This is a MacBook Pro for gamers: Razer Blade 15 Advanced

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced , the favorite gaming laptop , has emerged from Razer , which is steadily improving its position as a gaming product . The completeness seems to be content that does not disappoint. Get a review by Sam Rutherford!

For years, I have believed that the Razer Blade 15 could be closer to a MacBook Pro for gamers. Both have a discreet, minimalist design and excellent quality, but the Razer Blade 15 offers RGB lighting per key and a wealth of ports.

And in the 2020 model, the CPU and GPU are refreshed to improve the specifications. The advanced cooling system and 300Hz display are also selectable. Not cheap, but one of the most complete gaming laptops.

Let’s touch on the bad points first. The Base edition of the Razer Blade 15 costs $1600 and features a 10th generation Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD, Nvidia GTX 1660 graphics and a 15.6″/144Hz LCD display. ..

On the other hand, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced starts from $ 2600 (about 270,000 yen), but with the configuration of $ 3000 (about 320,000 yen) at hand, RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics on a 300 Hz display, and an internal SD card reader or more You can get a good cooling system etc.

What is this? : Premium 15 inches gaming laptop
price : 1600 dollars
Pro: great quality and performance, a number of external port, RGB backlight that can be set for each keyboard, rich display options
CON : High, especially the Advanced model. I’m a little worried about fever. Also the quality of the attached power cable? No AMD CPU/GPU option

As a general gaming machine, the Blade 15 is a very good choice . It has a beautiful all-aluminum body similar to a MacBook, a large touchpad, and numerous ports. Also, the body feels very sturdy. I feel that a part of the main body is thin and slightly distorted, but it does not affect typing.

It has two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, a USB 3.2 Type-C port, and an earphone jack on the left side of the main unit. On the right side is an HDMI port, USB 3.2 Type-A port, Thunderbolt 3 port, and full-size SD card reader. You don’t have to carry a dongle.

As mentioned earlier, the Advanced model keyboard allows individual RGB colors to be set with each key. The key is light, but you can feel a sufficient resilience.

The review machine is equipped with a Core i7-10875H CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and 2080 Super Max-Q graphics. Aside from the possibility that MSI is trying to get a Core i 9 processor like it did with the GS 66 Stealth, it’s basically the finest thin and light gaming laptop, and also has a full 300Hz display. It is a necessary specification for those who want to utilize it.

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, for example, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced hits 102fps at the highest graphics settings and full HD resolution. This exceeds 99fps on the GS 66 Stealth, but not enough to take advantage of a 300Hz display. Also in Far Cry 5, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced averaged 100 fps, above the GS 66 Stealth’s 96 fps.

On the other hand, in light games such as “Overwatch”, 275fps is achieved in full HD resolution. By adjusting the settings, we were able to consistently output 300 fps. This small difference may determine the outcome of the game.

Although the 300Hz LCD is not as vivid as the OLED display, it has enough features such as a matte coating to prevent reflections and the color gamut of the sRGB 100% cover. The maximum brightness is 333 nits, which is not as high as 400 nits.

Another concern is the heating of the bottom of the chassis due to the location of the fans . To be honest, it wasn’t comfortable to play on the lap. On the other hand, the battery life was 5 hours 58 minutes in the US Gizmodo video test, which was a very good result.

When I was young, the Blade 15 Advanced was a dream machine. Highly complete specs, RGB lighting, neon green logo… But the price of $3,000 is a fact that hesitates to buy . If you can find its value, you might decide to buy it.

Summary

  • Supports face authentication login with Windows Hello, but no fingerprint authentication sensor
  • Razer’s matte black finish is beautiful, but it’s easy to get fingerprints
  • USB-C port on the back is for power supply only
  • Blade Advanced can select 300Hz display or brighter 4K resolution/60Hz organic EL display

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