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Best Razer laptop: the brand's top gaming laptops in 2022

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The best Razer laptops are known for their slimline form factor and grunt under the hood. These are premium machines, packing high end components into impossibly portable shells and slapping a stunning display on top. It's easy to see why Razer laptops regularly top roundups of the best gaming laptops on the market, but with such high price tags it's important to make sure you're buying the right model for your setup. 

That's why we've scoured Sneki's offerings to find the best Razer laptops on the market right now. We've put together this list of the finest machines you can buy today.  That means this isn't just a list of the most powerful configurations and the newest releases; we're on the hunt for value and quality overall. Some of the older Razer laptops actually offer far better value for money right now - with their MSRPs finally buckling after a year or so on the market. That means you'll be able to scope out the full price range here, and find the right Razer laptop for your budget. 

Of course, if you're after discounts, we'd also recommend you check out our guide to the latest cheap Razer laptop deals as well.

The best Razer laptops

The best Razer laptop

Specifications

CPU: i7-12800H | i9-12900H
GPU: RTX 3060 | RTX 3070 Ti | RTX 3080 Ti
RAM: 16GB | 32GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Display: FHD at 360Hz | QHD at 240Hz | UHD at 144Hz
Ports: 3x USB-A Gen 2 | 1x USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 | 1x USB-C | 3.5mm audio jack | SD card slot | HDMI

Reasons to buy

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Cutting edge components
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Excellent color and contrast
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Luxury design with solid build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Proprietary charging connection

The 2022 Razer Blade 15 lives up to the name of its ancestors; providing cutting edge components in a super portable chassis - and looking particularly good while doing it. This certainly isn't your everyman Razer laptop. With a top price tag reaching $4,000 and some seriously premium gear under the hood, the Razer Blade 15 will appeal to enthusiasts far more than the everyday player. However, if you're looking to invest in a machine that can sink its teeth into some serious PC gaming, this is the model for you. 

That 4K 144Hz display is certainly an outlier even in this high-end market, and the overall build quality and design can't be argued with either.

Razer Blade 15 review

We were incredibly impressed to see Shadow of the Tomb Raider flying at well over 60fps in 4K on our RTX 3080 Ti / i9-12900H testing unit, though of course more demanding games did struggle to break past 45fps in High settings. Still, fiddling with some of the more tasking visual effects did bring us closer to buttery smooth 4K gameplay than we've seen on similar models. It's easy to wax lyrical about the performance under the hood when you're spending $4,000 on Nvidia and Intel's bleeding edge components, though. Perhaps even more impressive is the classically slimline chassis housing them all.

Razer didn't need to add to the Blade 15's footprint to get all this gear under the keyboard. In fact, with additional ventilation in place, this slimline rig still manages to offer up a comfortable, portable experience - even with all that power at your fingertips. That's why this is the best Razer laptop currently available; it marries the power of a far chunkier rig with that suave design language that so many have fallen in love with over the years.

Still, if you're not looking for a long-term investment, the Razer Blade 15 isn't for you. In fact, with a lofty $2,000+ price tag even on an RTX 3060 rig, there will be very few everyday players who will be able to draw the value they need from their cash here. The Razer Blade 14 does make a far easier case for its MSRP, offering up a smaller starting price that will appeal to far more players, even if it's not technically the top dog.

Read more: Razer Blade 15 review

2. Razer Blade 14 (2021)

The best Razer laptop for most

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: up to Nvidia RTX 3080
RAM: up to 16GB
Storage: up to 1TB SSD
Screen: FHD at 144Hz | QHD at 165Hz

Reasons to buy

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Excellent build quality 
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AMD configurations
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Compact form factor

Reasons to avoid

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Hotter due to small form factor
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Smaller display

The Razer Blade 14 is one of the top gaming laptop options out there, let alone in Razer's own category. Hitting the market just before the slimline design revolution took over, we found that the smaller form factor made this machine an excellent everyday workhorse, while always offering some excellent gaming performance in its back pocket. We were impressed by the high-end configurations on offer here - packing an RTX 3080 GPU and a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor into this chassis is no mean feat. 

