Razer Blade 15 (2022)

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The Razer Blade 15 (2022) is the latest refresh of the iconic gaming laptop, chock afloat of high-powered hardware that offers fantastic gaming performance, but each that kit volition outgo you – and don't adjacent deliberation astir trying to instrumentality this 1 one excessively acold from a powerfulness outlet.

Pros

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    Cutting borderline hardware

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    Fantastic gaming performance

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    Classic Razer Styling

Cons

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    Expensive

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    Dreadful artillery life

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    Lower-spec models not a large worth

Razer Blade 15 (2022): Two infinitesimal review

The Razer Blade 15 (2022) is the latest refresh of Razer's iconic gaming laptop, and it is unquestionably 1 of the best gaming laptops released this year, though the terms tag remains arsenic steep arsenic ever.

To start, the caller refresh comes with each caller Intel Alder Lake mobile processors, Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti and Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti GPUs, and DDR5 RAM, truthful this is simply a large measurement up from the Razer Blade 15 (2021) successful presumption of performance, but that show  comes astatine the terms of artillery life, which is each but non-existent acknowledgment to the voracious Alder Lake processor and 105W TGP GPU.

The terms is besides arsenic eye-watering arsenic ever, and determination are cheaper gaming laptops successful this people for sure, truthful the Blade 15 is – arsenic ever – a premium portion for anyone looking for immoderate gamer eye-candy to spell on with that best-in-class performance. Even with each that powerfulness and sleek plan though, it is truly stretching the bounds of crushed to complaint arsenic overmuch arsenic a high-end gaming desktop for the privilege, particularly connected the little extremity of the configuration spectrum.

Still, if you person the wealth to walk and you don't caput your gaming-on-the-go to beryllium shackled similar Margott to a powerfulness outlet, past decidedly springiness the Razer Blade 15 (2022) a look.

Razer Blade 15 (2022): Price and availability

A Razer Blade 15 (2022)

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  • How overmuch does it cost? Starting astatine $2,499 (£2,599/AU$4,549)
  • When is it out? The Blade 15 (2022) is disposable now
  • Where is it available? You tin bargain it successful the US, UK, and Australia.

Spec Sheet

Here is the Razer Blade 15 (2022) configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: Intel Core i7-12800H
Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti
RAM: 16GB DDR5-4800
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080p, 360Hz, 2ms, 100% sRGB, IPS
Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe
Ports: 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x Thunderbolt 4, 1 x powerfulness port, 1 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x SD Card Reader, 1 x Combo Jack, 1 x Kensington Slot
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: Full HD IR (1080p)
Weight: 4.40lbs | 2.01kg
Size (W x H x D): 13.98 x 9.25 x 0.67 ins. | 355 x 235 x 16.9 mm
Battery: 80WHr

The Razer Blade 15 (2022) is disposable present successful the US, UK, and Australia, among different regions globally.

The starting configuration comes with an Intel Core i7-12800H, an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, a 240Hz-refresh QHD (1440p) display, 16GB DDR5-4800 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, and it sells for $2,499/£2,599/AU$4,549.

The configuration that TechRadar reviewed, listed connected the right, is disposable for $2,999/£3,299/AU$5,799, portion the astir almighty configuration, with a Core i9-12900H, Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, 144Hz 4K display, and 32GB DDR5-4800 RAM with 1TB SSD, is disposable for $3,999/£4.199/AU$7,199.

Without question, this is an costly laptop, nary substance what configuration you spell with, and it's genuinely hard to reason that the little extremity configurations are worthy these prices. You person to truly privation a Razer Blade 15 of immoderate benignant to wage $2,500 for a laptop whose configuration is much oregon little successful the midrange category.

The higher-end configurations – particularly with the RTX 3080 Ti and UHD 144Hz show – are astatine slightest much justifiable successful presumption of hardware, but decidedly recognize that nary substance which you spell for, you're paying a premium for the Razer branding.

Razer Blade 15 (2022): Design

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  • Classic Razer style
  • Still remarkably thin
  • Plenty of ports

The 1 happening you tin accidental astir the Razer Blade 15 (2022) is that it is the MacBook of gaming laptops.

The plan of the Blade 15 has ever been superb and that hasn't changed. The signifier origin is arsenic choky and compact arsenic ever, an awesome feat fixed the hardware it's packing nether the lid.

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The all-black anodized CNC Aluminum decorativeness is arsenic gorgeous arsenic ever, and the keyboard is comfortable. The (blessedly) up-firing speakers with THX Spatial Audio dependable large and the RGB connected the keys of the Blade 15 is much subdued than with galore different gaming laptops, which is decidedly a positive successful our book. There are besides a bully fig of ports connected the Blade 15, truthful each those Razer peripherals you've been picking up implicit the years won't spell to discarded here.

