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There is some degree of crossover between these two laptops, making choosing a bit more difficult. Both are capable of gaming, though the Blade 15 is currently the absolute best gaming laptop. Both can be used by folks such as photographers and videographers, too, and both look just fine sitting around the meeting room table. But ultimately, your primary purpose for the laptop is going to be where you make the decision.

Razer Blade 15 vs. Dell XPS 15 tech specs

Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15Dell XPS 15
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA RTX 3080 TiUp to NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti
ProcessorUp to 12th Gen Core i9 H-seriesUp to 12th Gen Core i9 H-series
MemoryUp to 32GB DDR5Up to 64GB DDR5
Storage512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
2TB PCIe SSD
Display15.6-inch Full HD 144Hz/360Hz (non-touch)
QHD 165Hz/240Hz (non-touch)
4K OLED 60Hz/144Hz 100% DCI-P3 (touch)
15.6-inch 60Hz Full HD+ (non-touch)
3.5K OLED 60Hz (touch)
4K UHD+ 60Hz (touch)
Ports3x USB 3.2
2x USB-C 3.2
Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 2.1
3.5mm audio
Two Thunderbolt 4
USB-C 3.2
SD card reader
3.5mm audio
Battery65Wh/80Wh56Wh (No dedicated GPU)
86Wh

Both of these laptops have a lot of great hardware inside them. Overall, power goes the way of the Razer Blade 15, but the XPS 15 is no slouch. Both now use the latest 12th Gen processors from Intel, with CPUs up to the mighty Core i9-12900HK available in both devices (configurations with 11th Gen Intel CPUs are available as well). Both laptops also feature NVIDIA's cutting-edge 30-series GPUs, though the Razer Blade 15's GPU options cap out at the 3080 Ti while you're limited to a weaker 3050 Ti with the Dell XPS 15. With that said, the Dell XPS 15 does have options for integrated Intel UHD Graphics or Intel Iris Xe Graphics, both of which will appeal to people that have no interest in gaming and simply want to get light productivity work done.

Whether at the entry-level spec or at the highest tier, neither the Blade 15 or XPS 15 disappoints on hardware.

Both of these laptops are stylish and are pretty compact for 15-inch laptops. You have 4K display options on both, but the latest Blade 15 revision kicks it up another notch with an OLED 4K touch panel if you're prepared to pay a premium for it, and it comes factory calibrated with a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. Dell, by contrast, has removed the option for a 4K OLED panel from the XPS 15, though the 4K display it does have still looks phenomenal. There's also a newer 3.5K OLED option on the Dell XPS 15 that offers a strong balance between clarity and power usage.

Ultimately, whether at the entry-level spec or at the highest tier, neither the Blade 15 or XPS 15 disappoints on hardware. The XPS 15 certainly has an edge with battery life since its specs draw less power, but you're not left wanting for connectivity on either, and both of them have Thunderbolt 4 and Microsoft Precision Drivers for the trackpad. Choosing which you should get comes down to a fairly simple question.

To game, or not to game?

If you're considering the Razer Blade 15 at all, then there's a strong chance it's because you want to do some PC gaming. While there are some differences in performance away from gaming, those are easier to compromise than if you really want a top-tier gaming experience.

The XPS 15 has options for the RTX 3050 as well as its Ti version, and both of these are fairly competent for laptop gaming. It's by no means an absolute beast, but it's capable of playing new titles at reasonable frame rates with only moderate sacrifices when it comes to graphics. Outside of gaming, it offers excellent performance for tasks such as video editing — without getting insanely hot or completely destroying the laptop's battery life. If gaming is a secondary priority, then the XPS 15 is overall a slightly better choice.

Razer Blade 15

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Razer's slogan is "for gamers, by gamers," and if gaming on your laptop is your biggest priority, then the Blade 15 is the clear winner of this matchup. Firstly, you can get the best Max-Q GPUs from NVIDIA in the Blade 15, which boast real-time ray tracing and significant performance improvements over previous-gen cards. It's essentially a beastly desktop gaming PC in the shape of a laptop, which is fantastic.

You can also get a 360Hz FHD display, which is absolutely insane on a laptop and means you can game at incredibly high frame rates without the need for an external monitor. If you'd prefer something sharper and don't mind lowering your maximum frame rate, there are also stellar QHD and 4K UHD screens available with refresh rates of up to 240Hz and 144Hz, respectively.

Both of these are incredible laptops that have amazing hardware, plenty of power, and are easily portable enough to take anywhere you need them. But if you really want to game at the best possible level as well as get your work done, then the Blade 15 is the better choice.

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.