While we did find that some of that horsepower felt a little wasted on the smaller 14-inch screen, and the heat produced was considerable, being able to transport this level of gaming prowess this easily was always exciting. We were hitting 71 fps on The Division 2 at high settings, and 85fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider to boot. Very few gaming laptops can boast that kind of power in this form factor. 

The matte-black aesthetic keeps things subtle, all belying the incredible performance under the hood. Sure, the Blade 15 and Blade 17 are more instantly recognizable as gaming-specific machines, and will offer slightly better performance thanks to the extra space for cooling. 

However, Razer gaming laptops are all about that ease of use. In the same way that the MacBook previously dominated over clunkier, but (before M1) arguably more powerful, PCs, Razer puts its experience at the forefront, and in all the brand's rigs we've tested, the Blade 14 represents this design ethos the best. 

Read more: Razer Blade 14 review

3. Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)

The best Razer laptop for big screen viewing

Specifications

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)

Reasons to buy

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

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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4K 60fps is still a pipe dream
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Proprietary power source

We would recommend the Razer Blade Pro 17 (opens in new tab) to anyone who wants the absolute best from their portable hardware, and doesn't mind foregoing the backpack. 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.

In our testing, we found the slimline build to limit some of the back-breaking weight of the standard 17-inch laptop. Brands are quickly slimming even their largest machines down these days, but the matte black finish and slim-bezel design on the Blade makes it feel like it has a slightly smaller footprint than something like the Alienware X17. We were, however, concerned to find a proprietary power source on the 2021 model - something that always feel like a risk. 

It also features one of the best keyboards to be found in gaming laptops - we found it exceedingly comfortable, and - even better - it looks fantastic as well. Razer’s use of proprietary ultra-low-profile mechanical switches is much appreciated, giving us a taste of snappy, responsive keystrokes that are difficult to find in other models. 

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. 

Read more: Razer Blade Pro 17 review

4. Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2021)

The best Razer laptop for ultra-portability

Specifications

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)

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly light and portable
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Still offers Intel 11th generation processors

Reasons to avoid

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A little outdated graphically

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.

How much is a Razer gaming laptop?

There's no denying it, Razer laptops are expensive. These machines are designed to offer a luxury experience, with high quality displays, miniscule backpack footprints, and premium build materials - and that means you'll be paying more. The latest 2022 Razer gaming laptops will start at $1,999 for the Blade 14, $2,499 for the Blade 15, and $2,699 for the Blade 17. However, you can sometimes find older models on sale in gaming laptop deals for a little less.

Can you use a Razer laptop for work?

Razer laptops are designed with gamers in mind, but there's a reason many MacBook users have started eyeing up these slimline machines. These laptops come stacked with power, but don't bulk out a backpack like the traditional gaming laptops of yore. That means creatives are starting to take note of this traditionally niche brand, opting for the best Razer laptops for work on the go.

How we test gaming laptops

We review a massive number of gaming laptops, so trimming that list down to the best Razer models requires standardized tests and plenty of play time. We follow the same steps to ascertain where a PC sits on the market every time, in an approach that combines industry standard GPU, CPU, and SSD tests with real-world game performance and everyday usability. 

We use 3D Mark, Cinebench, PC Mark 10, and Crystal Disk Mark to give us some baseline benchmarks on core performance. Then, we run a series of framerate tests on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Metro Exodus, The Division 2, and Red Dead Redemption 2 to determine how that performance manifests in actual gameplay. 

Of course, we also live with these devices so we're playing all the hottest games on each gaming laptop we test and checking how well they slot into our setups, everyday work life, and portability needs as well. 

You can find more information on how we review the products we recommend in our full Hardware Policy, and we're also showing you exactly how we test gaming laptops for more details as well. 

Complete the setup with a Razer monitor

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

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional picture quality
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Excellent colors and contrasts
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Offers great PC use for multi platform setups

Reasons to avoid

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A little expensive
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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.

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 setup, we have guides to the best Razer keyboards, Razer mouse contenders, Razer headsets and Razer speakers, and the best Razer streaming gear going, too.

Tabitha Baker
Tabitha Baker

Currently Managing Editor of hardware at GamesRadar+, I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops (and the keyboards and mice that come with them), and tracking everything that suggests VR is about to take over our lives.