For the second year in a row, the Razer Blade 15 and Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 take top marks for the best gaming laptops overall. Both are stunning machines, so choosing between them is really a matter of personal choice, but we really like the look and feel of the Blade 15, as well as the multitude of specification options.
Razer has streamlined its laptop selection by removing the more expensive ‘Advanced’ models, leaving buyers with the option of the Blade 14, 15 and 17. The mid size is our favorite for its combination of screen space, weight and power.
Razer hasn’t made major changes to the design of the Blade 15 over the years, but why change something so premium and stylish, we like it. The sturdy, all-black anodized CNC aluminum chassis exudes the kind of quality that will grab the attention of bystanders, and it’s also pretty slim and light for something this powerful.
Razer offers a wide selection of specs for the Blade 15. The base model (currently $1,549) includes a Core i7-11800H, 16 GB of RAM, an RTX 3060, and a 144 Hz Full HD display, which should be enough to keep many gamers but spend more and you have the option of an RTX 3070/3070 Ti/3080 Ti, Core i9-12900H, up to 4K resolution and up to 360Hz refresh rate. As a gaming machine, this is a competent desktop replacement.
Razer also packs plenty of bells and whistles into the Blade 15, including per-key backlighting, factory-calibrated displays, 1080p IR Hello webcam, and upward-firing speakers with THX audio. The port selection includes one Thunderbolt 4, two powered USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (15W), and three USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports.
Razer has a reputation for pricing its products in ways that could rival Apple (in a bad way) and the Blade 15 is no different: a mid-range model with a Core i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti and 240Hz QHD display costs $3,000. It could also be that the battery life isn’t up to par with some rivals. Nevertheless, the Blade 15 is a great gaming laptop with a look to match its performance.
A top AMD alternative
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15
If you’re a fan of the look and power of the Blade, but want something different and with one of AMD’s processors, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 is an excellent alternative. With a similar mix of sleek looks and a light body (4.3 pounds) compared to the Razer, the Asus adds the benefit of longer battery life.
All Zephyrus G15 models come with AMD 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 9 6900HS CPUs and can be specified up to an RTX 3080. You can also choose 1080p or 1440p displays and refresh rates up to 300 Hz.
One of the main differentiators between the Zephyrus and Blade is the 180-degree ErgoLift hinge that lifts the keyboard slightly off a surface when the lid is open, keeping it cool. It also looks quite impressive when opened, complementing the RGB backlit chiclet keyboard.
Battery life is often the Achilles heel of gaming laptops, but the Zephyrus excels in this department, offering more than eight hours of use from a full charge.
Elsewhere, the Zephyrus features six speakers with Dolby Atmos, 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, a 3ms response time for the IPS panel, Wi-Fi 6E, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A inputs, one 1x HDMI 2.0b and a microSD reader. In addition, Asus has finally added a webcam (720p IR).
The Zephyrus is known to be hot, and it lacks the range of hardware options offered by the Blade 15, but at $2,000 for the RTX 3070 Ti model, Asus has its rival beat when it comes to price.