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Razer Blade 15 (2018)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 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. People are impressed by the durability and screen. The design and performance are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the sound and price. Views are divided on the energy efficiency.

portability, performance, design, screen, durability

battery, keyboard, price, 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 : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Razer Blade 15

 

The best portable gaming laptop around

144Hz display is perfect for competitive gamers ; Beautiful design ; Solid 1080p gaming performance ; Light enough to double as a regular laptop

1080p version not great for creatives ; Trackpad isn't the best around

The Razer Blade 15 masterfully balances performance and portability.

Jul, 2018

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 (stuff.tv)

Razer Blade 15 (2018) review

 

Cut-throat tactics sees Razer create the world's smallest 15.6in gaming laptop - and it's an ultra-powered beast

Incredible performance for a portable ; Dazzling display, especially with 144Hz ; Sleek and stylish design

Can get ridiculously hot ; Underwhelming battery life

This ultra-portable has enough power to make your games console jealous, but it can also get unbearably hot

Jul, 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

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):70 / 80
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1 / 2
Front camera signal format:720p

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Netbook / Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:35.6 / 39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1980 x 1080 / 3480 x 2160 / 3840 x 2160
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:3 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 64
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x3E9B / 0x416
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel UHD Graphics 630 / Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.5
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard backlit colour:Various
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No / Y
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:1600 / 2667
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Antenna type:2X2
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:5.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
WLAN controller model:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9260

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
AC adapters quantity:1
Manual:Y
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DisplayPort version:1.4
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:2.0
Microphone in: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:150

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.6 / 4.1 / 4.10
Processor cache:6 / 9
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Coffee Lake / Haswell
Processor Cores:4 / 6
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.20 / 2.6
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I7-4720HQ / i7-8750H
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / BGA1364
Processor threads:12 / 8
Stepping:C0 / U0
System bus rate:5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45 / 47
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
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 Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: No
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:134906
Processor code:SR1Q8 / SR3YY
Processor package size:37.5 / 42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

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

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Y
Compatible memory cards:MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.5 / 235
Height :1.79 / 16.8 / 17.3
Weight:1.9 / 2.07 / 2.15
Width:34.5 / 355