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Best Razer laptops: get one of the top gaming laptops going in 2021

Razer laptops: get one of the best in the gaming laptop business in 2021
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Razer laptops are the best in many ways. From their design, to power, to displays, and to the ecosystem they enable you to wield and enjoy. Razer laptops' main real attraction, however, is their combination of a genuinely thin, light and elegant design with sheer power, the latest components, and excellent displays. Razer laptops are incredibly stylish while prioritizing high build quality over low pricing and have successfully worked their way onto the market to the extent that their Razer Blade model is safely on our best gaming laptops list.

As far as Windows laptops are concerned, we'd say the Razer Blade family offers the best touchpads in the biz, but they're more than just MacBooks you can play games on. In fact, the stack of clamshells from Razer is firm testaments to the importance of cosmetic personalization. Each is embellished with the company's signature Chroma brand of keyboard backlighting, which synchronizes with a wide range of supported accessories. Sure, you could build your own PC for a fraction of the cost, but you'd be giving up a mighty convenient (not to mention, classy) form factor that only Razer gaming laptops can provide. 

As models are refreshed and updated with the latest tech and components every year, we'll keep on top of what's coming from Razer and list all the latest iterations and variants of the best Razer laptops right here.

Razer laptops aren't the only thing the gaming tech behemoth is known internationally for though, of course. Right now, to help you find the right item, or to build the perfect Razer set up, we have guides to the best Razer headsets available and the best Razer streaming gear going too.

What's more, the upcoming Amazon Prime day deals might be a perfect autumnal way to find a cheap Razer laptop. Keep abreast of our Amazon Prime Day laptop deals hub where we'll post all the best offerings on portable machines in this month's sales event.

The best Razer laptops

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Razer Blade 2021

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Razer Blade 15

The powerhouse 15-inch beast

CPU: Intel Core i7 10th gen | Graphics: up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 | RAM: up to 32GB | Storage: up to 1TB SSD | Screen: 15.6” (1920x1080 – 4K touch)

Multitude of build options
Gorgeous displays available
Latest generation of Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs
Quality design and build

One of the key attractions of the Razer Blade 15 is the variety of hardware options Razer offers in this model. But regardless of where you settle on GPU and display, the Razer Blade 15 is a highly capable machine, particularly for such a slim and lightweight laptop, and has quality of life touches in abundance. Powerful, clear speakers, a wonderfully tactile keyboard with full RGB lighting, a responsive, high quality touchpad, and a big, bright screen push it up towards the top of its class. 

The Razer Blade 15 also packs a ton of welcome port options, with four USB slots, a mini DisplayPort, and HDMI, and for such a slim package it feels sturdily constructed. It’s a versatile option for gamers looking for power and portability, and thoughtful design touches mean it justifies its premium price tag. 

For final notes, bear in mind that the prices and deals, and offers you see here are for the 2020 model. We expect to hear more about the upcoming 2021 models soon. Also, there is a Studio version of the 15 too, which is super premium and comes with a Quadro RTX 5000 graphics set up - one for the studio creatives among us.

I'm a big fan of the below Razer Blade Pro 17 too, but the 15 is probably a better option unless you're desperate for that bigger display, which if you are.....

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Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)

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Razer Blade Pro 17

A big-boy powerhouse offering a gorgeous display, and the latest chips

CPU: up to Intel 11th-gen | Graphics: up to Nvidia RTX 3080 | RAM: up to 32GB | Storage: up to 1TB SSD | Screen: 17.3” (1920x1080 – 4K-touch)

Spectacular display
Powered by the latest components
Same great design and build

The Pro is the choice for gamers-on-the-go who demand the absolute best from their portable hardware and are looking for a desktop experience they can carry in their bag. The Pro combines the latest in the component department with options on graphics cards going right up to the latest Nvidia RTX 3080, and the newest Intel processors, with a superb 4K touch screen, or 360Hz 1080p screen to create an absolute beast of a gaming laptop.

