Raijin
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Raijin

Well-Known Member, Male, from Seattle

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Jan 29, 2017

Raijin was last seen:
Feb 25, 2017 at 8:20 PM
    1. Marcelino Liwe
      Marcelino Liwe
      hi, i wanna ask do i need to keep my razer synapse running fro my rgb lighting to work?
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      2. Raijin
        Raijin
        Hmm, which keyboard do you have? I have a BlackWidow Chroma and I just tried it with Wave and Static - both stay the same after I close Synapse. I also went into the task manager and ended all Razer processes, still stays the same for me.
        Feb 25, 2017 at 1:24 AM
      3. Marcelino Liwe
        Marcelino Liwe
        i have the ornata chroma
        Feb 25, 2017 at 1:59 AM
      4. Raijin
        Raijin
        Hey I don't have an Ornata. I guess the behavior might be a little different but I still find that to be a bit weird. May I ask what you are trying to achieve by closing Synapse? What's your main goal?
        Feb 25, 2017 at 7:50 PM
    2. Raijin
      Raijin
      Gong Xi Fa Cai!
    3. eugenews
      eugenews
      Hey Raijin, thanks for following back mate. Loved many of your threads.
      Cheers.
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      2. Raijin
        Raijin
        No need to thank me. Thank YOU! Haven't seen you in a while around Insider. Glad to have you back.
        Jan 16, 2017
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    4. Balianto
      Balianto
      Wow, such a helpful person, thanks dude!
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      2. Raijin
        Raijin
        Hey thanks! Just doing my part to keep this community alive. I'm just a big Razer fan like everyone else here. Welcome to Insider. Hope you stick around - we have cookies!
        Dec 20, 2016
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    5. Hawk12avt
      Hawk12avt
      Thanks for following back, Sir! I love all razer products <3
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      2. Raijin
        Raijin
        There's no need to thank me. I try to follow everyone back! Good to see Razer has a following in the Philipines ( ^▽^)/
        Dec 15, 2016
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      3. Hawk12avt
        Hawk12avt
        Thats good sir, actually im from southern phils , i guess its rare for someone from my place to be in this insider lol just saying sir, have a good day
        Dec 16, 2016
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    6. AlKiRi
      AlKiRi
      I'm catching up, half way there!
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      2. Stone Star
        Stone Star
        There was also him threatening to cut his wrists, and his little drama moment when he thought his Titan X exploded for two days then realized he had GTA, ROTR, and Minecraft open at he same time.

        Maybe we will never know o:
        Oct 7, 2016
      3. Raijin
        Raijin
        Whooooa when did all that happen? He seemed like a pretty cool guy. I had no idea he was causing so much trouble.
        Oct 7, 2016
      4. Stone Star
        Stone Star
        On the surface he was nice and in many ways he was but he seemed to really want that sweet post count.
        Oct 10, 2016
    7. Raijin
      Raijin
      Check out my latest threads guys!
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      2. AlKiRi
        AlKiRi
        Too bad some bullies took my cash...
        Jul 11, 2016
      3. AlKiRi
        AlKiRi
        Oml just realized I hit 506 posts yay! Cutting wrists twice as much today to celebrate
        Jul 11, 2016
      4. Raijin
        Raijin
        Sometimes I can't tell if you're joking or not!
        Jul 12, 2016
    8. Lafar
      Lafar
      (Late) congrats!

