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Razer Blade 15 Review – The Smallest Gaming Laptop!

May 20, 2019



people sometimes ask why would you buy a gaming laptop when you can just build a custom PC for like $7 this is why this is the new 15-inch razor blade and it is one of the best-looking laptops I've seen this year the design has changed quite a bit I always thought that the 14 inch blade looked a lot like a MacBook this new 15 inch blade looks a little bit more unique the corner radius is a little bit smaller slightly more boxy or shape and I think it looks really good there's some noticeable improvements in build quality as well so the chassis just feels more rigid it's a tighter build and I think it's one of the best-looking products from Razer so the logo is still right in the middle it's sunken in a little bit more and it still lights up it would be cool if they released a gunmetal color like they did on the stealth but something tells me they won't do that any time soon you can get skins for them the D brand one in matte black looks really cool if you mute at the logo and it protects the surface from any scratches and stuff when you open it up you'll see speakers on either side of the keyboard and the power buttons on the right speaker it almost looks like they could implement a fingerprint sensor on that power button but it doesn't exist right now meet before future generations the speakers themselves sound good for reference they're similar if not slightly better than the speakers on the 2015 MacBook Pro but the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro speakers still sounds significantly better than these but good speakers overall the audio sounds clean but I wish there was a little bit more bass so the screen is fantastic it's bright it's fast great color gamut there is a 4k panel available but 144 Hertz screen it's where it's at if you plan on playing games on this machine high refresh beats higher resolution any day of the week unless you're really hardcore about video or photo editing this is one of the best 144 hertz panels on the market right now I'd consider it a step above the competition now keep in mind it does not have G sync I think it was a right decision I'll explain why in a little bit but ya know G sync the webcam quality is pretty mediocre it's a 720p image to get inside it's just a few Torx screws and the panel comes off pretty easily there's finally user upgradable memory I think that's something that a lot of people have wanted over the years it's traditionally been soldered on on the razor blades it's now replaceable you can also replace the SSD and the Wi-Fi card battery life is fair it's an 80 watt hour battery I'm getting around five and a half hours of battery life with the screen at 250 minutes this is with the screen at 60 Hertz so I'm actually reducing the 144 to 60 just to kind of preserve battery life so five and a half hours and this is what I was talking about before I feel like without g-sync you get Nvidia Optimus which helps extend battery life and on a device like this it just makes sense to not have G sync and have technology in here to extend its battery life because that's why you want something that's thin and light importable right the AC adapter on this thing is a little bit bigger than the previous generation but it's still really portable it's a very clean design the plug connects into this oval-shaped ports kind of like a bigger USB c-shape thing it is reversible but it's not magnetic I do like it though it feels secure the rest of the ports are pretty standard you got three use bas a Thunderbolt three with some display outs but there's no SD slot and there's no Ethernet okay let's talk about the keyboard when I first up pictures this layout I was concerned it reminds me a lot of the keeper from the razor blade Pro and I did not like that layout very much and it's essentially the same layout so here's the issue the shift key on the right side and the arrow keys are positioned in a very untraditional way normally that Shift key is right beside the question mark and just out of muscle memory when you're doing a question mark you'll hit shift question mark just really quickly and it just makes sense right you've done it a thousand times in your life probably a hundred thousand times your life but on this keyboard there's an arrow key right between them and it's actually quite difficult to get used to it I've been using this thing for about a week at this point and for the first two days it was very irritating I was constantly hitting up question mark instead of shift question mark and you can see how they'd be annoying after day four day five I got used to it but there's another problem to this if this was the only laptop or the only keyboard that you've ever used then you'll get used to it but the moment you switch to another keyboard like even a regular razor keyboard like one of their desktop keyboards you're back to a completely different layout and that is the bigger problem the inconvenience when it comes to switching keyboard now if you're someone that uses the left shift instead of the right shift then this probably won't bother you or if you're someone that just doesn't switch keyboards very often then it also won't bother you but for the few people out there it might be more than just a few but for the people that do switch keyboards or just switch devices regularly it's a thing now another thing that kind of bugged me before about Razer keyboards is that the function keys up top only led up the function number you don't actually see the hotkeys being lit up so the brightness controls and the volume controls you can't see those in the door but you can map different colors of it using the Razer synapse like you can make those purple or green whatever you want so you can technically identify what bundles are by the color which is a bit of a workaround but at least it's better than not be able to tell where they are at all the trackpad this is now using Windows precision drivers great surface texture and accurate tracking the buttons are underneath the trackpad this year instead of the dedicated hardware buttons they've had in the past but I think most people will enjoy this trackpad there's one like mild issue the trackpad is quite large and the palm rejection software isn't perfect yet I think that something that can tweak over time but right now when you're typing occasionally your palm will kind of move that tracker around but it's a really minor problem the performance is great it's running the 8750 H it's a six core CPU excellent for multi-core applications there are two GPU options there's a 1070 max Q and a 1060 max Q that 1070 gives maybe 25-30 percent better performance in the 1060 it's not insignificant but it's also a little bit thicker like half a millimeter thicker it's barely noticeable but there is a difference the performance in games for either of these cards is gonna be great and depending what you play or what you want to do with your laptop you'll have to make that decision for yourself my unit runs pretty warm but I'm not seeing it throttle that's cutting it kind of close so if you're live in a warmer climate or if you play your games in a room that doesn't have air-conditioning then you're gonna get warmer temperatures keep in mind this is at stock though I did try under vaulting and XTU and I got it to like negative 130 millivolts and temperatures are noticeably better now cooling a device like this is not easy every millimeter that you shave off this laptop to make it thinner and thinner just makes it exponentially harder to cool it properly and this year they did a really really good job it's still not perfect I'd love to see lower temperatures without under vaulting or repai stting but it's better this year than it has been in the past okay the fans are not too loud you actually get pretty decent control in the software this time you can tweak it the way that you like and even at max speed it's not crazy loud or anything one weird thing though I don't know why it takes like 10 maybe 15 seconds for the fan speed to ramp up and down like a lot of gaming laptops that I've used you press a button and the fans goes all the way up instantly this takes a little while to get there it's not it's like not an issue or anything but it's just something I've noticed I haven't seen in other devices before so I thought I should just mention it now whether or not you should purchase this thing like should you get one here's the thing this year in 2018 there are a ton of really good thin and light gaming options to choose from like there's more this year than have been any other year that I've seen before with the razor blade you're getting advice that is the smallest 15.6 inch gaming laptop on the market it's literally the smallest one available and with that title comes a price premium but the overall device is really good this year nice design awesome build really powerful components good thermals the keyboard is really my only gripe but if you're thinking and adapt to it or if you don't really care about those issues that I mentioned about that shift key and arrow key then I think you're gonna really like this device okay hope you guys enjoyed this video thumbs we liked it subs if you loved it I'll see you guys next time

