Razer’s Blade gaming laptops don’t change much year to year, because why mess with a good thing? There are small improvements to the design but nothing changes too drastically. The 15.6-inch Blade 15 for 2022, for instance, now has laser-cut speaker grills, slightly larger keycaps and the power button is in the keyboard’s upper-right corner instead of on the right speaker. The overall look and feel, though, remain basically the same as the last several versions because, again, why mess with a good thing?
The biggest changes are to the components inside and the display options:
- New 12th-gen Intel Core i7-12800H or Core i9-12900HK processors
- 16GB or 32GB of DDR5 memory, upgradeable to 64GB
- 1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD, upgradeable to 2TB
- Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics
- Full-HD webcam with an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition
- 360Hz FHD display with 100% sRGB color gamut, or 240Hz QHD or 144Hz UHD displays with 100% P3 color gamut
Essentially, everything we’ve liked about past Razer Blade models stands: a streamlined, slim and sturdy design with plenty of ports and a comfortable Razer Chroma RGB keyboard. And now the Blade 15 has the latest from Intel and Nvidia and new high-quality panel options for gaming. However, also like past models, the Razer Blade 15 is by no means a bargain and can get toasty while gaming.
- Expandable RAM and storage
- Fantastic port mix including a UHS-II SD card reader
- Three display choices to match gaming needs
- 2-year battery warranty
- Palm rests get hot under load
Razer Blade 15 (2022)
|Price as reviewed||$3,000|
|Display size/resolution||15.6-inch 1,920×1,080 360Hz matte display|
|CPU||2.4GHz Intel Core i7-12800H|
|Memory||16GB DDR5 4,800MHz|
|Graphics||8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics|
|Networking||Killer Wireless Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows 11 Home|
|Ports||Thunderbolt 4 USB-C, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (x3), HDMI 2.1 out, SD card reader (UHS-II), 3.5mm combo jack|
Good hardware in, good performance out
The 2022 Razer Blade 15 starts at, or , and comes with an Intel Core i7-12800H, 16GB of memory, 1TB SSD and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics. The configuration I tested is $3,000 and bumps up from an RTX 3060 to a 3070 Ti. At that price you can also choose between a 240Hz QHD display or a 360Hz FHD one; I had the latter.
Going by components alone, the pricing is high. For example, a $3,000 configuration of thegets you a 12th-gen Intel i9-12900H, a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, 32GB of memory, a 1TB SSD and a 16-inch 2,560×1,600-pixel display with a 240Hz refresh rate and 100% P3 color gamut. From a performance standpoint, it’s the better way to spend $3,000. But it’s not a Razer, which will certainly make a difference to some.
When it comes to performance, there were no surprises from the Blade 15. It’s excellent. Results from our benchmark tests follow the review, but it has the power to reach beyond playable frame rates on demanding games at high settings. Predictably, the Blade 15 gets pretty warm while gaming. I really felt it in the palm rests. It was tolerable but noticeable.
With an esports-caliber 360Hz display, it’s more likely you’ll be dropping to low settings to take full advantage of that refresh rate. After playing several hours of, jumping back and forth between 60Hz and 360Hz, it made a clear difference in my accuracy and response time. There’s a MUX switch in Razer’s Synapse software, too. That lets you choose between Nvidia’s Optimus technology, which automatically changes from integrated to the discrete GPU as needed to balance performance and battery life, or the discrete graphics that improve performance and lowers latency.
Unless you competitively play first-person shooters like CS: GO, Fortnite or Overwatch, the 360Hz display is likely more than you need. The same configuration is available forand would be my first choice, because you get both a high refresh rate and higher resolution and wider color gamut. Plus, it has Advanced Optimus, which automates the MUX switch; with the 360Hz display, using the MUX switch to use the discrete graphics alone requires a reboot.
With the 360Hz display, battery life was OK, reaching 5 hours, 5 minutes on our video streaming test. However, Razer makes it easy to drop to a 60Hz refresh rate when not gaming. Between that and the MUX switch, you can extend battery life more. Also, when you’re not gaming on the go, the Blade 15 can be charged via its Thunderbolt 4 port with a 20-volt USB-C power adapter so you don’t need to carry its larger power supply. Note: Razer now includes a two-year limited battery warranty for all Blade models.
There’s little I would change about the Razer Blade 15. It would be nice if an AMD version arrived eventually. I also wouldn’t mind Razer moving to a 16:10 16-inch display size, or if the keycaps weren’t completely flat and nearly flush with the Blade’s body. And it would be amazing if Razer made wirelessly connecting its gaming headsets, mice and keyboards to its laptops as simple asand . (OK, that last one is just me thinking out loud, but still.) As it stands, the Blade 15 delivers an experience worthy of its higher price. It’s just up to you if you care more about the .
|Razer Blade 15 (2022)||Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-12800H; 16GB DDR5 4,800MH; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070Ti; 1TB SSD|
|HP Victus 16||Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-11800H; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060; 512GB SSD|
|Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7610)||Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-11800H; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050; 512GB SSD|
|Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (2022)||Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 2.9GHz Intel Core i9-12900H; 16GB DDR5 4,800MHz; 16GB Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080Ti; 1TB SSD|
|Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58||Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-12500H; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060; 512GB SSD|