Razer Blade 15 Review – The Smallest Gaming Laptop!
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Razer Blade 15 Review – The Smallest Gaming Laptop!

August 31, 2019


People sometimes ask why would you buy a gaming laptop when you can just build a custom PC for like $7? This is why: This is the new 15-inch Razer Blade and it is one of the best-looking laptops I’ve seen this year. The design has changed quite a bit, I always thought that the 14 inch Blade looked a lot like a MacBook, this new 15 inch Blade looks a little bit more unique, the corner radius is a little bit smaller slightly more boxier shape, and I think it looks really good. There’s some noticeable improvements in build quality as well. So the chassis just feels more rigid, It’s a tighter build and I think it’s one of the best-looking products from Razer. So the logo is still right in the middle It’s sunken in a little bit more and it still lights up, It would be cool If they released a gunmetal color like they did on the Stealth But something tells me they won’t do that any time soon. You can get skins for them, the D-Brand one in matte black looks really cool if you mute out the logo and it protects the surface from any scratches and stuff. When you open it up you’ll see speakers on either side of the keyboard and the power button on the right speaker, it almost looks like they could implement a fingerprint sensor on that power button but it doesn’t exist right now maybe for future generations. The speakers themselves sound good for reference, they’re similar If not slightly better than the speakers on the 2015 MacBook Pro, but the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro speakers still sounds significantly better than these but good speakers overall. The audio sounds clean but I wish there was a little bit more bass. So the screen is fantastic. It’s bright It’s fast, great color gamut. There is a 4k panel available, but 144 Hertz screen It’s where it’s at If you plan on playing games on this machine high refresh beats higher resolution any day of the week unless you’re really hardcore about video or photo editing. This is one of the best 144 hertz panels on the market right now. I’d consider it a step above the competition now keep in mind. It does not have G-Sync I think it was a right decision I’ll explain why in a little bit but yeah no G-Sync. The webcam quality is pretty mediocre It’s a 720p image. To get inside, it’s just a few Torx screws and the panel comes off pretty easily, there’s finally user upgradable memory. I think that’s something that a lot of people have wanted over the years It’s traditionally been soldered on on the Razer Blades. It’s now replaceable, you can also replace the SSD and the Wi-Fi card. Battery life is fair, it’s an 80 watt hour battery I’m getting around five and a half hours of battery life with the screen at 250 nits. This is with the screen at 60 Hertz. So I’m actually reducing the 144 to 60 just to kind of preserve battery life, so five and a half hours and this is what I was talking about before I feel like without G-Sync you get Nvidia Optimus which helps extend battery life and on a device like this it just makes sense to not have G sync and have technology in here to extend its battery life because that’s why you want something that’s thin and light and portable right? The AC adapter on this thing is a little bit bigger than the previous generation, but it’s still really portable It’s a very clean design the plug connects into this oval-shaped port kind of like a bigger USB-C shape thing It is reversible, but it’s not magnetic. I do like it though It feels secure. The rest of the ports are pretty standard You got three USB A’s, a Thunderbolt three with some display outs, but there’s no SD slot and there’s no Ethernet. Okay, let’s talk about the keyboard when I first up pictures this layout I was concerned: it reminds me a lot of the keyboard from the Razer Blade Pro and I did not like that layout very much and it’s essentially the same layout. So here’s the issue the shift key on the right side and the arrow keys are positioned in a very untraditional way. Normally that shift key is right beside the question mark and just out of muscle memory when you’re doing a question mark you’ll hit shift+question mark just really quickly and it just makes sense. Right? You’ve done it a thousand times in your life probably a hundred thousand times your life, but on this keyboard There’s an arrow key right between them and it’s actually quite difficult to get used to it. I’ve been using this thing for about a week at this point and for the first two days, it was very irritating. I was constantly hitting up+question mark instead of shift+question mark and you can see how they’d be annoying. After day four, day five, I got used to it. But there’s another problem to this if this was the only laptop or the only keyboard that you ever used then you’ll get used to it. But the moment you switch to another keyboard like even a regular razor keyboard like one of their desktop keyboards you’re back to a completely different layout and that is the bigger problem. The inconvenience when it comes to switching keyboards. Now, if you’re someone that uses the left shift instead of the right shift then this probably won’t bother you or if you’re someone that just doesn’t switch keyboards very often then it also won’t bother you. But for the few people out there it might be more than just a few but for the people that do switch keyboards or just switch devices regularly. It’s a thing. Now another thing that kind of bugged me before about Razer keyboards is that the function keys up top only light up the function number. You don’t actually see the hotkeys being lit up so the brightness controls, and the volume controls, you can’t see those in the dark. But you can map different colors to it using the Razer synapse: like you can make those purple or green whatever you want So you can technically identify what buttons those are by the color which is a bit of a workaround but at least it’s better than not be able to tell where they are at all. The trackpad: This is now using Windows Precision Drivers. Great surface texture and accurate tracking. The buttons are underneath the trackpad this year instead of the dedicated hardware buttons they’ve had in the past but I think most people will enjoy this trackpad. There’s one like mild issue the trackpad is quite large and the palm rejection software isn’t perfect yet I think that is something that they can tweak over time but right now when you’re typing, occasionally your palm will kind of move that tracker around but it’s a really minor problem. The performance is great. It’s running the i7-8750H. It’s a six core CPU. Excellent for multi-core applications. There are two GPU options. There’s a 1070 Max-Q and a 1060 Max-Q that 1070 gives maybe 25-30 percent better performance than the 1060. It’s not insignificant, but it’s also a little bit thicker, like half a millimeter thicker It’s barely noticeable but there is a difference. The performance in games for either of these cards is gonna be great and depending what you play or what you want to do with your laptop, you’ll have to make that decision for yourself. My unit runs pretty warm But I’m not seeing it throttle. It’s cutting it kind of close so if you live in a warmer climate, or if you play your games in a room that doesn’t have air-conditioning, then you’re gonna get warmer temperatures. Keep in mind, this is at stock though I did try undervolting in XTU and I got it to like negative 130 millivolts and temperatures are noticeably better. Now, cooling a device like this is not easy. Every millimeter that you shave off this laptop to make it thinner and thinner just makes it exponentially harder to cool it properly, and this year they did a really, really, good job. It’s still not perfect, I’d love to see lower temperatures without undervolting or repasting but it’s better this year than it has been in the past. Okay, the fans are not too loud. You actually get pretty decent control in the software this time. You can tweak it the way that you like and even at max speed, it’s not crazy loud or anything. One weird thing though I don’t know why it takes like 10 maybe 15 seconds for the fan speed to ramp up and down. Like a lot of gaming laptops that I’ve used you press a button and the fans goes all the way up, instantly. This takes a little while to get there it’s not it’s like not an issue or anything, but it’s just something I’ve noticed I haven’t seen in other devices before so I thought I should just mention it. Now whether or not you should purchase this thing. Like should you get one. Here’s the thing, this year in 2018, there are a ton of really good thin and light gaming options to choose from. Like there’s more this year than have been any other year that I’ve seen before. With the Razer Blade you’re getting a device that is the smallest 15.6 inch gaming laptop on the market. It’s literally the smallest one available and with that title comes a price premium. But the overall device is really good this year. Nice design, awesome build, really powerful components, good thermals, the keyboard is really my only gripe but if you think you can adapt to it, or if you don’t really care about those issues that I mentioned about that shift key and arrow key then I think you’re gonna really like this device. Okay, hope you guys enjoyed this video. Thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it. I’ll see you guys next time.

