Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020) review: A performance monster at a monster price
With the Razer Blade 15 Advanced 4K, Razer would like to put the best gaming hardware currently available on the market in a mobile laptop. I tested the laptop for you.
The Razer Blade 15 is designed like a classic notebook should be, but has its "gaming peculiarities". A Razer logo is engraved on the black back, of course in green, which is illuminated with an LED when in operation. In addition, the USB ports are also painted in Razer green. The design doesn't look embarrassing or thrown together in any way. I like to compare it to a MacBook.
Everything else is made of aluminum, which is high quality, but attracts fingerprints, as you can see in the pictures below. On the back there are two grilles for the fans and one grill for the loudspeaker. In addition, it is not exactly light at 2,15 kg.
In summary: I like the design of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced. The combination of the dark black and the bright green give the device a gaming character. However, at two kilograms, the notebook is not really light. The high-quality workmanship can also be expected in such a high price segment.
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Keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard is illuminated in Razer style, this can be used in Razer's "Synapse"Programs can be set. The keyboard isn't mechanical, but I could safely leave out my Bluetooth keyboard because I don't have one Proable to write long texts. The touchpad is pleasantly large and reacted to all inputs. Multi-touch also works proflawless.
The Razer offers 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB-A) ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C with Power Delivery 3.0, 1x HDMI 2.0, an SD card reader and one Thunderbolt 3.0 (USB-C). So you can really connect everything important to the laptop, but Ethernet can only be connected via a USB-C dongle. The laptop also has a 3,5 mm jack connection. Otherwise nothing was missing from connections.
The display is terrific and the best display I have ever seen in a laptop. The display comes with a diagonal of 15 inches, resolves in 4K OLED, which is 99 Procenter from the DCI-P3 and 96 Procent of the Adobe RGB color space. By the way, you have the choice when buying whether you prefer the 4K display or a 300Hz full HD display for less money. I loved cutting videos, editing photos, or just gaming or watching movies on this display. Above all, you suddenly experience games in a completely different way. Together with the RTX graphics card and a corresponding mod, Los Santos suddenly looks much better in GTA.
In my opinion, the 4K display is the better choice for films and non-competitive games, but if you play more competitive games such as CS: GO, Overwatch or LOL, you should use the Full-HD 300 Hz display.
The display also supports touch input, but since it cannot be "bent" like a 2in1, I rarely used it.
Specs and performance
As the Prozessor is an 8-core from Intel's tenth generation, which together with 16 GB RAM (can be upgraded to 32) and an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q ensures very good performance. I'll spare you all the benchmarks, since these usually don't correspond to everyday applications anyway. Our test version has a 1 TB SSD.
Games run in 4K 60 without any Protrouble. Whether GTA or a newer game like Flight Simulator. I never had any performanceProbleme, the video editing went like a knife that cuts butter. Only if you want to fully utilize the flight simulator will you get performanceProbleme, then the fan also becomes uncomfortably loud. Otherwise it is pleasantly quiet in most games, but the temperature got warm after several hours of Overwatch.
At full capacity, I was able to work in the “Office” for 5 hours, i.e. write in Word, surf on Twitter or watch YouTube videos. For gaming, the battery life is "only" sufficient for two hours of full power. You can extend the battery life with energy-saving modes, but then you also throttle the performance. The battery life is long enough for a train journey without a socket, but if you really work a lot on the move, you should always have the 230W power supply with you to recharge the 80 Wh battery.
Software and speakers
Windows 10 runs on the device with little additional software. Only Razer Synapse is pre-installed, but you need that to control the LEDs anyway. The speaker is great, music can also be turned up and the sound was realistic even with films and games.
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced starts at EUR 2.899 MSRP. That's a lot of money that you have to put on the table for a starter model, our test sample costs 3.699 euros RRP. But for this money you get a desktop PC for on the go. The 4K OLED display is ideal for all creative minds who proprofessionally with Photoshop or Premiere Pro want to work or just want to play a game of flight simulator. This is supported by the new SD card slot, which was not present in the 2019 model. With a 1 TB M.2 SSD, I was able to cut well on the go, but that could quickly become tight for 4K. You can connect an SSD with the Thunderbolt 2 connection.
The OLED display is ideal for single-player games, but for shooters you should save money and use the Full-HD 300Hz variant. Games always ran smoothly, but there is definitely room for improvement. The flight simulator could not be played comfortably in the highest setting and other games were also heavily used at maximum settings. A Max-Q variant of the RTX 3000 series could solve this in the future, but you have to wait a while until then.
Anyone who has the money and would like to work on the go will be happy with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced.
If you are looking for a cheaper blade, David got the cheaper Blade 15 last year tested.