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Razer Blade 15 Base Model vs. Advanced Model: Which should you buy?

A pair of Razer Blade 15 laptops
A pair of Razer Blade 15 laptops (Image credit: Razer)

Both the Base Model and the Advanced Model of the Razer Blade 15 are great gaming laptops, but the Advanced Model trumps its older brother when it comes to the specs you can configure it with. However, this comes at a cost: a higher price. If you're short on money or don't want a monster gaming machine, a Base Model Razer Blade 15 will be right up your alley.

Base vs. Advanced: A battle between power and price

When it comes to power, the Advanced Model of the Razer Blade 15 is the clear winner of this matchup. The least powerful hardware you can opt for with it is an NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics card, an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and a Full HD 144Hz display. The most expensive option is an NVIDIA RTX 2080, an Intel Core i7-9750H, and a beefy OLED 4K Touch screen. Whether you go low or high with the Advanced Model, though, you'll be able to handle all modern games with ease.

The Base Model is a different story. The low point of its specs options is a dated NVIDIA GTX 1060, an Intel Core i7-8750H, and a Full HD 60Hz display, while the high point is an NVIDIA RTX 2060 with an Intel Core i7-9750H and a Full HD 144Hz screen. The best version of the Base Model is definitely a great gaming laptop, but the cheapest option is only average.

Base ModelAdvanced Model
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA RTX 2060Up to NVIDIA RTX 2080
ProcessorUp to Intel Core i7-9750HUp to Intel Core i7-9750H
RAM16GB DDR416GB DDR4
StorageUp to 2TB HDD w/ 256GB SSDUp to 512GB SSD
DisplayUp to 15.6" Full HD 144HzUp to 15.6" 4K OLED Touch
Battery65 Wh (Up to 6 hours)80 Wh (Up to 6 hours)
Thickness0.78" x 9.25" x 13.98"0.70" x 9.25" x 13.98"
WeightUp to 4.63 lbsUp to 4.83 lbs

Both models have disappointing storage options between 128, 256, and 512GB SSDs, though strangely, the low-end version of the Base Model comes with one of these and either a 1 or 2TB HDD. More likely than not, you'll need an external hard drive regardless of which device you choose.

There's another area where the Base Model defeats the Advanced Model, though, and that's in terms of pricing. The price of the Base Models ranges between $1,600–$2,000, while the price range of the Advanced Models is between $2,200–$3,300.

In other areas, the differences are either nonexistent or marginal. They have different weights, but the difference is only 0.2 pounds. The Base Model is also slightly thicker, but again, not by much to have it mean anything. Meanwhile, both come with 16GB of RAM, which is more than enough to assist with gaming no matter the other specs.

Base vs. Advanced: Which should you buy?

Overall, the choice between the Base or Advanced Model will come down to what you need and what you can afford. If you're looking for a high-end gaming machine that you want to crank up the settings on and push limits with, then one of the Advanced Models is definitely what you should go with. However, if you want to spend as little money as possible and don't care about not having cutting-edge specs, then one of the Base Model options is going to be perfect for you.

If I had to choose, though, I would go with one of the pricier Advanced Models because I wouldn't mind spending extra money for a machine that offers peak performance. If you want a laptop that can play games, why not get one that can play most, if not all, games?

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.