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Razer Blade 15 (Early 2021) Gaming Laptop

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Product Overview

Razer Blade 15 (early 2021) is a premium gaming laptop that improves upon the previous model with the addition of RTX 30-series graphics. Also new is the QHD option.
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.
All the strengths of the Blade-series have been kept, including the Precision Touchpad and per-key RGB backlighting with N-key rollover (Advanced model only), among others.
Alongside the Blade 15, Razer also refreshed the Blade Pro 17 at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent gaming performance at all resolutions
  • Good port selection
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Only one of the USB-C ports is Thunderbolt 3

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good performance
  • Good value for money
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Gorgeous 240Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lack of biometrics
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Poor webcam quality
  • Mediocre webcam
  • Only 512GB of internal storage
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Specifications

Variants:
Advanced
Base

Connectivity

AdvancedPorts
1x Thunderbolt 3 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x UHS-III SD card reader + 1x Audio combo
BasePorts
1x Thunderbolt 3 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x RJ45 (1Gb) + 1x Audio combo
AdvancedWireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2
BaseWireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

AdvancedBattery | Capacity
80 Wh
BaseBattery | Capacity
65 Wh
AdvancedCamera | Front
Windows Hello IR HD webcam (1MP / 720p)
BaseCamera | Front
HD webcam (1MP / 720p)
Material
Aluminium, Corning Gorilla Glass for OLED touch display
Microphone
Array microphone
Speakers
Stereo speakers

Dimensions

Bezels
4.9mm side bezels
Size | Depth
235 mm / 9.25 inch
AdvancedSize | Height
16.99 mm / 0.67 inch
BaseSize | Height
19.9 mm / 0.78 inch
Size | Width
355 mm / 13.98 inch

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS or OLED
AdvancedGamut
100% DCI-P3 (OLED) / 100% sRGB (FHD) / 95% sRGB (QHD)
BaseGamut
100% DCI-P3 (QHD) / 100% sRGB (FHD)
AdvancedRefresh Rate
360Hz (FHD) / 240Hz (QHD) / 60Hz (OLED)
BaseRefresh Rate
144Hz (FHD) / 165Hz (QHD)
AdvancedResolution
FHD (1920x1080), QHD (2560x1440), or 4K UHD (3840x2160)
BaseResolution
FHD (1920x1080) or QHD (2560x1440)
AdvancedResponse Time
1ms (OLED) / 2ms (FHD) / 2.5ms (QHD)
BaseResponse Time
3ms (QHD) or 8ms (FHD)

Function

Audio
THX Spatial Audio
AdvancedGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, RTX 3080 8GB, or RTX 3080 16GB
BaseGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB or RTX 3070 8GB
AdvancedKeyboard Backlight
Per-key RGB powered by Razer Chroma
BaseKeyboard Backlight
Razer Chroma single-zone RGB
Operating System
Windows 10
AdvancedProcessor
8-Core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H
BaseProcessor
6-Core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H
Touch Screen
Available with 4K OLED display
Touchpad
Glass touchpad (Microsoft Precision)

Performance

Memory | Capacity
16 or 32 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 dual-channel 2933MHz
Power Supply
230 W
AdvancedStorage
1TB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + 1x open slot
BaseStorage
512GB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + 1x open slot

Production

Availability
2021-01-26
Debut
2021-01-12 (CES 2021)

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External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
The Razer Blade 15 has a 2560 x 1440 240Hz matte non-touch display, an Intel Core-i7 10875H CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and an RTX 3070. It can easily hit high frame rates in a lot of AAA titles with all the graphical bells and whistles turned on. It's a more grown-up take on a gaming laptop, designed for more mature gamers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful aluminum design
  • Gorgeous 240Hz display
  • Great selection of ports
Cons
  • Fan can get loud under load
  • No AMD configs

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
The Razer Blade 15 is a gaming laptop that can also be used for work. The screen is more usable than most, thanks to its QHD resolution. The keyboard and trackpad were among the best I've used on a Windows laptop. The power brick weighs more than 600g alone and makes use of a proprietary connection.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and trackpad
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Only 512GB of internal storage
  • No Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Razer Blade 15 is more than capable of doing its fair share of work thanks to its 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7-10875H processor with 32GB of RAM and 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD. The laptop shrugged off all my efforts to tax it with a shrug. The Blade 15 ships with a 1-year limited warranty.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Strong performance
  • Powerful graphics
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Thick bezels
  • Poor webcam quality

