Following Nvidia’s announcement of their new GeForce RTX30 series of mobile GPUs, Razr is one of many laptop vendors today, announcing new and updated laptops using the latest hardware. Overall, the company is updating its Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 laptop families to use the new GPUs, while the company is also making some updates regarding other components and blades they use; Chassis themselves.
Razor blade 15 basic model
Let’s start with the 2021 Razor Blade 15, the latest remake of the popular 15-inch gaming laptop. As it has been for a few years now, the Blade 15 is internally divided into two models, the lower tier “base model” and the upper tier “advanced model”, which in many respects are completely different laptops. Along with the advanced model that offers additional models, it also uses its own, usually thin chassis, which often becomes a stand-alone model in its own right.
As for the base model Blade 15, the Razr sticks to the heart of the engine with Intel’s 6-core I 7-10750h processor. The graphics options for the laptop are either the GeForce RTX 3060 6GB or the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB upgrade option, which will replace the RTX 2070 used in the 2020 models. Razor, meanwhile, uses DTR 4-2933 memory for this laptop, and when only 16GB is built-in they provide, the SO-DIMs are interchangeable and the laptop supports up to 64GB of memory.
In terms of display options, the Razr now offers the new 144Hz 1080p panel as a minimum option for 2021 models. This IPS-type panel offers 100% coverage of the SRGP range (something not done in the previous gen) and a matte finish. Meanwhile the Razor also offers a 165Hz 1440b IPS type panel that includes 100% DCI-P3 spectrum with high resolution. All of these display options are factory sized, although it should be noted that none of the basic model panels come with variable update support.
For storage, the 2021 base model SKUs include a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD. This SSD convertible, like last year’s version, has a second open M2 slot for inserting a second drive. If you need extra storage in the past, laptops offer Thunderbolt 3-powered USB-C port, another USB-C (3.2Gener2) port, and 3.2Gennel1 USB-A ports.
The razor again uses one of their Chroma RGB keyboards. This is a single zone (more than one key) affair, according to Razor, which uses a new layout. It fits in the 19.9mm thick aluminum chassis of the razor, which has been taken away from their 2020 models. It has a 65Whr battery, which, although not enough for long gaming sessions from a power station, is enough to run the laptop for a while for production tasks.
Around the package, the razor supports regular networking standards. With WiFi 6 support via the Intel AX 201 adapter, the laptop supports Bluetooth 5.1, and also comes with a Gigabit Ethernet jack for hard connections. Surprisingly, the Razr supports HDMI 2.1, which means that although the laptop uses Nvidia’s Optimus technology, they have hardened the HDMI port directly to the Nvidia GPU.
2021 Razor Blade 15 Base Model 99 starting at 1699, pre-orders starting today and going on sale / ship on January 26thTh.
Razor Blade 15 Advanced Model
When moving to a position, we have the Razor Blade 15 advanced model. As mentioned earlier, in many respects it is a significant step above the basic model in terms of features and performance.
The Blade 15 advanced model is built around the full 8-core 10Th gen Intel processor, especially i7-10875H. Razor integrates this with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 and 3080 laptop adapters, which go half the step up to the highest SKU and offer a 16GB version of the 3080 rather than the standard 8GB version. This configuration converts the RTX 2070 Super / 2080 Super from the 2020 models.
The added memory depends on the specific laptop SKU; The cheaper models come with 16GB in two GTR 4-2933 DIMs, while the high end models come with 32GB of memory. Like the base model, the machine can be upgraded to have a full 64GB.
For visual options, the razor is no less than three different choices here. The basic option of the Cheap Blade 15 Advanced SKU is a 240 Hz 1440B IPS-type panel that covers 95% of the SRGP spectrum. This is the only panel with G-Sync support among all the options of the Racer, which gives this laptop the best opportunity to play comfortably at 1440p. Alternatively, Razor offers a 360 Hz 1080p panel for very fast update rates (G-sync is not compatible), or the company again offers a 4K OLED touch panel as a high-resolution option that supports 100% DCI-P3 spectrum and HDR support.
All of this goes into a new chassis with the Blade 15 upgrade, which saw the razor laptop’s aluminum body become even thinner – now it is 16.99mm thick – enhancing its expansion. The new chassis is not a significant departure from the old one, but it does claim the razor right to dispatch the smallest 15-inch RTX gaming laptop, and more importantly, it opens up space for things like a second M2 slot.
This brings us to storage: the Blade 15 ships with a 1TB NVMe M.2 drive, and for the first time for an advanced model, includes a second blank M.2 slot for another drive. To accomplish this, the razor has chosen to stack the second SST on top of the first one, due to the laptop’s space constraints.
Compatible with the advanced model, this laptop razor features every major LED version of the Chroma RGB keyboard. If you want to create faces on your laptop, it also packs in the IR camera for Windows Hello login support.
For wiring, the advanced model comes with a Thunderbolt 3-powered USB-C port, a second USB-C port and three USB-A ports. It has an HDMI 2.1 port, and when the advanced model drops the Gigabit Ethernet port, it takes an SD card reader instead. Meanwhile wireless support is provided via Intel’s new AX210 adapter, which offers Wi-Fi6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
Finally, the only version of the Blade 15 family that supports charging on a USB-C port. Of course, the entire Blade 15 family comes with a 230W proprietary adapter, so the maximum 100W provided by USB-C is not enough to charge the laptop at its full rate. But this is enough to run under non-gaming displays, or charge the 80Whr battery at a reasonable time.
The 2021 Razor Blade 15 Advanced Model 99 will start at 2499 and pre-orders will be shipped today in February.
Razor Blade Pro17
Last but not least, the Razr is updating their flagship laptop, the Blade Pro 17. This is a slightly more straightforward update than the Blade 15 – it has no new chassis – but gets the same treatment as the graphics and display enhancements options.
Built around the same 8-core i7-10875H as the 2020 model, the 2021 model replaces its GeForce RTX 2070/2080 graphics options with the new GeForce RTX 3060/3070/3080 adapters. As the Blade 15 is upgraded, the superior SKU gets 16GB of memory to go with its RTX 3080, while all other SKUs come with 8GB or 6GB of VRAM, respectively.
Meanwhile, memory and storage options are almost unchanged from the last generation. Lower-end SKUs come with 16GB DTR 4-2933 in two DIMs, while high-end SKUs come with 32GB. Similarly, storage is divided between 512GB M.2 NVMe drives in some SKUs and 1TB in others. Of course, the Blade Pro 17 has an open M.2 slot for another drive.
For display options, the Razor Blade Pro 17 slightly expands their options, with a mid-tier 1440p display option that compliments existing 1080p and 4K displays. The lower end has a 360 Hz 1080p 17.3-inch IPS type display that covers 100% SRGP spectrum. Above that is the 165Hz 1440b IPS type display, which again offers 100% SRGP coverage. Finally, Razr will again offer 4K IPS type panel, which is unique among the options and offers touch screen support and 100% Adobe RGB coverage.
All of the Blade Pro 17 SKUs will feature every major lighting version of Razor’s Chroma RGB keyboard and an IR camera for Windows Hello. All models feature Intel’s AX210 adapter, which provides Wi-Fi6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
As for ports, the Blade Pro 17 has a Thunderbolt-3 powered USB-C port, another USB-C port, three USB-A ports, an HSMI 2.1 port and Provides SD card reader. The laptop also offers a 2.5 gigabit Ethernet port for wired network, and I first saw the 2.5 GbE port on the laptop.
The 2021 Razor Blade Pro will start at 17 99 2299, pre-orders open today and are then ordered to ship in Q1.