Razer Blade 15, after 2 years.

I have had my Razer Blade 15 since launch, I bought it soon after the original Blade 15 was released. It has a GTX 1070 in it, and is still running, at least.

What do I mean by that? Well, Razer’s poor quality control has made sure that I’ve experienced a host of issues with this laptop, even as I state that it’s probably the best laptop out there to get. Technology, eh? See, there’s no better laptop I can recommend that looks better, feels better, or performs better in a single package than the Razer Blade, but it comes with problems.

I’ve experienced constant Blue Screens (fixed by finding an obscure NVidia update package and installing that – which most people don’t have the time for), the mic and camera both no longer work, and the inside pin on the charging port broke off, making it charge 30% slower. At least it’s still running, like I said, I haven’t had to ship it off to Razer. However, my warranty long expired, so I won’t get any help in that regard if it breaks at this point. I’m actually writing this review from the blade itself, and it’s a joy, but I’m waiting for the next issue.

Hopefully the keyboard doesn’t break next…

Waiting for issues to happen is definitely not something you want to ever engage in when using a computer, especially one purchased for about $2500 (got a student discount at the time), and it’s kinda unacceptable given Razer’s history. Google Razer Blade 15 issues and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Regardless, there really isn’t another option for me if I want the speed, looks, and overall experience Razer delivers in their package. I will try to squeeze as much life out of this laptop as possible, but it’s definitely playing the Silicon lottery. One thing I would recommend is to NEVER buy the laptops from Razer.com. Always use a US retailer that is well known such as Best Buy or Microsoft, and buy the extended warranty. It will be worth it.

Here are some alternatives to the Razer Blade 15 if you don’t have as stringent standards on looks as I do:

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I’ll update in another couple of months/years when/if this thing dies or continues trucking along. 🙂

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