Following NVIDIA’s announcement of the new GeForce RTX 30 series mobile GPUs, Razer is one of several laptop vendors announcing new and updated laptops using new hardware. Update the Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 family of laptops to use the new GPUs, while the company is working on updating other components they use and even the Blades chassis itself.
Razer Blade 15 base model
We’ll start with the 2021 Razer Blade 15, the latest iteration of Razer’s popular 15-inch gaming laptop.As it happened a few years ago, the Blade 15 is split into two internals: The lower-end “basic” and the higher-end “advanced” models, in many ways, are completely different laptops. In addition to the more advanced models that offer more features, they also use their own thinner chassis, most of which make them separate models in their own right.
For the base model, the Blade 15 Razer uses Intel’s 6-core i7-10750H processor as the heart of the machine. The laptop graphics options are either the GeForce RTX 3060 6GB or the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB as an upgrade option, replacing the RTX 2070 used in the 2020 model, while Razer is using DDR4-2933 memory for the laptop. And while 16GB is the only configuration available, the SO-DIMM is swappable and the laptop supports up to 64GB of memory.
As for display options, Razer is offering a new 144Hz 1080p panel as the minimum option for the 2021 model.This IPS-type panel has 100% sRGB scope (what previous models didn’t) and a matte finish, meanwhile Razer also has. The 165Hz 1440p IPS type panel, which, along with the higher resolution, is also able to cover 100% of the DCI-P3 spectrum.All of these display options are factory calibrated too, although it’s worth noting that there is no base model panel. Which comes with variable refresh support?
For storage, all base 2021 SKUs have a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD.This SSD is hot-swappable and, like last year’s model, has a second open M.2 slot for adding a second drive at once. If you need more storage before that, the laptop will feature a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3, along with another USB-C (3.2 Gen 2) port and three USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports.
Again, Razer is also using the Chroma RGB keyboard. (Instead of per key), although according to Razer, a new model This is compatible with Razer’s 19.9mm-thick aluminum chassis, lifted from the 2020 model, so it has a 65Whr battery, which, although not enough for long gaming sessions away from the power outlet. But it’s enough to power a laptop for productivity tasks for a while.
Razer supports the usual network standards. In addition to Wi-Fi 6 support via the Intel AX201 adapter, the laptop supports Bluetooth 5.1 and also comes with a Gigabit Ethernet jack for a wired connection.Surprisingly, Razer also supports HDMI 2.1 out. This shows that even though the laptop uses NVIDIA’s Optimus technology, it still cable the HDMI port directly to the NVIDIA GPU.
The 2021 Razer Blade 15 Base Model starts at $ 1699, with pre-order starting today and will be available / shipped January 26.P.
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition
We have the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model, which, as mentioned earlier, represents several milestones from the base model in terms of features and performance.
The Blade 15 Advanced Model is built using a full 8-core 10.P A dedicated generation Intel processor i7-10875H Razer is pairing this with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 and 3080 laptop adapters, with the highest SKUs going a half step further and offering a version. 3080 16GB model instead of the standard 8GB model.This configuration replaces the RTX 2070 Super / 2080 Super from the 2020 model.
The total memory depends on the specific laptop SKU. Cheaper models will come with 16GB in two DDR4-2933 DIMMs, while higher versions will come with 32GB of memory.Like the base model, the machine can be upgraded to 64GB entirely.
For display options, Razer offers at least three different options here. The base option for the cheapest Blade 15 Advanced SKU is an IPS 240Hz 1440p panel, which can cover 95% of the sRGB spectrum.This is the only panel that supports G-Sync among all Razer’s options, making this a laptop. It has the best chance of playing games at 1440p comfortably. Alternatively, Razer also offers a 360Hz 1080p panel for the fastest refresh rate. (G-Sync is not required), or as a high resolution option, the company is once again offering a 4K OLED touch panel that can cover 100% of the DCI-P3 spectrum and support HDR too.
All of this goes into a new chassis for the Blade 15 Advanced, which has seen Razer reimagine the laptop’s aluminum chassis to make it thinner – now just 16.99mm thick – the new chassis isn’t a thing. It stands out from the older model, but it makes Razer claim to ship the smallest 15-inch RTX gaming laptop, and, more importantly, open up room for things like a second M.2 slot.
Which brings us to storage: The Blade 15 Advanced comes with a 1TB NVMe M.2 drive, and is a first for the advanced model.There’s also a second empty M.2 slot for another drive. To achieve this goal, Razer has chosen to stack a second SSD on top of the first because laptop space is limited.
Perfect for the advanced version, this laptop comes with an LED-per-button version of the Chroma RGB keyboard, and in case you like to make a face at your laptop, it also packs in an IR camera for Windows login support. Hello
Rounding out the package for the wired connection, the Advanced Model comes with a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3, a second USB-C port, and three USB-A ports.There’s also an HDMI 2.1 port, and while The advanced version is down to a Gigabit Ethernet port instead of an SD card reader, while wireless support is available through Intel’s new AX210 adapter, offering Wi-Fi6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
Lastly, this is the only version of the Blade 15 family that supports USB-C charging, ensuring that the entire Blade 15 family comes with a proprietary 230W adapter, so the maximum 100W USB-C available isn’t enough to. Charge the laptop at full rate. But it’s enough to keep it powered under non-gaming situations or recharge the 80Whr battery for a reasonable amount of time.
The 2021 Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model starts at US $ 2499, with pre-orders starting today to ship in February.
Razer Blade Pro 17
Last but not least, Razer is updating their biggest laptop, the Blade Pro 17.This is a much more straightforward update than the Blade 15 – no new chassis involved – but has been. The same practices in terms of graphics upgrade and display options.
Built using the same 8-core i7-10875H as the 2020 model, 2021 replaced the GeForce RTX 2070/2080 graphics options with the new GeForce RTX 3060/3070/3080 adapters, as well as the top-tier Blade 15 Advanced SKU. 16GB of memory is received for use with the RTX 3080, while all other SKUs come with 8GB or 6GB of VRAM respectively.
At the same time, the memory and storage options remain unchanged from past models.The lower-end SKUs come with 16GB DDR4-2933 in two DIMMs, and the higher-end SKUs come with 32GB of storage space. It’s split between 512GB M.2 NVMe drives on some SKUs and 1TB on others, and the Blade Pro 17 certainly has an open M.2 slot for other drives.
As for display options, Razer is slightly expanding their options in the Blade Pro 17, including a mid-range 1440p display option to complement the 1080p and 4K displays, available below it is an IPS 360Hz 1080p type display. The 17.3-inch display, which can cover 100% of the sRGB spectrum, is again a 165Hz 1440p IPS type display, which once again offers 100% sRGB coverage, and finally Razer is once again offering a 4K IPS panel that is unique among the options. Touchscreen support and 100% Adobe RGB coverage.
All Blade Pro 17 SKUs will feature Razer’s key-per-key Chroma RGB keyboard, as well as an IR camera for Windows Hello, all with Intel’s AX210 adapter offering Wi-Fi6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
The Blade Pro 17 has a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt-3, another USB-C port, three USB-A ports, a HSMI 2.1 port, and an SD card reader. The laptop also has a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networking. Wired and for the first time I saw a 2.5GbE port on a laptop.
The 2021 Razer Blade Pro 17 starts at $ 2299, with pre-orders starting today and to order in the first quarter.