The RAZER Blade 15 (2018) 4K (UHD)
Could somebody please specify a specific release date for this year's 4K Blade 15 in the UK because i have been waiting for it and, although Razer said July on their website, the month is almost up and there is no sign of change or release. Pls reply if you know more than I do because it would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Almost up, not fully up...
People said that when the date showed June as well. Bad supply chain management is bad.
Look, the Blade 15 has a major component manufactured in Japan. The flooding in Japan has caused no Blade 15's to be produced, which means a huge backorder of 15's. Either way, bitching on the forums won't make it appear in your country any faster. It's still out of stock here in the US. Everyone can't get one, even the people returning faulty ones for a new one. My best guess? 3rd week of August while backorders in the US are fulfilled, and RMA's are sent out. Happy you know, now?
I just got an update email from amazon.ca. My Razer Blade 2018 4K shipping date has been changed to sometime between August 13 to 28.
I do enjoy a good pun. :)
Razer always seems to have issues with their touch screen variant of the Blades, and I’m not sure why. Last year’s touch screen model was launched several months after the HD variant as well. At this point you’d think their supply chain issues would be hammered out for the touch screen supply.
HD variants are back in stock at the Microsoft Store, and Razer.com, so the only bottleneck that can be attributed to the delay is the display itself for the touchscreen.
That’s similar thing happen like last year, I ended up buying FHD and 4K external Monitor. 4K Blade 15 sales will be bad if they release it later, maybe nvidia by the time will announce next gen GPU, and poeple will hold buying Pascal laptops for this.
So, do you think it's worth waiting for the 4k model to arrive? (also, thanks to everyone who has commented on this thread; you've all been great help!)
The extra sharpness of 4K would be nice in some circumstances, but I'm not into content editing or photography, and I do like to play games in maxed out detail when travelling for work (my Blade 15 is my primary machine for work and play). If I really need 4K, I have the monitor right beside it, hooked up to a faster machine anyway. And on the road, FHD is perfect for me (wouldn't go any less, and about the most I would ever want is QHD+, but at 144Hz or better as well).
Maybe my next machine might be a QHD+ 165 Hz laptop display if they make one.....but so far, this one is awesome.
As a confirmed resolution junkie, unless you really need the 4K display for something you're doing, I'd say skip the waiting period, and go with the FHD 144 Hz option. It's a fantastic display.
Where? Still shows "available in july" , unless there's some caching issue
Now I see it - nevermind!
https://www.razer.com/comparisons/blade-15 still shows the July date so I suspect they just put the page up to stop bitching
Hi, I'm just wanting to know if you ended up changing your mind regarding the 4k version, are you still waiting for it to be released in the UK or have you got another laptop now? I am also seriously considering cancelling my pre-order for it on amazon UK as razer just keep failing to meet release promises, 1st week of august is now up and there no sign of change. Thank you.
My 2018 Razer Blade 4K arrived Fromm Amazon.ca this past Friday. One word: "Wow". First off, I have to say that I am VERY picky and OCD when it comes to build quality issues. I've owned two 14" Razer Blades (860m and 960m) that I've kept with minor build quality issues (dead pixels, and detaching lid insignia). I've also returned two 4K 2017 Razer Blade Pro's and one 2017 14" Razer Blades in the past year due to build quality issues. As far as I can tell, this is the first completely defect free Razer laptop I have owned. Before purchasing this Razer Blade, I purchased and returned 2 2018 1070 Max-Q Gigabyte Aeros because of screen issues (severe backlight bleed, keyboard backlighting unevenness and what appeared to be a hair laminated under one of the screens.)
- The 4K touchscreen is vibrant, detailed, colour accurate and defect free (as far as I've noticed so far.) Touch input is accurate. Absolutely no backlight bleed (yay!) Screen is definitely brighter and sharper than the 1080p 144hz model (same LCD is used on both the 1080p 2018 Gigabyte Aero and 1080p 2018 Razer Blade by the way.)
- I had some issues at first with battery life (2~2.5 hours). Unit ran hot and fans would spin up under light load. I upgraded to the most recent build of Windows 10 April Update (1803) and battery life has improved drastically to around 7~8 hours, laptop is running cool as I write this review, and fans are turned off unless under gaming load. Fabulous!
- Everything seems to be running fine. Wifi is rock solid. Speakers are working good (had an issue when I first put headphones in the jack where there was no sound from the headphones, and when I removed the headphones there was no sound from the speakers, but this seems to have self corrected and switches over with no issues again so far.)
