Razer Blade 15: Review Of Buyer

Bethany Walsh

Mar 08, 2022

Razer's Blade 15 is a stalwart among gaming laptops, setting the stage for a new generation of ultra-thin and stylish devices. The competition has caught up in many areas, but the Blade 15's premium appearance and feel are still the best in the business.


When it comes to improvements, our high-end review model features an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Max-Q) GPU and a 300Hz display, but some subtle changes gradually enhance the appearance of the Blade 15 Advanced Edition 2020 (starting at $2,599; $2,999 as tested).


Competitors may be better, but they can't quite equal this vehicle's blend of style and performance. The Acer Predator Triton 500 and the Editors' Choice Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502 provide comparable performance for a lower price, but this is a great option if you're on a tight budget.



Availability and Cost


Starting at $1,599 (£1,699, AU$3,399), the Razer Blade 15 (2020) is now available. You'll receive an Intel Core i7 CPU, which is standard across all models, as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive for that introductory price.


Because this is a gaming laptop, you can customize it to your heart's content with up to an RTX 2080 Super, a 1TB SSD, and a 4K OLED touch display to your heart's desire. There is a fee associated with this privilege: $3,299 (£3,349, AU$6,549) is a hefty price to pay.


The Gigabyte Aorus 17G, our current favorite high-end gaming PC, comes with comparable hardware for $500 (approximately £379, AU$690) less, coming in at $2,799 (about £2,270, AU$4,390). This means you can obtain the same level of performance for less.


The Razer Blade 15, on the other hand, is a premium item. Aside from the fact that the Gigabyte gadget isn't terrible, the Razer Blade 15 is an excellent gaming laptop that you can proudly display to your friends and family. The comparison between Razer and Apple has become a bit of a cliche at this point, but it's evident here.


Design



It serves as an example of what the MacBook Pro may look like if it had more ports and no Touch Bar when comparing Razer to Apple. The Razer Blade 15 has two massive speakers on either side of the keyboard, which is already a big selling factor.


This isn't a new feature for the Razer Blade, but it's worth reiterating that it improves audio quality. Razer Blade speakers aren't up to the standards of a MacBook Pro 16, but they're passable for working with music in the background.


The number of ports on the Razer Blade 15 is certainly something to be applauded. Additionally, you'll find four USB-A connections, two Thunderbolt 3 connectors, a reversible charging port, and an HDMI port.


Aside from the fact that Razer is in the business of selling peripherals, you won't have to deal with the #donglelife to utilize any of their products. A gaming headset, mouse, and keyboard are all connected.


Performance


With an Intel Core i7-10875H processor and an RTX 2080 Super, the Razer Blade 15 can eradicate the most recent and finest PC games at their highest settings with ease.


Despite this, the laptop could easily handle 50 fps, which is more than playable even if it is not at the golden 60 fps level—ray tracing.


Although it trails the Gigabyte Aorus 17X in 3DMark tests, the laptop still holds its own against much bulkier machines. However, the added mobility comes at a cost.


A PCMark ten score of 5,227 reveals why these laptops are so popular among those who don't play many computer games. When you have this amount of technology at your disposal, even routine spreadsheet work, like editing photos and videos, goes much faster.


Life of Battery


It would help if you weren't shocked to learn that the Razer Blade 15's battery life isn't very impressive. Because of the high level of technology and the lightning-fast display, the battery is under constant strain.


Even in the PCMark ten battery tests, which replicate several daily chores, the battery life is just 5 hours and 3 minutes. Razer Blade 15 can be used without a charger for some work, but it's doubtful that you'll be able to work all day without a charger.


A locally saved 1080p video looped for 7 hours and 31 minutes on the laptop's hard drive. Streaming over Netflix or something like that will reduce that amount, but it still means you can sit and binge for a long before the Razer Blade dies on you.


Features and Software


Razer Synapse comes pre-installed on the Razor Blade 15 since the green-themed gaming firm wants you to utilize its peripherals and accessories.


Aside from changing the lighting and macros, this software is used for a different reason on the Razer Blade 15. Using this laptop, you may switch between multiple power modes and fan speed profiles to fine-tune performance.


You can establish separate profiles for when you're on batteries and when you're plugged in, so you can go all-out for performance when you need it and have something nice and quiet for a meeting without diving through settings.


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