Razer Blade 15 Advanced melds slimness, Turing GPUs, and OLED displays

I don't normally get into gaming laptops, but exceptions can be made. The best portable gaming PCs have plenty of horsepower, don't look like typical garish gaming laptops, and have displays with pixels you actually want to look at. Razer's newly-updated Blade 15 Advanced appears to make a run at all three of those qualifications.

Razer outfitted the Blade 15 Advanced with two display options. The standard configuration has a 240 Hz 1920×1080 display with a matte finish. The company says this model can cover 100% of the sRGB color space. If you'd rather have more pixels, a 4K OLED display is available as an upgrade. That panel has an HDR 400 True Black certification and covers an impressive 100% of the larger DCI-P3 color gamut. Razer calibrates both displays at the factory, so they should look nice out of the box.

You need something to push those pixels, though, and Razer has provided plenty of processing power. The Blade 15 Advanced comes equipped with Intel's newly-announced Core i7-9750H, which is a six-core, 12-thread beast with 12 MB of cache and a Turbo speed of 4.5 GHz. Nvidia GeForce RTX cards drive those pixels. The base 1920×1080 configuration is driven by a GeForce RTX 2070 in a Max-Q flavor, and there's a an RTX 2080 Max-Q available as an upgrade. The 4K variant gets the top-end GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.

Memory allotments are available in configurations between 16 and 64 gigabytes of DDR4 with XMP support. Storage is provided by either a 256 GB or 512 GB NVMe SSD with four PCI Express 3.0 lanes. You'll also find all the usual accoutrements, like an Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, Bluetooth 5 connectivity, and three USB 3.0 Type-A ports. Razer has also blessed the Blade 15 Advanced with a lone Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C connector that the company says would be handy for connecting one of its Core X external GPU enclosures.

Despite all that horsepower, Razer claims the Blade 15 Advanced is the world's smallest 15.6" gaming laptop. The machien measures 0.7" x 9.3" x 14 " (1.8 x 23.5 x 35.5 cm for the conversion-impaired). Perhaps due to the different configuration options, weight is more variable. The Blade 15 Advanced can weigh anywhere from 4.6 to 4.9 pounds (2.1 to 2.2 kilograms). This laptop's aluminum unibody enclosure comes in either black with a backlit green Razer logo, or in a Mercury White finish with a less eye-catching "tone-on-tone" logo. There's also per-key RGB backlighting on the keyboard. 

You'll pay for all this hardware punch, though. Pricing starts at $2,399 for the Blade 15 Advanced's 1920×1080 version with a 256 GB SSD. That sweet 4K OLED version with the upgraded graphics processor and 512 GB of storage will run you $3,299. You have to mess around a bit with Razer's configurator to find this pricing. 

Razer has also announced a more pedestrian version of the Blade 15. The entry-level version has the slightly older Core i7-8750H processor, 16 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and a less-speedy 128 GB SSD in tandem with a mechanical drive for storage. This model still has a GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB as standard, thoughTuring GPUs are available as upgrades. This version is presently available on Razer's shop starting at $1,599.

Ben Funk

Sega nerd and guitar lover

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    • sweatshopking
    • 6 months ago

    HEY BEN, INCHES AREN’T REAL.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 6 months ago

      YOU’RE NOT REAL

        • Neutronbeam
        • 6 months ago

        FOR REAL?

    • RoxasForTheWin
    • 6 months ago

    I read sliminess and get very concerned

    • RtFusion
    • 6 months ago

    Hmmm OLED… going to enjoy that burn-in after having the same game interface on for hours a day.

    • R-Type
    • 6 months ago

    LOL, you get OLED and 4K with 15″ and the 17″ is only 1080p? No sale.

      • BIF
      • 6 months ago

      It looks like the 17″ isn’t actually available for sale yet. I could not find a configurator/”buy now” option.

      • Spunjji
      • 6 months ago

      There don’t seem to be 17″ OLED panels about in any resolution, yet. 15.6″ is the magic size, and for 17.3″ panels, 1080p is the only resolution currently available with those thin bezels.

      My best guess is that panel manufacturers hate consumers.

    • rudimentary_lathe
    • 6 months ago

    Beautiful machine. At first I thought the $2,399 figure included the RTX 2080 Max-Q and OLED screen and jaw hit floor. It turns out that model is $3,299.

    I look forward to the day OLED – or something with a similar feature set – becomes affordable in the monitor space. Still not there.

    Edit: Here’s the link to the configurator:
    [url<]https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops/razer-blade/shop[/url<]

      • derFunkenstein
      • 6 months ago

      edit: OK I get it now. You have to pick the GTX 2080 before you get the “Advanced” model. And you’re correct about pricing. Argh.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 months ago

        Pricing has been updated.

      • DPete27
      • 6 months ago

      mini/micro LED seems to be that affordable solution.

        • rudimentary_lathe
        • 6 months ago

        Yes I’ve seen that in TVs. Are there any monitors you can suggest with this for a non-wallet-emptying price?

        I have an IPS right now and the glow is driving me nuts. Time for upgrade soon methinks. Thinking of getting a new GPU/monitor combo when Navi comes out (if it’s good, of course).

          • Chrispy_
          • 6 months ago

          I’d love a microLED monitor. Like you, the glow and pathetic contrast ratios of IPS drove me to VA panels, but they’re not without their issues either.

        • GrimDanfango
        • 6 months ago

        They’re two very different things, aren’t they?
        Mini-LED is just the same old crap – an LCD backlight array, just fine enough that HDR might not be a total joke.
        Micro-LED is the real contender to OLED, hopefully mitigating the burn-in issues, but largely doesn’t exist in the wild yet, and will probably cost a kidney or two when it does.

      • MrDweezil
      • 6 months ago

      I don’t really use my laptop for gaming so this isn’t something I’d buy, but it does seem like a pretty impressive piece of engineering considering how bulky and ugly most gaming laptops are. I would consider buying their Stealth model though.

        • Pulsar_the_Spacenerd
        • 6 months ago

        I looked into the Blade Stealth, and it seems like a solid laptop. It shares a lot of the better features of the MacBooks, like user-facing speakers and a full aluminum body. My biggest issue was the logo. I wouldn’t be super surprised if they spun off a business line, which would be a very funny direction for a gaming company.

          • leor
          • 6 months ago

          Got my wife the pink stealth for Valentine’s Day, great machine! It plays civ 6 no problem with the MX150.

          Will def be getting the OLED version of this, been waiting on a laptop like this for a long time.

          • MrDweezil
          • 6 months ago

          They changed the logo on the latest Stealths to not light up anymore, which seems as subdued as you can reasonably ask for.

      • Wirko
      • 6 months ago

      Remember, organic is expensive.

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