Razer Blade 15 (9th Gen) review: Still the same sharp looker
Looks do matter
The Razer Blade 15 is one of the most stylish gaming laptops on the market right now. It doesn't need race car-inspired vents or aggressive curves to turn heads, which speaks volumes about the merits of its design.
You'll be getting the full package when you buy the Blade 15. Great gaming performance aside, the Blade 15 is equipped with a vivid 240Hz display, excellent build quality, and high-speed USB 3.2 (Gen 2) and Thunderbolt 3 connectors. It also comes with a Windows Hello-capable webcam and per-key RGB customisations. The memory and storage slots are easily accessible as well once you pop open the bottom cover, so upgrades should be a breeze.
Of course, the laptop has certain weaknesses as well. It's noisy and runs hot, but I'd argue that these are issues that you can actually do something about, such as manually setting the fan speeds or even getting a cooling pad for the laptop. Conversely, you won't be able to do anything about poor build quality or a dim display.
Battery life is decent, but not the best. I think Razer should do a lot better considering the S$3,839 price tag, but I think I can live with it, considering what the Blade 15 offers.
I'd also have liked to see an option for a 144Hz screen to bring the cost down – you're not going to be able to maximise that 240Hz display most of the time after all – but it looks like Razer isn't offering that with the 9th Gen processors. Having said that, if you don't mind settling for the Intel 8th Gen processor variant, you really aren't missing much and you could save S$300 more for a very similar proposition. It would also help if it came with double the storage capacity, but unfortunately, that's what you get by default.
If you want a gaming laptop that runs fast and looks good, it's really difficult to do better than the well-featured Razer Blade 15. You just need to be prepared to pony up the cash and get used to the position of the right shift key.