Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition Review

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Razer has been known for its highly powerful gaming laptops and the components residing underneath the hood. The new Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is a beautiful mobile workstation packed with the most powerful laptop components available in the market. This laptop is also a part of Nvidia’s RTX Studio program, which brings its powerful RTX Quadro GPUs to laptops. That said, Razer might be designing some incredible gaming laptops in the past but this time, they have gone one step ahead. This new machine is for professionals -the best gaming laptop built for the best creatives and professionals. Still, can this powerful laptop get a win over MacBook Pros?

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Let’s check out in the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition review below:

Design

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition’s design is very similar to the Razer Blade 15. You get to see an all-black unibody aluminum case, along with the green USB ports and glowing Razer logo on the lid.

Looking at it from a gamer’s perspective, you will love it – it is not too chunky and heavy. And, if you want to pull it out during the meeting, still you would get away with it.

It feels a bit chunky than its sibling, Razer Blade

15 and also, MacBook Pro. In terms of connectivity, this device is a clear winner against MacBook Pro too.

The MacBook Pro 15-inch packs four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack while the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is giving you a lot. On the left, there’s two full-size USB 3.2 ports, a headphone jack, and a proprietary power connector. On the right-hand side, there’s another USB 3.2 port, a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port, HDMI port, and Mini DisplayPort.

Talking about the overall design, this powerful machine looks elegant and beautiful. It is a gaming laptop that oscillates between professional and gaming design.

Screen

Coming to the display, the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition packs a 4K screen at 3,840 x 2,160 which offers “Retina shattering accuracy,” Razer has tried taking a dig at the Retina display of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is 2,880 x 1,800. Not only this, the Razer’s laptop offers an OLED display with stunning color vibrancy and contrast ratios. Bonus, it’s a touchscreen to boot. Looking at them side by side, the screen of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition smashes that of the MacBook Pro.

Performance

Under the hood, the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition has a  2.6GHz Intel Core i7-9750H (six-core, 12MB cache, up to 4.5GHz) and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM) graphics. The processor is coupled with 16GB DDR4 (2,667MHz) and 512GB PCIe SSD. The performance of this machine is very good and with this powerful graphic card, you can see that it is aiming at gamers and does an excellent job of running professional applications too. Although it is not a complete gaming laptop, still you can get to play most of the high-end titles on it.

This laptop is designed for creatives and professionals. All thanks to Nvidia’s lineup of RTX GPUs that can handle ray tracing such as animators, create digital art with rendered lighting. The GPU also carries the Tensor Cores for AI applications, which can help professionals and creators in doing tasks like resolution scaling and video re-timing.

Battery Life

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition doesn’t have a poor battery life considering the components and kind of high-resolution screen it has. It is not very poor but it might strike low to many. On the battery life benchmark test – a looped 1080p video at 50% brightness – the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition stayed awake for  5 hours and 30 minutes. And, it is not a huge number but better than expected.

Honestly, you won’t be using this machine for watching 1080p movies. Else, you will be using it for more tedious tasks and that time, the battery will drain fast. In terms of power plus battery combo, this machine can’t beat MacBook Pro. On the other hand, MacBooks won’t be used for high-end gaming.

Final Verdict

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is one of the best mobile workstations in the market right now, period! Razer has inherited its gaming expertise and coupled it with professional design. The device is aiming at professionals, who work in media, games or complex 3D modeling. Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition packs the RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU and Intel’s high-end processor. Also, it carries a gorgeous OLED 4K screen, which makes everything look incredible. If you are already on the MacBook Pros ecosystem, there’s not quite enough that will tempt you to switch. Else, if you want Windows experience. then you can switch to this machine.