It also features one of the best keyboards to be found in gaming laptops that's comfortable and looks and feels great, with Razer’s proprietary ultra-low-profile mechanical switches. In a nod to desktop users, the trackpad is positioned to the right of the keyboard where a mouse might normally sit, and just like the pad on the other models, it’s a very precise and comfortable pointer. 

If you're after the biggest and best Razer laptop where budget is no constraint, then this is it. It’s a beautiful, incredibly powerful piece of portable computing that could easily replace your desktop as your go-to PC for gaming and more mundane applications. 

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Razer Blade Stealth 13

The entry-level Ultrabook still packs a punch

CPU: Intel Core i7 11th-gen | Graphics: Intel Iris Xe – Nvidia GeForce 1650Ti | RAM: up to 16GB | Storage: up to 512GB SSD | Screen: 13.3" (1920x1080 – 4K touch)

Incredibly light and portable
Boasts latest 10th-gen Intel processor by default 

Because it doubles down on Razer's biggest strength – industrial design – the Blade Stealth 13 forgoes a lot of the usual spec bumps in favor of implementing a plethora of seemingly minuscule tweaks to its appearance. For example, the new 4.9mm 'Micro Edge' bezels are 60% narrower than that of its predecessor, thereby blessing the low-profile laptop with borders around the display that make it look as contemporary as it is. Zooming out, the chassis at large is constructed using a high-grade aluminum material carved out from a single block of metal, making it all the more durable as a result. 

Although the base model is still limited to on-chip Intel graphics, two higher-priced tiers now exist sporting Nvidia GPUs. You might not find an RTX card here but you can still hook the Blade Stealth up to a Razer Core external fun box if you can't live without the retina-burning sensation of 4K graphics being ray traced in real-time.

 Why buy a Razer laptop? 

Razer laptops' focus on gamers means their systems are designed for high performance when running modern games. These aren’t machines created to take on the heavy processing loads of video rendering or encoding, for instance, but they’ve got the GPU muscle to rival many desktop leaders and gorgeous displays selected to make games pop.

The other big advantage of buying a Razer is that while their laptops are all pre-loaded and ready to rock right out of the box, they also offer a variety of customization options within each of their major models. This is especially true for the Razer Blade 15, which offers four major alternatives at a variety of power and price points. If you’re looking for something capable but inexpensive, Razer has several options, but its Pro line also caters to the highest end of performance and display.

These are also machines that put a premium on design and visual flair, meaning they look great and are crafted with comfort in mind. Appropriate to their branding, the Blades are slim and light and easy to schlep to a cafe or a LAN party, and their slender profile and vivid lighting are bound to turn heads.

Razer laptops - get a Razer monitor to complete the set

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Razer Raptor

A truly excellent monitor giving some of the best quality and colours going

Screen size: 27-inch | Panel type: IPS | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560x1440 | Response time: 1ms | Weight: 12.3 lbs

Exceptional picture quality
Excellent colors and contrasts
Offers great PC use for multi platform setups
A little expensive
Best features are PC focused

A great Razer laptop teamed with a Razer monitor? Absolutely; it's a match made in heaven. The Raptor is a 27-inch panel that has quality specs under the hood. An IPS panel with a 1440p resolution, it has a 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate. There's also a cool black design that has RGB in the stand - because of course it does - and a mesh material all over the back, much like you'd find on speakers. The traditional Razer-green cables contrast nicely with the black stand and monitor and are tidily kept in check at the back with cable guides, too. The ports will have you covered practically speaking too: along with the HDMI for your PS4, there's a DisplayPort, one USB-C, two USB 3s, and a good old headphone jack.

This is a terrific gaming monitor all in, and one which has a quality of picture that goes a long way to justify its price tag. The screen's speed is fast and pacey for smooth pictures, the image quality is crisp and gorgeous, and the color range and contrasts are deep and immersive. It's a little pricey perhaps, but if you're looking to get a great PC monitor then this is it.

I'm one of the Hardware Editors for GamesRadar+, and I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer so do that in my spare time, and lean on it to write about games' landscapes and environments too.