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model runs Windows 10 Home and it has less bloatware than usual. The 720p camera has poor picture quality with a great deal of visual noise and a lack of crispness. The Acer Predator Triton 500 is also an excellent choice; it outperformed the Blade 15 on benchmarks.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Powerful 2TB SSD
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor webcam quality
  • Mediocre webcam

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Razer's Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2021) is an updated version of the previous model. This year's model gets a 360-Hz screen, a second SSD slot (M.2-2280, NVMe) and a next-generation GPU (Ampere) The combination of the Core i7-10875H and the GeForce RTX 3080 can run all current titles smoothly.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • 360-Hz screen
  • Good colour reproduction
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
RGB keyboard lighting comes standard while per-key options are available only on the Advanced Model. The clickpad hasn't changed from last year's design. It's still large at 13 x 8 cm and the integrated mouse keys are still spongy and quiet. LatencyMon shows no DPC latency issues when opening multiple browser tabs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good gaming performance for the price
  • Very good battery life
  • RGB lighting is standard
Cons
  • No RTX 3060 or RTX 2070 Max-Q support

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Razer Blade 15 is an extremely capable high-end gaming machine for all types of titles. It may not deliver the chart-busting frame rates you might imagine when you hear the words "RTX 3080," but it meets the new bar for mobile gaming. The design is of uncommon quality in both look and feel, including functional aspects like the best-in-class touchpad.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim, portable design
  • High-refresh gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Fans can get very loud
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

theverge[8]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The Razer Blade 15 Base is a competent, well-designed gaming laptop. Its QHD resolution makes for a better experience than a 1080p panel can provide. Unlike every other laptop Razer currently makes, this one doesn't have a Windows Hello-enabled IR webcam. The lack of biometrics and an SD card reader might be bothersome for some.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim, light design
  • Slim and light
  • Good performance
Cons
  • Lack of biometrics
  • No SD card reader

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Razer Blade 15 outperformed the competition in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The screen doesn't default to 240 Hz, and getting it out of 60 Hz mode can be a real struggle. While the Blade 15 Advanced is not going to whip your stray papers into a whirlwind, it's not the quietest machine out there.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard
Cons
  • Unresponsive touchpad
  • Mediocre battery life

trustedreviews[10]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Razer Blade 15 uses Nvidia’s new RTX 30-series graphics cards. The base edition only survived 1hr 41mins before dying. The screen displayed a solid 0.3-nit black level, which is great for a non-OLED screen. But it could struggle to give dark and shadowy scenes justice.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Best-in-class gaming performance
  • Long battery life
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • Slightly clunky design
  • Screen could be brighter

User Reviews

References

1. ^ The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Is the Definition of a Premium Gaming Laptop. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/the-razer-blade-15-advanced-is-the-definition-of-a-prem-1846785537. 2021-04-29. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
2. ^ Razer Blade 15 review: RTX, right here, right now. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/razer-blade-15-2021-review-1213374/. 2021-04-11. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (2021). [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/razer-blade-15-advanced-model-early-2021. 2021-05-22. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
4. ^ Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition review . [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/the-razer-blade-15-advanced-edition-review. 2021-01-23. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2021) Review: Now with a 360-Hz screen. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Razer-Blade-15-Advanced-Early-2021-Review-Now-with-a-360-Hz-screen.536335.0.html. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
6. ^ Razer Blade 15 Base Model Laptop Review: 95 W GeForce RTX 3060 Holds Up Well. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Razer-Blade-15-Base-Model-Laptop-Review-95-W-GeForce-RTX-3060-Holds-Up-Well.527245.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition (2021) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/razer-blade-15-advanced-edition-2021. 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
8. ^ Razer Blade 15 Base review: losing its edge. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22315386/razer-blade-15-base-2021-review-gaming-laptop-nvidia-rtx-3070-qhd-screen-performance. 2021-03-22. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
9. ^ Razer Blade 15 Advanced review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/razer-blade-15-advanced. 2021-05-19. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
10. ^ Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (2021) Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/razer-blade-15-base-edition-2021. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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