Luxury is probably not the first word that comes to mind when you think of gaming laptops, especially with some looks, shall we say more, with their covers and built in. But with its excellent performance, great build quality, simple design and very Luxurious price, it really feels like it’s pushed the boundaries into the luxury of portable gaming.
It’s now true that the 2022 Blade 15 looks nearly identical to previous models, which some people feel needs a facelift. But even after all these years, I still love the Blade 15’s clean lines and sturdy aluminum chassis. However, I do wish Razer would add full RGB support for the backlit logo on the lid. I know neon green is kind of a Razer thing, but on a premium machine like this it seems weird that you can’t set it to any color you want.
- Excellent build quality
- Lots of configuration/screen options
- strong performance
- New 1080p webcam
- Grinding port selection
- The price
- Battery life is good
- special power plug
Inside, the Blade has a large glass trackpad that is one of the best you can get on a Windows laptop. New for 2022 are larger keycaps along with Razer’s signature chroma lighting for each key. Another subtle design tweak is that instead of having a distinct slot for the laptop’s speakers, this year Razer used a laser to etch the grille directly into the deck which improves rigidity while keeping the aesthetic minimal. There’s also a new 1080p webcam for 2022, which is a welcome upgrade from the 720p cameras on older systems. Finally, you get plenty of connections, including two USB-C ports (including one Thunderbolt 4), three USB-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and even a full-size SD card reader.
We have a 15.6″ QHD 240Hz display, which offers a nice balance of size and resolution. I wish it was brighter. Razer says all of the Blade’s LCD screens are supposed to pump out around 300 nits of brightness. But using a light meter, I measured roughly 275 nits. This is fine in most situations, although if you are in a sunny room the colors may appear a little faded. Instead, Razer offers 144Hz and 360Hz panels on other models. And just this week, Razer announced, there’s a huge selection of displays to choose from.
PERFORMANCE AND GAMING
Moving on to performance, Razer offers the latest 12th generation Intel H-series processors and Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs. The downside is that these components aren’t cheap, with the 2022 Blade 15 start at $2,500 for the i7-12800H, 16GB of RAM, and RTX 3060 Ti, before it tops the wallet — $4,000 for a fully loaded model with an i9 chip, 32GB of RAM, and the 3080 Ti.
Now, I should point out that the configuration is higher with only 1TB of storage. But for those who want more room, the Blade 15 features two M.2 slots, only one of which is populated out of the box. So if you want to remove your laptop’s bottom panel and SSD cover, inserting another drive should be very simple. Just remember to use single-sided units, because double-sided M.2 sticks will not work for you.
But you get what you pay for, because Blade 15 can play to the best of your ability. at Shadow of the Tomb Raider At its highest graphics settings at 1920 x 1080, our Core i7 and RTX 3080 Ti hit 124 fps, which is just under a touch, and that’s with the optional $1,400 laptop graphics dock. (That’s a $3,200 grand total for those who keep counting.) The results were similar on other titles as well, with the Blade 15 hitting 86 fps in subway displacement On high settings, 81 frames per second in . format Forza Horizon 5 on Ultra.
Really, the Blade 15’s biggest weakness (regardless of its price) is its battery life. In our local video summary test, it only lasted 5 hours and 42 minutes. This is similar to what we got from the Asus Flow Z13 (5:38), which if you will remember it is a gaming tablet. But compared to more traditional competitors, the Blade 15 lasted three hours (7:57) and four hours shorter than And in the real world, it’s not much better. Blade 15 struggled to get to two matches of Teamfight Tactics Noon to noon, which entailed about 1 hour and 15 minutes of relatively light gaming. I should also note that when running on battery, Blade performance is also affected, with frames Shadow of the Tomb Raider It drops to around 45 fps.
Another inconvenience is the Razer charging brick. While the proprietary connector is forgiving due to the 230W power adapter, the right-angle design means that if you plug it in wrong, you’ll block one or possibly two of your laptop’s USB-A ports. Honestly, high power wattage delivery via USB-C can’t come soon enough.
While the Blade 15 isn’t quite as stylish or portable as the latest breed of 14-inch gaming consoles, there’s something to be said for a large, luxurious alternative. Sure, it’s really pricey, and its 15.6-inch screen and 4.4-pound body mean you might not be able to toss it in your typical messenger bag. But it has top-notch components, a sturdy frame that shows basically no flex, and impressive performance in a (relatively) sleek and light design. Well, apart from that big, glowing logo.
In a way, the Blade 15 is a great experience to replace a modern desktop, especially for people like me who don’t want to stick around a giant 17-inch platform. Unlike ROG Flow Z13, you don’t have to worry about a discrete graphics dock for peak frame rate. And thanks to a large selection of ports, you can leave all your dongles and adapters at home. So while the Blade 15 isn’t meant for anyone on a budget, if you have the funds, this thing is a real treat.
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