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
Pictured: Razer Blade 15.
|Razer Blade 15||Dell XPS 15|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1060
NVIDIA RTX 2060
NVIDIA RTX 2070
NVIDIA RTX 2080
|Intel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GTX 1650 (4GB GDDR5)
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-9750H
|9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK
|RAM||16GB DDR4||8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4|
|Storage||128GB SSD (SATA-III) + 1TB HDD (5400rpm)
256GB SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + 2TB HDD (5400rpm)
256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
|256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
2TB PCIe SSD
|Display||15.6″ Full HD 60Hz/144Hz/240Hz (non-touch)
4K OLED 60Hz (touch)
|15.6-inch Full HD (non-touch)
4K OLED (non-touch)
|Ports||USB 3.1 or 3.2
Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
|1x Thunderbolt 3 with DisplayPort
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1x HDMI 2.0
SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
3.5mm combo jack
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 six-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 in the latest refresh has 9th Gen processors from Intel. 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, but for gaming on the go the Intel Core i7-9750H is still more than good enough.
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 touch panel, if you’re prepared to pay the hefty premium for it. Dell, too, has a 4K OLED available on the XPS 15, but it has optional touch.
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
Pictured: 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 an option for an NVIDIA GTX 1650 4GB 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 only a few 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 is be a better choice. The GTX 1650 models start at $1,550, which is still less than Razer’s absolute cheapest Blade with the 8th Gen Core i7 and GTX 1060.
Pictured: 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, you can get the latest generation RTX GPUs from NVIDIA which boast real-time ray tracing and a significant performance improvment over previous gen cards. You can 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 can be the only machine you need for everything if you get the Advanced model.
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.
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.
The most powerful 15-inch laptop now has 4K OLED
The latest Dell XPS 15 has a new option for a 4K OLED display, NVIDIA GTX 1650, and has the latest Intel Core i9 processor inside, making it powerful for professional work and capable even for gaming.
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.
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