Razer has widened its portfolio massively over the past few years, but while it is now known for masks, ocean robots, and light-up credit cards, it also makes a mighty fine gaming laptop. Some of the best gaming laptops around.
Let's face it: Razer laptops are not cheap. So whenever we see any Razer laptops on sale, we let the world know. Despite the brand's love of RGB LEDs, designs have been edging in a more restrained direction over the past few years, which is great if you don't want your laptop looking like a techno-nightmare. We think that Razer gaming laptops are some of the best-looking mobile devices around, and luckily they're also some of the best-performing too.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a worthy competitor in the gaming laptop market that doesn't have a half-eaten apple logo on it. Of course, if you're after something that will leave a smaller dent in your wallet and don't mind sacrificing a bit of performance, the Razer Blade Stealth may be more to your liking, especially if work is top priority overplay.
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Razer Blade 14 | Ryzen 9 5900HX | RTX 3060 | 144Hz
As far as we're concerned, this is the ultimate configuration of the diminutive Blade 14. It's the most affordable, but it also matches the RTX 3060 GPU with a 1080p, 144Hz screen to deliver excellent gaming performance. The eight-core, 16-thread AMD CPU then gives it workstation processing power too.View Deal
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The Razer Blade 15 Advance model sports up to a powerful RTX 3080 GPU, yet it still manages to fit into just a 0.7 inches thin chassis. At the same time, it weighs fewer than five pounds, making it the perfect travel companion.
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model is a contemporary example of how to do gaming laptops right. Rivaling the MacBook Pro in its size while simultaneously giving it a run for its money in terms of performance—not to mention keyboard reliability and comfort— the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model remains our favorite gaming laptop of 2021.
I am mighty tempted to push the Razer Blade 14 further up the list here, simply because the 14-inch form factor has absolutely won me over. The Asus G14 above re-introduced the criminally under-used laptop size, but Razer has perfected it. Feeling noticeably smaller than the 15-inch Blade and closer to the ultrabook Stealth 13, the Blade 14 mixes a matte black MacBook Pro-style with genuine PC gaming pedigree.
The Razer style is classic, and it feels great to hold too. And, with the outstanding AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX finally finding its way into a Blade notebook, you're getting genuine processing power you can sling into a messenger bag.
Add in some Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics power, and you've got a great mix of form and function that I kind of think makes it the most desirable laptop I've maybe ever tested.
My only issue is that the RTX 3080 would be too limited by the diminutive 14-inch chassis and run a little loud. So I would then recommend the lower-spec GPU options, though if you're spending $1,800 on a notebook feels like a lot for 1080p gaming. But you're not buying the Blade 14 specifically for outright performance and anything else; this is about having all the power you need in a form factor that works for practical mobility.
Read our full Razer Blade 14 review.
Assuming the Advanced Model costs too much, the Razer Blade 15 Base Model is a formidable alternative. Wielding up to RTX 3070 graphics, the Base Model is a more affordable alternative to Razer's flagship 15-inch machine.
It still has the 15.6-inch display intact, but don't bank on a 4K panel unless you want to pay a premium for the OLED model. Usually you'll instead be looking at a 1080p pixel panel running at 120–144Hz, but there's also a QHD 165Hz model in the mix. That last one's good if you go for the highest tier GPU available, but if you go for lower then perhaps a high refresh 1080p screen is more your bag.
The Stealth's sleek chassis has no right to house a graphics card capable of delivering actual gaming frame rates, but with the GTX versions, you genuinely can. The original Blade Stealth machines tapped out with a weak-sauce MX150 GPU, but the latest gaming-grade GTX silicon means you can play the latest games, even if you do need to be a little more parsimonious with your in-game graphics settings.
Granted, there aren't a whole lot of other options. You get either a 256GB SSD or 512GB SSD and your pick of 1080p screens at 60Hz or 120Hz or a full 4K touch screen. For the price, you could buy a beefier, high-performance PC adorned with all the latest bells of whistles. But then you'd be really missing the point.
The only 17-inch laptop Razer currently sells, the Razer Blade 17 is the obvious pick for gaming on a big screen.
The latest version is slightly smaller than the original Blade Pro 17, shaving a little off its weight and thickness. It's still a larger chassis compared with its Blade 15 and Stealth laptops, but I suppose that's a given for that large visual footprint. With a 17-inch panel, you can really use this laptop like you would a desktop, especially with the 4K option.
A large bright screen makes your life easier, and it's especially useful if you're a creator looking for a gaming and editing machine. And with a high-end GPU from Nvidia, the current Blade 17 is a worthy big-screen laptop investment for just about anything you throw at it.