The Razer Blade 15 Superior is a robust picture and video modifying machine with a premium design and a premium price ticket to match.

All product pictures by DL Cade.

Razer merchandise – with their glowing inexperienced snake brand and RGB accents – are synonymous with gaming, however in contrast to many gaming-focused firms, Razer places simply as a lot emphasis on the construct high quality and design of their merchandise because the gamer-y tweaks and high-end {hardware}. That makes their Blade laptops significantly compelling for creatives who need top-of-the-line efficiency and premium design.

The skinny aluminum chassis, clear traces and quiet(er) operation do imply that you simply sometimes go away a little bit of efficiency on the desk, however we’re speaking about seconds, not minutes. What we now have right here is a photograph and video modifying powerhouse with an distinctive show and construct high quality that’s unmatched amongst PC laptops from different manufacturers.



Key specs:

The Razer Blade 15 Superior that we’re testing sits in the course of the Blade 15 lineup: simply above the bottom mannequin Blade 15 and just under the top-shelf “Studio” version.

Razer Blade 15 Razer Blade 15 Superior Razer Blade 15 Studio Version
CPU Intel Core i7-10750H Intel Core i7-10875H Intel Core i7-10875H
GPU

NVIDIA RTX 3070

8GB VRAM

NVIDIA RTX 3080

16GB VRAM

Quadro RTX 5000

16GB VRAM

RAM 16GB DDR4-2933MHz 32GB DDR4-2933MHz 32GB DDR4-2933MHz
Storage 512GB M.2 SSD 1TB M.2 SSD 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Show

15.6-inch QHD 165Hz LCD

100% sRGB

15.6-inch 4K OLED Touchscreen

100% DCI-P3

15.6-inch 4K OLED Touchscreen

100% DCI-P3

Value $2,200 $3,300 $3,800

Do not let the “Studio Version” moniker idiot you; for photographers and video editors, the Blade 15 “Superior” is the mannequin that you will need to purchase. Aside from the choice for a silver end, the Studio Version’s solely benefit over the Superior is the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card, which provides considerably to the worth with out including a lot in manner of picture and video modifying efficiency.

As you possibly can see from the spec breakdown, principally the whole lot else in regards to the two computer systems is an identical.

The Superior is at present out there in just a few totally different configurations that function totally different GPUs, the choice of 16 or 32GB of RAM, and a alternative between a 360Hz Full HD show, a 240Hz QHD show, or a 60Hz 4K show. For creators, we suggest going with the model we have been testing, which options 32GB of RAM, an NVIDIA RTX 3080 graphics card, and a stunning 4K OLED touchscreen that covers 100% of the DCI-P3 spectrum.

What we now have right here is a photograph and video modifying powerhouse with an distinctive show and construct high quality that’s unmatched amongst PC laptops from different manufacturers.

It is essentially the most shade correct of the three choices and the construct that is most clearly aimed toward inventive work versus pure gaming.

The most recent refresh of the Blade 15 Superior – which options 11th technology Intel CPUs –was introduced in Might, however they solely simply began delivery, so our evaluate unit remains to be utilizing a 10th Gen Intel chip. That is one thing we’ll come again to repeatedly once we get to the benchmarks.


Design, construct and value

The Razer Blade 15 Superior incorporates a skinny aluminum design, glorious keyboard and trackpad, and a surprising OLED show.

In relation to the design and construct high quality of Razer’s laptops, there’s loads to reward and little or no to complain about. My cons checklist is brief: the matte black end is a horrendous fingerprint magnet, and it is the one shade choice except you need to spend extra on the Studio Version I discussed above.

I am additionally not loopy in regards to the massive exterior energy brick and Razer’s proprietary energy plug, however I perceive the need. Thunderbolt/USB-PD merely cannot push sufficient wattage to run each the CPU and GPU on this laptop computer at full pace.

