Razer Blade 15 Base Model Review- the More Affordable Model

by birtanpublished on May 11, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tag review and this is really good times this is the 15 inch razor blade yet again but more affordable this time around what razor did is they introduced a new model that they call the razor blade 15 ace model and the the one that we already reviewed a couple of months ago the standard more fancy-pants more expensive blade is called the razor blade 15 advanced model let's call this one the budget model super cheap it's not but relative to what you get the price is actually very competitive and one of the things about the razor blade 15 we reviewed it was the fact that the price is really quite

High it's really punching up there against the 15-inch MacBook Pro now they're very high end laptops so this one you still get the same beautiful chassis just hair thicker that's all but unibody black matte aluminum design yes it loves fingerprints all the stuff that was good about the blade and it's $15.99 this time we're gonna look at it now so let's talk about what's the same before we talk about what's different on this model you have the same core i7 dish 8750 h6 core Intel eighth generation coffee-like CPU you still have two RAM slots inside so you can upgrade the RAM

If you want 16 gigs of DDR 426 67 megahertz Ram inside and m2 slot populated with a PCIe nvme fast SSD and the 720p webcam the Intel 9268 II Wi-Fi all of that's the same same microsoft precision glass track that same body look equally as nice and high-end and pretty and all that sort of thing so that's what's the same about all the core stuff the 60 Hertz full HD display which was previously the lowest and option on the blade 15 now called an advanced model is the only option with this one so it's the same display as the base model on the advanced 144 Hertz

Refresh is what we had in the full HD line for our review and that despite does look a little bit better just a little bit higher color saturation a little bit more contrasting looking them in terms of metrics from our color image they looked the same if you want the 4k display you still have to go with the advanced model or the 144 Hertz option what else is new here is something that's actually I think pretty cool I know some of you always ago why would you want a hard drive well hard drives are abundant affordable storage and if you're putting a lot of

Games on this are you using it for pro apps say particularly video editing even if you're using something like a GoPro or whatever a drone that footage takes up a lot of space you want abundant cheap storage so this one actually has a two and a half inch hard drive bag shrink I like that a lot obviously you still get a 256 gig PCIe nvme boot SSD that's the only size option if you want a bigger SSD you have to go back with the blade advanced as it's now called or you can upgrade it yourself it's really quite easy to do you know the only upgrade option with this to go from

$15.99 to $17.99 is to go with a 2 terabyte hard drive instead of the 1 terabyte hard drive either way it's a 5400 rpm drive which is not unusual in this price range honestly I kind of like to see a 7200 rpm for 200 bucks though that's a big up charge for that I would really just upgrade the hard drive yourself which again is pretty easy to do something that's new and something I really kind of wish we could merge the base and the advanced small when it comes to this besides the fact you get that hard drive bay is you have a Gigabit Ethernet port now which is nice

Especially for low latency gaming for those who are playing MMOs or anything that's online that's a suite option to have there you stop the Thunderball 3 the rest of the ports on this are the same you can actually see them on screen right now in fact ah but what about the GPU right this is a razor product Gaming is part of the deal right so this is the same GPU as you get on the base model of the advanced model as it's now called which is the nvidia gtx 1060 max-q with 6 gigabytes of gddr5 vram no surprises there if you want the 1070 once again you're looking going back to the

Advanced model it's a very solid performer though and even in today's triple-a titles you can play on high and do at least 60 frames per second given the fact this is a 60 Hertz display there's no point to going beyond that you're just over running the displays refresh rate anyway though it can you can see the battlefield footage on high where the thing was running in the 80 frame per second range which is pretty darn good what about cooling the heatsink on this is not as big it's not that big vapor chamber cooling system that we saw on

The original aka now called Advanced mob it's still a pretty big beefy heatsink four screws per corner for the GPU and the CPU which I like to see for even pressure so that's that's all good of course this is the 1060 we review the 1070 which does generate more heat in general but the cooling is surprisingly good on this the the thing again and again we've had to talk about with every intel 8th gen coffee like 6 core gaming laptop and mobile workstation 2 is the fact that the core temperatures are really high it's just hard for manufacturers apparently to

Manage intel's thermal frame working so the story is a lot like even the gtx 1070 advanced that we were being surprisingly good cooling if you look at forums in fact I like notebook review where people are talking about their gaming laptops for the smaller models everybody's talking about what they can do to either under clock it or repay store whoever to take care of the problems and with the Razer Blade 15 mostly people are talking about what D brand skin to put on it or something like that so that just tells you they have done cooling really well especially

For one the thinnest and lightest chassis that's on the market today for a gaming laptop that's powerful or a mobile workstation so the net is you can see the thermal zone screen right now for the temperatures when I was playing Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer and playing Battlefield Rana was about the same story the core temperatures were really well controlled mid 80s and that doesn't mean that the framerate was poor it was just the same as we would expect to see with any other laptop with these same specs inside likewise with the benchmarks the thermals on this are

