The PROBLEM with OLED Laptops... Razer Blade 15 2019 Review

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  • Published: 26 July 2019
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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips   3 months back

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    • IRON MAN
      IRON MAN  4 days back

      What if Glasswire doing something wired...

    • Jakob
      Jakob  1 weeks back

      Do you even care Linus...you can not be that stupid that you take a dumb WOLED panel fundamental max specsheet and then concldue them as 1 to 1 with the final product on an freaking OLED gaming laptop.! c'mon...
      on an gaming laptop with battery-management and with an risky OLED panel here' you can hopefully tell yourself that it will not be maxed outin he risk of permanent retention (burn-in) and battery comsumption.
      so why are you rolling around thrueout the video with this 600 nits that you grapped from Samsung the maker WOLED spechsheet, when this will never be the case in this product.?
      It not 600nits more like 450nits, but what ever, common facts from reality doesnt seem to match your backbone. 1:21


      The 240hz IPS option is extremely dimm. in this high priceballpark with a max at 285nits and avarage 268nits plus being matte and no touch.. so certainly not all that.
      a shame that they cant implement some potent bright display in todays scene where HDR are being more and more the norn in both streaming and gaming. though an OLED panel like in the video with fx 450nits will be way more potent in how bright it seems then an IPS with fx 450nits because of that insane contrast, and is the same we see in TV where OLED TV seems more potent in HDR brightness then fx VA-panels that on paper has close to double the brightness. (contrast goes a long way)
      But hence the 240hz FHD version with 260 to 290nits on such an expensive laptop, is to dimm. imo. even a cheap old fellow like this is reaching +500nits and with HDR streaming.https://i.imgur.com/7tkE5nG.jpg
      https://i.imgur.com/sb0dRby.jpg

    • carlitos vodka
      carlitos vodka  3 months back

      That table is so Great! I want one of that!

    • Victor Tous
      Victor Tous  3 months back

      9:56 yeah, just what I thought

    • Jake Woodger
      Jake Woodger  3 months back

      @fxc2 I thought the same thing

  • KNIGHTCore
    KNIGHTCore  2 days back

    But which is better Razer blade 15 or Asus rog s g531

  • Shant Boyadjian
    Shant Boyadjian  3 days back

    Bought the new razer blade 2019 with Gtx 2080 and want to update ram with the kingston hyper ddr4 32gb 3200mhz ram. Works but when I play games ends up freezing. I believe laptop has potential but with default settings this laptop is a waste of money. Do not want to return it, want to speed it up. Already have the evo ssd harddrive in it. Can anyone help me with overclocking step by step. Nothing on youtube that shows anything about this laptop. Someone told me about bios settings, but advance setting in bios is very basic enable and disable tabs

    • Jorge Pille
      Jorge Pille  4 days back

      As a graphic designer, thanks for your review!

      • Snatch Robot
        Snatch Robot  6 days back

        Razer - You pay £2000 for the privilege of becoming their QA team! 3 Blades in 3 months for me and now I find out the 4th one they sent is also faulty. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS CRAP!!

        • Yasin Abid
          Yasin Abid  1 weeks back

          Its so fustrating i want this but it has no friggin g sync :(

          • dj_eos
            dj_eos  1 weeks back

            BURN-IN is the key reason why I'm hesitating to buy laptops with OLED displays. Although one looks so satisfying in the first few months, I highly doubt the quality can last a year when used 10+ hours every day. I've been using many smartphones from Samsung, and I've never seen a single phone without burn-in issues. There always comes the ghost keyboard on the half bottom of the screen after 1 year of use.

            • Jakob
              Jakob  1 weeks back

              Do you even care Linus...you can not be that stupid that you take a dumb WOLED panel fundamental max specsheet and then concldue them as 1 to 1 with the final product on an freaking OLED gaming laptop.! c'mon...
              on an gaming laptop with battery-management and with an risky OLED panel here' you can hopefully tell yourself that it will not be maxed outin he risk of permanent retention (burn-in) and battery comsumption.
              so why are you rolling around thrueout the video with this 600 nits that you grapped from Samsung the maker WOLED spechsheet, when this will never be the case in this product.?
              It not 600nits more like 450nits, but what ever, common facts from reality doesnt seem to match your backbone.
              // yep it avarage around 435 nits and maxes at 465nits (so not 600nits like this dude trying to give the impression of) it is 400nits HDRceritifed and it implement masssive pulse width modulation in the low hz spectrum. and not just in the low brightness like some laptops, but all acroos the board.
              PWM can give headache and eyesore for certain people hence flickering.
              Mindblowing that this dude are not validating the panel himself as he do got the tools to check the brightness and not just pick some false WOLED spec, not relevant to the end-product and take them as a trustworthy guideline.