Lastly, even in the event you go into Razer’s Synapse software program and switch off the glowing brand on the skin of the case, the inexperienced shade of the emblem and the inexperienced accents on the USB ports give the Blade 15 a residual “gamer-y” aesthetic that I am not keen on. It is a small gripe, however in a consumer assembly stuffed with lemmings on MacBooks (I am normally a type of lemmings), these little particulars may come off as unprofessional.

The glowing three-headed snake brand on the Blade 15 has a definite “gamer-y” look that will not attraction to everybody. You possibly can flip off the glow, but it surely’s nonetheless going to face out.

That is it for my complaints. Every part else in regards to the design, construct and value of the Blade 15 Superior is a rave.

Beginning with the construct high quality, the aluminum chassis has completely no deck flex and feels as strong as a bit of army {hardware}. Each factor is what you’ll name “luxury-grade,” which is sweet, because you’re paying a reasonably penny for simply that.

This consideration to element extends to the very massive, glass trackpad and the low-profile keyboard, each of that are implausible. The keyboard has simply sufficient journey (and per-key RGB lighting) and the trackpad has a silky clean texture and glorious response traits. In my expertise, solely three firms make a multi-touch trackpad that feels this good: Apple, Microsoft, and Razer.

There’s additionally a Home windows Howdy 720p webcam with a separate IR digital camera. It is nothing particular by way of picture high quality, but it surely’s good as a result of it lets you log in utilizing facial recognition.

The Blade’s keyboard and trackpad are each phenomenal, however the matte black end is a horrendous fingerprint magnet.

By way of design and value, the star of the present is the 4K OLED show. With an excellent skinny 4.9mm bezel on the edges and high, good per-pixel distinction (thanks OLED), and true 100% protection of the DCI-P3 shade gamut, this display screen is a stunner. It is so shiny, sharp, and correct that it is form of ruined different laptop computer shows for me.

Each factor is what you’ll name “luxury-grade,” which is sweet, because you’re paying a reasonably penny for simply that.

We profiled the display screen utilizing an i1Display Professional Plus and DisplayCAL software program, and located that the display screen can certainly hit 99.9% of DCI-P3, in addition to 90.4% of AdobeRGB, at a most Delta E of simply 1.3. That is simply plain implausible.

The Razer Blade 15 Superior options an distinctive 4K OLED show with 99.9% protection of DCI-P3 and 90.4% protection of AdobeRGB.

Partly due to the display screen, the battery life is fairly depressing. For those who intend to truly use the CPU, GPU, and OLED show to their full potential, you may chew by way of the 80Wh battery in two hours, tops. In balanced or battery saver mode, you would possibly be capable of squeeze out 5 hours, however that is actually not how this laptop computer is meant for use.

Beneath the gamer-y exterior is rock strong design and a laser deal with the standard of the supplies and elements that Razer has chosen to make use of.

Lastly, the I/O choice on this laptop computer is superb, with loads of ports that will help you keep away from the dongle life.

On one facet you have got an SD card slot, a Thunderbolt Three port, a USB-A port, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a Kensington lock; on the opposite, you get an audio combo port, a USB Sort-C port (not Thunderbolt, however can nonetheless be used for charging), two extra USB-A ports, and the proprietary energy adapter plug. All of that inside a laptop computer that is solely a fraction of a millimeter thicker than the 16-inch MacBook Professional.

The left facet of the laptop computer features a headphone jack, USB Sort-C port, 2x USB Sort-A ports, and the proprietary energy connector.
The correct facet of the laptop computer features a Kensington lock, HDMI 2.1 port, one other USB Sort-A port, a Thunderbolt Three port, and (yay!) an SD card slot.

I am going to readily admit that the Razer’s jet black aesthetic with neon inexperienced accents and per-key management of your keyboard’s RGB backlight is somewhat… additional. However beneath the gamer-y exterior is rock strong design and a laser deal with the standard of supplies and elements.

That is what units your entire Blade laptop computer lineup aside from its extra reasonably priced opponents providing related specs within plastic housings with dinky little trackpads, mushy keyboards, and shows that always commerce shade accuracy for pace.

