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Razer updates Blade 15 laptop with fresh hardware

by on02 April 2020

Intel 10th gen Core i7 CPUs and Nvidia RTX Super Mobile graphics cards

Following the launch of both Intel's latest 10th gen CPUs and Nvidia's RTX Super Mobile graphics cards, Razer has updated its Blade 15 laptop, giving a boost to both the Advanced and Base model versions.

Still featuring a 15.6-inch display packed in an impressively thin and sleek aluminum unibody chassis, measuring 355x235x19.9mm (13.98x9.25x0.78-inch) for the Base and 355x235x17.8mm (13.98x9.25x0.70-inch) for the Advanced version, and weighing in at around 2.1kg for the Base and 2.2kg for the Advanced model.

In addition to the new hardware, Razer also updated the Chroma RGB lighting keyboard with Synapse 3, with a slightly different layout which includes an extended right shift and half-height directional keys. The Base model keyboard has single-zone RGB lighting while Advanced model gets per-key RGB lighting.

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The new Razer Blade 15 also got an improved I/O, increased storage options and a new screen option for the Advanced model.

The Base model gets 6-core 10th gen Core i7 CPU

Surprisingly, the new Razer Blade 15 Base model only gets the new Intel 10th gen Core i7, in the form of 6-core Core i7-10750H (2.6GHz / 5.0GHz) with 12MB cache. You can choose between GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2060, or RTX 2070 Max-Q, depending on the SKU.

The Base model still keeps the 144Hz 15.6-inch FHD screen or OLED 4K touch screen, 65Wh battery, 16GB of RAM, a Gigabit Ethernet port. You also either get 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD or 512GB NVMe SSD, again, depending which SKU you pick.

Bear in mind that the Base Model still uses the Advanced Heatpipe cooling system rather than the fancy Vapor Chamber one, which is reserved for the Advanced model.

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model gets impressive updates, new screen, vapor chamber cooling

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced model is the one that got all the updates including a new high-performance 300Hz FHD Matte screen, Intel's 10th gen 8-core Core i7-10875H (2.3GHz / 5.1GHz) CPU with 16MB cache, and up to 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.

The Advanced Model also comes with Razer's new Vapor chamber cooling system with 44 blade fans, big heatsinks, and more. It also gets an SD card reader but lacks an Ethernet port.

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Of course, the new Razer Blade 15 features Intel Wireless-AX201 with 802.11ax WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, and Advanced Model gets a larger 80Wh battery, and you can still choose the 4K OLED Touch screen with HDR400 and Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

The new Razer Blade 15 looks impressive but costs a pretty penny

According to Razer, the new Razer Blade 15 will start at $1,599.99/€1,799.99 and will be available in the US and Canada, as well as Europe, China, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.

Bear in mind that the new Blade 15 Advanced Model with RTX 2080 Super pushes the price up to $3,000, or $3,300 if you want the 4K OLED Touch screen.

"The new Razer Blade 15 is simply the best laptop we have ever created," said Brad Wildes, Senior Vice President of Razer's Systems Business Unit. "We've added numerous cutting-edge features and user improvements that were requested directly from the community to make the Blade 15 more than just a great laptop for gamers, but a great laptop for everyone."

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