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33 Comments

  • Reply Dave Lee May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Huge improvement from Razer this year. If you're looking to get one, I highly recommend the 144hz panel. It's really good. Thanks for watching =)

  • Reply Edmond Loo May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I never use the right shift so it wont be an issue for me but I still prefer using bigger laptop. I love bigger screen. To play games and watch movies. My Alienware 17 R5 is still the best though….

  • Reply Timo Scholtens May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Which online type guide from africa did you follow?

  • Reply Baba Yaga May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I wanna switch from Mac to windows, But I'm really concerned with about Keyboard and especially touchpad in PCs. If not Razor Touchpad then is there anything else that matches MBP?

  • Reply Cholo D. May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Would you still prefer buying this laptop today or should I wait for their new release?

  • Reply ApachePorcupine May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    “For like 7 dollars” 😂

  • Reply 장루이 May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    What's the refresh rate?

  • Reply Michael SP May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Hi Dave, can I ask you which model of Razer 15 model of 144hz is most worth to buy?

  • Reply Anonymous May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Razer Blades are a rip off. Way way too much money for what you get.

  • Reply Juta Vandella May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    is there a gtx 1070 no max q version of this laptop ?

  • Reply Edmond Loo May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Love your review! Thumbs up!

  • Reply Johnny Kim May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Does razer blade 15 2018 advanced model support 4 lanes of PCIE for thunderbolt 3???

  • Reply Tony Ngo May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    This or the gs65 1070?

  • Reply Andhika Aulia May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Dave, no one use right shift key.

  • Reply U wU May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Where in the hell is the hdd

  • Reply AndreZB May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    > buys gaming pc for 7$

    > pc crashes playing minesweeper

  • Reply camaroboy1905 May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    overpriced shit

  • Reply Trevor J May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I replayed the beginning like 8 times

  • Reply Charlotte Raymen May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    how is it for Video editing?

  • Reply ChaoticToast 420 May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Do you think this is better than the razer blade pro ???

  • Reply M J May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Is what I don’t understand is why do ppl buy expensive gaming laptops?

    Isn’t it a more enjoyable experience on a real pc setup with a monitor and desk?

    Or is this for ppl who like gaming in bed?

    Or is it for travel gaming?

  • Reply Juan Chang May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Does the light of the Razer logo shine through the matte black skin?

  • Reply Ed Lazor May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I completely agree about the keyboard shift key placement… It's a bit annoying. I solved the problem with an external keyboard, but I'd really prefer a different layout. Also, I feel like placement of the lightning port could be better. When I plug something in, the cable gets in the way of having the mouse on the right side of the laptop… Also, I'd prefer to have more Lightning/USB-C ports than the older USB ports at this point, considering the performance difference between the two types of connection.

  • Reply Håkon Eide May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Can somebody help me? I can't decide between Razer Blade 15 gtx 1070 max q vs Lenovo Legion y740 with gtx 2060. The lenovo Costs 100 dollars more in my country. Is it worth those 100usd extra?

  • Reply XNobleActualX May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    How good would you say this is for music production via FL or Ableton Live? I'm not really using it for gaming but having the capabilities of a gaming laptop make music production alot easier. Or should I settle for the base model Blade Stealth?

  • Reply Player 47 May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I heard from the Internet this laptop doesn't last very long.

  • Reply Sandro Cavallari May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I bought it few weeks ago and after not even 10 days, it is already broke down!!
    The customer service is as bad as it could possible be. They promise 3-5 business days to fix it. Now more that 10 days are already passed by !!! Really bad experience given the amount of money they ask??

  • Reply Manash Mathan May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Hey Dave what’s that black keyboard at 4:08 at the top
    And like what’s the price

  • Reply xP4 God May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    So can any1 plz tell me… should I get this or the MSI gs65 stealth?

  • Reply Wilbert Beltman May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Honestly I had no idea people even used the shift on the right side…

  • Reply JFTWynn May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Is there a reason why Razer doesn’t have Ethernet ports on their laptops? I’m assuming it’s just to keep it as thin as they can or is there another reason?

  • Reply Ali Nasrudin May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Can I really use it for Architecture

  • Reply Tony Ko May 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Dont waste your money on a razer. Mine came out of the box with fan noises. They only support their products 5 years from the time of release. This means no spare parts, no help from their support after 5 years. “Go take it to geeksquad..” is the support i got. Mine crapped out after 5 years, seems like a circuit blew on the motherboard. Go with another gaming rig, the screen is too tiny for serious gaming anyway. Dont make the mistake i did. Fuck Razer

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