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Razer Blade 15 (Base Model) 2021 edition review

Reviewing laptops is something very much outside of my comfort zone, but when Razer offered me the chance to review the latest Razer Blade 15, I knew I had to say yes. Not only does the Razer Blade itself come with a very solid reputation, but if the rest of the Razer range was anything to go by, I was in for a real treat. I was not disappointed!



The 2021 Razer Blade 15 (Base Model) comes packed with some of the best tech on the market. So naturally I was super excited to see what all the fuss was about, especially with the infamous RTX 30 series GPU’s.


Specs:

  • 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750h 6 Core (2.6GHz / 5.0GHz)

  • 15.6” Full HD 144Hz 100% sRGB

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 8GB GDDR6 VRAM

  • 512GB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + Open M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot

  • 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz (8Gb x 2)

  • Price - $2599 - Centrecom



Out of the box, you're immediately drawn to how sleek looking this machine is. Of course when I learned that I would be reviewing this model, I did my pre-research and honestly, the pictures of it didn't impress me. It looked rather bulky and boxy, and well, that's simply not the case. The look is totally impressive. The CNC Unibody Aluminium chassis, combined with that Anodized black finish had me immediately swooning, and you can't go past that gorgeous backlit razer logo on the lid. my only issue design wise is that while it looks great, that anodized finish is an absolute fingerprint magnet.



After trialling this beast for about 2 weeks, my only complaint is that I don't feel like I got to see even nearly enough of what it is capable of. In design, the 2021 Razer Blade is very similar to previous models; some might prefer that Razer changed things up a bit, but I am a strong believer of the if it's not broken, don't fix it approach. Make no mistakes, this is one good looking laptop that doesn't need fixing. Once you open the lid, you are greeted with a backlit keyboard that looks great, however the keys are a little squishy and don't feel as premium as I'd have liked. Each tap felt a little shallow and made for the typing experience to be a little unnatural feeling, however something I'm sure you'd adapt to over time. That being said, there's not a lot of laptops that feel much better, so not a sticking point, just something to note. Moving on to the touchpad, it is a dream. It looks and feels really nice and is surprisingly responsive. The Display is a 144Hz 1080p 100%s RGB display, surrounded by a delightfully thin bezel, despite still housing the in-built webcam.


The chassis features a whole bunch of inputs and outputs, including HDMI 2.1. If you didn't know already, HDMI 2.1 allows for up to 4K 120FPS and works with any HDMI 2.1 monitor or TV, so playing your games on a 55” or above screen no longer mean loss of performance. As well as this HDMI 2.1 slot, the Razer Blade features:


  • 1x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)

  • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2

  • 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2

  • 1x Ethernet port


This allows for the connection of multiple peripherals or external storage devices for game or file storage etc.



Now we've talked about how the Razer Blade looks, let's get into how it performs. With any gaming laptop, everything else is second to the importance of gaming performance. Therefore, one of the first things I did, after installing a bunch of launchers and games etc, was to run a benchmark test. The results for this test surpassed even my wildest expectations… Here are the results:


  • UserBenchmarks: Game 94%, Desk 95%, Work 88%

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H - 89.9%

  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070 (Laptop) - 100.4%

  • SSD: Nvme CA5-8D512 512GB - 205.4%