The Razer Blade 15 reminds us that the good old days—when a gaming laptop was large and productivity laptops were smaller—are over.

Claiming to be the “smallest 15-inch gaming laptop,” the redesigned Razer Blade 15 likely makes good on that promise by being nearly as small as, say, the popular workhorse Dell XPS 15, while offering blistering gaming performance.

The previous-generation Razer Blade 14 had rounded corners, huge bezels and sported a 14-inch screen. Despite having a bigger display and faster parts inside, the Razer Blade 15 is almost the same size as the 14-inch unit it supplants.

The Razer Blade 15 measures in at 14 inches wide by 9.3 inches deep and 0.69-inch thick. Razer’s thickness figure excludes the rubber feet on the bottom, which make it about 0.8-inch tall.

Though the Razer Blade 15 is small, it’s certainly not light: just shy of 4.6 pounds for the laptop itself. Toss in the 230-watt brick required for GTX 1070 Max-Q and you push the weight up to 6.3 pounds.

Razer Blade 15 Adam Patrick Murray

The Razer Blade 15’s keyboard is fair, but its per key backlighting is outstanding.

Razer Blade 15 Specs

The Razer Blade 15 that we reviewed features:

  • 8th-gen 6-core Intel Core i7-8750H
  • 16GB of DDR4/2677 in dual-channel mode
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (optional GTX 1060 Max-Q)
  • 512GB Samsung M.2 PCIe SSDS (256GB Option)
  • 15.6-inch, 1920×1080 IPS 144Hz factory-calibrated screen (4K/60Hz option)

Razer Blade 15 Build Quality

Fit and finish has always been Razer’s strong point on its laptops, and we see the same with the new Razer Blade 15. Pick up the Razer Blade 15. Run your hands along its cold aluminum frame and try to flex it. Just try. You get the general impression that it’s really a well-built laptop.

Razer Blade 15 Upgrade Options

While thin gaming laptops don’t have the upgrade options of the big ones, we do like to see just how easy it is to add or upgrade components. After removing what feels like 900 Torx screws (It’s more like 10) from the Razer Blade 15, it’s a snap to remove the bottom. Inside, the M.2 SSD is the easiest to remove. Memory is also accessible once you move a few cables out of the way. The last part you could potentially change is the wireless module. Overall, we’d give it a solid B on upgrades.



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