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Razer's new Blade 15 comes with stunning 4K OLED display and 240Hz FHD options

By Koh Wanzi - on 27 Apr 2019, 3:57pm

Razer's new Blade 15 comes with stunning 4K OLED display and 240Hz FHD options

Note: This article was first published on 24th April 2019.

Razer Blade 15

Razer has announced tantalizing new display options for its Razer Blade 15 Advanced gaming laptop, in addition to an upgrade to Intel's new 9th-generation processors. On top of the existing 144Hz IPS display, the Blade 15 Advanced will now offer a choice of either a 4K OLED touchscreen panel or a 240Hz 1080p screen. 

The Core i7-8750H processor on the 2018 model is also being replaced with a Core i7-9750H chip, which has a higher base clock of 2.6GHz and Turbo Boost frequency of 4.5GHz. The laptop's wireless capabilities are getting upgraded as well, and it is getting a Wi-Fi 6 networking card that supports a maximum throughput of up to 2.4Gbps. 

However, the new display options are probably the ones that will provide the most tangible differences. The 4K OLED screen will only be available on models equipped with a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, which makes sense since you'll need as much horsepower as possible to run games at such a high resolution. Thanks to the OLED panel however, Razer is also claiming 100 per cent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, a 1ms response time, and HDR 400 True Black certification. While the original DisplayHDR standard was designed more for LCD screens, the newer True Black certification allows for the deeper black levels and greater dynamic range of emissive displays. In addition, there is reportedly a TUV certification for reduced blue light output that should make the screen easier on the eyes. 

Content creators will definitely appreciate the wider color gamut offered by the OLED display, but gamers will look toward the ultra-high refresh rate 240Hz screen. I still don't think there's a super big difference between a 144Hz and 240Hz display, but the fact remains that the higher refresh rate should theoretically provide a more fluid gaming experience. According to Razer, the 240Hz FHD display will also offer 100 per cent coverage of the sRGB color space. 

The base Blade 15 model is getting better as well. Razer is now offering the GeForce RTX 2060, the new Intel Core i7-9750H, and a speedier 144Hz IPS display. Unlike the move from 144Hz to 240Hz however, a 144Hz screen is a pretty big upgrade from the 60Hz one previously.

To cap matters off, Razer is also overhauling the 17.3-inch Razer Blade Pro. It now sports a more angular design, so it more closely resembles the Blade 15 and Blade Stealth. The vapor chamber cooling system has been cribbed from the Blade 15 as well, and it also features an infrared camera that will let you log in using your face via Windows Hello. And given its slim bezels, Razer is also keen to tout the Blade Pro's compact design, which it says is 25 per cent smaller than its competitors. 

Razer Blade Pro 17

The Blade Pro 17 will support up to an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. That's more or less the same as the Blade 15 Advanced, except that the base storage configuration is a 512GB SSD. There's also an additional M.2 socket for either a PCIe or SATA SSD. 

The larger chassis also means Razer is able to offer a much wider selection of connectors. The Blade Pro 17 has three USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-A, one USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-C, and one Thunderbolt 3 port. There's a 2.5Gbps Ethernet jack as well, in addition to an HDMI 2.0b output and UHS-III SD card reader. 

Some of the new SKUs are already listed online on the local Razer store. The new Razer Blade 15 base model starts at S$3,159, while the Advanced with the 240Hz screen and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q starts at S$3,699. Finally, the Blade Pro 17 starts at S$3,599 with a GeForce RTX 2060.