When I last looked at the Razer Blade 15 Advanced in late 2020, I criticized the firm for resting on its laurels when it came to laptop design. Some of Razer’s rivals, such as the MSI GS66 Stealth, have made significant gains.
Razer has already replied in two major ways in 2021, with the Blade 14, which is a tiny 14-inch laptop running an AMD processor and Nvidia RTX graphics card.
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced (late 2021) Verge Score is 7.5 out of 10.
The specs might be overpriced.
The Blade 15 Advanced’s design is more fingerprint-resistant and its webcam has been improved from 720p to 1080p, beginning with the mid-2021 range. The most interesting model of the bunch, in terms of technical capability, is actually the least capable one: the basic version I’m evaluating here.
The Razer Blade 16 handles well, and it’s thin enough to be portable. The keyboard has a good layout that makes gaming easier than ever before. Razer was smart in making certain that several of the fundamentals were not dropped during the size reduction.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 has all the bells and whistles I’d want in a gaming laptop.
Get an SSD of this capacity for roughly the same price as a 1TB HDD.
This is a pricey model. It costs $2,299, which is significantly more than most other computers with similar specifications (minus the QHD display). That isn’t a major problem if you have the funds. However, there’s another issue that money can’t fix: its heat dissipation.
After cycling the system’s CPU and GPU performance to the maximum in Razer Synapse, its built-in tool for adjusting power settings and customizing the backlit keyboard, a few rounds of Deathloop raised its CPU temperature to 100 degrees Celsius.
The high temperature didn’t result in any indications of performance-related throttling. It’s simply a laptop that gets heated up while performing intensive tasks. This is less of an issue if you plan to connect existing accessories, such as a mouse and keyboard, and put the Blade 15 Advanced back on your desk.
“The Blade can reach high internal temperatures while operating at maximum performance settings, but after a short period of time, they level out and seldom exceed 90C.
There’s some good news on the horizon, which I believe Razer and I can agree upon: this Blade 15 Advanced’s gaming performance is decent.
It’s safe to say that the Blade 15 Advanced model, after playing a few intense games on it, is better equipped than I anticipated to play AAA games with high graphical settings at QHD resolution — you know, aside from being hot throughout.
Other games did not pose such problems, and they ran well enough. Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s in-game benchmark reached an average of 48 frames per second while running at QHD resolution with ultra settings and DLSS and ray tracing turned on.
The QHD display has excellent color and detail, but its 240Hz refresh rate is a far greater ceiling that many games won’t be able to reach on this laptop.
The fewer (if any) adjustments you’ll need to make in order to more regularly surpass that appealing 60 frames per second bar the more money you’re willing to spend on a gaming laptop. It’s not a major problem that this Blade 15 Advanced can’t always achieve 60 fps in some games, as long as you realize beforehand.
Gaming technologies have advanced considerably in recent years, with some titles now requiring more power to run rather than less.
However, thanks to Nvidia’s deep-learning super sampling (DLSS), the future isn’t quite as foreboding. Enabling it means you play games at a lower resolution, however the RTX GPU’s AI cores use Nvidia’s neural network to enhance image quality, making it appear as if you didn’t change the resolution at all.
The MSI GS65 Stealth Pro 15-inch is a powerful gaming machine with an RTX 2080 MaxQ.
The Blade 15 Advanced now has an anti-ghosting mechanism, which is a good thing. The new Razer keyboard is comfortable to type on, and the layout can be readily transferred from using a full-size keyboard.
The additional two features of this new wave of Blade laptops — the fingerprint-resistant coating and the enhanced 1080p webcam — are both minor improvements that don’t add much value. The web camera is the more significant upgrade of the two, in my opinion.
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced (late 2021) Every smart device now has a set of terms and conditions that you must agree to before using it — contracts that no one reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every one of these agreements.
This laptop still collects your fingerprints, despite the fingerprint-resistant paint. However, when I didn’t scream the same ‘wow, I barely touched this thing and it’s filthy’ line that I usually do after opening a black Razer laptop, I discovered it to be an improvement.
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is different from other Razer laptops in that it is extremely thin. Its thickness is a benefit, but also a major drawback when it comes to keeping cool.
I’m not aware of a solution for Razer or any other firm on this one. The desire to go as far as possible with thinner gaming-focused gadgets is going to be limited by how much airflow they can allow at some point, and it appears like Razer’s is nearing the limit.
If you’re looking for a Razer-brand recommendation, check out the Blade 14 variant with an AMD processor, an RTX 3070 GPU, and a QHD display (only $100 less than this reviewed model). It’s thicker, so heating shouldn’t be as much of an issue.
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