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Efficiency benchmarks

Our evaluate unit was barely held again by its 10th Era Intel processor, but it surely nonetheless flew by way of most picture and video modifying duties with out breaking a sweat.

By way of picture and video modifying efficiency, the Blade 15 we examined is an especially highly effective laptop computer that suffers barely because of its 10th Gen Intel processor. The 11th Gen Tiger Lake H-series CPUs within the refreshed mannequin ought to assist considerably, however the 10th Gen Intel processors cannot sustain with AMD Ryzen in most benchmarks – they run slower, hotter, they usually absorb extra juice within the course of.

All of that mentioned, the Blade 15 remains to be an exceptionally highly effective system, particularly in applications that may take full benefit of its RTX 3080 laptop computer GPU with 16GB of VRAM. Which means quicker exports in Seize One 21, higher Photoshop efficiency on sure GPU accelerated duties, and accelerated rendering and encoding in Premiere Professional.

The Blade 15 Superior is an especially highly effective laptop computer that suffers barely because of its 10th Gen Intel processor.

For this evaluate, we in contrast the Blade 15 in opposition to the AMD-based 2021 ASUS G14 and the M1 iMac that we reviewed lately. You possibly can see the specs of our three take a look at machines beneath:

M1 iMac Blade 15 ASUS G14
CPU M1 (8-core) Intel Core i7-10875H AMD Ryzen 9-5900HS
GPU M1 (8-core)

NVIDIA RTX 3080

16GB VRAM

NVIDIA RTX 3060

6GB VRAM

RAM 16GB Unified Reminiscence 32GB DDR4 2933MHz 32GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage 512GB NVMe SSD 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Show

24-inch 4.5K Retina Show

100% Show P3

15-Inch 4K OLED

100% DCI-P3

14-inch WQHD LCD

100% DCI-P3

Value

$1,900 $3,300 $2,000

Lightroom Traditional

In Lightroom Traditional, we import, generate 1:1 previews, and export closely edited variants of 100 an identical uncooked recordsdata from 4 totally different cameras: the Canon EOS R6, Nikon Z7 II, Sony a7R IV, and Fujifilm GFX 100. This can be a nice take a look at of CPU and RAM efficiency, since Adobe has confirmed that the GPU performs no function in these duties.

Import and preview technology is a good indication of uncooked CPU efficiency, particularly with smaller file sizes. The 10th Gen i7 takes a beating right here, dropping each class till we get to the large Fuji GFX 100 recordsdata, the place the iMac runs into the constraints imposed by having simply 16GB of RAM:

Canon EOS R6 Import Nikon Z7 II Import Sony a7R IV Import Fuji GFX 100 Import
Blade 15 1:55 3:23 3:52 8:26
ASUS G14 1:38 2:59 3:30 7:35
M1 iMac 1:44 2:55 3:06 8:40

Lightroom Traditional export occasions exhibit the capabilities of your system’s CPU and RAM working collectively. The extra RAM a pc has, and the quicker that RAM is ready to transfer information, the quicker you possibly can export massive uncooked recordsdata into full-resolution 100% JPEGs.

The 10th Gen i7 inside our Blade is restricted to 2933MHz most for its RAM, but it surely has 32GB. Which means it ought to lose to an AMD Ryzen laptop computer with the identical quantity of quicker 3200MHz RAM, like our ASUS G14, but it surely ought to pull forward of the iMac as soon as file sizes develop into massive sufficient, as a result of the Mac is restricted to 16GB of (albeit quicker) unified reminiscence.

And that is precisely what we see in our testing:

Canon EOS R6 Export Nikon Z7 II Export Sony a7R IV Export Fuji GFX 100 Export
Blade 15 4:25 9:41 12:50 30:38
ASUS G14 3:58 8:55 11:41 23:40
M1 iMac 4:10 9:24 14:43 38:29

Seize One 21

In Seize One, the Blade 15’s top-of-the-line NVIDIA RTX 3080 laptop computer GPU – which pulls as much as 95W of energy and comes with its personal 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM – takes heart stage, giving the pc an enormous enhance in export pace, which we’ll get to shortly.