      Didn't think this was a thing.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    9. MochaRaf
      MochaRaf
      Daaaang Raijin, I see you've been busy! Congrats on reaching 1000+!
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      2. Raijin
        Raijin
        Dude, I have been waiting for you to follow me for like months now. It seems like I finally got your attention. Hahaha, thanks for the grats. Maybe it's the opposite though...maybe I've finally reached 1000 posts precisely because I have not been very busy (irl) :)
        May 11, 2016
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      3. MochaRaf
        MochaRaf
        Haha, I meant to do it a while back but I completely forgot . When I swung by to say grats I noticed that I still hadn't done it.
        May 11, 2016
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    10. Destrok
      Destrok
      eyyyyy 1000 post club! *blows party horn and throws confetti*
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      2. Raijin
        Raijin
        Haha, thanks Destrok! You're 60-some posts late though! But it's okay because you're the only one who took the time to congratulate me :)
        May 10, 2016
    11. Stone Star
      Stone Star
      Hey, quick question but how many posts did you get well known member at?
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      2. Stone Star
        Stone Star
        Makes sense, thanks for the help :D
        May 2, 2016
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      3. Destrok
        Destrok
        It is all based on the number of trophy points you have. So if you get a bunch of trophy points only for posts its possible to achieve, but most people get it for a combination of likes and posts.
        May 10, 2016
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      4. AlKiRi
        AlKiRi
        Lol I have 300+ posts and I'm only in the Active rank
        Jul 5, 2016
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    12. Detective_Chimp
      Detective_Chimp
      I need you to make another post so I can. LOL
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      3. Detective_Chimp
        Detective_Chimp
        I don't want to break the rules by double posting. :)
        Mar 23, 2016
      4. Detective_Chimp
        Detective_Chimp
        I've got an idea for you. Contact Jimmy John's and tell them you got an idea for a new ad campaign. It's about a guy in a tree calling about delivery.
        Mar 23, 2016
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      5. Raijin
        Raijin
        Hahahahaha I'm sure someone has already done it
        Mar 23, 2016
    13. bird_skull01
      bird_skull01
      finally a well-known member I see
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      2. bird_skull01
        bird_skull01
        so many messages!!
        Feb 27, 2016
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      3. Raijin
        Raijin
        Haha, yeah finally! I've been working hard in your absence. Hope you've been well bird_skull01!
        Feb 27, 2016
      4. bird_skull01
        bird_skull01
        yah I haven't been on in a while. I've been very busy lately. It's only been 2 months.. lol
        Mar 2, 2016
    14. Mat Cauthon
      Mat Cauthon
      Woah you're just across the mountain from me! Pretty much as far away as you can get, and still be in the same state... but still really cool!
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      2. Raijin
        Raijin
        Haha, right on. My parents used to live in Spokane. Do you go to PAX?
        Jan 22, 2016
      3. Mat Cauthon
        Mat Cauthon
        I would love to go, but haven't been able to yet. Being in college full time... not much extra time or money, plus I just turned 18, so I haven't been old enough to really do stuff on my own yet. Hopefully I'll be able to make it some time soon.
        Jan 23, 2016
      4. Raijin
        Raijin
        I hear ya on that. So glad I'm finished with my time at the UW. PAX is totally worth the time and effort it takes to get passes though, so make sure you eventually give it a shot. I'll see you at the party!
        Jan 23, 2016
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    15. bird_skull01
      bird_skull01
      You live in Seattle??!!!
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      3. bird_skull01
        bird_skull01
        yah around the area
        Jan 7, 2016
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      4. Raijin
        Raijin
        when people say that they usually actually live in renton, tuwkilla, bellevue, shoreline, ballard, tacoma or some other place, but not seattle hahah

        lets go to the microsoft store together and rob them for their razer blade stealth display unit next month
        Jan 7, 2016
      5. bird_skull01
        bird_skull01
        hah lol
        Jan 7, 2016
    16. Raijin
      Raijin
      Give me the option to change my Insider user name so I can add fancy characters like "Λ" to match Razer's new logo!
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    17. Raijin
      Raijin
      Currently aiming to put together a complete Chroma suite: BW Tourny Stealth + Orbweaver Stealth + Mamba + Firefly. Don't like Kraken :P
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Seattle
    INTRO
    Hello Insiders! To commemorate finally acquiring Well-Known Member Status (yayyyy!), I decided to start a thread about a topic that's been on my mind for a while: Razer Blade Stealth vs Alienware 13. I was debating on whether to post or not, but my funny friend Detective_Chimp encouraged me to, so here I am. This is to promote a clean, fair discussion. I realize posting this on Razer's forum obviously introduces bias, but I digress, let's try and stick to the facts here.

