Razer Blade 15 Specifications & Price
With razer blade laptops you can enjoy a great gaming experience with a full Windows 10 OS, but the life expectancy is a bit shorter than other laptop brands. A razer blade laptop might only last you 3 years, and that is based on how you take care of the laptop, and not on what’s inside the laptop.
Now the Blade 15 has the latest from Intel and Nvidia and new high-quality panel options for gaming. However, also like past models, the Razer Blade 15 is by no means a bargain and can get toasty while gaming. Razer is arguably one of the most iconic brands in gaming and is mainly known for their peripheral items. Besides the very popular keyboards and headsets, Razer also has a division of gaming laptops.
In this lineup are a few very special devices like the Razer Blade 15 with a 240 Hz OLED display. It’s a combination most individuals haven’t seen anywhere before. You can find out just how unique this gaming laptop is in this Razer Blade 15 review.
Design & Workmanship
- Elegant design in black & green
- Surprisingly compact case made of anodized aluminum
- Sturdy workmanship
- Chroma RGB keyboard
- Large touchpad with a bit too much sensitivity
Compared to many other gaming laptops, the design of the Razer Blade 15 is a bit more understated. The black case with clear edges and slightly rounded corners looks grown-up and modern. However, the glowing Razer logo on the back of the display gives the device the typical Razer look you would expect. On the front edge of the device is a small LED that glows green when the device is on and white when it is in standby mode. So you can quickly check if the laptop is shut down or still running in stand-by.
When opening up the notebook, you are first greeted by the large 15.6-inch OLED display, which is also impressive with narrow display edges. Below that is the laptop-sized RGB keyboard with individually controllable keys, as well as the black glass touchpad that cleverly blends into the Blade 15’s design.
The Razer Blade 15’s chassis is made of CNC-machined aluminum that features a black anodized finish. Accordingly, the gaming notebook weighs in at a hefty 2 kg. Compared to many other gaming laptops, the Razer Blade 15’s case is not overly large. When closed, the device only has a thickness of 1.69 cm, which is damn little for a gaming notebook. This makes the Blade 15 not much thicker than the 1.45 cm thick Surface Laptop 4.
Very amazing how Razer managed to fit the high-end hardware including a large battery into this case. However, a small case also makes it difficult to dissipate heat, so I am curious to see if Razer was able to adequately solve this problem.
The build quality of the notebook feels extremely sturdy and robust. The screen hinge is stiffly adjusted and remains firm at any angle. Even with vibrations, for example in a car, the display does not wobble. Thanks to the weight, the Blade 15 can still be opened with one hand.
Although the keys are made very flat, the typing feel of the Chroma-enabled keyboard is pleasant and has a certain depth. The pressure point of the switches requires less force compared to other laptop keyboards, which makes typing easier and more “flaky”. However, this can occasionally lead to “mistyping”.
However, you get used to these features over time. The Razer Blade 15’s touchpad measures 8 cm x 13 cm, giving it a surface area of 104 cm2. This doesn’t make it one of the largest – the trackpad on a MacBook, for example, spans an area of 160 cm2 – but it’s large enough that it doesn’t feel claustrophobic.
- Intel Core i9 of the 12th generation
- Notebook variant of the RTX 3070 Ti
- 16 GB DDR5 RAM
- 1 TB NVMe SSD
- Vapour Chamber cooling system
- Webcam with Windows Hello
- Loud stereo speakers with lack of bass
- Large port variety
- Wi-Fi 6E & Bluetooth 5.2
Razer Blade 15 Specifications
- CPU : Intel Core i9-12900H
- GPU : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB GDDR6 VRAM)
- Memory : 16 GB DDR5 @ 4800 MHz
- Memory : 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4
- Display : 15.6 inch (39.6 cm) QHD 240 Hz OLED, 1 ms response time
- Operating system : Windows 11 Home
- Connectivity : Wi-Fi 6E (Killer AX1690), Bluetooth 5.2
- Connectors : 1x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI
- Battery and power adapter : 80 Wh LiPo battery, 230 Watt power supply
- Dimensions : 16.9 mm x 235 mm x 355 mm
- Weight : 2.01 kg
- Webcam : 1080p, IR camera for Windows Hello
- Audio : 3.5mm combo connector, 2x THX spatial audio stereo speakers, 2 array microphone
For cooling, Razer has installed a Vapour Chamber system that removes heat from the processor and graphics card. Razer explains that the Vapour Chamber allows the chassis to be thin, as the cooling efficiency is great this way. Therefore, two fans are also sufficient to supply the 83 fins of the heatspreader with fresh air.
Nevertheless, the Razer Blade 15 can get quite loud under full load, which is probably unavoidable considering the installed hardware. However, the Blade 15 is whisper-quiet when idling or during typical everyday tasks like web browsing or working with Excel and others.
Webcam, microphone & speakers
A 1080p webcam is located at the top of the screen, as well as an infrared camera system that enables Windows Hello. Login and authentication via facial recognition are therefore also possible with the Razer Blade 15.
The webcam supports a maximum frame rate of 30 FPS and delivers an acceptable image, as known from other laptop webcams. The same is true for the built-in microphone. It is always sufficient for video calls and phone calls with friends.
Contrary to the general trend in the tech industry, Razer does not refrain from offering a generous number and selection of ports. In addition to two USB-C ports, one of which is Thunderbolt 4, there are three more USB-A ports on the sides of the Blade 15, as well as an HDMI 2.1 port for external monitors and projectors, and an SD card reader that might be of particular interest to photography-savvy users.
The Razer Blade 15 can be charged via the proprietary charging port and the included power adapter with a charging power of 230 watts. In addition, the notebook can also be powered via USB-C. Here, the Blade 15 supports a maximum charging power of 100 watts via a compatible PD 3.0 20V power supply.
For Wi-Fi connectivity, Razer has chosen the Killer Wireless AX-1690 modem. This supports the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard with a maximum speed of ~3 Gbps. Included in this modem are a total of two network adapters that allow connection to the router over two Wi-Fi bands.
This allows the modem to intelligently distribute traffic between the two bands. Intel calls this their “Double Connect Technology (DCT)” and it is supposed to improve the latency of critical applications like games or video calls as well as increase the maximum download speed.
- 80 Wh LiPo
- 6 hours battery life ± 1 hour
- 230 W charging via included AC adapter
- Up to 100 W charging via USB-C
As with most gaming laptops, the top-notch hardware inside is unfortunately a crux for battery life, as it requires more power than less powerful components even when performing less demanding tasks. Slowly, however, something is happening in this issue. Companies like Intel, for example, have started to develop new architectures that enable both high performance and high efficiency.
Razer Blade 15 Price in Nigeria
The laptop is on sale for the price of US$1,999.00