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Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition review: Tech

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is a mobile workstation that is equipped with some of the most powerful laptop components on the market today and is part of the Nvidia RTX Studio program, which brings its powerful professional RTX Quadro GPUs to laptops.

While Razer is best known as the creator of gaming laptops, the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is aimed at creative professionals, especially those who need a laptop or workstation with serious graphics to render high-resolution images, photos and videos.

The goal is to provide the power of one of his gaming laptops in a design that won’t bother you if you take him to a meeting or office.

Price and Availability

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition comes in several configurations. The maximum version includes an Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 graphics processor, 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM for $ 3,999.99 (3999 pounds). At the time of writing, it is not available in Australia.

While $ 4,000 is an expensive price tag, it is not astronomical, given the specification. It compares very well with the 15-inch top-end MacBook Pro, which is equipped with an 8th-generation Intel Core i9 processor with 8 cores and a clock frequency of 2.4 GHz (5.0 GHz), 32 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4 GB HBM2 memory and 4 TB of storage on SSDs for $ 5,149 (£ 4,914, Australian $ 7,859).

Thus, you get a better processor and GPU, as well as a good 4K screen for less money than Apple. It sounds like a pretty good deal to us. If the asking price is too high, you can configure the Razer Blade Studio Edition with consumer graphics cards such as the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. This compared to the 8th generation Intel Core i7 and a resolution of 1080p 144 Hz reduces the price to $ 2699.99

You can also get it with a 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor with a faster display (for $ 2,999.99 / $ 2,879.99) or with an OLED 4K touchscreen (this is the model we are considering) at a price of $ 3,299.99 Although the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is primarily designed for gaming, it is still very capable for professional use.

design

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition (Image courtesy of Future) Design
In many ways, the design of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is very similar to the Razer Blade 15. In fact, it is pretty much identical. Thus, you get a solid black one-piece aluminum case, as well as error-free green USB ports and the Razer logo on the cover, which, like the game version, glows green when turned on.

If you are worried about buying a workstation that looks like a gaming laptop, this may upset you a little, but at least the design is not too redundant and the Razer logo is not too strange. Thus, you still will not be able to pull it out during the meeting.

Overall, the design of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is elegant and straightforward, with only a few steps to its gaming heritage. However, if these subtle hints are still too important for you, you may be disappointed that Razer did not use a much more diverse design to distinguish it from the game version.

screen

When Razer says that the screen of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition offers “retinal destruction accuracy”, it’s not just hyperbole, it’s also an excavation of Apple and its MacBook’s Retina displays. This is due to the fact that the Retina display of the 15-inch MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2880 x 1800, and the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition has a 4K screen with a resolution of 3,840 x 2160. The screen of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition not only surpasses the MacBook Pro in terms of resolution but also OLED, which offers amazing color brightness and contrast, as well as a touch screen for loading.

Put them close so that there is no competition – the screen of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition completely takes away the screen of the MacBook Pro. The screen also has a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, which is important for any creative professional (such as video editors) who need accurate color reproduction on their workstations. The display is also factory calibrated, and it really is a hallmark of the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition, and for many people the high price is worth it.

With thin bezels on both sides of the display, it’s clear that Razer knows this is a major attraction and easily ensured the laptop’s focus. This is still a powerful graphics card, and although it is mainly intended for gamers, it still does a great job with professional applications, while the Max-Q GPU means that Razer was able to create an impressively thin laptop. around this powerful graphics card.

Of course, this laptop is intended for creators, and you would do it – and you yourself – a bad service if you used the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition only for games. Nvidia’s RT Cores line of RTX GPUs that support ray tracing can also help creators, such as animators, create digital art with realistic-looking lighting.

Battery life

You would be forgiven for expecting the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition to have pretty scanty battery life, given the powerful components and high-resolution screen that comes with it, and although you’re pretty much right, it doesn’t as funny as some of its competitor’s mobile workstations. In our Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition battery life test, which shows a 1080p looped video at 50% brightness, it lasted decently for 5 hours 28 minutes. Now, this is not a great time, but it is better than we expected.

For example, in the PCMark 8 Battery Life test, battery life was reduced to just over four hours. This is copying tasks such as browsing the web, writing documents and video conferencing. Again, the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition is designed for more intense tasks. For 3D animation rendering, 4K video editing, and even for games, expect battery life to be significantly reduced. But if you need a workstation that combines power and long battery life, Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro is still top-notch, showing excellent 7 hours and 36 minutes in our tests.

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