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Razer Blade 15

Great value

Dell XPS 15

The Razer Blade 15 has been our top gaming laptop since it arrived and that has been strengthened by the latest refresh. This is an incredible piece of hardware, which is reflected in that high price.

From $1,999 at Razer

Pros

  • NVIDIA RTX GPUs
  • High refresh rate for OLED display options
  • 8-core processors
  • Slim chassis

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Lesser battery life

The XPS 15 can game, but it's not what it's truly meant for. This is a powerful, professional class laptop with a stunning display and plenty of horsepower, perfect for creators, programmers, and a whole lot more.

From $1,000 at Dell

Pros

  • Lots of configurations
  • Incredible display
  • Compact form factor
  • Dedicated graphics options

Cons

  • Weaker for gamers
  • Can get expensive

There is some degree of crossover between these two laptops, which can make choosing a bit more difficult. Both are capable of gaming, both can be used by folks such as photographers and videographers, 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 15Pictured: Razer Blade 15.

Razer Blade 15 Dell XPS 15
Graphics NVIDIA RTX 2060
NVIDIA RTX 2070
NVIDIA RTX 2080
Intel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GTX 1050
NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H Intel Core i5-8300H
Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i9-8950HK
RAM 16GB DDR4 8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4
Storage 256GB/512GB PCIe SSD 128GB SATA SSD + 1TB HDD
1TB SSHD
256GB/512GB/1TB PCIe SSD
Display 15.6" Full HD 144Hz/240Hz (non-touch)
4K OLED 60Hz (touch)
15.6-inch Full HD (non-touch)
4K (touch)
Ports USB 3.1 or 3.2
Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
HDMI
miniDP
HDMI 2.0
USB 3.0 (x2) with PowerShare
Headset jack
SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
Battery 65 Wh/80Wh 56Wh/97Wh

Both of these laptops have a lot of great hardware inside them. Overall power goes the way of the Razer Blade 15, thanks to its combination of 6-core CPU and NVIDIA RTX GPU, but the XPS 15 is no slouch.

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

Dell does offer dedicated graphics options, and while the CPUs are currently 8th Gen not 9th Gen, there is one spec that you can't get in the Blade 15 and that's an Intel Core i9. If your use case requires the most power you can get from a CPU, it's got the edge.

Both of these laptops are stylish to look at and 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 panel, if you're prepared to pay the hefty premium for it.

Ultimately, whether at the entry-level spec or at the highest tier, neither the Blade 15 or XPS 15 disappoint on hardware. The XPS 15 certainly has an edge with battery life, but you're not left wanting for connectivity on either, both of them have Thunderbolt 3 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

Dell XPS 15Pictured: Dell XPS 15.

If you're considering the Razer Blade 15 at all then there's a strong chance it's because you're 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 that include an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU, which is 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 some sacrifices when it comes to graphics.

Perhaps more importantly for the XPS 15 buyer is that it offers good 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 will be a better choice. The GTX 1050 Ti models start at $1,280, which is still over $700 less expensive than the entry level Razer Blade 15 with an RTX 2060.

Razer Blade 15Pictured: Razer Blade 15.

Razer's slogan is "for gamers, by gamers" and if gaming on your laptop is your biggest priority, then the Blade 15 is the easy choice. Firstly, it packs the latest generation RTX GPUs from NVIDIA which boast real-time ray tracing and a significant performance improvment over previous gen cards. You also get a 240Hz display, which is absolutely insane on a laptop and means you can game at high frame rates without the need for an external monitor.

If you're serious then you can get the Blade 15 now with the RTX 2080, which is an absurdly powerful GPU for a desktop PC, let alone a laptop. While you may have an XPS 15 as well as a desktop PC, the Razer Blade 15 is a desktop PC inside a laptop. It's the only machine you need for everything. There are cheaper models with less powerful configurations if you don't need the best GPU, too.

And that's the question you should ask. 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.

Gaming beast

Razer Blade 15

By gamers, for gamers (and more besides)

Does everything you'd expect and more besides, the Blade 15 has astonishing gaming performance.

It's more expensive than the XPS 15, but if gaming comes as top priority, it's worth it to spend on the Razer Blade 15. You get absolute performance, that high refresh rate display if you want it and a laptop that you can still easily take to work or on the road.

Professional champ

Dell XPS 15

A much less expensive laptop you can still game on

It doesn't have as much outright performance, but the XPS 15 can still game. But it's the one to get if gaming isn't the top priority.

Whatever application you want to throw at the XPS 15, whether it's for coding, photography, video editing or professional applications for the workplace, it will eat them up. It's an amazing laptop, and thanks to being a good bit cheaper than the Razer Blade 15, is the better choice if you already have a desktop PC or if gaming is just a nice secondary feature to have.