Gaming laptops have become increasingly popular throughout the pandemic. In fact, the global gaming market size is expected to reach $390.28 billion by 2027, with a compound annual growth rate of 12.8%. These rapid developments have made more innovation possible, and there are more than enough gaming laptops on the market to suit every need imaginable.
Two of the top performers as of late, however, are the Razer Blade 14 and the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15. Here’s how they compare:
While the RazerBlade 14 may look like its predecessors, it’s the first of the line to be powered by an AMD processor. The Verge’s list of gaming chips notes that the Ryzen 9 5900HX chip has elevated this laptop to become one of the most powerful 14-inch gaming laptops ever made. It makes room for the top-of-the-line graphics cards, allowing gameplay at 60 frames per second on 1080p and QHD settings. It’s worth noting that the Razer Blade 14 will reach 118 degrees Fahrenheit while gaming, but gamers should encounter no problem as long as environmental temperatures stay under 95 degrees.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 does not disappoint either. It also uses an AMD process, the Ryzen 9 5900HS. Put together with the NVIDIA RTX 3070 graphics card, 16 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage and this gaming laptop is a cut above the rest in terms of performance. It outperforms the cheaper alternative from ASUS (TUF Dash F15) by almost 20%, and it certainly delivers where power is needed.
The Razer Blade 14’s design and build include a QHD display, which makes playing at high frame rates possible. The display covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut, maxing out at 310 nits for brightness to minimize glare in lighter settings. The 16:9 aspect ratio is included here, a typical feat for gaming laptops.
While the refresh rate isn’t as high as other gaming laptops, the ROG Zephyrus still has an impressive screen where games are displayed beautifully. Of the top gaming PCs on Adorama, the ROG Zephyrus’ bezels are some of the slimmest around, giving the IPS-level display an 81% screen-to-body ratio. ProArt TruColor Technology also produces great colors for the screen, which maxes out at 334 nits of brightness.
The Razer Blade 14 has the well-known logo illuminating the lid of the laptop, which comes in a sleek black metal. Its keyboard comes with RGB lighting and speakers. Measuring at 12.6 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches, it weighs just about 3.9 pounds and can fit comfortably in a backpack. Overall, it’s a small and light laptop that packs a punch. However, it’s worth noting that the port count is quite low, including an audio jack, power port, and a USB Type-C port on the left and ports for USB-A, USB-C, and HDMI on the right. It also does not support thunderbolt.
The ROG Zephyrus G15 blends in seamlessly with its streamlined and stealthy styling. Its compact body has slim bezels that allow a 15-inch display into the 14-inch chassis, weighing a bit more than the Razer Blade at 4.63 pounds. In terms of ports, this model has plenty. Users get a charger port, HDMI 2.0, RJ45 ethernet, two USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There’s also a Kensington lock port and a microSD card reader.
If there had to be a winner between the two laptops, then it might just be the ASUS Zephyrus G15 simply because it has more features despite its slightly inferior build. However, if you’re looking for superior overall quality, Razer is your best bet for your setup. You can even elevate your gaming station with the best equipment and accessories that we previously covered in our Review Archives. No matter which gaming laptop you choose, knowing how to make the most of your gaming setup at home is the most essential.