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The new Razer Blade 15 laptop is not only better than its predecessors. I dare say that this is the best laptop for (and not only) players that you can buy today.
I admit that the previous Blade from Razer is notconquered my location. Regardless of the performance, because of his work culture and dubious quality, he was completely disqualified in my eyes.
The new Blade 15 is completely different. I spent several weeks with this equipment, and I can say with complete confidence that Razer has finally succeeded.
How is the Razer Blade 15 better than the classic Blade?
Where to begin? The whole design of the laptop has improved significantly. In the previous 14-inch Razer, a major problem was the significant deviation of the base part next to the cooling system. Blade 15 doesn't have that. Everything is durable, tough, perfectly fitted, and it can be opened with one finger (macbook test). Such attention to detail can only be found in the MacBook.
For a 15-inch laptop, the device is prettycompact. Yes, it weighs a little more than the MacBook Pro 15, but I think that 2.13 kg of weight and 17.8 mm of thickness for such a powerful machine are the most acceptable values.
Trackpad and keyboard
The Razer Blade 15 keyboard is great, hasthe perfect move and writing on it is pure pleasure. Some people may have problems placing the top-level arrow (next to the right offset), but you quickly get used to it. The layout of the keys also requires habituation.
It is a pity that the multicolor backlight of the Razer Chroma is again not included in the additional functions of the individual keys. For this reason, it is difficult to find a comma or other special sign in the dark.
The Razer Blade 15 glass trackpad is oncompletely different level than its predecessor. No more left and right buttons. Now the pointing device is one large panel (almost the same as the MacBook), which is controlled by the Windows Precision driver.
The trackpad is very accurate, and the gestures of Windows 10 are excellent.work on it. However, objectively, I note, Razer should still work on wrist recognition, it happens that I accidentally move the cursor while writing the text. Fortunately, this can be done by updating the software. From a purely hardware side, the Blade 15 trackpad is perfect.
The speakers are better here than in Blade 14. This is not a MacBook or Huawei Matebook X Pro level, but the transducers located on the edge of the case play loud, clean and beautiful, although without bass.
The display also changed, I will tell about it in a separate subsection. Suffice it to say here that Razer has taken care that not only players are satisfied with the Blade 15 screen.
Cooling system and noise
The biggest problem is the Razer Blade 14, loudhowling fans of the cooling system, in Blade 15 is practically non-existent. During normal use, the laptop is quiet. When the coolers start spinning, you can barely hear them. At maximum load, the noise has a low intensity and height, which does not interfere at all to effectively cool the components.
But, there are two things that I don't like aboutThe design of the new Razer Blade 15. First - the launch button, placed in a strange place on the right speaker. It is almost invisible, and does not contain a fingerprint reader. Blade 15 does not use Windows Hello biometric security. It's a pity.
The second nuance is the black coating of the case. It feels a bit different than in previous laptops, but it still gets terribly dirty, and after a few days you should wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Game and Workstation
The new Blade is available in several configurations. The basis for each is a six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processor with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz to 4.1 GHz in turbo mode and 16 GB DDR4 RAM with a frequency of 2667 MHz. Configurations differ by the used GPU system. We can choose either the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q with 6 GB of V-RAM, or the GTX 1070 Max-Q with 8 GB of RAM.
Differences are also related to SSD capacity. 256 or 512 GB. Why just this? Read about it below, this limitation is not without reason. The biggest difference is in the individual configurations of the new Blade in the 15.6-inch screen. There are three options:
- Full HD matte panel covering 100% sRGB with 60 Hz update rate.
- Full HD matte panel covering 100% sRGB with 144 Hz update rate.
- 4K glossy touch panel covering 100% Adobe RGB and 60 Hz update rate.
The Razer Blade 15, which I received for tests,is almost the most expensive option, with GTX 1070 graphics, a 512 GB SSD and a 144 Hz matte screen. Later we will have the opportunity to buy the 4K version, which is not yet available.
In addition to the main elements, we have otherthe necessary components, including the Intel Wireless-AC 9260 card and Bluetooth 5. Razer again proves that it is serious about wireless communications. The introduction of the BT standard means that soon we will finally see the Razer fully wireless PC controllers.
It is a pity that in Razer did not dare to put the best webcam. 1MP and 720p recording on a laptop for gamers? Not very weak, to say the least.
A set of ports will satisfy (almost) all
At first, I had the impression that the ports in the Razer Blade 15 were placed incorrectly, and then I noticed the method in this madness.
On the left we have connectors that we willUse when the laptop is not connected to external peripherals. Headphone jack, two USB-A ports and a charging socket. By the way, this year Razer staked on a new port for the transmission of energy. Visually, it looks like USB-C (although this is not so!), But it provides up to 230 W of power to a laptop.
On the right side there are ports that we willuse only if the laptop is docked with the periphery. Speakers cables should not interfere with the use of the mouse, because the laptop will stand somewhere near the edge of the table connected to the monitor and external keyboard.
On the right side there are connectors: Mini DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, one USB-A port and, unfortunately, only one Thunderbolt 3. At first I was surprised that Razer did not use USB-C / TB3 anymore, but then I realized: the manufacturer decided you didn’t need any more, because through it, you can connect a port replicator or a Razer Core X station with an external graphics processor and a built-in USB hub.
This set will satisfy everyone except ... photographersand videographers. In the new Blade slot for SD-cards is missing, although there is still room. I do not understand this trend. Why laptop manufacturers for creative professionals, remove inputs for the most commonly used memory format, forcing the use of bulky and emergency adapters.