Looking quite good and the performance numbers are also good so razor blade has done it again twice which is really nice especially at the price in terms of actual heat to the touch and fan noise it's about the same as the original version of the razor blade 15 with the GTX 1060 which is to say it's gonna get hot on the bottom when you're gaming you you're gonna want to use a laptop cooler or a lap desk don't put it on your skin because let me kind of toasty otherwise it's pretty tolerable in terms of temperatures and the keyboard tech doesn't get hot and in terms of fan

Noise again the fan sound very similar it's not a annoying grading sort of sound but you certainly won't hear the fans when you're gaming not enough that you have to wear headphones but you might want to wear headphones when you're gaming so far old is good and if something has to give right well it's the battery capacity once you put a hard drive in or conversely this is why a lot of laptop manufacturers leave out the hard drive now you have less space for a battery so the blade advanced has a 80 watt hour battery this one has a 65 watt hour

Battery but razor did some cool stuff with their power management and the battery life actually isn't that bad it's gonna depend on how often you trigger that dedicated graphics in there we do have a mini optimist so it can run on integrated graphics if you're working in office and most of the time if you're on the web or something like that it's going to use any graded graphics but the battery life on this isn't so different from the advanced model with the gtx 1060 wishes to say about six and a half hours or so not bad not not amazing but for a powerful thin and like gaming

Laptop that doesn't have a very big battery it's decent enough comes with a 180 watt charger instead of the 200 watt charger that the advanced would have with the GTX 1060 inside they're not giving you that extra wattage there in case you want to overclock the GPU basically to support that as well as possible but not a deal-breaker in my mind and I think it performs quite well without even trying to do overclocking speaking of that Razer synapse has their control panel that they offer for setting the the backlight on the keyboard and also for this gaming mode

Versus standard mode and gaming mode made a difference with the original Razer Blade 15 advanced model and here benchmarking and playing games with an on and with it off really the thermals and the numbers were about the same the other thing that we're losing here and probably is what's contributing to the not seeing a decline in battery life despite those smaller battery inside is you have a chroma key board which means you can choose any color that you like you know but you can only have all keys be the same color so you can choose your favorite shade of light green to match

The Razer logo on lid or deep blue or purple whatever it is and the whole keyboard will light up that way but the good news is finally after how many years of me whining and moaning about this the secondary keys and the punctuation marks um and the multimedia keys are finally backlit they were able to do it where they redesign this keyboard so that part's actually nice you don't have to program your FN row to be different colors just so in kind of dark you can remember where the volume up volume down and brightness up and down or and things like that

Other than the color change and a little change to the ventilation to allow some air through on the keyboard or additional air throw in the keyboard it feels exactly the same in terms of tactile feel and travel which is to say it's a very short travel keyboard though compared to a 15-inch MacBook Pro it seems like a deep travel keyboard because the keys at least do move considerably so the blade 15 this version might look the same as the more expensive version but once you get inside that's where the differences are still towards t5 screws holding down

It's pretty easy just unscrew those and then you lift up just grab from here comes right off nothing tricky going on this is what the underside lid looks like and you see this thick sticky stuff that's right here well this is actually heatsink material and that is what lays across the SSD to help keep it cool and it was a mod I suggested for the previous razorblade 15 looks like they took it seriously and they're doing that now and this other little rubbery block right here is for the PCH keep that cool and it's effective it works the SSD temperatures are excellent on this was

The PCH and once we're inside we can see i heatsink area that other than fact that's not a complaint it completely black like the more expensive blade was it's a similar design they're not as huge a heatsink area but still it's very effective like I said even when gaming the temperatures are really very good on this still have to RAM slots good times there we got our fans with our heat pipes so the heat exits out the rear not at you always good here is our m2 SSD slot nvme SSD inside and there's the new thing the hard drive base so for those of you who need a lot

Of affordable storage that's a pretty exciting thing you have lots of games are using this for a video editing you need a place to store all of that footage wonderful to see that as an available option now the drawback is is that we do have a smaller capacity battery inside of here we the the original blade has a bigger 80 watt hour battery and this is taking up some of the space where that battery would be so it's reduced in size over here this is the Intel Wi-Fi card at 90 to 60 ac Wireless and these are our speaker modules which fire upward from the

Keyboard deck which is good no getting muffled and firing downward so all in all for three hundred dollars less than the advanced model I'm really very pleased with what they did here $15.99 is a lot less terrifying 1899 and up in terms of pricing and again the fact that you can upgrade it and all that stuff as you saw it really helps to with for your SSD your RAM your hard drive capacity it's one of the best Windows 10 laptops currently on the market for those who are looking for a powerful machine that can game or really chew through Adobe Premiere Pro and that

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