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Razer Blade 15 (2021) Review Rundown

Razer Inc. | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 03 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Razer Blade 15 2021
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent port selection
  • Good port selection, including HDMI 2.1
  • Lacks G-SYNC support
  • Only one M.2 SSD

Summary

The 2021 Razer Blade 15 continues Razer's elegant design, with the addition of RTX 30-series graphics. Like before, the early 2021 Blade 15 remains to be powered by 10th-gen Intel Core i7 H-series processors, as high-powered 11th-gen Intel processors cannot meet its release schedule. Nevertheless, Razer has included a number of improvements that go beyond newer GPUs and better displays: for example, Bluetooth 5.2 becomes available on the Advanced model, which is also thinner than before.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
For 2021, Razer hasn't changed much about the Blade 15's exterior. You still get a gorgeous unibody aluminum chassis with Razer's signature Chroma lighting and backlit RGB keyboard. The overall typing experience is just as crisp and bouncy as before. The display could be brighter, collects fingerprints, fans can get a bit loud, no AMD-based configs.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous aluminum chassis
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good port selection
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Display could be brighter
  • Only one M.2 SSD

anandtech[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
The Razer Blade 15 continues Razer's elegant design, with the modern thin-bezel, high display-to-body ratio. The keyboard offers a single-zone RGB backlighting system, which can be customized in the Razer Synapse software. On all of their Blade laptops, Razer offers a built-in display multiplexer to allow the customer to choose whether to run the display directly off the NVIDIA GPU or via the integrated Intel GPU.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent gaming performance at all resolutions
  • Built-in display multiplexer
Cons[**]
  • Limited G-SYNC support on QHD model

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Razer Blade 15 comes in Base and Advanced models. The Base model offers a six-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage. The Advanced model bumps your specs up to an eight-core CPU and 1TB of storage. It may take some time for users to get accustomed to the keyboard.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Good port selection
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Display could be brighter
  • Keyboard could be firmer

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2021) is a slim 15.6-inch gaming notebook with very powerful hardware. The IPS panel offers very wide viewing angles, which is why the screen content can be read from any position. The pre-installed "Razer Synapse" utility allows users to configure the fan profiles and adjust CPU and GPU performance. The GeForce RTX 3080 (laptop) is Nvidia's current highest-end GPU for notebooks.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS screen
  • NVMe SSD
  • Fast GDDR6 VRAM
  • Good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons[**]
  • Dim display
  • Only one USB Type-C port

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The 2021 Blade 15 Base Model uses the same chassis as the Base Model SKUs from 2019 and 2020. Users will have to shell out more money for the Blade 15 Advanced Model if they want the thinner chassis. Key feedback and travel continue to be weak and shallow, respectively, similar to the keyboard on the Asus Zephyrus GX501/531 series.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Relatively lightweight for a mid-range gaming laptop
  • Slim bezels
  • Full-size SD card reader
  • Thunderbolt 3
Cons[**]
  • Key feedback and travel are weak and shallow
  • Loud fan noise when gaming
  • Only one USB Type-C port

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition now starts at $2,499. It's one of the first laptop panels to combine 1440p (2,560-by-1,440-pixel) resolution and 240Hz refresh. While the starting price is high, you get 1TB of storage across the board.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Bright 240Hz display
  • Slim bezels
  • Good build quality
Cons[**]
  • Pricey for a 1440p gaming laptop

theverge[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
Razer's Blade 15 Base isn't broken necessarily, but it could use a tune-up anyway. It's a magnet for fingerprints and smudges, and for a laptop that starts at $1,699.99, its lack of any biometric login method is baffling. The updated driver that fixes the display issue didn't impact gaming performance in a noticeable way.
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Pros[**]
  • Very good gaming performance
  • QHD screen is a nice touch
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lacks biometric login
  • Only one USB-C port

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Razer Blade 15 base edition (2021) is the latest powerhouse gaming laptop from one of the biggest names in the business. It aims to offer the same core experience as the 2020 model we reviewed and recommended in our best gaming laptop guide last year, retaining the same design and many of the same key features. Razer has made some changes to the 2021 base model's screen, loading it with higher refresh rate panels and introducing a new Quad HD resolution option.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Class-leading gaming performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent keyboard and trackpad
Cons[**]
  • Lack of RGB lighting
  • Keyboard feels a little stale

references

  1. 1. ^ The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Is the Definition of a Premium Gaming Laptop. Gizmodo. 2021-04-29. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  2. 2. ^ The Razer Blade 15 (2021) Review: Amped Up With Ampere. Anandtech. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  3. 3. ^ Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition review . Laptopmag. 2021-01-23. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2021) Review: Now with a 360-Hz screen. Notebookcheck. 2021-05-02. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  5. 5. ^ Razer Blade 15 Base Model Laptop Review: 95 W GeForce RTX 3060 Holds Up Well. Notebookcheck. 2021-03-14. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  6. 6. ^ Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition (2021) Review. Pcmag. 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  7. 7. ^ Razer Blade 15 Base review: losing its edge. Theverge. 2021-03-22. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  8. 8. ^ Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (2021) Review. Trustedreviews. 2021-03-18. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  9. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  10. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  11. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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