When you think of gaming laptops, luxury undoubtedly isn’t the first thing that springs to mind, especially because some of them may appear, shall we say, extra with flashing light bars and dot matrix screens incorporated in their lids. But the Razer Blade 15 genuinely feels like it’s crossed the line into portable gaming grandeur with its fantastic performance, superb build quality, discreet design, and a very premium price.
It is true that the 2022 Blade 15 resembles earlier models almost exactly, which has led some people to believe that it requires a facelift. I still adore the Blade 15’s sleek looks and robust aluminum chassis, though, even after all these years. Having said that, I do hope Razer would give the lighted logo on the lid complete RGB support. Although neon green is sort of a Razer thing, it simply seems odd that you can’t adjust the hue of such a high-end device.
- Excellent construction
- Many configuration and screen options
- Exemplary performance
- New webcam in 1080p
- Fantastic port choices
- Only fair battery life
- Exclusive power plug
One of the greatest glass trackpads you can find within a Windows laptop is found inside the Blade. Larger keycaps and Razer’s recognizable per-key Chroma lighting are new for 2022. Another small design change is that this year Razer used lasers to etch the speaker grille directly into the deck rather than having a separate cut-out for the laptop’s upward-firing speakers. This increases stiffness while preserving the minimalist look. A new 1080p webcam is also available for 2022, which is a considerable improvement over the 720p cams on earlier systems. And lastly, you get a tonne of connectivity options, including a full-size SD card reader, two USB-C ports (one of which supports Thunderbolt 4), three USB-A ports, HDMI, and a headphone jack.
A variety of display options, including LCD and OLED with up to 360Hz refresh rates, are available for the 2022 Blade 15. Engine/Sam Rutherford
The 15.6-inch 240Hz QHD display on our $3,700 review device provides an excellent blend of size and resolution. Just a little bit more brightness would be nice. All of the Blade’s LCD panels, according to Razer, should produce about 300 nits of brightness. However, I tested closer to 275 nits with a light meter. The majority of the time, that’s great, though colours in a sunny environment could seem a little washed out. On other versions, Razer provides 144Hz and 360Hz panels as an alternative. Moreover, just this week, there are many other display options available now that Razer has released a new 240Hz OLED option.
Gaming and performance
Regarding performance, Razer provides the most recent Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs and Intel 12th-gen H-series CPUs. The 2022 Blade 15 starts at $2,500 for an i7-12800H, 16GB of RAM, and an RTX 3060 Ti, and it goes up to a wallet-quaking $4,000 for a fully-loaded variant with an i9 CPU, 32GB of RAM, and an RTX 3080 Ti. The drawback is that these components are pricey.
Now, I should mention that configurations have a maximum storage limit of simply 1TB. However, the Blade 15 has two M.2 slots, only one of which is filled out of the box, for those who require even more space. Therefore, installing a new drive should be simple if you’re prepared to remove the laptop’s bottom panel and SSD cover. Just keep in mind that single-sided modules will only fit; double-sided M.2 sticks will not.
However, the Razer Blade 15 can game just as well as the more expensive models, so you get what you pay for. Our Core i7, RTX 3080 Ti machine achieved 124 frames per second in Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1920 x 1080, which is slightly less than the $1,800 Asus Flow Z13 and includes its optional $1,400 mobile graphics dock. (For those keeping track, that is a grand total of $3,200.) Similar results were obtained with other games, with the Blade 15 achieving 86 frames per second on high in Metro Exodus and 81 frames per second on Ultra in Forza Horizon 5.
Actually, battery life is the Blade 15’s worst flaw (apart from its cost). It only lasted 5 hours, 42 minutes on our local video rundown test. That’s comparable to what we learned with the Asus Flow Z13 (5:38), a PC gaming tablet if you recall. However, the Blade 15 lasted four hours less than the Asus Zephyrus G14’s and nearly three hours less than the Alienware x14 (7:57). (9:45). And things aren’t any better in the actual world. Two Teamfight Tactics games back-to-back, which took roughly an hour and fifteen minutes of very easy gaming, were difficult for the Blade 15 to complete.
I should also mention that the Blade’s performance suffers when you’re using the battery, with framerates in Shadow of the Tomb Raider falling to about 45 fps.
|Razer Blade 15 (2022)||5:42|
|Asus Flow Z13||5:38|
|Asus Zephyrus G14||9:45|
The charging brick from Razer is the other irritation. The proprietary connector’s 230-watt power adapter makes it understandable, but because of its right-angle construction, if you plug it in the incorrect way, you’ll likely block one or maybe two of the laptop’s USB-A ports. It really can’t come soon enough for high-wattage power delivery through USB-C.
Although the Razer Blade 15 isn’t quite as svelte or portable as the most recent generation of 14-inch gaming laptops, having a large, opulent alternative has merit. It’s true that it costs a lot of money, and you might not be able to fit it in your standard messenger bag due to its 15.6-inch screen and 4.4-pound body. However, it has high-quality parts, a sturdy frame with virtually no flex, and outstanding performance in a sleek and (relatively) understated appearance. Apart from that massive, luminous logo,
For folks like myself who don’t want to carry around a massive 17-inch setup, the Razer Blade 15 is a great alternative to the modern desktop computer. You don’t need to bother about a separate graphics dock, unlike the ROG Flow Z13, to achieve the highest framerates. You can also leave all of your dongles and adapters at home because of the abundance of ports. Therefore, even though the Blade 15 is not practical for those on a tight budget, if you have the money, this item is a genuine pleasure.