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Razer’s new Blade 15 has powerful specs and an improved keyboard

Razer 15 Laptop

Razer’s new Blade 15 gaming laptop is an upgrade both inside and out, with powerful new specs from Intel and Nvidia, as well as some expected small tweaks to the chassis design.

Two models will be available in May: the base model for $ 1,600 and the updated “advanced” model, the latter of which will house the 8-core Intel 10th Gen i7-10875H CPU (2.3GHz base speed, 5.1GHz turbo speed.). On the graphics side, it comes with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics chip to start with, and you can further upgrade to the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. The advanced model is intended to be the showcase for next-generation mobile computing performance, so we’re excited to have it in our hands.

However, the smaller model is not far behind. It houses a six-core 10th generation Intel i7-10750H processor (2.6GHz base clock speed and 5GHz turbo boost clock speed), starts with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics and is configurable up to RTX 2070 Max graphics -Nvidia’s Q chip (the new Super line is exclusive to the advanced model). If you don’t want to pay for high-end mobile graphics, you can always consider Razer’s external GPU cabinet that can fit a desktop GPU.

One feature that comes to both models, which I’m perhaps overly excited about, is a remedy to what has been, for several generations of Razer Blade and Blade Stealth, a kind of messy keyboard layout. That is, the new Blade 15 no longer has it’s up arrow key embedded between the right shift key and the forward-slash/question mark key.

This may not seem like a big deal, but imagine you type a question mark and most of the time you accidentally press the directional key up. Frankly, I can’t believe it took so long to make this little change, but I’m happy that it’s finally here.

The base model and advanced model of the Razer Blade 15 differ in terms of specs, which I will delve into below. But they also have some minor physical differences. For example, the cheaper version lacks a UHS-III SD card reader, and neither its Thunderbolt 3 port nor its extra USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port can be used to power the laptop. Both features are available in the advanced model. Spending more money means that you generally get more features, although the advanced model loses an Ethernet port.

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Now for some of the specs: The Razer Blade 15 base starts with a matte textured FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate, though you can upgrade to a more accurate color OLED display that has a 1ms response time. The advanced model ships with an LCD capable of 300Hz refresh rate, and you can also upgrade this model to an OLED. However, only the OLED with the advanced option supports touch and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass.

Both configurations ship with expandable M.2 2280 PCIe SSDs (256GB on the base model, 512GB on the advanced model, by default) and 16GB of DDR4 RAM with 2,933MHz clock. Razer continues to use glass trackpads with drivers Windows Precision, so we can expect the same good performance there to track and use gestures.

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