Razer Blade 15 (9th Gen) review: Still the same sharp looker

By Koh Wanzi - 23 Sep 2019
Launch SRP: S$3839


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Sharp as ever

The design of the updated Razer Blade 15 hasn't changed much since last year when Razer trotted out a revamped, angular design that was swankier than ever. Sure, there have been some changes to the laptop's dimensions, but these were small adjustments in the range of millimetres, and the overall look of the laptop has remained largely the same. 

The Blade 15 now comes in two flavours – the Base model and the 'Advanced' model (which doesn't have any special identifier). The former only supports up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, and is thicker than its more powerful sibling at 19.9mm. It does have something the Advanced version lacks though, and that's a Gigabit Ethernet port. 

Meanwhile, the Advanced model will take up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU and offer more premium display options, including up to a 240Hz refresh rate screen. 

Here's an overview of the specifications of my unit:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 240Hz IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-9750H processor (2.60GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4-2667 dual-channel memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 80Wh battery
  • 355 x 235 x 17.8mm
  • 2.15kg

The above will cost you S$3,839, a steep price considering that there are quite a number of cheaper notebooks with very similar specifications. Is the Blade 15 worth its premium price tag? That's what we plan to assess, so read on to find out.

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  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 7
  • Mobility 7.5
The Good
Impeccable build quality and attractive design
Bright and vivid 240Hz display
Large glass trackpad
Windows Hello IR webcam
Great gaming performance
The Bad
Runs noisy and hot
Non-standard right Shift position
No 144Hz display option for 9thGen Core CPU
Default storage capacity is small
Quite expensive
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