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Razer Blade 15 Advanced – Initial Impressions

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The Singapore-based gaming hardware giant, Razer is starting off 2019 with their all new Razer Blade 15 Advanced which was announced recently at CES. The 15-inch Blade models have always been our top pick for portable gaming laptops as they offer high-end parts fitted in a slim and attractive chassis.

Razer introduced two 15-inch Blade laptops in 2018 which got widely successful cause of their aesthetics. They decided to go with the same design but with some beastly changes made under the hood. The most exciting one is the upgrade to the new and more powerful Nvidia RTX-series graphics.

The Blade 15 is among the very first laptops to get the Nvidia RTX GPUs with all the ray tracing and DLSS features. There will be three graphics configuration available; the RTX 2060 6 GB, RTX 2070 Max-Q 8 GB and the RTX 2080 Max-Q 8 GB.

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The Nvidia Max-Q tech in the higher end models is used to reduce power consumption and to make sure that these RTX chips can fit inside a slender designed laptops, meaning that Razer has worked closely with Nvidia on thermal and acoustic design to make as efficient as possible but it does not ensure that the performance will be on par with the desktop version of the RTX series.

The laptop will come equipped with eighth gen Intel CPUs. The highest configuration available is the six-core Intel Core i7-8750H paired up with 16 Gigabytes of DDR4 RAM and up to 512 of SSD storage.

Moving on the display options there will be a 144Hz 1,920 x 1,080-pixel version and a 4K version with touchscreen support. The company also discussed about two experimental display technologies that could come to the Razer Blade 15 in the future. The first is the 1,920 x 1,080 pixels with a 240Hz refresh rate and a second with a 4K OLED touchscreen.

Also, the laptop will come with Windows Hello-compatible IR camera which will allow for secure facial recognition login. The dual-array microphone setup for streaming, conferencing, and voice assistant use is also available across all models.

Lastly, there will be Mercury White edition of the Razer Blade 15 which will sport wither the Nvidia RTX 2060 or the Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. It will initially be available for purchase at online Razer.com and later it will become available in the rest of the market.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced will start shipping on January 29. The base model will be available for $1,599 and the RTX series version will cost between $2,299 and $2,999.

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