Recently, Razer has brought to light the mid-2019 versions of its popular Blade laptop series that step up performance due to its unison with Intel’s new 9th-generation portable CPUs. It has also joined a rare alliance with a 4K OLED option, delivering on technology it experimented at CES 2019. Like always there are new three models: The Razer Blade 15 Basic, Blade 15 Advanced and Blade Pro 17. The whole lot is slim, light weight and pack top end specs, like 9th-gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPUs, NVIDIA RTX ray-tracing GPUs, and displays perfectly suited for gaming and content creation
Razer Blade 15 spice up the things with Basic and Advanced versions. If you are on easy street then the Advanced model is for you, packing NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPUs and a 240Hz 1080p 15.6-inch screen for high frame-rate gaming. It comes with 16GB of dual-channel DDR4-2667 RAM (expandable to 64GB), an 80 Wh battery for maximum endurance, per-key RGB Razer Chroma and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. All of this squeezed in a 17.8mm thick body weighing as little as 4.73 pounds.
If you have the budget then you can opt for a more captivating experience for gaming or multimedia creation with the top-end Blade 15 Advanced model with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and a 4K 60 Hz OLED touchscreen. It covers 100 percent of the advanced DCI-P3 color gamut and adheres to the new DisplayHDR 400 True Black OLED standard, giving a superb 400 nits of brightness for HDR gaming and entertainment content.
However, things get minimised with the basic version, both in terms of performance and size. The GPU is limited to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, a 1080p 144Hz display, smaller 65 Wh battery and three USB 3.1 Gen 1, not Gen 2 ports. Yet it is powerful for a 4.63 pound laptop that’s slightly thicker than the advanced model at 19.9mm. However the downside is that both the versions lack an SD card reader.
If you need a larger screen, that’s what the Razer Blade Pro 17-inch model is for. Operated also by the 9th-generation Intel Core i7-9750H 6-core CPU, it gives you a choice of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 2070 Max-Q and 2080 Max-Q graphics. Strangely, your screen choices are limited to a 144Hz 1080p 17.3-inch model, though it’s bright at 300 nits and covers 100 percent of the sRGB gamut.
The Blade Pro 17 comes with 16GB of DDR4 2667 Mhz RAM, NVMe SSDs, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C (Thunderbolt) port and a UHS-III SD card reader. The laptop weighs 6.06 pounds (2.75 kg) and it’s 19.9mm thin.
The Blade Pro 17 model starts at $2,499 with RTX 2060 graphics, but will run you $3,199 with the top-end RTX 2080 Max-Q option. Meanwhile, the Razer Blade 15 Base model charges $1,999, while the Advanced unit starts at $2,399 with RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics (there’s no pricing yet on the RTX 2080 4K OLED model, but expect to pay a lot more). They’ll hit the markets tomorrow in the US and Canada, and will arrive in May in the other markets.
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