Today, Razer releases a new iteration of its Blade 15 Advanced gaming laptop with a few tweaks. The most noticeable difference between this and what was released earlier in 2019 is the new keyboard, which has mechanical switches that offer a smarter typing experience, as well as deeper travel – 50 percent more, in fact, at 1.7mm.
Writing is one of those things that is oh so subjective; but in general, more trips in the keys correspond to a more satisfying writing experience. According to my colleague Dan Seifert's review of Blade 15 Advanced in early 2019, it was something that the basic keys needed desperately.
If you are a player, this may worry you, as more trips may result in a higher error rate when registering hot key presses. Razer tries to alleviate this concern in two ways. First, these buttons have a short 1
Razer says it will offer several notebook configurations by 2020, but today only one is available, which costs $ 2,649 in the United States.
Here are the specifications:
- Display : 15.6 inch 1080p matt display with 16: 9 aspect ratio and refresh rate 240Hz
- Processor : Intel Core i7-9750H hexa-core CPU  Graphics Card : Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q
- Memory : 16 GB RAM (DDR4 2.667MHz)
- Storage : 512GB NVMe SSD (expandable up to 2 TB, M.2 2280 form factor)
- Portar : One Thunderbolt 3, one USB-C 3.2 (gen two), two USB Type-A 3.2 (gen two), HDMI 2.0B, Mini DisplayPort
- Webcam : Windows Hello Ready 1MP / 720p Camera
- Battery : 80Wh
- Power Adapter : 230W
Nothing much has changed from the last iteration. The latest model of Blade 15 Advanced also had most of the specifications you see above. The 240Hz refresh rate display option, 9th Gen Intel Core i7, Nvidia RTX 2070, RAM and storage count are all nothing new except they now come as standard.
Unfortunately, the keyboard layout looks unchanged, so as with the last model, the up arrow is still to the left of the right shift key. In addition, Razer stuck with the same 80Wh battery from the previous version, which did not meet its battery life requirements in our review. Given how the RTX 2060 graphics card really strains the battery, I'm skeptical that the new model will do better with a more demanding RTX 2070.