Razer will be the first with an ultra-fast OLED display in a laptop
The new “Blade 15” gets a 240Hz panel, but the price and launch date hurt.
We wouldn’t go back many years before the most accurate gaming laptops came with dim panels that only supported 60Hz and Full HD resolution.
Razer, known for making powerful gaming laptops, has now announced that its new boss model Blade 15 will feature a panel that can display up to 240 frames per second. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1400 pixels.
Not least an OLED panel, which offers an “infinite” deep black level, high contrast and ultra-low lag. The latter is especially important for many players.
Razer claims that their devices will be the first to combine OLED technology with a super-fast panel that will be able to work wonders for streaming and responsiveness in FPS and racing games in particular.
The board also supports G-Sync, which prevents so-called “stuttering” and fine clipping, or gives you the feeling of smoother picture streaming when gaming. Unfortunately, the panel does not support HDR, but the 400 nits brightness should definitely do the job in gaming.
With components like the new Intel i9–1200H processor, combined with Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti graphics chip, the hardware will undoubtedly be fast.
The processor has a total of 14 cores. 6 traditional performance cores and 8 so-called efficiency cores that can work together or alone with different types of tasks.
Other than that, the device is equipped with up to 32GB of modern DDR5 memory and 1TB of fast NVMe storage that can also be expanded via a free slot.
The Blade 15 will use Nvidia’s Optimus technology, which allows it to seamlessly switch between using custom RTX graphics and the processor’s integrated graphics when running on battery power and you want to save battery power. Razer hasn’t disclosed battery life.
Before checking the balance at the bank online, it is probably a good idea to take a “timeout”. You are already forced to do so, as the device had a launch window in the last quarter of the year, which thus runs from October to December. And before we get there, we’re at least wondering if Razer is still on its own with its powerful display group — and whether it will really be the first to have models ready for delivery.
If they really want to take the machine out of the factory door before the competition, we should not forget about the price. As you know, getting out early is expensive, especially these days with electronics prices in general soaring. Razer plans to charge $3,500 for the device. This means that you will probably have to pay around 35,000 kroner here in Norway. It might not be the best way to burn off your paycheck, especially if you can manage that with a slightly slower screen, where the supply of machines is much larger.
We must bear in mind that in order to reach 240fps at a resolution of 1440p, you must either reject the graphics details sharply, prefer popular esports titles such as Overwatch, Fortnite and DOTA, or play plain old-driving games. Newer “Triple-A” titles won’t reach more than 50-100fps in this release if you want better graphics.
However, Nvidia’s DLSS Upgrade can be used to “enhance” image streaming in supported titles without compromising image quality. It can certainly make it easier to take advantage of the fast screen in many games, including some of the newer titles.
Although there is nothing to say about the processor, the graphics chip is still not as powerful as Nvidia today, and before the device was put on the market, the architecture on which it is based has already been around for two years.
Nvidia will likely release a whole new generation of graphics cards late this fall, with mobile graphics chips to follow towards the end of the year or early 2023.
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