Razer Blade 15 (2022): Two-minute review
The Razer Blade 15 (2022) is the latest iteration of Razer’s iconic gaming laptop and is without a doubt one of the best gaming laptops released this year, although the price tag remains as steep 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 this is a big step up from the Razer Blade 15 (2021) in terms of performance. performance . However, that performance comes at the cost of battery life, which is nearly nonexistent thanks to that voracious Alder Lake processor and 105W TGP GPU.
The price is as dazzling as ever. While there are cheaper gaming laptops in this class, the Blade 15 is a premium piece of kit for anyone looking for some gamer eye candy to go along with that best-in-class performance. Even with all that power and that sleek design, it really pushes the boundaries of the rationale for charging as much as a high-end gaming desktop for the privilege, especially at the lower end of the configuration spectrum.
But if you’ve got the cash to spare and don’t mind your gaming-on-the-go being chained to a power outlet like Margott, you should definitely check out the Razer Blade 15 (2022).
Razer Blade 15 (2022): Pricing and Availability
- How much is it? From $2,499 (£2,599 / AU$4,549)
- When is it out? The Blade 15 (2022) is now available
- Where is it available? You can buy it in US, UK and Australia
Here is the Razor Blade 15 (2022) configuration sent to Ditching for review:
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-12800H
Graphic: Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti
RAM: 16GB DDR5-4800
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080p, 360Hz, 2ms, 100% sRGB, IPS
Storage: 1TB 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: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: Full HD IR (1080p)
Weight: 4.40lbs | 2.01kg
Dimension (W x H x D): 13.98 x 9.25 x 0.67 inches. † 355 x 235 x 16.9mm
The Razer Blade 15 (2022) is now available in the US, UK and Australia, among other regions worldwide.
The starting configuration comes with an Intel Core i7-12800H, Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, 240Hz refresh QHD (1440p) display, 16GB DDR5-4800 RAM and a 1TB SSD. It retails for $2,499 / £2,599 / AU$4,549.
The configuration that Ditching reviewed (listed 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 DDR5-4800 RAM with 1TB SSD, is available for $3,999/£4,199/AU$7,199.
This is an expensive laptop no matter which configuration you choose and it’s really hard to argue that the lower configurations are worth these prices. You really have to want a Razer Blade 15 to pay $2,500 for a laptop whose configuration is more or less mid-range.
The more expensive configurations – especially with the RTX 3080 Ti and the UHD 144Hz display – are at least more justifiable in terms of hardware, but understand you’re paying a premium for the Razer branding, whichever you choose.
Razer Blade 15 (2022): Draft
- Classic Razer Style
- Still remarkably thin
- many ports
The only thing you can say about the Razer Blade 15 (2022) is that it is the MacBook among gaming laptops.
The Blade 15’s design has always been fantastic and it hasn’t changed. The form factor is as sleek and compact as ever – an impressive feat considering the hardware that packs under the lid.
The all-black anodized CNC aluminum finish is still beautiful and the keyboard is comfortable. The (thankfully) up-firing speakers with THX Spatial Audio sound great, and the RGB on the Blade 15’s keys is more subdued than many other gaming laptops, which is a plus in our book. There are also quite a few ports on the Blade 15, so all those Razer peripherals you’ve picked up over the years won’t go to waste.
The screen looks sharp and the light edges at the top and the size offer enough screen space. Unfortunately, only the QHD screens have Nvidia G-Sync, which again puts a damper on the lower-end configurations.
Fortunately, the Windows Hello-compatible IR webcam is a full 1080p. Unfortunately, there is no physical privacy switch, which should be standard on every webcam at this point.
Razer Blade 15 (2022): Achievements
- Extraordinary achievement
- gets hot
Here’s how the Razor Blade 15 (2022) performed in our series of benchmark tests:
3DMark night raid: 52,393 | Fireworks: 24,150 | Time spy: 10,526
CineBench23 (multi-core): 15.244
GeekBench 5 (Single Core): 1,749 † (Multi core): 11,705
PCMark10 Home: 7.681
Battery life (PCMark10 test): 2 hours 49 minutes
Battery Life (Slice Mag Movie Test): 2 hours 43 minutes
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 sample: 1,427 † Junk shop: 835 † Class: 738
HandBrake (1080p30 Encoding 4K): 55 fps
The raw gaming performance of the Razer Blade 15 (2022) cannot be denied. Thanks to the 12th-generation Intel Alder Lake processor, the Blade 15 (2022) nearly outperforms the model in our Razer Blade 15 (2021) review in multi-core performance in Cinebench R23 and is a whopping 62% ahead of its predecessor.
Even in our 3DMark testing, the Blade 15 (2022) outperformed its predecessor by a huge margin, doubling its 3DMark Night Raid score – 52,393 to 26,303 from the 2021 Blade 15. The gains in Firestrike (to 24,150 from 19,188) and Time Spy (to 10,526 from 8,666) are more modest but still impressive as the 2021 model we reviewed packed an RTX 3080, while the 2022 model we tested had an RTX 3070 Ti.
Admittedly, the RTX 3070 Ti also ran at 105W TGP, making it more than a match for the RTX 3080 mobile GPU in last year’s model.
All that power and slim form factor also mean this laptop gets pretty damn hot, so make sure you have plenty of ventilation when gaming and place it on a table or desk while you’re using it rather than on your lap.
Razer Blade 15 (2022): Battery Life
- Poor battery life
- Fast Charging
So the Razer Blade 15 (2022) is certainly powerful, we give it that – along with all our battery power, apparently. Gaming laptops aren’t exactly known for longevity, but it’s been a minute since we saw less than three hours of battery life on a laptop.
In our PCMark 10 battery life test, the Blade 15 (2022) lasted a meager two hours and 49 minutes, and it fared slightly worse in the FHD film battery test, which lasted just two hours and 43 minutes. This compares to the relatively impressive six hours 16 minutes and five hours 31 minutes respectively that the Razer Blade 15 (2021) achieves.
It’s too early to say whether this is due to Intel’s power-hungry 12th-generation chips, but we suspect it is. Several other laptops we’ve seen with the new hardware have seen a significant drop in battery life in exchange for a massive performance boost. So it’s hard to blame Razer for the poor battery life here, but it’s definitely something to look out for if you’re looking to buy the Razer Blade 15 (2022).