- Trying to type without hitting the trackpad, as it causes the cursor to jump around, is difficult (palm rejection isn't so great.) I just have to make sure I maintain a proper hand posture while typing (my highschool keyboarding teacher would be proud!)
- The black finish is a real skin oil stain magnet (purely cosmetic and can be easily wh removed.) I actually think it's worse than earlier Razer laptops.
- I had an issue where the battery wouldn't charge with the computer turned off. After uninstalling and reinstalling the battery management driver, it is charging while turned off (A quick google search identified the solution.)
- This is a great hybrid gaming and office computer. If you can afford the premium, it's definitly worth the price.
hey thank you for your input, I was of the understanding that no one who pre-ordered the 4k version from any amazon had yet recieved their product. Knowing that the orders of amazon.ca customers are being fulfilled has given me some reassurance that it won't be too much longer that the uk amazon domain recieves and starts delivering blade 15 4k's to their clientele (hopefully in the next fortnite). That being said, I appreciate your in-depth review of your 4k unit and upon seeing many good points about it in your post I have decided to keep my pre-order in place as i think it's worth the money as you said. If you don't mind I have a few questions, I am glad you confirmed that the screen of the 4k version is very vibrant and detailed as It was one of the main reasons I wanted this laptop, so in your opinion does the 100% aRGB on this laptop make for a better visual experiance when watching videos/movies/anime/netflix etc than other sRGB laptops you have owned? Also, since I would like to game on this laptop aswell as doing productivity work, I was wondering if you could play a game like fortnite/leagueoflegends/pubg and let us know how the laptop does? does it run smoothly? im planning on lowering the screen res to 1080p on the in game settings anyway when in game, are refresh rates close to the claimed 60 fps when your gaming in 4k or 1080p?
I have the new 4K Blade 15. You'll definitely hear the fans ramping up and down doing everyday tasks. I could just have a bade paste job, but I had the same issue on my launch blade 15 144hz, so doubtful. I find your battery life claim 100 percent inaccurate/false. I have the 4k Blade 15 and the 4k Aero 15X. Even after the version 1803 the max battery life you'll be getting is 4:30 hours unless you change A LOT of setting maybe 5:30 if you're lucky. The Aero easily gets 7-8 with its 97watt battery while my 15 blade 4K and others will struggle after the 4:30 hour mark. I don't know why you'd falsify the battery life estimate, but I do agree on your other points about the blade. It's a beautiful machine. I've already had to RMA my power adapter for it and still haven't gotten a replacement. That's on Razer and it's terrible customer support. Although it should've been rectified on a $3,000 laptop. I can see why youtube reviewers are bashing the CS when sending in an RMA. Here is my reddit review. The glossy 4K screen makes it difficult for outdoor use just FYI.https://www.reddit.com/r/razer/comments/945oht/my_impressions_after_having_the_razer_blade_15_4k/
I linked my reddit mini review on the next page. I think it answers most of your questions. The screen is not as color accurate as the XPS or Aero 4k. It's overly saturated and unfortunately can look strange with skin colors. Besides that it looks amazing for anime/movies/etc. It's definitely better than most panels out there, but not what I was expecting after seeing all the marketing promoting the 100 percent color accuracy/etc. I've done Fortnite/HOTS/Dark Souls 3. They all run like a charm and look phenomenal with 1080 scaling. Runs smoothly in 4k as well for the games I've listed. The temps are pretty high and that's the only other thing I can add
Just to let you know, Scan have a date of 20th of August for the 4k in the UK - I've put the link and details in this post: /unofficial-new-blade-15-4k-20th-august-in-uk.39865/#post-452052
looks like 20th August in the UK for the 4k version
Glad to hear you are keeping your pre-order. In my opinion it is definitely worth the wait. In my case, the question I had to ask is whether or not I would be disappointed once the GeForce GTX 1170 (or 2070 depending on the nomenclature Nvidia decides to go with) comes out. In my case the 1070 max-q hits my requirements, so the decision made sense for me as this computer should be sufficient for the next 2-3 years for my needs.
