Is the Razer Blade 15 worth it?

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Razer Base Blade 2020. A review of the gaming and productivity laptop that could replace your MacBook Pro in 2022.

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Last Updated on Oct-10-2022 – Updated with more editor’s notes about the usability of the power adapter and methods to reduce the fan noise when using the machine for regular tasks (not gaming). Updated PROs and CONs. Updated with more FAQs.

If you’re a PC gaming enthusiast, you’ve no doubt heard of the Singaporean/US tech company Razer, and their well-respected line of gaming electronics and peripherals.

They’re best known for their gaming machines built for flawlessly running games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, or Metro Exodus in compact, laptop-style designs.

Razer’s line of Blade laptops includes:

While the Pro and Stealth exist on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of intended use, the Razer Blade 15 Base Edition stole our attention for its balance of internal specs and external build quality, making it perfect for both gaming, productivity and general use.

But at its price point, is it a worthy replacement for go-to general-use laptops like the MacBook Pro? Does it have all the same productivity features? Does it make any compromises on its gaming abilities? Which is better value?

…and most importantly, is it durable? Can it stand up to typical use and abuse, and how long will it last before the internal technology becomes dated?

While we love products that are built to serious standards of durability, this Razer laptop does not make any ‘extreme rugged’ claims, so we won’t be reviewing it as such. We will however look at how it stacks up in toughness compared to similar models.

So, join us for a comprehensive review, taking a deep-dive into the internal and external specs as we try to answer the question–is the Razer Blade 15 worth it?

First up, let’s take a look at the specs then will discuss the build.

Razer Blade 15 Base Specs (model RZ09-0328x)

Razer Blade 15 Build

Before we take a look under the hood of the Razer Blade 15, let’s assess its build.

As laptops are designed to be portable, it’s important that the chassis, hinges, and inner architecture can withstand being thrown in backpacks, repeatedly flung open and closed, and generally take a few knocks and bumps.

As we mentioned, this is no military laptop, and thus cannot be thrown against walls or drowned for 30 minutes like many other products featured on our site.

Build quality

Razer Blade Black Edition

However, it’s no slouch when it comes to toughness with the following build quality specs:

  • 0.7 inch thickness
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Anodized bonding
  • 4.5 lbs weight

The electro-chemical anodized bonding makes the already tough Aluminum chassis even more durable, so if you’re comparing the strength and impact resistance of the Razer Blade 15 to a MacBook Pro, the Blade wins on this reason alone.

You can get the Base Edition in two color variations: Black or Mercury White.

Note that, on the Black edition, fingerprints are easily visible. Conversely, any scratches will be slightly more visible in Mercury White, but the slightly rough texture of this color variation hides fingerprints well.

Ports and connections

As a gaming device that should easily double up as a workstation if necessary, ports and connectivity are essential.

The Razer Blade 15 Base Edition has 9 ports, which include:

razer blade 15'' base available ports and connection
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
  • USB Type-A
  • HDMI 2.0b
  • Kensington Lock
  • Power
  • USB Type-C
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3.5mm Combo Audio

As well as physical ports, the Razer Blade 15 also features Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth® 5.1, making it well-equipped to deal with basically any peripheral you might want to hook it up to.

We particularly liked the LAN Cable Ethernet port and HDMI ports that make the laptop perfectly suited for streaming via the internet cable. You can quickly import high-quality images and videos and throw them up on a large screen for editing.

Screen and display

As for the screen, the entire range of Base Edition models offer different display options when it comes to resolution and Hz.

We’re looking at the Razer Blade BASE 15 2020 update, which is outfitted with the following display:

  • 15.6” FHD screen
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution at 144Hz
  • 100% DCI-P3 color space range
  • HDR400 True Black

Users will be impressed with the 1ms response time with no ghosting, which is a marked increase from the previous year’s Razer Blade model.

