Razer Blade 15 Gets 4K OLED Display, 9th Gen Intel Power
It's springtime when a laptop maker's thoughts turn to system refreshes. And does Razer have a doozy of an update for you. Not only will the Blade 15 (launching April 24 starting at $1,999) be making the jump to Intel's 9th Gen processors, it will also offer a show-stopping OLED panel.
At 4.6 pounds, 13.9 x 9.3 x 7 inches, the Blade is still one of the smallest gaming laptops on the block. It’s noticeably smaller than the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (4.1 pounds 14.1 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches) and even the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro (4 pounds, 13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches). It’s a tad heavier than both systems, but you should have no problem sliding the Blade 15 into a mid-sized bag.
Razer's still rocking with that boxy retro aesthetic that's unironically chic. The laptop's frame is made entirely of pretty matte black CNC aluminum. In typical Razer fashion, the three-headed snake emblem glows invitingly on the lid while a bevy of multicolored lights twinkled on the interior via Razer's stunning Chroma lighting. It's like watching a sky on lightning bugs glowing during a lazy summer night.
And while black remains Razer’s default color, you can also purchase the laptop in Mercury White if you get one of the Advanced Model configurations.
I never thought I’d see an OLED panel in such a thin-and-light gaming laptop. But here I am, staring at a gorgeous picture of a woman surfing during sunset. It's hard to look away from the warm marigold sky against the aquamarine water. Details were sharp enough that I saw individual drops of water in the spray as the woman rode the wave towards me. I'm seriously excited to see what Apex Legends, Devil May Cry 5 and Battlefield V among other titles look like on this bad boy.
So let’s talk numbers. The Blade 15's 15.6-inch OLED touch panel is 4K (3840 x 2160) with a 60-Hertz refresh rate. If a higher refresh rate is a high priority, Razer also has a 1920 x 1080 screen with a whopping 240-Hz rate which is a first for the company. The base model of the notebook sports a 1080p display, but with 144-Hz refresh.
Razer Blade 15 Specs and Pricing
If you’re interested in a Blade 15, Razer has a good number of options for you to choose from. The OLED version of the system falls under the Razer Advanced Model series. It costs $3,299 and features a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-9750H processor with 16GB of RAM, storage up to a 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU.
The $2,399 version gets you the 1080p screen with 240-Hz refresh rate while the $1,999 base model buys you a full RTX 2060 GPU, a 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD with an empty slot for a 2.5-inch SATA drive.
As far ports, the Advanced Models will feature 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.08 and a mini DisplayPort 1.4. These higher-tier systems will also feature individual per-key lighting customization, a Windows Hello-compliant IR camera. The laptops are also outfitted with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 WLAN card, which at up to speeds 2.4 gigabytes per second should translate into faster downloads, game loads and online connections. The base model has single zone lighting, a 720p webcam, 3 Gen 1 USB Type-A ports, Thunderbolt 3, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.08 and a mini DisplayPort 1.4.
As per usual, Razer has managed to squeeze quite a few goodies into a relatively small space. The 4K OLED display is a show-stopping game changer as is the addition of Intel’s 9th-gen processors. The company also managed to do a bit of futureproofing with the next-gen USB ports and HDMi. I’m definitely excited to get these systems in for testing to see how they stack up to the competition. But it’s definitely an exciting time for PC gaming aficionados in the market for a new laptop.