              • Jakob
                Jakob  1 weeks back

                The 240hz IPS option is extremely dimm. in this high priceballpark with a max at 285nits and avarage 268nits plus being matte and no touch.. so certainly not all that.
                a shame that they cant implement some potent bright display in todays scene where HDR are being more and more the norn in both streaming and gaming. though an OLED panel like in the video with fx 450nits will be way more potent in how bright it seems then an IPS with fx 450nits because of that insane contrast, and is the same we see in TV where OLED TV seems more potent in HDR brightness then fx VA-panels that on paper has close to double the brightness. (contrast goes a long way)
                But hence the 240hz FHD version with 260 to 290nits on such an expensive laptop, is to dimm. imo. even a cheap old fellow like this is reaching +500nits and with HDR streaming.https://i.imgur.com/7tkE5nG.jpg
                https://i.imgur.com/sb0dRby.jpg

            • Mauro Rodriguez
              Mauro Rodriguez  2 weeks back

              I just bought this.... hope I don't regret it. I got it for under 1.2K I decided to go with this one instead of the stealth version because of upgrade ability. I just hate how this only has 1 usb C


              also thank you for your honesty! I love these reviews

              • Absolute Longplay
                Absolute Longplay  2 weeks back

                Gaming on 4K with low settings

                • Sean
                  Sean  2 weeks back

                  So should I get the Razer Blade 15" 240Hz 2070 max-Q
                  or the Razer Blade 17" 144Hz RTX 2060?
                  Both come with 9th gen i7, 512gb ssd, and elite razercare protection plan, and both are comparable in price, so I'm not sure which is better/ (I do devwork as well as light-moderate gaming)

                  • Sean
                    Sean  2 weeks back

                    @Gary Nguyen ye. US. Just pick your base model, go to checkout, and click on the specs you want. Tech chap was showing screens of it too, so it should be available in UK at least as well.

                    https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops

                  • Gary Nguyen
                    Gary Nguyen  2 weeks back

                    @Sean I got the Blade 15 RTX 2060 and I have to say it's really good. Performances are excellent and the build-quality feels like high-end. Although there's sometimes BSOD tho, maybe it's the Window's fault.

                  • Gary Nguyen
                    Gary Nguyen  2 weeks back

                    @Sean Razer has build-your-own laptops? Which country are you currently ordering to?

                  • Sean
                    Sean  2 weeks back

                    I just built it on Razer's site and added it to cart. I had a lot saved up for a new laptop, so I'm giving this brand a shot

                  • Gary Nguyen
                    Gary Nguyen  2 weeks back

                    @Sean Wait where do you buy it?

                • Azn Dust
                  Azn Dust  2 weeks back

                  What should I get for editing on the go, the razer blade stealth 13 or the razer blade 15??

                  • Daniel Curtean
                    Daniel Curtean  3 weeks back

                    LOOOOOVING the cinematic grade, production design and lighting. Very well done DP!

                    • Hans Gehrkens
                      Hans Gehrkens  3 weeks back

                      sorry this hasn't anything to do with this review directly Linus but could you, or anyone else, please tell me which of the ROG Zehpyrus GX502 are the top editions? I don't really understand which are 'best' and what the differences are. I keep being in doubt which laptop to buy since I'm way too new to this and way too perfectionistic😅. I'm going to use it for content creation but also for future designing and I want to be able to game on high(er) settings when I wish to. I know this is what most people want but there's the Zephy GX502, the Aero, Razer, Alienwares, Helios etc etc. I do love a whitish version though.. any thoughts? I just finally want to decide now and don't really think about it anymore🤷‍♂️😂

                      • Ellie May
                        Ellie May  3 weeks back

                        This was such an excellent review, it covered every customer type that might be interested in this product.

                        • Kordell Farmer
                          Kordell Farmer  3 weeks back

                          Just Incase you didn’t know.. EACH PIXEL IS OMMITING ITS’ OWN LIGHT!

                          • KK Kapur
                            KK Kapur  4 weeks back

                            buying a razer is not flexing buying a macbook is flexing

                            • KK Kapur
                              KK Kapur  4 weeks back

                              Instead of 1440p make a 1080p amoled display @240hz

                              • A M
                                A M  4 weeks back

                                Thanks I won’t buy it now, maybe I’ll buy something else. Like a MacBook.

                                • Romeo R
                                  Romeo R  4 weeks back

                                  Bro can you tell me about I wanna if you can do video editing and play gamew like apex legends
                                  lenovo ideapad l340-17api notebook pc 81ly001afr 17.3 "with amd athlon 4gb 1tb ram sata/please REPLY because only you can help me

                                  • Absolute Longplay
                                    Absolute Longplay  4 weeks back

                                    So beautiful. I just wish it had the actual processing power to play games in 4K.

