There was a time that gamers knew Razer solely for its peripherals. How times have changed. Founded in 2005, the company jumped into the tablet business with the Razer Edge in 2013 followed by its first entries into the laptop space with the Razer Blade and the Razer Blade Pro several months later. Fast-forward to 2019, and Razer now sells three distinct laptop models to meet the budgets of every PC gamer, in addition to its own gaming phone series.
Let’s jump in and take a look at the best Razer laptops worth buying in 2019.
Best Razer laptops
Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best Razer laptops as new devices launch.
1. Razer Blade Pro 17
Razer dubs this laptop the ultimate gaming desktop replacement. The Blade Pro 17 sports a decent size for a 17.3-inch gaming laptop, measuring 0.88 inches thin. It’s currently one of the most expensive laptops in Razer’s portfolio with a starting price of $2,299. But the good news is that it definitely packs the punch you’d expect at that price.
Razer sells three models with semi-locked configurations. The base version features a Full HD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. It relies on a ninth-generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card (6GB). You also get 16GB of system memory at 2,400MHz and a 512GB PCIe NVME SSD. More than enough to play nearly any title at max settings.
This laptop’s port selection consists of one Thunderbolt 3 connector, three USB Type-A ports at 5Gbps, HDMI 2.0 output, an SDXC card reader, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack. Other ingredients include a 2MP webcam, a backlit keyboard and trackpad powered by Razer’s Chroma RGB platform, and a 70.5WHr battery.
The second model relies on the same Full HD 144Hz display. There’s also the GeForce RTX 2070-Max Q graphics chip, Intel’s Core i7-9750H processor, and 16GB of system memory at 2,666MHz. The storage option remains the same.
Finally, the third model’s only difference is the RTX 2080 Max-Q. Everything else remains the same, including the processor, system memory, storage, and battery size.
The Blade Pro 17 weighs 6.06 pounds and ships with a 165-watt power brick. It starts at $2,500 for the base model and goes up to $3,200 for the top-tier model.
2. Razer Blade 15
Configurations consist of the RTX 2060 with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen at 144Hz, the RTX 2070 Max-Q with a Full HD screen at 144Hz or an UHD screen at 60Hz, and the RTX 2080 Max-Q with a Full HD screen at 144Hz. You can still get the base model too, packing the older GTX 1060 with a Full HD screen at 60Hz. That latter option will offer a big saving, and should still be able to handle most modern titles even if you have to tweak some of the settings. The fully kitted out version? No problem!
For storage, the base model provides only two options: A 128GB SSD with a 1TB hard drive, or a 256GB SSD paired with a 2TB hard drive. Meanwhile, the new “advanced” model relies on a single M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD at 256GB or 512GB.
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On the processor front, both versions sport an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H six-core CPU. There’s also the ninth-generation Core i7-9750H for the three higher-tier graphics card options. They also include three USB Type-A ports at 5Gbps, one Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI 2.0b output, Mini DisplayPort 1.4 output, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. The base model includes an Ethernet port while the new “advanced” model does not.
Finally, both units ship with 16GB of system memory at 2,666MHz. You can manually upgrade the base model to 32GB whereas the new “advanced” version supports up to 64GB. For power, the base model has a 65WHr battery backed by a 180-watt power brick while the “Advanced” version has a 80WHr battery backed by a 230-watt power brick.
Razer’s base model with the GTX 1060 has a starting price of $1,600. Move up to the RTX 2060 and the price jumps to $2,350. The “advanced” model adds a gorgeous Mercury White color option in addition to the standard Black. The white feels a little ostentatious for those that don’t love the gamer aesthetic.
3. Razer Blade Stealth 13
The Blade Stealth 13 has the cheapest starting point of the three and is also the thinnest at 0.58 inches. Still, it’s no slouch! Razer lists three versions of this specific laptop, two of which include discrete GeForce MX150 graphics. The third base model relies solely on Intel’s integrated graphics provided in the eighth-generation Core i7-8565U four-core processor. This offers great performance for productivity tasks and should still be able to tackle most modern titles – though it might start to chug a little.
Although the Stealth 13 can be used for gaming, it also targets content creators and video editors. The base and “graphics” models rely on a Full HD screen providing support for 100 percent of the sRGB color space. A third “graphics 4K” model increases the resolution to UHD while adding touch input.
For memory, the base model includes 8GB of fixed LPDDR3 memory at 2,133MHz while the “graphics” and “graphics 4K” models increase the fixed amount to 16GB. Storage is rather limited with a 256GB M.2 SATA SSD installed in the base model, a faster 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD in the “graphics” model, and a larger 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD in the “graphics 4K” version.
Powering all three is a 53.1WHr battery and a compact 65-watt power brick. Across the board you’ll see a 720p camera supporting Windows Hello, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity (40Gbps), two USB Type-A ports at 5Gbps, one USB Type-C port at 5Gbps, and a 3.5mm audio combo port. The overall weight ranges between 2.82 pounds and 3.04 pounds, depending on the model. All three measure 11.99 x 8.27 x 0.58 inches.
Razer’s Blade Stealth 13 starts at $1,400. For a limited time, you can order the model with the Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, 256GB of storage and 16GB of RAM in a quartz pink color.
Of course, Razer provides plenty of accessories to complement these laptops including mice, mechanical keyboards, headphones, display, routers, and more. With the Razer Chroma platform, you can sync lighting and effects across all supporting devices, even the new Razer Phone 2.