Since Seize One creates smaller 2560px previews by default, with no choice to create 1:1 preview like Lightroom Traditional, RAM performs a smaller function when importing and producing previews. In consequence, the Blade’s 10th Gen Intel Core i7 falls behind each the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS and the Apple M1 SOC throughout the board:

Canon EOS R6 Import Nikon Z7 II Import Sony a7R IV Import Fuji GFX 100 Import
Blade 15 00:49 1:10 1:25 2:02
ASUS G14 00:40 00:59 1:12 1:50
M1 iMac 00:44 1:05 1:19 2:01

However when it comes time to export all of these Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm recordsdata as closely edited 100% JPEGs, assuming you have got {hardware} acceleration enabled, you possibly can anticipate a whopping 50% to 70% enchancment in export pace over Lightroom Traditional, which does not benefit from the GPU in any respect throughout import, preview technology, or export. Now, the beefy RTX 3080 within the Blade 15 begins to flex its extra CUDA cores and leaves the iMac behind.

The remainder of your {hardware} is not irrelevant. You may discover that the ASUS G14 with its weaker NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU however quicker CPU and quicker RAM nonetheless takes the crown in each class. However at the least the Blade 15’s highly effective GPU is not going to waste like we see in Lightroom Traditional. The iMac, however, merely cannot sustain:

Canon EOS R6 Export Nikon Z7 II Export Sony a7R IV Export Fuji GFX 100 Export
Blade 15 2:01 4:21 5:09 8:51
ASUS G14 1:35 3:12 3:50 6:53
M1 iMac 2:15 5:31 6:56 12:48

This efficiency ought to solely enhance within the newest Blade 15 Superior, which trades the 10th Gen Core i7 processor for 11th Gen i9. In response to our personal inside testing to date, that 11th Gen chip affords a considerable enhance in efficiency due to its bigger cache, help for PCIe 4.0, and help for quicker clock speeds for system RAM.

Photoshop

Photoshop efficiency, as measured in PugetBench from Puget Programs, falls in step with what we anticipated given the Blade’s mixture of CPU, GPU, and RAM.

Duties like Picture Merge require transferring a lot of pixels out and in of reminiscence, giving the iMac and ASUS G14 a bonus due to their quicker RAM. It additionally falls in need of the uncooked CPU efficiency that we see from each AMD Ryzen and Apple’s M1. It makes up some floor within the GPU class, however even there, it might probably’t beat the ASUS.

General Normal GPU Filter PhotoMerge
Blade 15 827.8 87 84.5 72.1 95.6
ASUS G14 873.6 99 97.3 86.9 115
M1 iMac 1010.4 99.6 82.2 82.1 141.8

These numbers do not look significantly spectacular when you think about the truth that the M1 iMac does not also have a discrete GPU and the ASUS G14 is greater than $1,00Zero cheaper than the Blade 15. However that is finally a story of an under-performing CPU and an app that may’t take full benefit of the GPU.

As with Seize One, if Photoshop may take higher benefit of the GPU, the RTX 3080 would assist shut the Intel vs Apple and Intel vs AMD hole. Because it stands, Photoshop solely makes use of GPU acceleration on just a few alternative filters and duties.

Premiere Professional

The outcomes from Premiere Professional are good instance of why video editors ought to regulate the GPU of their system. Due to CUDA {hardware} acceleration, the Blade 15 beats each different laptop we examined in every of the three export duties we set.

Whether or not you are merely compiling previews right into a grasp file, encoding H.264, or encoding HEVC, the Blade 15 eked out just a few share factors over the AMD-based ASUS G14 and a big 18% to 25% lead over the 2021 iMac. It is also quicker than the M1 when rendering, although each the ASUS and Blade fall in need of the iMac when making use of Warp Stabilize to a 15-second clip.

