am Win user all my life. Using PC for Traktor and music production I can say PC’s are unreliable, problematic and power hungry. In short. I hate it. I am saving for mac now. Probably will start with used Macbook Pro. Any advice on the model? I can’t afford new one. 700 bucks is probably maximum I can spend.

  • noxxi

    Asio4all, whilst not perfect, is generally pretty stable and gives reasonably decent latency performance, its a credit to the guy who wrote it.
    In my experience, native instruments Asio implementation is pretty awesome, allowing multiple applications to access the same asio device. Try an NI soundcard.

  • Titan721

    Honestly, it just like someone coming from Mac to Windows for the first time in a long time. All of these complaints are things Windows users have had to deal with since forever, with some preferring them or considering them annoyances at best. But the price. Welcome to the world of Razer and other high end PC builders is all I can say. There’s a couple niche companies that build great machines but at price points that makes jaws drop. I’ll never spend this kind of money as I can build a tower for production and home use and get a laptop for mobile use cheaper than what the laptop in question costs. Which if you’re a long term Windows user, you’ll be nodding your head in agreement with that statement. These are really aimed at people who want to play video games while they’re on the road, hence why it has a dedicated graphics card. (Which is needed to play most modern video games on computers) You have to remember, Razer is a company dedicated to video game players, Specifically professional video gamers and members of the video game news media, not DJs and producers. Once you realize that, then it starts to make a lot more sense as to who this aimed at and why it costs as much as it does.

  • Nexing

    Laptop for producers DJs…?
    There are much better at the same price.
    USB2 and USB3 do not have DMA access and so itroduce jitter and latency.
    And USB3 is more problematic for audio than USB2, do your research.
    OTOH since Firewire800 and recently Thunderbolt,(TB) forget about those problems
    Speaking of TB, it means future proof. And past proof too. There are TB to Firewire adaptors, that donot downgrade its specs.

    Think of working on NveM SSD speeds, which result in no problem to run side to side a DAW, a virtual instrument host (BDF, Kontakt,etc) and even a DJ software, with no sweat.

    ///As producers, in the next couple of years we need to be able to use those fantastic plugins, and Virtual instruments (not even mentioning Max for Live devices/niche) being released, all real time, probably on stems, Ableton Live multitrack, together with external DJing controllers; all in ones or separates. A&H link, Pioneers’ or Ableton Link involved definitely.
    So we need something thankfully is already at the market;
    DELL Precision line workstations model 5510

    Its screen is 15.6″ HD IPS with 4K optional and surprisingly fitting inside a 14″ laptop bezel. The screen has almost no borders, thanks to their infinity display casing tech.
    Also it is thin, very durable and light 1.78kgs. Perfect for mobile duty or on occasion.

    Alternatively there are excellent Laptop Workstations by HP and ACER, forget about Lenovo, their latest iteration has received low reviews in the relevant critera. With interesting newcomers like Asus and others.

    /////In terms of required specs I would at minimum ask for two things: getting NMVE via M.2 connector/other in order to finally surpass the SSD sata connector limitation and let data soar over 2000 MB/s versus 500 MB7s of todays best SSD.Yes, DO check your new would be laptop has this. AND of course, demand Thunderbolt 3 connector, (compatible with TB2 and previous).
    Try to get it with the cheapest Harddrive or SSD available, because you will want to upgrade it wth a Samsung SSD 3D nand.

    All the above is attainable today, but will be mandatory tomorrow. If you plan to expend over US$1000, consider the above.

    • Tony Mitchell

      I have my controller hooked up to a USB2 port and haven’t experienced any latency. I have a gunshot sample that I can fire off like a machine gun with my controller’s pads. Scratching? No issues. And this on a low-end windows machine Dell Venue 11.

  • DJ Riddim

    Ableton runs fine on Windows for me. This article makes it seem as if it is very difficult to use Ableton on Windows.

  • TheQuakerOatsGuy

    The 16:9 screen is enough to kill it for me. It’s the reason I went with another MBP last year (my last was an early ’08 with the lovely keyboard) instead of a Windows device. Make no mistake, though: The Razer Blade is gorgeous and probably the best built Windows laptop out. It feels super solid and would probably be my choice for a Windows laptop if I absolutely had to buy one.

  • Glen Wallis

    The ASIO driver issue is what got me to try a Mac. Never went back to Windoze.

  • chris

    btw: in the past i squinted to some alienware laptop, but now is sty with mac book. but yo guys, listen silent to the name “hackintosh”.

  • David De Garie-Lamanque

    interesting review… from a Macbook Pro owner’s perspective indeed. seems like quite a capable machine with one more usable port than a MBP (Thunderbolt tech isn’t that popular among Mac users i know, due to its prohibitive cost) and even an jack that seves as an audio in. that point is very interesting for DJs that do online radio shows, as usually, your only option for streaming is a software called BUTT, which sadly does not recognise the audio input of pretty any USB soundcard, so you need an audio input jack, which Macs don’t fuckin have anymore…

    the only apprehension then becomes switching to Windows… a tall order indeed., but like Ean mentions, 10 seems a lot better than 8.

    but Ean! you forgot to mention it perfectly matches the look of the TR series!!! 😉

  • ithinkmynameismoose

    The trackpad is a deal breaker for me. I love the Macbook Pro (NON Haptic feedback trackpad). The Haptic feedback one actually somewhat kills it for me… Looking for a new machine though. If Razer can integrate a single button Trackpad design into a laptop then I’ll make the switch.

    • David De Garie-Lamanque

      yea, i’ve gotten used to the clickable trackpad so much that the only time i miss my mouse is for very precise movement (like moving a parameter in Live, which often misses the mark slightly with the trackpad movements). that and anything that needs right-clicking naturally becomes two-finger clicking for us and, whe nwe go back to having to right click it just seems wrong! wondering how that Haptic trackpad makes things though…

  • killmedj

    excellent! I was just wondering whether this would be an alternative to my Mac!

    • David De Garie-Lamanque

      yeah, that’s way too expensive. i got a my Macbook Pro refurbished from the Apple Store for about $2k Canadian, which is expensive but still reasonable. i,d never pay 4000 for a laptop

      • killmedj

        TBH I was kinda hoping this was the holy grail. Y’Know like a purely music driven computer that can also undercut the price of a Mac. But yeah, a refurb Mac is definitely one way to go!

        • David De Garie-Lamanque

          there are also a few online stores where you can buy a dedicated music-production desktop or laptop computer, i think they are called Rain, it looks like they have closed. a search points out to Molten Music Technology, which advertise themselves as building pro audio PCs, so obviously Windows only and probably shit-expensive, but very powerful

          • killmedj

            Rad thanks. I think with all the faffing about I might just stick with Apple a little while longer. That being said I can’t help feeling there’s a kick ass decent priced music making machine on the horizon! fingers crossed =)

        • TheQuakerOatsGuy

          If you can find an authorized reseller online, it seems like they’ve been trying to get rid of ’14 stock and discounting them heavily or selling with special promotions and the difference between ’14 and ’15 models is minimal.

          • killmedj

            Thanks I’ll check it out