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Razer Blade 15 (2018)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Razer Blade 15 (2018). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the durability and screen are overall positive. The design and performance also get good comments, but many are less positive about the sound and energy efficiency.

portability, performance, design, screen, durability

battery, keyboard, price, energy, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Razer Blade 15 (2018) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Razer Blade 15 Base Model

 

The Blade 15 Base Model trims a few frills from Razer's flagship Blade, but it keeps most of its best aspects. Just make sure you need the slim design; you're giving up some gaming grunt to gain it.

Sleek design and quality build across the board. Superior display for a gaming laptop. Much better battery life than competitors. Plenty of ports and storage.

No guarantee of 60fps gaming at maximum settings with this Max-Q graphics chip. Key backlighting is single-zone.

Bottom Line: The Blade 15 Base Model trims a few frills from Razer's flagship Blade, but it keeps most of its best aspects. Just make sure you need the slim design; you're giving up some gaming grunt to gain it.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Stefan Etienne (theverge.com)

Razer Blade 15 dual storage review: too much compromise

 

If it's thicker, less powerful, and cheaper, is it still the same machine?

Extra hard drive for storing games and media ; New Ethernet port ; Slightly lighter than original

Noticeably thicker chassis ; Gets unreasonably warm ; Noisy fans randomly spin up, even when idle ; Slower boot times with $1,600 config due to slow SSD ; Worse battery life during intensive use makes it less portable

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (pcworld.com)

Razer Blade 15 Review: The world's smallest 15-inch gaming laptop packs a punch

 

The redesigned Razer Blade 15 offers blistering gaming performance, stuffing a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and 8th gen Core i7 inside its tiny body.

Amazingly compact for the performance it packs ; 6-core Core i7 and GeForce GTX 1070

A little heavy when the power brick is counted ; Slightly slower CPU performance versus the competition

The laptop gives you a decent port selection. On the right side there's a Kensington lock port, mini DisplayPort, full-size HDMI, USB Type-A and Thunderbolt 3.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Stefan Etienne (theverge.com)

The best gaming laptops you can buy right now

 

Gaming laptops are much better now

Excellent build quality ; High-end performance ; Great speakers, touchpad, and port selection ; Solid battery life

Area above keyboard can get hot enough to sear steak ; Display is dimmer than the competition’s ; Still no Windows Hello support

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Stefan Etienne (theverge.com)

Razer Blade 15 review: hot under pressure

 

Speed, lights, and (nearly) everything nice

Excellent build quality ; High-end performance ; Great speakers, touchpad, and port selection ; Solid battery life

Area above keyboard can get hot enough to sear steak ; Display is dimmer than the competition’s ; Still no Windows Hello support

Still, the Razer Blade 15 is the best attempt at a high-end gaming laptop that can also work as a primary, everyday computer. It has the best build quality, sound, and battery life of any current gaming laptop, and can still game like a desktop. On top...

Jun, 2018

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Razer Blade 15 (Late 2018)

 

Razer recently made a power play for the 15-inch gaming laptop market with the Razer Blade 15 , which impressed with its svelte design and powerful performance. But due to its pricing, all but the most deep-pocketed gamers couldn't get in on the fun --...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Allen Ngo (notebookcheck.net)

Razer Blade 15 Base Model (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review

 

Bigger but just as sharp. Perhaps surprisingly, the new Blade 15 Base Model does a few things better than the original Advanced Model while retailing for hundreds of dollars less. Find out here how Razer managed to switch things up in all the right...

slightly lighter than the Blade 15 Advanced Model ; no performance throttling when gaming ; Thunderbolt 3; Razer Core compatible ; excellent build quality and rigidity ; secondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay ; cooler temperatures all around ; no uneven...

pulse-width modulation present on nearly all brightness levels ; no per-key RGB lighting or 144 Hz display options ; keyboard keys could be firmer in feedback ; fan noise could be quieter when gaming ; base warranty is only one year ; no fingerprint...

When users see "Base Model", they may assume that it would be slower and have fewer features than the "Advanced Model". This couldn't be further from the truth because the Base Model is just as fast as the Advanced Model and with two features (2.5-inch...

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Allen Ngo (notebookcheck.net)

Razer Blade 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review

 

Razor-sharp. After offering 13-inch, 14-inch, and 17-inch Blade laptops for years, it's about time Razer launch a 15-inch model to complete the series. This GTX 1060 Max-Q SKU is every bit as impressive as the GTX 1070 Max-Q configuration from top to...

easy serviceability; upgradeable SSD, RAM ; crisp matte display with minimal ghosting ; Thunderbolt 3 w/ Razer Core support ; cool WASD keys when under load ; easy-to-use Synapse software ; excellent gaming performance ; Optimus graphics switching ;...

unable to sustain CPU Turbo Boost for extended periods ; Chroma color control requires account creation ; slight-moderate uneven backlight bleeding ; keyboard keys could be firmer and deeper ; no integrated RJ-45 or SD card reader ; no power button...

At the end of the day, the Blade 15 GTX 1060 Max-Q SKU is about 30 percent slower in GPU power than the Blade 15 1070 Max-Q SKU. The result is a configuration that actually runs longer, cooler, and quieter by noticeable margins. It is therefore...

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Razer Blade 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review

 

Overachiever. As a successor to the high-class 14-inch Blade, Razer has introduced a new compact gaming notebook with 15-inch edge-to-edge display. Find out how well the slim gaming notebook performed against its competitors in our extensive review.

impressive performance considering the form factor ; slim, lightweight, and robust case ; cleverly positioned ports ; high-quality material ; decent input devices ; thin display bezels ; well-made case ; RGB backlight ; powerful tools ; classy design ;...

Razer software requires an account ; very loud for a Max-Q design ; surfaces susceptible to dirt ; no card reader, no RJ45 ; 12 month warranty ; high temperatures ; just one M.2 slot

The Razer Blade 15 is one of the best slim gaming notebooks available.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by (mobiletechreview.com)

Razer Blade 15

 

Razer's first major redesign of their unibody aluminum 4.5 lb. ultraportable gaming laptop sports much improved vapor chamber cooling, NVIDIA GTX 1060 Max-Q and GTX 1070 Max-Q dedicated graphics and an Intel 8th gen 6 core i7-8750H CPU. The 2018 Razer...

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:70
Battery capacity (Watt hours):70
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product color:Black
Product type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14
Display Resolution:1980 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel type:IPS
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter power:150

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:3
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:1600

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3

Power

AC adapter power:150

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM87
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i7-4720HQ
Processor boost frequency:3.6
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i7-4720HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1364
Processor threads:8
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):47
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:78934
Processor code:SR1Q8
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.25
Height:0.705
Weight:4.19
Width:13.6