More power, more hertz! Here is the new Razer Blade 15

"MacBook Pro for players" is what they say about it. Here is the new Razer Blade 15 - more powerful and more gaming than ever.

Razer has just presented its latest laptop - the new Blade 15, with refreshed components, a new screen and one good change that will probably change more than a more powerful graphics card. First things first.

Razer Blade 15 2020 in two scenes.

Two variants of Razer Blade 15 - Base and Advanced are on the market today.

Both will be powered by next-generation Intel processors. For the base model, it will be the 6-core Intel Core i7-10750H, while the Advanced model will drive the 8-core Intel Core i7-10775H. Both computers will receive 16 GB of DDR4-2933 MHz memory, which can be expanded to 64 GB.

In terms of specifications, the largest differences between the models can be seen in the GPUs used. The new Razer Blade 15 Advanced is available in two versions: with Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 8 GB graphics and RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 8 GB. In the first variant, the laptop is also equipped with a 512 GB SSD, and in the second variant with a capacity of 1 TB.

The Razer Blade 15 Base Model can be configured with three graphics systems: GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB, RTX 2060 Max-Q 6 GB or RTX 2070 Max-Q 8 GB.

The weakest variant will get a set of 256 GB SSD, while the remaining 512 GB SSD. Unlike the Advanced model, we can expand the basic model ourselves by inserting an M.2 SSD drive into it. In the Advanced model, we can only replace the main drive (up to 4 TB), but we will not add another one. You can also replace the aforementioned RAM and Wi-Fi card, so when it comes to "repairability", Blade 15 deserves praise.

From the visual side, it will be difficult to distinguish both models.

Razer does not spoil what is not broken. Blade 15 has been one of the best-looking laptops for players since its first iteration and almost nothing changes visually.

The basic model has a backlit keyboard in one zone, while in the Advanced model each key is highlighted individually. The Advanced model has an UHS-III SD card slot, while the basic model does not have one, but it offers an Ethernet connector, which is missing in the more expensive model. In the more expensive model we will also find an infrared camera to unlock the laptop with a face scan, which, unfortunately, is missing in the basic model.

Both variants of the new laptop, however, had a change that you had to wait for two years - a different keyboard layout. More specifically - finally the FN key returned to the right place, and the right Shift lived to the right length.

There will probably be those who will complain about the small up and down keys in the new layout, but personally I prefer the small arrows rather than the wrong positioning of the arrows, which effectively made life difficult while writing.

More hertz!

The new Razer Blade 15 is also new displays.

In both Blade variants 15 top models will be available with an OLED panel with a diagonal of 15.6 "and 4K resolution. This panel is to be characterized by 100% DCI-P3 color space coverage, response time at 1 ms, but this in the Advanced model is to offer wider viewing angles. Personally, I hope Razer refined the fidelity of the reproduced colors, because the previous generation of OLEDs had serious problems with this.

OLED panels, however, have "only" 60 Hz refresh rate. And what is 60 Hz for PC Master Race - it's almost like playing on a console, and that we wouldn't want.

Therefore, the Razer Blade 15 Base Model in cheaper configurations offers an IPS LCD panel with Full HD resolution, covering 100 percent. sRGB color space, with a refresh rate of 144 Hz.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is equipped with a panel with Full HD resolution, covering 100 percent. sRGB color space, with a refresh rate of up to 300 MHz.

The number of Herts makes a huge impression. Unfortunately, the technology in which the screen was made is slightly smaller. This is not an IPS panel, but TFT. And panels of this type usually have a serious problem with ensuring adequate contrast and are also characterized by much worse viewing angles than in the case of IPS LCD panels. Razer swears, however, that their panels will offer wide viewing angles, so I will hold my opinion until testing.

It won't be cheap.

As you'd expect, the Razer Blade 15 will not be among the cheapest computers on the market.

We don't know the price in zlotys yet, but for the cheapest variant Razer Blade 15 we will have to pay 1799 Euro in Europe. The laptop will hit stores in May, but when it comes to availability in Poland, you have to expect slightly later dates.

I can't wait for the tests!

The previous version of Razer Blade 15, which I had the pleasure to test in 2018 , was one of my favorite laptops in general. This equipment is not only for players, but also for creative professionals and creators who need a powerful machine at the same time, but also mobile and elegant. And Blade 15 meets each of these requirements.

The new version of the Razer laptop gives the impression dedicated to players rather than developers, but this is only an illusion - each of the new laptops has been awarded the Nvidia certificate, awarded to laptops adapted to work with Nvidia Studio Drivers.

So Razer Blade 15 will be suitable for work and play. I can't wait to put it on the desk.



More power, more hertz! Here is the new Razer Blade 15

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