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  1. Huge improvement from Razer this year. If you're looking to get one, I highly recommend the 144hz panel. It's really good. Thanks for watching =)

  2. Hi, what about this? ThinkPad X1 Extreme (15.6”) I'm looking for 32GB RAM but I'm not a Gamer. I have the XPS 15 9570 Purchased Aug 18 and it's on it's way back to Dell again. I'm selling it when it comes back. I just want a 32GB, 1TB SSD laptop for business use only. Thanks for any advice.

    Sam

  3. i have a wireless keyboard that has both the up arrow key AND the print screen key between the shift and the question mark but i got used to it pretty easily
    very thorough review thanks!

  4. I’m always told to build a wholeass PC and that’s not exactly cheap in Malaysia, and I mostly game on PS4 anyways, thought I’ve always fancied playing Mobas, MMO’s and FPS’ on PC but my laptops were never powerful enough, I think this would be a worthwhile investment, not exactly for heavy gaming, but to soothe my pc gaming needs on the go, as I’m not always at home. Some people don’t have the time to sit in front of their desk for long hours anymore, and I’m one of them, that and I’d rather be able to bring my Laptop everywhere with me then to pack a whole console in my luggage, it’s just more convenient.

    Fuck building a PC, i’d rather have the convenience.

  5. Why won’t reviewers talk about the quality controls problems that razer has. I want to buy a razer but I’m scared because of my prior experiences

  6. Thank you for all your imput, I'm saving up to get this laptop as I've wanted a Razer Laptop for a long time but wanted to know what I could get bang for my buck, I am happy you did a video on this Laptop and the new Razer Blade Stealth 2019 13' because i woulod have really wasted my money buying that instead of this

  7. Some of Dave's videos are not coloured correctly. The white shift keys has a green tint. Just a loyal fan informing a legend.

  8. After reading the comments, I'm a bit confused. Is it true that using left Shift is enough? Because I'm learning typing on learntyping.org and it says that you should use left Shift for right hand keys and right Shift for left hand keys. Is that wrong?

  9. Am I the only one who literally never uses right shift key? Like I always press left one and for me personally right one doesn't need to exist at all xd

  10. I second his comment on the keyboard – Razer really needs to fix that layout. The keyboard itself also isn't great – the keys are spaced too far apart (for me), and it has a very shallow travel distance. It just doesn't feel as good as the Surface Pro keyboards. I don't think Razer did anything different in their recent RTX blade, but hopefully in the future.

