Although it was often praised for its blazing-fast 300 Hz 15.6-inch FHD display and the gaming performance it provided back when it launched, the 2020-born Razer Blade 15 Advanced gaming laptop, model RZ09-03305E43-R3U1, has also a major flaw when it comes to competitive gaming. This flaw has nothing to do with the framerate it can deliver, but the fact that it lacks an essential attribute required to achieve the lowest possible network latency, namely an Ethernet port. Since its overall performance is no match for today’s high-end gaming laptops either, those who find the 23% discount appealing will probably overlook the lack of a wired network connection as well.
The aforementioned discount takes the list price of US$2,999.99 down to US$2,299, which is still far from affordable for a laptop that was released two years ago. In addition to the aforementioned 15.6-inch IPS display, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced comes with an Intel Core i7-10875H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics, as well 16 GB DDR4 memory and a single 1 TB NVMe PCIe SSD. The list of connectivity options includes Thunderbolt 3, 3 X USB-A ports, one USB-C, a 3.5 mm combo audio jack, as well as an UHS-III SD card reader and an infrared sensor.
According to our in-depth review of this configuration, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced RZ09-03305E43-R3U1 “packs a lot of computing power into a classy, slim metal case” and features a display that provides stable viewing angles, good contrast and brightness, great color reproduction, adequate color-space coverage, as well as fast response times in all scenarios.
On Amazon, the 1,086 user reviews recorded so far for two Razer Blade 15 Advanced and one Base model come together with a 4.5/5 rating (76% perfect scores and 11% ratings of 4/5). Sadly, the breakdown by feature reveals a weak tech support service (2.7), followed by a 3.4-rated battery life, 3.8 for quality of materials, 4.1 for gaming performance, 4.2 for brightness, and tops at 4.4 for sleep mode.
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