Building on a simple and compact design, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced is not a gaming PC like the others. This 15 inch borderless surrounded by a black case does not let appear the scope of its components and is thus addressed to the nomad gamer who seeks a mobile machine with which to play in excellent conditions and to work effectively when the need arises makes you feel. Inside, none other than a Hexa Core i7 supported by a GeForce GTX 2070 Max-Q and by what is needed RAM (16 GB) and SSD storage (512 GB) for a fluid system. In addition, there is a magnificent 240 Hz screen serving players, an RGB gaming keyboard with a button, an infrared webcam and full connectivity with TB3, but the absence of an Ethernet port may hinder some,
Features of the 2019 Razer Blade 15 Advanced (RZ09-03017F02-R3F1)
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD IPS 240 Hz (1920×1080, matt / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2667MHz, 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.1 (Gen 1) 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2, Thunderbolt 3), HDMI 2.0b, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, Headphone / Mic Combo|
|Network||Wi-Fi AX, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, RGB per key, macro and shortcuts via Razer Synapse|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via webcam|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Atmos speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||8 hours / Li-Ion 80Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.1 Kg / 355 x 235 x 18 mm|
Razer Blade 15 Advanced chassis, connectors, screen
Like Apple laptops, Razer has a habit of creating rather timeless designs. The aluminum chassis has a rounded silhouette that plays the sobriety card with a visibly premium level of finish and assembly. The only downside, its black color tends to visibly mark fingerprints. The brand\’s signature logo is tinged with green but can be deactivated for those who wish to go unnoticed.
The format of the Razer Blade 15 advanced is well optimized with its 18 mm thickness and its small weight of 2.1 mm which allows it to enter the closed clan of ultrabooks. It is very strong for a PC which contains such a configuration.
Despite its mobile ultrabook appearance, the Razer Blade Advanced is fundamentally gamer, as evidenced by its keyboard with backlighting using a multicolored key , infinitely configurable via the Raze Synapse utility with programming of macro and shortcuts.
The specifications of the screen are also thought for the benefit of the players and that is saying something! The liveliness is boosted by a refresh rate of 240 Hz ensuring an action of the most fluid and without latency. Intensive players will necessarily appreciate the additional 96 frames per second compared to the 144 Hz more widely crossed on the high-end, just as much as the immersion offered by the borderless IPS panel . The Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) is most suited to the players and allows to make the most of your HD content while the matte treatment prevents the ambient light reflected on the screen, improving comfort of play (especially in dark scenes).
In terms of connectivity, the Blade 15 Advanced has a wide variety of ports. On the left, the location for the power cable, two USB 3.1 ports (gen 1) and a 3.5 jack for headphones / microphone. On the right, the Kensington anti-theft attachment, a mini-DisplayPort, an HDMI 2.0 output, an additional USB 3.1 port and finally a Thunderbolt 3 compatible USB-C (which can notably accommodate an external eGPU box such as the Razer Core Chroma). Note also the touch of green inside the USB-A (usually blue), a nod from the brand.
Performance, autonomy of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced
At the center of this configuration is illustrated the graphic part, particularly swift. It is entrusted to the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q Turing Ray-Tracing. For comparison, it approaches the capabilities of a GeForce GTX 1080 in most scenarios. Expert players will be able to launch the most recent and greedy titles in 1080p Ultra with 80 FPS minimum and will also enjoy a good quality of game in 4K and virtual reality for amateurs. Note that the Max-Q design, designed for integrated thin PCs, requires a 10% drop in performance on average compared to a standard RTX 2070, enough to lose a few FPS on greedy games nothing more.
Next comes the very heart of this ultrabook and its 9th generation processor Hexa Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh. Thanks to the combined power of its 6 cores, it makes it possible to envisage all types of work, in particular work on software greedy in multicore resources (3D modeling, parallelization, video editing, etc.). Indeed, this processor is ideal in versatility for creatives, publishers and other graphic design professionals, provided you are a fan of the PC Gamer look of course … Especially since the RAM is present in quantity. With 16 GB of RAM , you benefit from a large scale in multitasking and what to see coming the next years serenely.
Storage is another strength inside this Razer Blade 15 Advanced since it is entrusted to a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD which will significantly strengthen the overall reactivity of the system on a daily basis. Overall quieter, more robust and energy efficient than a mechanical disk, it allows Windows to reach a remarkable level of fluidity with short loading times and execution without latencies. What is more, its capacity is not ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your toy library even if some will not find it sufficient.
With its 80Whr battery, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced is rather well suited for nomads. In practice, with the screen set to 60 Hz, it is possible to reach 7:30 of autonomy in current use (web browsing with active Wifi). Good point, recharging is quick since it is possible to recover more than 85% of charge in 1 hour.