Render All Export Grasp File Export H.264 Export HEVC/H.265 Warp Stabilize
Blade 15 6:47 00:12 6:05 5:57 3:24
ASUS G14 6:40 00:15 6:06 5:59 2:33
M1 iMac 7:40 00:16 7:28 7:16 2:06

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The takeaways

Wanting on the benchmarks above, the Razer Blade 15 Superior – particularly the model we examined with the 10th Gen Intel CPU – is an ideal instance of how totally different sorts of inventive apps prioritize totally different {hardware}.

For those who’re a video editor who does all of their work in Premiere Professional, Adobe has really optimized that app to benefit from extra highly effective NVIDIA GPUs just like the RTX 3080 within the Blade 15. In that case, the additional price of a laptop computer with a 3080 could also be price it (Razer or in any other case). Seize One demonstrates related outcomes, utilizing the GPU to considerably pace up exports over a pc just like the iMac that has no discrete graphics card.

The Razer Blade 15 Superior is an ideal instance of why you need to tailor the {hardware} you select for the work you plan to do.

For those who’re utilizing Lightroom and Photoshop solely, then your cash might be higher spent chasing CPU efficiency and upgrading your RAM. For now, your finest choices are most likely AMD Ryzen and Apple M1. The 11th Gen “Tiger Lake” processors ought to shut that hole and convey Intel again into the combination, however we might avoid 10th Gen Intel gadgets.

After all, the purpose of those benchmarks is not soley to suggest the highest performer. We need to try to present a transparent image of the whole expertise, together with import and export occasions, so you possibly can modify your expectations and finances accordingly. Different components just like the construct high quality of the pc itself, and particularly the standard of the show, ought to rank excessive in your precedence checklist.

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Conclusion

The Razer Blade 15 Superior delivers strong efficiency for picture and video modifying, however the actual stars of the present are the design high quality and the OLED show.

What We Like What We Do not Like
  • Stable efficiency
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED show
  • Constructed like a tank
  • High-shelf keyboard and trackpad
  • Plenty of ports, together with an SD card slot
  • Home windows Howdy webcam
  • 10th Gen Intel CPU falls in need of AMD
  • “Gamer-y” inexperienced brand and accents
  • Poor battery life
  • Followers are very loud underneath full load
  • Matte end is a fingerprint magnet
  • Costly

No person within the PC world builds a laptop computer fairly like Razer. Lenovo makes laptops are equally rugged, MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS make laptops are equally quick, and there are many PCs on the market that boast some mixture of the above. Some gargantuan gaming laptops just like the Alienware Space 51m can take you even additional up the efficiency ladder by packing desktop parts into a large chassis.

However Razer owns the candy spot on the intersection of powerhouse efficiency and premium design.

That may not appear necessary, however as somebody who repeatedly switches between laptops with an identical specs however drastically totally different construct high quality, I can say with confidence that it impacts each little factor that you simply attempt to do. A foul keyboard, a crappy trackpad, a plastic chassis, a mid-range show the place the white level shifts dramatically as you improve brightness – these are issues that you will discover at the least as usually because the uncooked efficiency of your CPU and GPU.

Razer owns the candy spot between powerhouse efficiency and premium design.

That is why the Blade 15, even this one with the 10th Gen Intel chip that underperforms AMD’s Ryzen in lots of purposes, earns Four our of 5 stars from me. The couple of minutes I might lose each week ready for an export to complete are price it if it means higher-end parts and top-shelf parts, an impeccable show, and construct high quality that I can belief.

For those who’re on a finances, this laptop computer shouldn’t be for you – there are cheaper PCs on the market that can get the job carried out. However you probably have the means, and also you desire a rugged laptop computer with a spectacular show that may conquer the heaviest of picture and video modifying duties with ease, you may need to give the Blade 15 Superior a really shut look.

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