Further enhancements include the infinite contrast ratio and richer colors, however, the refresh rate is sacrificed for enhanced resolution, capped at 144Hz on this model.

This will likely only matter to serious or competitive gamers, who can upgrade to the Blade 15 Advanced Edition to get between 240 and 360Hz refresh rates for smoother visual fidelity.


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Keyboard and Touchpad

Speaking of casual vs. competitive gamers, the keyboard on the Base and Advanced Editions of the Razer Blade 15 may be the thing that ends up persuading you one way or the other.

While the Base Edition does feature the proprietary Razer Chroma RGB lighting, it is single-zone only, able to display a range of 16.8 million colors but for the whole keyboard.

The Advanced version however is able to deliver programmable per-key lighting. This might not seem like a huge deal, but for the gamers out there who value maximum color customization and effects to complement your games or playstyle, it’s important.

The Razer Blade 15’s keyboard is ‘chicklet style, with keys that are bouncy, light, and fairly shallow, without the strong tactile actuation response that you would get from a mechanical keyboard.

If you’re familiar with the 2019 Razer Blade 15 keyboard layout, the current version is mostly the same with one difference–the shift key has been elongated, and the Up/Down keys have been reduced in size to compensate.

As for the touchpad, it’s a generous 13cm by 8cm and is kitted with Microsoft Precision Touchpad support for totally smooth, precise control with productivity gestures that you’ll be familiar with if you’ve used a Windows laptop before.

Editor’s note: One of my biggest concerns when I transitioned from Macbook Pro, was the quality of the touchpad. However, in my opinion, Razer’s glass touchpad is the best in class; it feels very natural and responsive. Does it feel exactly the same as with the Macbook Pro? No, but once you get used to it, you can ditch your mouse (except for when you’re gaming, of course).

FPS gamers will probably want to use their preferred gaming mouse over the touchpad, however, which is easily possible through the USB Type-C Port.


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Now to the battery.

As a gaming laptop, the power demand is quite significant, especially considering the performance benchmarks on this model (which we’ll get to in a second).

The 60.8 Whr battery has been independently tested to give between 4 and 6 hours of battery life without charging, depending on the kind of usage.

Editor’s note: I never get 6 hours, even if I use it on “battery friendly power mode”. But up to 5 hours is realistic…

You’ll need to have the power cable by your side for CPU-intensive tasks such as gaming and video editing, but could quite easily spend a few hours browsing the internet, word-processing, or doing schoolwork without the cable.  

When it does run out, however, the cool-looking 180W power adapter brick will be able to bring it to full charge in about 1.5 hours.

Editor’s note: If you’ve gotten used to the easy-snap-on magnetic power adapter on the MacBook, you might find the Razer power adapter quite unfriendly to use. Although the computer cable connection is solid, you need to use quite a lot of force to unplug it. This can be nerve-wracking, especially when you’re in a hurry.

One solution we found to mitigate the constant fan noise as well as improve the battery life when not plugged in – was to set up the Power Plan mode on level 2 (out of 4).

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Razer Blade Battery Plans

The next thing you should do is ensure that you have the latest Razer Synapse software. Then, you should modify the Performance settings like this:

Razer Synapse fan noise reduction
Razer Synapse fan noise reduction

Don’t forget to toggle the Gaming mode when necessary!


The Razer Blade 15 is fitted with a 512GB SSD M.2 2280 drive. This is different from 2019 model, which featured mixed M.2 and SATA III drive slots.

This change was made most likely to reduce the unit’s weight, however comes at the expense of making user hard drive expansion slightly more difficult, requiring specialist tools for disassembly.

With the physical specs out of the way, let’s turn our attention to the meatier stuff–the Razer Blade’s performance.

Razer Blade 15 Performance

This Razer product manages to maximize its performance for a device with such a small footprint.

Not only are the internal specs good enough to perform multiple intensive operations, but Razer offers tools to optimize performance and fine-tune your machine.

