The sharpest Blade yet
The Razer Blade has always held a lofty spot in our greatest gaming laptops list. For 2019 however, the corporate takes things to an entire new level with its latest model. You’ve never seen the Razer Blade like this before, with its well-rounded set of features and internal components that are more powerful than ever.
Improving on the 2018 model, the Razer Blade 2019 sports quite its share of updates here. the foremost notable of these updates is that the new Nvidia Turing graphics under the hood, which provides this model the sheer power that its Pascal predecessors never really had.
To round those out, it’s a significantly improved battery life also because the long-awaited infrared camera for face recognition login.
Razer Blade (2019) at Microsoft US for $1,799.99
However, all those improvements also come at a premium price – the Razer Blade is pricier than ever, which leaves fans asking if it’s well worth having to scrimp a touch for subsequent few months.
The short answer is yes. The Razer Blade 2019 is, without a doubt, the foremost improved Razer laptop alive . Whether or not you would like it, it’s definitely well worth the upgrade.
Price and availability
For the model packing Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics, the Razer Blade 15 will set you back an exorbitant $1,999 (£1,899, AU$3,549) to start out . which will get you an RTX 2060 GPU driving a 144Hz 1080p display and paired with a 512GB SSD storage.
This graphics card, however, isn’t available in Australia. However, you’ll choose a configuration with a GTX 1060 Max-Q and therefore the same amount of storage instead, which can cost you AU$2,499. an alternative choice is configuration with a GTX 1060 Max-Q and a 256GB SSD plus 2TB dual storage for AU$2,799.
On the opposite hand, if you’ve got deep pockets, you’ll also upgrade to at least one with RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, paired with a 256GB SSD for $2,299 (£2,219, AU$4,099) or another with a 512GB SSD for $2,399 (£2,479, AU$4,399). Both configurations have an equivalent 144Hz Full HD display.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics option (our review configuration) is packing a 512GB of SSD storage for $2,999 (£2,849, AU$5,099) and therefore the exact same 1080p display. 4K display models also are available for the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 configurations within the US and therefore the UK, which are in fact costlier . However, this display isn’t available in Australia at the time of writing.
No matter which configuration of the Razer Blade 15 you get, you’ll have 16GB of RAM – which may be upgraded to 64GB, though you are doing have your pick of an Intel Core i7-8750H or an i7-9750H. So, basically, the Razer Blade is once more one among the foremost high-priced gaming laptops you’ll find immediately , especially taking the particular specs into consideration.
For example, the Razer Blade model with RTX 2070 graphics and a 1080p display is merely $100 cheaper than as a similarly-configured 15.6-inch Gigabyte Aero 15, which Gigabyte has very recently upgraded. However, Gigabyte’s offering features a far larger 512GB SSD and bigger battery capacity. And in fact , it’s newer.
You also have the selection of an Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701 with an equivalent graphics card, but a huge 17.3-inch 1080p display, 1TB SSD and 9th-generation Intel Core i7.
Since you’ll get similar gaming laptops with RTX 2060 graphics from MSI or Asus for literally half Razer’s selling price for a laptop with an RTX 2080 (knowing it wouldn’t be nearly as premium a build), you actually got to believe how important those beefier graphics are to you before pressing that ‘Buy’ button.
Donning that very same all-black, unibody aluminum case, the Razer Blade inherits the precise same angularity for 2019 that’s in its 2018 predecessor. this point around, however, it’s provided with a more stripped down RGB lighting from last year’s – right down to just the keyboard and Razer logo on the lid.
At 0.70 inches (17.8mm) thin, this year’s Razer Blade is marginally thicker than before, though it’s barely as heavy at 4.63 pounds (2.10kg). And, it, too, may be a laptop just 14 inches wide with a 15-inch display, because of those thinner screen bezels.
Par for the course, the Razer Blade keeps the webcam in its rightful position above the screen while using thin bezels. However, at just 720p, the image this webcam produces is low-res and feels antiquated. It’s adequate enough for video calls, just not ok for broadcasting yourself while gaming.
Luckily, the new keyboard feels even as comfortable and satisfying to use, and it continues to supply forceful enough feedback for an island-style keyboard. The downside is that the Razer Blade’s keyboard layout issue has not been fixed from previous generations – with the ‘up’ arrow key set between the ‘Shift’ and ‘?’ keys.
This makes typing questions a touch of a nightmare, as you’re constantly accidentally pressing the up arrow and adding an issue mark to the road above where typing. It happened to us all the time during our testing. we might certainly have preferred smaller arrow keys if it meant a more practical, less typo-prone layout.
As for Razer’s trackpad, it still feels incredible to use, but very similar to the keyboard, it’s also held back by one tiny weakness. during this case, the tracking surface may be a little too on the brink of the laptop’s edge, triggering minor palm rejection issues when navigating the OS . We haven’t seen this problem while typing specifically on this year’s model, which may be a good thing. Still, for this much cash, the experience should practically be flawless.
Finally, we’re glad to ascertain Razer finally bring Windows Hello face recognition to its Blade webcam array. It’s not the fastest or most elegant implementation of the feature, being a touch sluggish than other flagship laptops we’ve reviewed while also blasting a garish red light in our faces during scans. However, it’s still a handy feature to possess , albeit it necessitates just a touch more refining.
Razer nailed it again with the Razer Blade’s display… well, mostly. It does keep an equivalent display from last year, which isn’t necessarily a nasty thing. With a matte coating that’s remarkably effective at minimizing glare, this screen is certainly making the foremost of what it can do. albeit it’s still only 1080p.
Much of that dazzling display is because of its 144Hz refresh rate, which smooths out the animations and motion by outpacing the frame rates the GPU inside is capable of. this is often the best-case scenario for Nvidia’s new ray tracing and deep learning supersampling (DLSS) techniques for rendering lighting in games. Drops in frame rates because of these intensive features were rather buoyed thanks to this refresh rate.
Again, the 100% sRGB color gamut makes for quite big variety of colours supported at impressive precision and vibrancy. The screen calibration done by Razer on the production line helps tons also .