Razer Blade 15 (2022): two-minute review
The Razer Blade 15 (2022) is the latest update to Razer’s iconic gaming laptop and is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops released this year, although the price is still as high as ever. .
For starters, the refresh comes with all-new Intel Alder Lake mobile processors, Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti and Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti GPUs, and DDR5 RAM, so it’s a big step up from the Razer Blade 15 ( 2021) in terms of performance. This performance comes at the cost of battery life, however, which is virtually non-existent thanks to that voracious Alder Lake CPU and 105W TGP GPU.
The price is still attractive. While there are cheaper gaming laptops in this class, the Blade 15 is a premium piece of kit for anyone looking for eye candy for gamers that comes with best-in-class performance. Even with all that power and sleek design, it’s really beyond the bounds of reason to charge as much as a high-end gaming desktop for the privilege, especially on the lower end of the configuration spectrum.
Still, if you’ve got the cash to burn and don’t mind your on-the-go gaming being chained like Margott to a power outlet, you should definitely check out the Razer Blade 15 (2022).
Razer Blade 15 (2022): price and availability
- How much does it cost? From $2,499 (£2,599/AU$4,549)
- When did he come out? The Blade 15 (2022) is available now
- Where is it available? You can buy it in the US, UK and Australia
here is Razer Blade 15 (2022) configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: Intel Core i7-12800H
Chart: Nvidia RTX 3070Ti
RAM: 16GB DDR5-4800
Filter: 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080p, 360Hz, 2ms, 100% sRGB, IPS
Storage: 1 TB PCIe NVMe
Ports: 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x Thunderbolt 4, 1x Power Port, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x SD Card Reader, 1x Combo Jack, 1x Kensington Slot
Connectivity: WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: Infrared Full HD (1080p)
Mass: 4.40 pounds | 2.01kg
Size (W x H x D): 13.98 x 9.25 x 0.67 inches. | 355×235×16.9mm
The Razer Blade 15 (2022) is now available in the US, UK, and Australia, among other regions around the world.
The starting configuration comes with an Intel Core i7-12800H processor, an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, a 240Hz QHD (1440p) display, 16GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and a 1TB SSD. It sells for 2,499 $ / £2,599 / AU$4,549.
The configuration reviewed by TechRadar (listed on the right) is available for $2,999 / £3,299 / AU$5,799. The most powerful configuration, with a Core i9-12900H, Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, 144Hz 4K display and 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM with a 1TB SSD, is available for $3,999 / £4,199 / AU$7,199.
This is an expensive laptop no matter which configuration you go with, and it’s really hard to argue that the lower-end configurations are worth those prices. You really have to want a Razer Blade 15 to shell out $2,500 for a laptop that’s more or less in the mid-range configuration.
High-end configurations – especially with the RTX 3080 Ti and 144Hz UHD display – are at least more justifiable in terms of hardware, but understand that you’re paying a premium for the Razer brand no matter what you choose.
Razer Blade 15 (2022): Design
- Classic Razer styling
- Still remarkably thin
- Many ports
The one thing you can say about the Razer Blade 15 (2022) is that it’s the MacBook of gaming laptops.
The Blade 15’s design has always looked great and that hasn’t changed. The form factor is as tight and compact as ever – an impressive feat considering the hardware it packs under the lid.
The all-black anodized CNC aluminum finish still looks great, and the keyboard feels comfortable. The speakers (thankfully) with THX Spatial Audio sound good, and the RGB on the Blade 15’s keys is more subdued than on many other gaming laptops, which is a plus in our book. There are also a good number of ports on the Blade 15, so all those Razer peripherals you’ve picked up over the years won’t be lost.
The display is crisp, and the slight bezels on the top and waist provide plenty of screen real estate. Unfortunately, only the QHD displays have Nvidia G-Sync, which is another knock against low-end setups.
Fortunately, the Windows Hello-compatible infrared webcam is in full 1080p. Unfortunately, there’s no physical privacy switch, which should be standard on any webcam at this point.
Razer Blade 15 (2022): performance
- Outstanding performance
- Runs hot
Here’s how the Razer Blade 15 (2022) performed in our benchmark test suite:
3DMark Night Raid: 52,393 | Gunshot : 24,150 | Time spy: 10,526
CineBench23 (multi-core): 15,244
GeekBench 5 (single core): 1,749 | (Multicore): 11,705
PCMark10 Home: 7,681
Battery life (PCMark10 test): 2 hours 49 minutes
Battery life (TechRadar film test): 2 hours 43 mins
Total War: Warhammer III (1080p, low quality): 215 fps | (1080p, ultra quality): 73 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (1080p, Low Quality): 131 fps | (1080p, ultra quality): 58 fps | (1080p, Ultra Quality, RTX): 35 fps
Blender Monster: 1,427 | Flea market: 835 | Classroom: 738
HandBrake (1080p30 encoding from 4K): 55 fps
The raw gaming performance of the Razer Blade 15 (2022) is undeniable. Thanks to the 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake processor, the Blade 15 (2022) nearly outperforms our Razer Blade 15 (2021) review model in multi-core performance in Cinebench R23 and comes out 62% ahead of its predecessor.
Even in our 3DMark tests, the Blade 15 (2022) far outperformed its predecessor, doubling its 3DMark Night Raid score – 52,393 versus 26,303 for the Blade 15 2021. The gains of Firestrike (to 24,150 versus 19,188) and Time Spy (at 10,526 vs. 8,666) are more modest but still impressive considering the 2021 model we reviewed featured an RTX 3080 while the 2022 model we tested used an RTX 3070 Ti.
Granted, the RTX 3070 Ti also ran on 105W of TGP, making it more than a match for the RTX 3080 mobile GPU from last year’s model.
All that power and the slim form factor also means this laptop runs really hot, so make sure there’s plenty of ventilation while gaming and set it up on a table or desk while using it instead than on your knees.
Razer Blade 15 (2022): Battery life
- Dismal battery life
- Quick charge
So the Razer Blade 15 (2022) is certainly powerful, we’ll give it that – with all of our battery power, apparently. Gaming laptops aren’t exactly known for being durable, but damn it, it’s been a minute since we’ve seen less than three hours of battery life on a laptop.
In our PCMark 10 battery life test, the Blade 15 (2022) lasted two hours and 49 minutes, and it did slightly worse in the FHD Movie battery test, which only lasted only two hours and 43 minutes. This is compared to the relatively impressive six hours 16 minutes and five hours 31 minutes, respectively, achieved by the Razer Blade 15 (2021).
It’s too early to tell if this is due to Intel’s power-hungry 12th generation chips, but we think it is. Several other laptops we’ve seen with the new hardware have seen a significant drop in battery life in exchange for a huge performance boost. It is therefore difficult to blame Razer for poor battery life here, but that’s definitely something to be aware of if you’re looking to buy the Razer Blade 15 (2022).