Recently (and begrudgingly), I switched to a Razer Blade 15 laptop from my Surface Book 2. As much as I love the Book 2 form factor and inking, the lack of raw computing power was beginning to hold me back.
The exceptionally warm summer months were particularly hellish on my Surface Book 2, where throttling was cratering performance to an unworkable level. As such, I went and picked up a Razer Blade 15 (2019 series). While perhaps not as elegant as the Book 2, the Blade 15 simply gets the job done, with far beefier specs, and far more powerful cooling. For those who have asked me on social media and beyond, I thought I'd put together a list of the accessories I'm using to augment my Razer Blade experience. For the most part, it's pretty similar to my list of accessories I was using with my Surface Book 2, but the inclusion of USB-C on the Blade 15 makes for some exciting additional options.
- Work horse: Razer Blade 15
- 4K HDR: 43-inch Samsung Q60R QLED 4K TV
- Dock 'em up: VAVA USB-C Dock
- Game capture: Elgato HD60
- Stream control: Elgato Stream Deck
- Sound solution: Astro A50 (2019)
- Until Surface Duo...: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Classic mouse: Microsoft Intellimouse
- Haunted controller: Phantom Black Xbox One controller
Although it's less sexy than the Surface Book 2, it is far more powerful and capable for gaming and more intensive productivity tasks. My current laptop is serving me very well.
I recently upgraded to the new Samsung Q60R QLED TV, and I couldn't possibly be happier with my purchase. Owing to a USB-C hub that I use with my Razer Blade, it's easy to utilize it as an external second display as well in a pinch.
Although I'm using an older model, this updated version has far more features and compatibility, in a far more ergonomic package than the large powered VAVA dock I'm currently using, and generates no heat.
For streaming shows on Mixer, I currently use the Elgato HD60 via the Vava dock and USB-C. It's sleek, works flawlessly, and has a very tiny footprint in my office.
To control my streams, I use the Elgato Stream Deck, which offers 15 configurable LED buttons for posting automated messages in chat, social media, among various other media controls. It also has a growing third-party developer platform, integrating other products like smart lights, and so on.
I'm lucky enough to have access to literally dozens and dozens of headsets thanks to my job, but the latest Astro A50 has become my go-to. Its ability to mix audio from Xbox and PC simultaneously makes it a killer wireless headset for streamers.
Thanks to Your Phone compatibility on Windows 10, I receive texts and other mobile-to-PC information via my Galaxy Note 9, which has a unique partnership with Microsoft for these sorts of experiences.
I do use Razer mice occasionally, but I prefer the ergonomics on the Microsoft IntelliMouse, perhaps for no reason other than it's the mouse formula I grew up with. And hey, it also has RGB for some Razer-like fun.
Razer provides many of its own accessories, like the beefy external GPU housing Razer Core, and various Razer mice and headsets, but I've always found them to be a little pricey for what you get in return. My favorite accessories aren't necessarily the best out there, either, but they're the products that I find give the most bang for your buck, along with the versatility my job demands.
I adore the Astro A50's ability to combine PC and Xbox audio wirelessly, which is great for streaming and content creation. I love the sleek, subtle ergonomics on the Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse Pro, and the Vava USB-C dock makes up for all the ports the Blade 15 misses, such as SD-card reading.
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