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This computer was awful as was raser customer service . Within a few DAYS or having this computer it was heating up .. we sent it back twice.. both times came back with issues. They wanted it sent back a third time!!! Take video and use more time.. we contacted Amazon they are going to help us finally. Don’t buy this computer just in case and if you do buy it from here!! My son was so stressed since September. Nightmare
Expensive, very good product if you get lucky and win the razer lottery, high chance of getting duds from them, Thoroughly examine your laptop for any defects, send back and return until you have a model that performs and looks as it should. Do not buy without warranty.
This review is for the Blade 15 Advanced 2020 version from Razer. Since they upgraded 6 months after the 2019, many reviews are not for the correct laptop.
I received this laptop a few days ago and it is an amazing machine. I highly recommend it. I am a a fairly advanced tech geek, I build my desktop computers, my servers and I currently run 6 pro photography servers in a collocation bay in NYC. My gaming needs are mostly around running Oculus Rift S, Civilization 6, StarCraft 2 and few others. My pro needs are Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup and CAD / 3D drawings manipulation (not creation) in Solidworks.
PROS - matte black looks nice and definitely can be brought at a professional meeting with clients without looking like the weird gaming laptops - delivers performance as advertised : 8 cores i7-10875 with GeForce RTX 2080 Super are running really fast on 1TB Samsung M2 SSD (default hardware) and 16gb of RAM - running intense app will trigger all the fans, which are surprisingly not so loud - computer boots windows in 4 seconds with Windows Hello recognizing your face so fast, you don't even see the lock screen - Full size HDMI is a nice addition to the 2x USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, that ARE connected to the GeForce card and not to the Intel integrated graphics (Microsoft Surface Book biggest disappointment...). Great amount of inputs - battery is a good when non-gaming use (if setup properly - keep backlight simple, not razer chroma. Although do not expect the 10 hours of battery of the lighter computers, 8 cores will consume more, so if you need more battery life, then go with 4 or 6 cores. - I can run oculus rift S on battery at high graphics for over 2hrs so very happy - 4K touch OLED screen is stunning with thin bezels - Dolby Atmos sound is great and powerful but lacking a bit the bass... - black aluminum body is thin, and as light as it can be. 2 rubber bump-on underneath are elevating the laptop to make sure there is airflow from under and in the back. - keyboard is comfortable (nice size keys, including the shift) and fully customizable : assign Function keys to different programs or default actions - touch pad is similar to MacBook Pro : wide, comfortable, precise and no ghost touch - A/C adapter is large but slim, so it is quite easy to fit in a briefcase front pocket. I like the way razer protects their electrical wires with a synthetic fabric that protects it. - base cover can be easily removed to update RAM to 32GB or updated M2 SSD to 2TB - no crapware installed: good job, really
CONS - I have some trust issues with Razer as they always look good on paper and products stop working after 1-3 year. I owned 1 keyboard that stopped working. I don't even know how it is possible for keys, which are clean and unobstructed, to not be responsive when pressed. I owned 4 mouses and 3 of them died after 1 to 3 years of use, with one that was swapped many times by razer support. Surprisingly the oldest one (2013 Orochi) is still working. All that too say that it is too early to say if the laptop will last 3 years at least. - in my opinion, the main issue is the base running warm all the time. Of course it gets hot when running hardcore graphics but I am talking normal web use, my palms are hot resting on the base and I found it a bit uncomfortable, but not a dealbreaker - thus, do not use this computer under a warm sun. Apart from the heat, it will not be easy to view the glossy screen and brightness won't go high enough. In defense of Razer, most glossy monitors will have the same issue, but black will get hot - which brings me to my next negative point : only the $4,300 version WITH Quadro RTX5000 is available in silver (called white on their website), why not offering the choice : black or silver? I would have definitely chosen the silver... - gaming or rendering 3D will definitely draw too much power to be used on a battery comfortably. So this is a laptop that should be plugged when running full power. That's the drawback of a thin laptop... - Windows 10 home installed... Really????!!!! At $3,299 You could not have included Win10 Pro????!!!!
In conclusion : this laptop is a solid buy, unless battery life is more important than processing power. Even though, it is decent, i7 4 cores will draw much less and GeForce 1660 as well.
it's January of 2020, it has been few months, I have used and abused this laptop. I love it. I will give it one more star. it doesn't disappoint. Still not happy about international warranty, battery power and that I can't be charged in an airplane. But I would buy it again if time goes back. //////////////////////////
I wanted to have a portable gaming laptop to use while travelling. And in many ways the Razer Balde 15 doesn't disappoint. However, nothing without cavity;
Let's start by talking about the good points of this laptop. First it's a really powerful gaming laptop with nice gaming LCD screen with very high refresh rate. the keyboard has very good feeling to it. The build quality is strong and charming. And I believe it is the slimmest gaming laptop in the market, I'm used to Mac laptops so I assure you of its premium built quality. The sound is very good, you can enjoy your games with the built in sound even if the laptop was closed when using external monitor. There is a game port that makes your game run beautiful on external monitor. The GPU is very powerful for this size, it eat everything I through at it.
The power brick is huge and it takes a lot out of the charm of the laptop. The power brick doesn't work on Airplanes, it draws too much watts to be operational in airplane. so your laptop is useless in a long flight. combining the power brick with the laptop and you will get a heavy bag to carry, which force me to think twice every time I want to use it outside of my home. In fact I still bought an iPad Pro mainly because of this. You are forced to buy 240hz screen when the power of the GPU never can achieve. where is the 140Hz which is suffice enough gone ? The screen is full HD which is nice for movies and games, but very pixelated (outdated) for normal everyday laptop use. The power prick use non standard connection, so you can't use USB to charger it. the HDMI is not good for games, although I need to test this further to be sure.
it's expensive laptop, very good for games but it's not the only option in the market if you do a proper research. I contacted Razer for the extended warranty and they refuse to give it to me unless I live in the USA, I have ordered this laptop for use in the UAE. so if your are an International buyer you may need to think about this. it's really heavy to be called a laptop, it's actually a small desktop in my opinion (but to be fair, so does other gaming laptops), so if you are not planning to use it while traveling skip it and with the same amount of money you can have much stronger desktop for games and normal daily use.
All in all, I still think it is one of the best gaming laptops in the market. If you are really looking for portable gaming go for it, else don't buy it. I hope my short review was helpful. sorry of the typos.
An excellent little laptop, but I got two small defects in a row. that's simply not acceptable when I'm paying this much money. Overall, everything is pretty good, and the internals are very powerful. It's a really nice machine. Just don't buy it from here.
I received my blade 3 days ago and when I update the bios it went to bsod then when I start it the screen is black with nothing I mean i payed 3000+ for this laptop and it goes like that the problem i live outside the state so I have to ship back which also cost me 300$ iam really upset with the quality of the laptop and I forgot to mention that the oled screen had a dead pixel all in all iam really exhausted from this laptop now I have to wait another 2 weak to get my money back