  11. Dont waste your money on a razer. Mine came out of the box with fan noises. They only support their products 5 years from the time of release. This means no spare parts, no help from their support after 5 years. “Go take it to geeksquad..” is the support i got. Mine crapped out after 5 years, seems like a circuit blew on the motherboard. Go with another gaming rig, the screen is too tiny for serious gaming anyway. Dont make the mistake i did. Fuck Razer

  12. Is there a reason why Razer doesn’t have Ethernet ports on their laptops? I’m assuming it’s just to keep it as thin as they can or is there another reason?

  13. I bought it few weeks ago and after not even 10 days, it is already broke down!!
    The customer service is as bad as it could possible be. They promise 3-5 business days to fix it. Now more that 10 days are already passed by !!! Really bad experience given the amount of money they ask??

  14. How good would you say this is for music production via FL or Ableton Live? I'm not really using it for gaming but having the capabilities of a gaming laptop make music production alot easier. Or should I settle for the base model Blade Stealth?

  15. Can somebody help me? I can't decide between Razer Blade 15 gtx 1070 max q vs Lenovo Legion y740 with gtx 2060. The lenovo Costs 100 dollars more in my country. Is it worth those 100usd extra?

  16. I completely agree about the keyboard shift key placement… It's a bit annoying. I solved the problem with an external keyboard, but I'd really prefer a different layout. Also, I feel like placement of the lightning port could be better. When I plug something in, the cable gets in the way of having the mouse on the right side of the laptop… Also, I'd prefer to have more Lightning/USB-C ports than the older USB ports at this point, considering the performance difference between the two types of connection.

  17. Is what I don’t understand is why do ppl buy expensive gaming laptops?

    Isn’t it a more enjoyable experience on a real pc setup with a monitor and desk?

    Or is this for ppl who like gaming in bed?

    Or is it for travel gaming?

  18. I wanna switch from Mac to windows, But I'm really concerned with about Keyboard and especially touchpad in PCs. If not Razor Touchpad then is there anything else that matches MBP?

  19. I never use the right shift so it wont be an issue for me but I still prefer using bigger laptop. I love bigger screen. To play games and watch movies. My Alienware 17 R5 is still the best though….

  20. So should I buy a Huawei MateBook X Pro or this? I was really into the Huawei but then I thought I could get a really nice gaming laptop for about the same price.

  21. Does any one else's Blade get extremely hot, like I wouldn't want to rest my palm on it hot, when just browsing and not playing games? And fans also cranking up as if you're gaming but you're not. No program failures or shutdowns or anything, but it's just quite bothering me.

  22. Can you get a skin that does not at all show the shape or color of the logo on the lid? Something that completely cover the logo, both light and shape of logo. That skin you showed was nice except that you could see the contour of the logo.
    I intend on having it in business settings.

  23. Looking to buy a new laptop and your vids have helped a ton. Very professionally done, straight forward and to the point, great information. Thanks

  24. hi, im looking at getting my first gaming laptop. and i was wondering if anyone knows if this is good for gaming, and good for school on the side. (college classes).

  25. I don't understand how someone can put such stupid keyboard layout into so expensive notebook. Everything here should be perfect, hence they should use thinkpad keyboard layout.

  26. Esa laptop es la razón por la que entrego mis tareas y estudio para alguno de estos días poder ir y pedir que me vendan una y pagarla como si comprará el pan.

  27. for anyone who is looking to purchase the Razer Blade 15 in the BASE MODEL (Dave is currently showing the Advanced Model), here are some things you need to know.

    Differences
    – the function keys DO light up for the volume, brightness etc in the dark
    -the base model does not allow you to change individual keys' colours. you can only change the ENTIRE keyboard layout's colour.
    -contains the Ethernet port
    -the speakers have smol little holes in them, lots of dust can get caught in the holes and may drive you crazy
    -device is slightly thicker and heavier

  28. People keep asking me why I'm buying a laptop, instead of a PC… First off, a PC isn't portable for college, unlike a laptop, and a Razer Blade is the closest thing that comes close to durability, and portability.

  29. Came here after his XPS 15 (2019) video cuz he said this one was better for gaming but after seeing the price on both laptops I cried a little. I’ve been researching laptops for 2 weeks, it’s so stressing. Before these two week I had no clue about laptop specs and how they work and so I thought that my $1000 budget was pretty high but my $1000 goes more for “budget laptops”. Let’s hope I figure it out before college start in two weeks.

  30. Im confused….

    Should i get this or the razer blade stealth

    Both laptops are great but im worried if the razer blade 15 is too big…

    i know its a small 15.6 inch laptop but i still feel like it might be too big. The main reason i need this is for school work, productivity, watching netflix/youtube and casual light gaming. For anyone who has the razer blade 15, please say if it is too big or average sized…

    Also whats better for school? this or the blade stealth? Someone pls reply coz i am rlly confused…

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  31. Ok quick question for anyone who can answer, I'm looking to buy a Razer Blade, I can get the Advanced late 2018 model with a GTX 1070 for £1599.99 or a 2019 model with a RTX 2070 for £2099.99, is it worth spending the extra £500.00 or would the 1070 be ample? Are there any other real differences between the Advanced 2018 and Advanced 2019 models? both have the same 8th Gen CPU btw.

  32. "Using 60Hz to preserve battery life"
    Good job saving about 1.5 minutes of battery life and having a worse experience.

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