The Razer Blade is one of the most popular gaming laptops on the market, and for a good reason. It offers a powerful graphics card that can handle any game with ease, but more importantly, it has excellent battery life allowing you to play without worry.

Razer is renowned for its incredible screens, and the laptop’s 2021 edition is no exception. Although the 17.3-inch screen makes the computer a little less portable than the 15.6-inch version, we believe the larger screen is worth it for the increased immersion it provides when gaming and more area for any other surfing or work duties you could accomplish it. Finally, this is a personal decision, and the Razer Blade 15 FHD 360Hz delivers the same laptop in a smaller, more portable package for roughly $200 less. If the more powerful Intel i7-11800H CPU is a decisive factor, you may discover a variant of the 15.6″ laptop.

Some may wonder if a 1440p resolution display on a 17-inch screen would be better. While there is no doubt that you will notice a difference between the resolutions, when you consider the screen’s relative size compared to a desktop monitor, it’s still not particularly large, and we believe that 1080p suffices.

If you’re a competitive player, you’ll almost certainly be using 1080p resolution in your game settings to optimize your FPS anyhow, and this is the kind of consumer that the 360Hz refresh rate is aimed at. This is the most excellent refresh rate currently available on a laptop screen, and it’s incredibly astounding from a technology sense.

The reaction time on this display is one negative to be aware of: grey-to-grey; you can anticipate a response time of roughly 15ms, which, although better than most gaming laptops, may turn off competitive gamers accustomed to 1ms desktop displays.

Color Palette

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Razer claims that the Color Palette of this display covers 100% of the sRGB and Adobe RGB space. As you can see from the image above, we recorded a gamut coverage of 97.2% of the sRGB spectrum, which equates to a gamut volume of 109.3% of the sRGB space – not quite 100% but close enough for sRGB work and still great for a gaming laptop.

Both Adobe RGB and DCI P3 results were significantly below 100 percent coverage, which isn’t unexpected. Unfortunately, a gaming laptop isn’t the most excellent place to look for a color space that covers these.

Accuracy in color

Calibration and profiling complete

Accuracy in color out of the box shows an average delta of 1.34, which is a respectable level of variance. The white point is good, being reasonably close to the ideal. Black depth is very good for an IPS panel, with quite a reasonable contrast ratio (an IPS monitor will usually only push a thousand to one).

We quickly calibrated the display using Display CAL after evaluating it out of the box. The findings were much improved after calibrating. The white point got close to becoming perfect. The contrast dropped a little, but it was still lovely. The average delta was 0.24, which is highly precise, making it ideal for sRGB color-correct work.

Overall, although calibrating the display, as we did, will provide better results, users should find the out-of-the-box settings enough for light editing and certainly for gaming.

Panel Consistency

uniformity test

For all laptops we review, we do a Panel Consistency test after their calibration, which tests for luminance and Accuracy in color. We start on the centremost point as a reference and then try all the other screen sections (25 in total) to see how they compare.

Any average color fluctuation under 1.00 is generally considered desirable, as seen in the graphic below, albeit the typical customer won’t notice much of a difference below 3.00. Color editors, on the other hand, may have a better eye.

As you can see in the image above, most of the panels displayed good uniformity, except for the left-hand side. However, it’s expected that one or more edges of the screen show some variation. The only section that showed substantial deviation was in the top left corner, with an average color variation of 2.73, which is noticeable even to the untrained eye. That being said, the Panel Consistency, on the whole, was pretty good, and you’d only potentially notice a difference if you were doing color grading or other color-related workflows on the screen. Still, even then, it would likely suffice for most uses. For gamers, this Panel Consistency is outstanding, though obviously, results may vary on different individual laptops.

Brightness

We always like to finish our Accuracy in color testing by running a quick luminance testing. On this particular laptop, we have a maximum of 320.30 cd/m² and a minimum of 14.87 cd/m², which is pretty in keeping with the claims made by Razer and generally a respectable range of Brightness. For daytime viewing, we always recommend matching the Brightness to 120 cd/m², which equates to a Brightness setting of 37% under the Brightness controls for this laptop.

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