Razer Cortex is a three-part optimization system that aims to boost system and gaming performance. It does this by managing non-essential processes and apps, utilizing machine learning for predictive FPS, and automatically removing junk files.

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Razer Base Blade | Razer CORTEX Software for maintaining and improving performance
Editor’s note: for most of our windows machines we used CCleaner with great results. However, Razer Cortex does a great job in keeping your system run smoothly, so we found no reason to install any additional ‘cleaners’.

Let’s take a further look at each critical performance component, piece-by-piece.


The Blade 15 Base model runs on 10th Gen hexa-core i7-10750H processors (2.6GHz / 5.0GHz). To get an idea of the speed, you can compare it to the previous 2019 model’s 9th Gen Core i7-9750H, with the 2020 edition running approximately 12-15% faster.

Competing laptops that feature the same intel i7-10750H CPU run on average 10-20% faster than this model, suggesting that the Razer Blade 15 is not the best-optimized machine with this processor due to certain limiting factor.

However, at its price point, the speed is not noticeably lacking. The MSI GE65 Raider 9SF for example sets a slightly higher benchmark for processing speed while featuring the same i7-10750H CPU but costs around $900 more.

For a compact unit that comes in at under $2000, the Razer Blade Base 15 does pack some respectable speed, but it isn’t a powerhouse that matches that of high-end gaming laptops.


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Razer blade base GPU

As for the Blade’s graphics card, it uses the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM).

Despite using the previous generation GPU in place of the newer ‘Super’ Max-Q, it’s still able to run the intensive contemporary games like Metro Exodus with all settings turned to max, with the exclusion of ray-tracing, which will likely reduce the fps to lower than 60 when turned on.

The newer RTX 2070 Super Max-Q available in the Advanced Edition however would only offer a minor 5–10% increase in graphics processing speed, which most people probably wouldn’t justify for a $400 increase in price.


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The Razer Blade 15 Base Edition costs around $1,799.

As a unit that can handle both CPU-intensive productivity tasks such as video editing as well as run modern-day games quite capably, it offers much more than similar models like the 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $2399.

Whether it is truly ‘worth it’ depends on your intended use, and the various advantages and disadvantages of the machine that emerge over longer use.


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Razer Blade 15 Pros & Cons

To help you make the right decision, we’ve scoured online reviews for the Razer Blade 15 to figure out the most commonly referenced pros and cons for the machine, which you can view below:

+ Capable gaming and productivity machine Runs very hot during gaming sessions
+ Lots of ports and connectivity options Fairly expensive for some previous generation specs
+ Above-average durability for a gaming laptop The power adapter is not as easy to use as the MacBook’s magnetic one.
+ Great touchpad, one of the best in class Short battery life
+ Thin and easily portable Could get noisy even in normal use, if you set it up on ‘best performance’ profile.

Razer Blade 15 Alternatives

In case you were wondering how the Razer Blade Base stacks up against similar models, check out the below table for a quick comparison, including key features for both gaming and productivity.

Razer Blade 15 | Alternatives Comparison

ModelReleaseSizeCPUGPUDisplayPrice (approx.)
wdt_IDModelReleaseSizeCPUGPUDisplayPrice (approx.)
1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition202015.6”6-core i7-10750H
(up to 5.0GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
with Max-Q (8GB GDDR6)
1920 x 1080
FHD 144Hz
2MacBook Pro201916.0”6-core i7-9750H
(up to 4.5GHz)
AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
3072 x 1920
Retina up to 60Hz
3Lenovo Legion 7i202015.6”i7-10750H
(up to 5.0GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
with Max-Q (8GB GDDR6)
1920 x 1080
FHD 144Hz
4Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502201915.6”6-core i7-10750H
(up to 5.0GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
with Max-Q (8GB GDDR6)
3840 x 2160
4K UHD 60Hz

Razer Blade 15 Base – Quick Questions

Is the Razer Blade 15 Base Edition worth it?

