Luxury probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think about gaming laptops, especially with some looking, shall we say extra, with , there’s a 15.6-inch 240Hz QHD display, which offers a great balance of size and resolution. I just wish it was a tiny bit brighter. Razer says all of the Blade’s LCD displays are supposed to pump out around 300 nits of brightness. But using a lightmeter, I measured closer to 275 nits. That’s fine for most situations, though if you’re in a sunny room, colors may appear slightly washed out. Alternatively, Razer offers 144Hz and 360Hz panels on other models. And just this week, Razer announced , and that’s with its optional $1,400 mobile graphics dock. (That’s a grand total of $3,200 for those keeping count.) Results were similar in other titles too, with the Blade 15 hitting 86 fps in Metro Exodus on high settings, and 81 fps in Forza Horizon 5 on Ultra.

Battery Life

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Really, the Blade 15’s biggest weakness (aside from its price) is battery life. On our local video rundown test, it lasted just 5 hours and 42 minutes. That’s similar to what we got from the Asus Flow Z13 (5:38), which if you’ll recall is a PC gaming tablet. But compared to more traditional rivals, the Blade 15 lasted than three hours less than the Alienware x14 (7:57) and four hours shorter than the Asus Zephyrus G14’s (9:45). And in the real world, it’s not much better. The Blade 15 struggled to make it through two games of Teamfight Tactics back-to-back, which entailed about an hour and 15 minutes of relatively light-duty gaming. I should also note that when you’re running off the battery, the Blade’s performance takes a hit too, with framerates in Shadow of the Tomb Raider dropping down to around 45 fps.

Laptop Battery life
Razer Blade 15 (2022) 5:42
Asus Flow Z13 5:38
Alienware x14 7:57
Asus Zephyrus G14 9:45

The other annoyance is Razer’s charging brick. While the proprietary connector is forgivable given its 230-watt power adapter, its right-angle design means if you plug it in wrong, you’re going to block at one or possibly two of the laptop’s USB-A ports. Honestly, high-wattage power delivery over USB-C can’t come soon enough.

Wrap-up

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While the Blade 15 isn’t quite as sleek or portable as the latest breed of 14-inch gaming machines, there’s something to be said for having a big, luxury alternative. Sure, it’s really expensive, and its 15.6-inch screen and 4.4-pound body mean you might not be able to throw it in your typical messenger bag. But it’s got top-notch components, a strong frame that exhibits basically zero flex, and impressive performance in a slick and (comparatively) subdued design. Well, aside from that big glowing logo.

In a way, the Blade 15 is a fantastic take on a modern desktop replacement, especially for people like me who don’t want to lug around a giant 17-inch rig. Unlike the ROG Flow Z13, you don’t need to worry about a separate graphics dock to get peak framerates. And thanks to a wealth of ports, you can leave all of your dongles and adapters at home. So while the Blade 15 doesn’t make sense for anyone on a budget, if you’ve got the funds, this thing is a real treat.