To answer your questions:
- Yes, I believe that the 100% colour range on this laptop makes for a vastly improved viewing experience. I'm only an amateur digital photographer, and dabble very limitedly with video production, but from my "pro-sumer" vantage point, this is probably the 2nd best display I have used on a laptop (and very well calibrated to boot.) The only more visually stunning display I've used was the OLED display on my 13" Alienware which was unbelievable in the way it could make colour "pop" (but in my opinion the size trade off vastly trumps the slight increase in visual fidelity (of course this is purely subjective and not a quantified opinion.)
- In regards to your second question, E-Sports games fly on this machine at 1080p, and it barely breaks a sweat. 60 fps at 1080p are constant and fans whirl at a hair above whisper quiet (once again purely a non-scientific assessment.) 4K is definitely achievable at 60 fps with some minor tweaking of settings. If hard core e-sports are the main use, then the 144hz might be some gamers preference, but at the cost of muddy drab display and fuzzy text in anything other than frantic game play use (the 4K in my opinion is the clear winner, as games can always be scaled to 1080p and 60hz is more than sufficient and not worth the 144hz trade-offs.)
I must reiterate that for general office computing, the fans turn completely off which is a nice feature.
In summation, I think you will be very pleased with your pre-order once it ships to you. I am very glad I waited, as I almost cancelled my pre-order too (in order to buy the 144hz variant.) As pre-orders are shipping to Canada (and the US now), I'm sure the UK won't be far behind.) Happy gaming!
I'm only trying to give my honest impressions of the 4K Blade as I've experienced them, and I can easily believe that your experiences have varied. Although people are free to take my opinions at face value or disagree that's fine, but please do not muddy the waters by saying I'm "falsifying" my battery life. Please note that my stated 7~8 hour battery life is doing office tasks and not gaming (that's the last I'll engage on this topic as I have no desire to start a flame war.)
Sorry to hear of your power adapter troubles, I'm hoping CS has a replacement out very soon to you.
My fans do not come on during normal office type tasks, nor do they cycle after I updated to 1803. Perhaps I won the "processor chip / pasting lottery", and YMMV depending on who assembled the unit, and which bin the chips were taken out of.
One thing I will mention is that my vapour chamber is copper coloured and does not appear to be painted or enameled in any sort of black paint or coating. Perhaps this is a change Razer is making on new units to improve thermals? My SSD also came with a thermal silicon pad which touches both the top of the drive as well as the bottom shell which seems to be new as I haven't read anything else online about others finding this under the hood.
Can you provide us some thermal data like from HWINFO64 on gaming on your new Blade with copper colored vapor chamber. I thought also same thing as you, for thermal improvement. Yes I noticed also they applied thermal pad on SSD from user picture that I saw recently, means they do some thermal improvement.
Seems convincing, not too long left in that case, honestly can't wait to recieve it, the wait has seemed like ages XD, thanks for your input :D
Hey thanks for your reply, you've been a massive help. Releaved to hear it can game no problem 1080p at 60fps, massive bonus to hear that it could game at 4k at a high fps if settings are tweaked, though the 4k aRGB is more for eye popping videos/movies/anime and some light photo/video editting, and as you said the display is eye catching so thats great! 20th august is a potential release date for the UK, so yeah not long left now! thanks for your input once again!
oh cool i'll give it a look! glad to hear games run like a charm, I am aware that the xps has a stunning display but that camera on the bottom of the screen will ruin my future job interviews XD. I'm also a big fan of the RGB keyboard as I have some applications I will utilise that for, the xps doesn't have that but then again its marketed as an office laptop, and im after something thats more 'gaming' build wise and hardware wise, but that I could also take into a workplace and not look like im asking for attention with my over the top looking gaming device XD with radical colours and sharp body work (i.e rog, alienware). The aero was definately a contender for me, but i prefered the sleak design of the razer and build materials used. thanks again for the advice!
You’ll get better experience in gaming on 1440p, you have really good eyes if you can tell the difference between gaming on 4K and 1440p on 15 Inch screen. If you still have room for max 60fps you can upscale to 1800p.
Just in case you missed the thread warning Jimbo
You can now Buy one from the UK Razer store - Which means they are finally in the UK :D
The 4k blade is now available in the Razer store for the UK!!
I noticed it, but I think like myself most people from the UK pre-ordered it from amazon UK. On amazon its still coming up as 'available for pre-order' but i suspect that from monday (tomorrow) amazon should start shipping because the 4k versions from the razer uk store are now out of stock, pretty sure a large chunk of them should have been sent to amazon. I think most 3rd party sellers like amazon get it on the 20th like you found on that link, which is tomorrow, so hopefully.... XD