The screen has the potential
I deliberately write that the display of the Razer Blade 15 has the potential, there is one defect that keeps it away from perfection.
The almost frameless screen in Blade 15 is superb. Bright, with good viewing angles and refresh time, after it is difficult to return to the use of conventional displays (although, if necessary, you can adjust the frequency to 60 Hz to save energy).
144 Hz change perception not only in games, but alsowhen using a browser or just a device interface. An important trifle, like smoothly moving the cursor around the screen, makes a noticeable difference in daily work.
Razer also does not forget about the professionals. Despite the high refresh rate, the Blade 15 display covers 100% of the sRGB color space and factory calibration, to do it as accurately as possible. Theoretically, a laptop can be a great tool for photographers and graphic designers.
In practice, leaks are a huge problem.from under a very thin display frame. It does not bother you in everyday use or games, but when it comes to processing photos or videos, it makes work harder. The screen is uniformly illuminated only in the center, and bright spots dominate at the edges. I hope that the 4K version will be deprived of this ailment.
King of works and entertainment
Razer Blade 15 with productive and usefulside is a charming device. The combination of a six-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB and GTX 1070 Max-Q in my case was perfect. Regardless of whether I wanted to play The Witcher 3, work with a few hundred pictures or collect video in 4K - Blade 15 did not slow down even for a moment.
For a laptop in a thin and lightweight body, it is surprisingly expandable.
Just unscrew some screws in the base andget access to components. Of course, the processor and graphics chip are not replaced, but we can easily change the Wi-Fi module, SSD drive and RAM.
For this reason, Razer decided not to increasefactory storage capacity. But, 512 GB is sufficient for the vast majority of users. A more spacious version will lead to an increase in price, as it happens in the current generation of MacBook Pro.
Instead, Razer, gives you the opportunity to expand yourself in the future.
In addition to SSD, we can also add RAM. Initially, the Razer Blade 15 is equipped with 16 GB of RAM, but there is nothing wrong with removing the pre-installed parts and replacing them with 32 GB.
Let's add the ability to connect the Razer Core X e-GPU docking station, and it turns out that the Blade 15 is really a purchase for many years.
Minuses? I found two and a devil that might disturb you.
In addition to a rapidly contaminated case, problems with trackpad software and light leakage on the display, the Blade 15 has several drawbacks. Two of them deserve mention.
Razer is still working onBlade 15 software. Razer Synapse 3.0 - does not work properly. The software controlling the device parameters and the keyboard backlight stopped working several times or was suspended during my tests. This caused the keyboard backlight to turn off.
I’ll point out that Synapse regularly received updates and it’s possible that when the Razer Blade 15 goes to the stores, the software problem will cease to exist.
A little disappointing work time on onecharge in combination with a bulky charger. Blade 15 during my tests lasted up to 6-7 hours without an outlet. I'm talking about absolutely basic use: several maps in the Opera browser, one window with a dictionary, one with Spotify, music transfer.
As soon as we try to run anyAn application that requires Nvidia graphics, the charge indicator is literally melting away. With mixed use (normal load and work in Adobe Lightroom) the laptop will last about 5 hours.
Not tragic, but against competitors like DellXPS 15, Surface Book 2 or MacBook Pro 15 is bad. I also understand that Blade requires more power, so it needs a fairly large power supply, but ... compared to competitors that supply power through compact charges connected directly to the connectors, the Razer large brick combined with two long cables looks a bit archaic.
Razer Blade 15 is heated
This is a common problem of all class notebooks. Effective components generate a tremendous amount of heat, which somehow needs to be removed. That's why every laptop of this type heats up quickly.
The new Razer Blade laptop is especially noticeable.on a metal plate just above the keyboard. Under load, it heats up to such an extent that you can just burn yourself, the temperature reaches almost 100 degrees Celsius.
This caused my concern becauseIn addition to heating the plate above the keyboard, the cooling system blows a mass of warm air onto the screen, which already has problems with the backlight uniformity.
I asked Razer about this, and I received an unequivocal answer - the laptop is designed so that high temperatures are not a problem.
I left my niggles because I didn't haveenough time with Blade 15 to evaluate the effect of heat on its durability. I advise, when working, do not hold the laptop on your lap or do not touch the edge of the case.
Razer Blade 15 is a fantastic car. Not without flaws, since such equipment has not yet been created on this planet, but there are so many good things here that I can safely recommend it. Naturally, when a laptop goes on sale, it will cost a lot. The configuration I am testing will cost about 215,000 r. The weaker version is slightly less than 180 thousand.
In this class, such prices are normal, and ifsomeone buys Blade 15, he quickly returns the money he spent. Not to mention that in its class, the new Razer Blade is the most powerful machine, far surpassing the performance of MacBook Pro, Surface Book 2 or Dell XPS 15 thanks to the graphics card.
This is an amazing and versatile equipment. Elegant and comfortable when you need to prove yourself at a business meeting (it is better to turn off the logo illumination on the case). Powerful when you need to work on a demanding project. Fast and uncompromising when we are engaged in entertainment or (possibly) we train for professional e-sports competitions.
If we take into account the potential of the Razer Blade 15 andavailability of e-gpu stations from the manufacturer, we will also find that we buy a gadget with a much longer life cycle than the average thin and light working system, and in the case of games, we can still be sure that the computing power in the last names is not over.
I can say no more - Razer bravo.
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