XPG Xenia 15 KC vs. Razer Blade 15: Which gaming laptop should you buy?

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Both the XPG Xenia 15 KC and the Razer Blade 15 are excellent gaming laptops, but the XPG Xenia 15 KC is ultimately the better choice if you're looking for a device equipped with an RTX 3070. The Razer Blade 15, meanwhile, is better for other configurations.

XPG Xenia 15 KC vs. Razer Blade 15: Pricing and specs

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In many ways, both the XPG Xenia 15 KC and the Razer Blade 15 are incredibly similar — as long as you're only looking at the mid-range RTX 3070 configurations of the Blade 15. In this instance, both laptops have an RTX 3070, a powerful Intel Core 11th Gen i7-11800H CPU, plenty of RAM and storage (notably, the Xenia 15 KC has 32GB of memory compared to the Blade 15's 16GB), a healthy selection of great I/O ports, and top-notch 1440p 165Hz displays (you can opt for a FHD 360Hz display on the Blade 15 if you want). In this spec range, the XPG Xenia 15 KC is a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Blade 15, giving it a clear advantage. The only benefit of buying a Razer Blade 15 with these specs is that its nine-hour battery life trumps the six to seven hours that the XPG Xenia 15 KC is capable of.

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Header Cell - Column 0 XPG Xenia 15 KCRazer Blade 15
OSWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
CPU11th Gen Intel Core i7-11800H10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H11th Gen Intel Core i7-11800H11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900H CPU
Display15-inch 2560x1440 (QHD) 165Hz display15-inch 1920x1080 (FHD) 144Hz display15-inch 1920x1080 (FHD) 360Hz display15-inch 2560x1440 (QHD) 165Hz display15-inch 2560x1440 (QHD) 240Hz display15-inch 4K OLED 60Hz display
Ports1x Thunderbolt 43x USB-AHDMI 2.1EthernetSD card reader3.5mm audio2x Thunderbolt3x USB-AHDMI 2.1EthernetSD card reader3.5mm audio
AudioDual speakersDual speakers
WirelessWi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.2Wi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.2
CameraFront-facing 720pIR camera for Windows HelloFront-facing 720pIR camera for Windows Hello
Battery6-7 hours9 hours
Dimensions14 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches13.98 x 9.25 x 0.67 inches
Weight4.2 pounds4.4 pounds
PriceStarts at $2,150Starts at $1,800

Where the Razer Blade 15 takes the lead is in situations where you'd prefer to either have a more powerful RTX 3080 GPU or a more affordable RTX 3060. The Razer Blade 15 has configurations with these graphics cards available, but the XPG Xenia 15 KC does not. This prevents you from getting a Xenia 15 KC with the hardware that you want, making the Razer Blade 15 the clear choice in this scenario. The Blade 15 also has an option for the i9-11900H CPU, which offers considerably better performance than the i7-11800H. Note that regardless of configuration or model, both the XPG Xenia 15 KC and Razer Blade 15 have excellent keyboards, an enjoyable trackpad, and sleek, premium designs with RGB-backlit keys.

XPG Xenia 15 KC vs. Razer Blade 15: Which should you buy?

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Both of these gaming laptops are fantastic, and the one that will be the best for you largely depends on context. Do you want a mid-range gaming device that's more affordable than the Razer Blade 15's RTX 3070 configuration? The XPG Xenia 15 KC will be a better pick since it offers near-identical performance for a lower price.

However, you should opt for the Razer Blade 15 if you're looking for longer battery life, a more budget-friendly RTX 3060 system, or a beefy RTX 3080 system with an i9-11900H. The wider array of configurations mean that the Blade 15 is perfect for people who aren't looking for a mid-range RTX 3070 system.

For more fantastic options, check out our roundup of the best gaming laptops available.

Brendan Lowry

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