    STEALTH v. 13
    So why these two machines? Gamers have always had to choose 2 between: power, portability, and 'upgradability.' Desktops are powerful and easy to upgrade but not portable at all. Big 'desktop replacement' laptops have specs that match desktops and can be upgraded, but they are only half-portable. Thin ultrabook type gaming laptops have a good amount of power and are easy to travel with, but have components that are soldered onto the motherboard so obsolescence with time is inevitable.

    Enter external desktop graphics enclosures. Currently the Blade Stealth and the Alienware 13 are the only gaming laptops on the market small enough to be truly portable while having the ability to connect to desktop graphics cards. Connecting to an eGPU enables users to perpetually upgrade their graphics, arguably the most important component for gaming. This keeps your gaming notebook relevant and future-proof. You can now have all 3: power, portability, and upgradability.

    Why am I not giving desktops more consideration? Well if cost wasn't an issue, I think we're at the point where purchasing a laptop is almost always the better choice. Laptops can almost do everything desktops can. You can read about my ideas on this here: Build Pc or wait for Razer blade 14/Core


    DISCLAIMER
    If you're wondering, yes, I checked the House Rules before writing this and the only one that might be a problem is the rule about 'Promotion of Competitors.' However, this is not meant to be a promotional thread and so I caution against interpreting it as such. Instead, this thread is for intelligent conversation: No h8, just gr8 d-b8 with my m8s.

    COMPARISON
    Let's dive right into it. I made this chart comparing the details of both machines. I highlighted specs (in green) which I think are clear winners. The rest may be up to interpretation.

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    [Razer Blade Stealth and Core]


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    [Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier]
    INITIAL THOUGHTS
    Some things not explained in the chart deserve to be mentioned. I chose middle-ground configurations because I think these are probably what most people end up buying. In addition, I wanted to get their prices as similar as possible. It is interesting to note that if you start a live chat with a Dell/Alienware representative, you can usually haggle them enough to give you a 10-15% off discount on their laptops. Combined with the other various discounts and rewards, this particular 13 build actually costs less than the Stealth.

    The Alienware Graphics Amplifier uses a proprietary connector and is often discounted to $200 from $300. The Razer Core's connects via the Thunderbolt 3 port but its price has not be released yet. It has been speculated on Insider to cost ≈250-$500.

    Obviously the Stealth is much thinner and lighter than the 13, but keep in mind that the latter can have all-day battery life, 16GB of RAM, and a discrete internal GPU. Alienware is known for making upgradeable laptops, meaning the CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD, and just about every other component can be removed by the user and replaced or upgraded just like a desktop. However, they recently made the switch from MXM chips to BGA (which received a lot of backlash), meaning the CPU & GPU are now soldered onto the main board.

    Which machine reigns supreme? Is there a clear winner? Each good for different situations? Both suck in your opinion? Do you think connecting gaming laptops to desktop graphics will become the new trend? Let me know below in the comments.


    A THANKS TO RAZER
    I didn't know where else to put this, so I just tacked it onto the end here. You can safely skip this section if you want to move on to the discussion. I just wanted to say thank you to Razer for being awesome. During college up through grad school, I was surrounded by MacBooks (you're not going to want to miss this one bmoconno). In my graduating class, 27 students used MacBooks while 3 used PCs. Something like this was my everyday reality:
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    I felt like I was forced into making a decision: either conform or buy a sub-par PC because there simply wasn't anything good enough on the market. Being a gamer and a lifetime Windows user...switching simply wasn't an option. People laughed and made fun of my computer...PCs simply weren't 'cool.' If you didn't have a silver laptop with a glowing white fruit on the lid, you were out. Then one day, I brought a Blade to school and everyone shut up. The feeling of bliss was indescribable. Thank you for giving me choice. Thank you for giving me the chance to be me.

    For those of you who have read this far, I commend you. On a separate note, the swag and sales were amazing last year!
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    Thanks for a wonderful year. Thanks to everyone contributing on Insider. Thanks to the community and the Cult of Razer.
    I'm looking forward to another year of shenanigans.


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