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The show looks crisp and the flimsy bezels connected the apical and size connection ample surface space. Unfortunately, lone the QHD displays person Nvidia G-Sync, which is different sound against the lower-end configurations.

Fortunately, the Windows Hello-compatible IR webcam is simply a afloat 1080p but unluckily determination is nary carnal privateness switch, which truly should beryllium modular connected immoderate webcam astatine this point.

Razer Blade 15 (2022): Performance

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  • Outstanding performance
  • Runs hot

Benchmarks

Here is however the Razer Blade 15 (2022) performed successful our suite of benchmark tests:

3DMark Night Raid: 52,393 | Firestrike: 24,150 | Time Spy: 10,526
CineBench23 (Multi Core): 15,244
GeekBench 5 (Single Core): 1,749 | (Multi Core): 11,705
PCMark10 Home: 7,681
Battery Life (PCMark10 test): 2 hours 49 minutes
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 2 hours 43 minutes
Total War: Warhammer III (1080p, Low Quality): 215 fps | (1080p, Ultra Quality): 73 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (1080p, Low Quality): 131 fps | (1080p, Ultra Quality): 58 fps | (1080p, Ultra Quality, RTX): 35 fps
Blender Monster: 1,427 | Junkshop: 835 | Classroom: 738
HandBrake (1080p30 Encode from 4K): 55 fps

The earthy gaming show of the Razer Blade 15 (2022) can't beryllium denied. Thanks to the 12th-generation Intel Alder Lake processor, the Blade 15 (2022) astir laps the exemplary successful our Razer Blade 15 (2021) review successful multi-core show successful Cinebench R23 and comes retired a whopping 62% up of its predecessor.

Even successful our 3DMark tests, the Blade 15 (2022) outpaced its predecessor by a immense margin, afloat doubling its 3DMark Night Raid score, 52,393 to the 2021 Blade 15's 26,303. The gains successful Firestrike (to 24,150 from 19,188) and Time Spy (to 10,526 from 8,666) are much modest, but inactive awesome fixed that the 2021 exemplary we reviewed was packing an RTX 3080 portion the 2022 exemplary we tested was moving an RTX 3070 Ti. 

Granted, that RTX 3070 Ti was besides moving connected 105W of TGP, making it much than a lucifer for the RTX 3080 mobile GPU successful past year's model. 

All that powerfulness and the slim signifier origin besides means that this laptop runs beauteous damn hot, truthful immoderate you do, marque definite determination is plentifulness of ventilation portion gaming and decidedly acceptable it up connected a array oregon table portion utilizing it.

Razer Blade 15 (2022): Battery life

  • Dismal artillery life
  • Fast-ish charging

So, the Razer Blade 15 (2022) is surely powerful, we'll springiness it that – on with each of our artillery power, apparently. Gaming laptops aren't precisely known for being long-lasting, but lad howdy, it's been a infinitesimal since we saw a sub-three-hour artillery beingness connected a laptop.

In our PCMark 10 artillery beingness test, the Blade 15 (2022) lasted a measly 2 hours and 49 minutes, portion it did somewhat worse successful the FHD movie artillery test, lasting conscionable 2 hours and 43 minutes. This is compared to the comparatively awesome six hours and 16 minutes and 5 hours and 31 minutes, respectively, achieved by the Razer Blade 15 (2021). 

It's excessively soon to archer if this is owed to the power-hungry 12th-gen Intel chips, but we fishy that this is the case. Several different laptops we've seen with the caller hardware person seen a superior driblet successful artillery beingness successful speech for a immense bump up successful performance, truthful it's hard to blame Razer for the mediocre artillery beingness here, but it's decidedly thing to beryllium alert of if you're looking to bargain the Razer Blade 15 (2022).

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  • First reviewed May 2022
John Loeffler

John (He/Him) is the US Computing Editor present astatine TechRadar and helium is besides a programmer, gamer, activist, and Brooklyn College alum presently surviving successful Brooklyn, NY. 

Named by the CTA arsenic a CES 2020 Media Trailblazer for his subject and exertion reporting, John specializes successful each areas of machine science, including manufacture news, hardware reviews, PC gaming, arsenic good arsenic wide subject penning and the societal interaction of the tech industry.

You tin find him online connected Twitter astatine @thisdotjohn

Currently playing: EVE Online, Elden Ring.

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