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HELP!! Razer Blade 15 or Razer Blade 13?

BillyMama

3 months ago

I have been looking at getting a laptop upgrade recently and I discovered that the Razer blade 13 (2019) model is 300 bucks off, which is fairly significant. I am a student who is looking for something that I can use in school, and am hesitant to get a heavy 15 inch laptop to carry between classes. However, I also want something I can game on at a decent level once I get home. I am seriously considering getting either: Razer Blade 15 (2019) w/ RTX2070maxq, 240hz 1080p panel, i7-9750H, 512GB SSD = $2600 plus tax

or

Razer Blade 13 (2019) w/ MX150, 4k touch panel, i7-8565U, 512GB SSD + an AORUS Gaming Box w/ RTX2070 = $2150 plus tax

I already have all kinds of other peripherals like a mouse/keyboard/monitors etc

Which do you think would be better for my circumstance, or just any opinions at all would be very helpful. Thanks!

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Neither of these laptops are heavy, you wouldn't be disappointed with either of these. There are definitely better options for gaming performance. I just picked up an MSI prestige creator because i was in the same boat as you. I didn't want to haul around a huge gamer laptop at campus.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that working? I considered various MSI laptops in the past, but I have an old one currently and I have to say that I'm altogether not particularly fond of it at this point. I'm also kind of hesitant to lug around a 15 inch laptop regardless of weight, I feel like it might just be too big for me.

I'm also hesitant to buy razer though from all the **** people talk about its quality and durability. Still open to all kinds of suggestions though.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

In my opinion, you are better off buying a cheaper non gaming laptop and then building a gaming pc. You will get much better battery life from the laptop and much better performance and thermals from the desktop

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Seconding this recommendation. That kind of budget could get a reasonable thin and light laptop and a decent gaming rig.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $198.90 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard $199.99 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $94.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB PULSE Video Card $419.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA P2 650 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $85.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $134.89 @ OutletPC
Monitor AOC Q3279VWFD8 31.5" 2560x1440 75 Hz Monitor $169.99 @ Best Buy
Keyboard Redragon K552-R KUMARA Wired Gaming Keyboard $36.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Logitech G203 Prodigy Wired Optical Mouse $26.49 @ Amazon
Headphones Corsair HS60 Surround (Black) 7.1 Channel Headset $39.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1678.07
Mail-in rebates -$60.00
Total $1618.07
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-15 11:23 EDT-0400

That leaves enough cash for something like:

Huawei Matebook D

This HP Pavilion

This Dell (don't forget to look around for Dell's sometimes deep student discounts)

A chromebook.

Any other of those kind of deals. There's a ton out there. Overall cost should still be less than the Razer 15.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks for the suggestion. I've run off two separate devices, a "gaming rig" and light school laptop combo in the past and found that it really bothered me to have two separate devices, i'd sort of rather just have one device that is a light school laptop when i'm at school and then something that can do heavier work once i get home, which is kinda why i was opting for an egpu (despite its many problems).

I will keep your suggestions in mind though, thank you.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you go the external GPU route, the Blade 15 would definitely be more powerful. While the latest u series processors are impressive, the H series are still much more powerful.

I'm not quite sure why two devices bothers you. If it's a data accessibility thing, that's easily solved via Google Drive/OneDrive or by using USB-C for quick transfers/access. Certain software or peripherals can allow for sharing mice and keyboards across the two if you set up your laptop on your desk as well, or you can swap inputs on your monitor if you want. The desktop also has significantly more upgrade potential.

Just a few thoughts.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You could try steam in-home streaming and a USB-C dongle based setup.

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