Well, understanding exactly what you intend to use it for will help you find out. Read the following answers to some common questions about the Razer Blade 15 to figure out if this is the best machine for your needs.

Is the Razer Blade 15 good for gaming?

Yes, this laptop is great for gaming! Based on the specs and build, portable gaming is its primary intended use, and accordingly, it is able to run even the most graphically-intensive games available today such as Call of Duty Warzone, Metro Exodus, and Apex Legends.

However, it’s not the top-specced machine within the ‘gaming laptops’ niche. It uses the last generation’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q which means slightly slower graphics processing and is not as fast as other laptops with the same CPU.

Considering both the price point and the trajectory of progress within gaming tech, however, this laptop will be able to run most new games comfortably for at least the next 5 years.

But if you’re a dedicated gamer who doesn’t want to compromise on any settings, the 144Hz display, and previous-generation GPU might persuade you to upgrade to the Razer Blade Pro, or consider another dedicated gaming laptop brand such as Alienware.

Is the Razer Blade 15 good for editing?

Yes, this laptop is a fantastic editing, content creation, and streaming tool.

The 10th generation intel CPU is heavy-duty enough to easily run editing suites like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro.

Additionally, the HDMI port offers varied large-screen display options for editing on a bigger display or previewing your work.

Is the Razer Blade 15 good for productivity?

This laptop can easily run multiple productivity apps like the Microsoft Suite, video conferencing apps like Zoom, as well as internet browsers with multiple tabs simultaneously, thanks to the hexacore i7-10750H processor.

If anything, this machine is quite overpowered for simply productivity functionality. If that’s your only intended use, it might not be worth the high price point unless you also intend to use it for PC gaming.

Is the Razer Blade 15 durable?

Based on everything we know about the Razer Blade 15 Base Edition, we would be comfortable saying that it is indeed durable but not ‘rugged’.

The Aluminum chassis with anodized bonding is a fantastic addition that separates the Razer Blade from many other competing gaming and productivity laptops made primarily from plastic.

Though the material does conduct heat pretty effectively which, combined with the significant warmth this laptop generates during heavy-duty operations, might be a cause for concern in terms of the longevity of the electronic components.
The Blade 15 comes with a 1-year warranty, with the optional purchase of an additional year. The internal hard drive and RAM are upgradable if you have the technical expertise to perform the upgrades.

Who is the Razer Blade 15 perfect for?

Considered together, a ‘perfect user’ emerges for the Razer Blade based on everything it can do well, the things it’s not suited for, as well as the price point.

The Razer Blade 15 Base Edition is perfect for those who are looking for a dual-purpose laptop that will act as their work/school computer as well as their go-to portable gaming rig.
It performs toe-to-toe with purely productivity laptops like the MacBook Pro, with the addition of being able to run the latest games very well.

Additionally, small content creators could easily run their platforms entirely from the Razer Blade, thanks to its generous ports/connectivity and ability to handle intensive editing software.

If you’re a serious gamer who doesn’t use a desktop rig, you might want to look at the Advanced Edition however for better refresh rates and the latest-generation GPU.

More FAQ

Does Razer Blade 15 (2020) get hot?

The Razer Blade’s aluminum chassis helps dissipate heat, making its surface feel warmer. The Blade 15 can reach high internal temperatures, though after a short amount of time level out to and typically does not exceed 194F (90C). When you’re not gaming, we recommend that you set the Power Mode to “Best Power Efficiency”.

Which Razer Blade should I buy? 

Razer’s line of Blade laptops includes:

The Razer Blade Pro is the obvious choice if you want a big screen. If you’re after something more compact or plan to pair your new laptop up with an eGPU like the Razer Core, the Razer Blade Stealth is a leaner, meaner option.

How long do gaming laptops last?  

On average, mid-range gaming laptops last for around 3-4 years before being outdated, while high-end ones last between 4-6 years.

Your feedback, corrections, angry or happy thoughts are welcome here.

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