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Razer announces new Blade 15 Studio Edition

Razer just announced its new Blade 15 Studio Edition for 2020 and it stomps all over Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Razer’s approach is to build one laptop in two versions, one meant for gaming and the other for creative professionals whose work demands the very best and most powerful hardware. Razer just refreshed the later offering a more powerful Intel Core-i7 processor, 4K OLED Display and NVIDIA RTX 5000 Quadro graphics.

The laptop closed.
Via Razer

Note: Comparison below is of the highest-level Processor, RAM and Graphics configurations, while capping the storage at 1TB as to compare similarly spec’d machines.

Blade 15 StudioMacBook Pro 16″ Surface Book 3 15″
Processor10th Gen, 8-Core
Intel Core i7 2.3-5.1GHz
10th Gen, 8-Core, Intel Core
i9 2.4-5GHz
10th Gen, 4-Core, Intel Core i7 1.4-3.9GHz
RAM32GB DDR464GB of DDR432GB LPDDR4x
Storage1TB 1TB1TB
Display15.6″ 4K16″, 3072×1920 pixels, 226 PPI15″, 3240 x 2160 pixels,
260 PPI
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000AMD Radeon Pro 5500M Intel Iris Plus
+
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000
PortsX3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB-A)

x1 USB-C 3.2 Gen 2,

x1 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
x4 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) version 3.1 Gen 2

x1 3.5 mm headphone jack
x2 USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen1)

x1 USB Type-C w/ video, power in/out and USB 3.1 (Gen1) data

x1 Full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II)

x1 3.5mm Headphone jack

x2 Surface Connect ports (1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
802.11ax

Bluetooth 5.1
Wi‑Fi
802.11ac
802.11a/b/g/n

Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax

Bluetooth 5.0
Xbox Wireless
Camera1MP 720P720p5MP Front-facing 1080P sensor

8.0MP Rear-facing AF 1080P sensor
BiometricsWindows HelloTouchIDWindows Hello
Battery80WHr80WHr
Up to 17 hours
80WHr
Up to 17.5 hours
Charger102W127W
Dimensions
(L x W x D)
13.98 in x
9.25 in x
0.70 in

14.09 in x 9.68 in x 0.64 in
13.5 in x 9.87 in x 0.57 to 0.90 in
Weight4.85 lbs.4.3 lbs.3.62lbs
(Tablet 1.59lbs)
Price$5999$2399$3699

This is what is known today as a “mobile workstation,” which is essentially a desktop replacement. The refreshed model packs an 8-Core, 16 threaded Intel Core i7-10875H processor which boots up to 5.1Ghz, which is said to be a 10-20% performance boost over last year’s model.

“You’re going to have a lot of added benefits in performance on creative apps that are more CPU intensive, allowing you to cut down on render times, and making your workflow a lot more efficient,” said Razer’s marketing manager Eugene Kuo during the press keynote. 

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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