Asus and Razer are now updating their gaming laptops with interesting features, including OLED panels. This comes at the same time as Intel’s latest Core series (generation 9) and Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX 1600 series graphics card.
Strix Scar III and Hero III: 240Hz IPS
Asus’s latest additions are called Strix Scar III and Hero III. Apparently, the design was developed in collaboration with BMW Designworks. Both computers are available with 15.6″ and 17.3″ displays. These consist of IPS panels with 1080p resolution and 120, 144 or even 240Hz refresh rates. The response time is 3 milliseconds and the panels have a matte surface.
Other hardware options processors include Intel’s Core i9-9880H, Core i7-9750H or Core i5-9300H. The graphics come from Nvidia: Geforce GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2060 with 6 GB GDDR6, or RTX 2070 with 8 GB GDDR6. This is backed by support for up to 32 GB of DDR4 in 2,666 MHz. On the storage side, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB NVME SSD storage is available, and a 1 TB hybrid disk.
New Razer with OLED
Razer also releases new models in the Razer Blade family where the Blade 15 Basic, Blade 15 Advanced and Blade 17 Pro models are upgraded with Intel Core i7-9750H on the processor side and graphics from the Nvidia RTX 2000 series. Of these, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced is the most interesting from a display perspective.
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced can be equipped with an IPS panel with 1080p resolution and 240 Hz refresh rate, or a 4K OLED panel with 60Hz refresh rate. The OLED panel supports 100 percent of DCI-P3 and DisplayHDR 400 color spaces. To power these high-performance monitors, the laptop also offers a Geforce RTX 2070 Max-Q or the Geforce RTX 2080 Max-Q, the latter being the GPU used to drive the 4K OLED panel configuration.
Further, the notebooks are equipped with 16 GB of DDR4 in 2,666 MHz which can be expanded to 64 GB. The computers are equipped with three ports of type USB 3.2 Gen 2 and the battery capacity is 80 watthours. Compared to other laptops in similar sizes, the Razer 15 is very thin and lightweight.
The more basic configuration known as Razer Blade 15 Basic will also be updated, but not with an OLED panel. It does get a Geforce RTX 2060 graphics card in combination with a 144 Hz 1080p IPS display. Battery life might be a bit shorter due to a smaller 65 watt-hour capacity. The three USB ports are Gen 1, running at 5 Gbps.
Razer also updates the Blade 17 Pro with more potent specifications. Like the other siblings in the Blade family, it is equipped with the Intel Core i7-9750H and the GPU is an Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q or RTX 2080 Max-Q. However, the display is “only” a 144 Hz 1080p panel.
Razer Blade 15 Basic in basic execution costs USD 1,999, while Razer Blade 15 Advanced starts at USD 2,399. You can buy a Razer Blade 17 for USD 2 499.
Source: Gaming Laptop Report