                                    • YourFavouriteColor
                                      YourFavouriteColor  4 weeks back

                                      Can anyone tell me if this is noisy or quiet? Not much info. Looking into a good aluminum laptop for audio.

                                      • Finn
                                        Finn  1 months back

                                        Could anyone tell me with laptop has the best keyboard?

                                        • Cristobal Roig
                                          Cristobal Roig  1 months back

                                          hi, would you recommend it for vray renders on the move?

                                          • Ancients Nox
                                            Ancients Nox  1 months back

                                            Let's be real for a second. 4k actually makes a lot of sense on 15inch displays! And I can still easily see Evey individual pixels. 8K 120Hz is preferred if the computing technology were advanced enough to overcome all the drawbacks that brings!

                                            • Dingo
                                              Dingo  1 months back

                                              Am I the only one currently saving up for one of these (the no-oled razer blade 15s not with oled)
                                              I'm literally so excited I literally can't hide it (no pun intended) I'm so friggin excited to get the
                                              razer blade 15 2019 and the huntsman elite keyboard to ENTER HARDCORE GAMING!!
                                              Also please tell me some tips to calm down 'cause I'm TOO excited right now!!!
                                              WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

                                              • Vighnesh Vembaar
                                                Vighnesh Vembaar  1 months back

                                                the wallpaper-for gamers, by gamers
                                                2:32 😶

                                                • Adaept Zulander
                                                  Adaept Zulander  1 months back

                                                  Facial recognition for people on the go? Makes no sense.

                                                  • CplGoon
                                                    CplGoon  1 months back

                                                    This video gets a little confusing. You talk ill about the keyboard but in the other video when you tested out the Stealth 13 you were talking about how great it feels (and I'm only assuming they use the same switches). Also, this is supposed to be a review of the 15 and doesn't have the short right shift key you mention., unless you're calling them both short since they are the same size.

                                                    • Basti Arcega
                                                      Basti Arcega  2 months back

                                                      OLED is okay for me for a phone/tablet but on a laptop/TV no because of burn-in especially when I play car racing games and JRPGs (health bar and a minimap display must be on).

                                                      • tamashumi
                                                        tamashumi  2 months back

                                                        Thank you for stating this! Really high res on fairly small screens comes at a cost but brings not much of any benefit really.
                                                        (and the ridiculous shift-cursors layout too)

                                                        • Tcll5850
                                                          Tcll5850  2 months back

                                                          why are we still stuck on OLED
                                                          I guess the market really likes selling garbage
                                                          WHERE'S MY mLED!

                                                          don't answer that, it's rhetorical ;)

                                                          • SevenDeMagnus
                                                            SevenDeMagnus  2 months back

                                                            So cool, laptop but sadly it's not HDR, just sRGB. The Lenovo one has HDR but sadly not OLED- nothing's perfect.

                                                            • TOPSZN AJ
                                                              TOPSZN AJ  2 months back

                                                              LINUS YOUR BREAKING MY HEART :'( .... but also thank you, i was sitting in checkout for this big guy. thank god i watched this

                                                              • ondrejuz
                                                                ondrejuz  2 months back

                                                                It really is a thing of beauty but ... cost just to much, reminds me of a hot guy that sucks in bed. Maybe sucks isn't the best word but you know what i mean.

                                                                • meowmeow
                                                                  meowmeow  2 months back

                                                                  Problems with the Bluetooth fucking up the internet also...at least mine.

                                                                  • top monga
                                                                    top monga  2 months back

                                                                    it was a very very perfect if it 17"

                                                                    • Na Qiong Trading LLP Na Qiong Trading LLP

                                                                      Damn Wasted... Razer OLED Laptop..., no 144hz... Display...OMG...

                                                                      • Yuriy Semenikhin
                                                                        Yuriy Semenikhin  2 months back

                                                                        There is one place where you have gone wrong when talking about gaming.

                                                                        I include myself into a category of gamers that dp not chase the frame rates, but rather a great visual experience. I will play Anno and Total War series over fast paced shooter. I am happy to drop my character on Eve, because I'm not bothered about progression, yet Eve looks AMAZING on my 60" TV.

                                                                        All of those games still require the grunt, but an OLED screen fits them much more.

                                                                        Saying that gamers are just a bunch of idiots with trigger happy fingers, is an offense to 99% of gamers.

                                                                        • Buraian
                                                                          Buraian  2 months back

                                                                          Sorry, Razer... I’m not switching - Blade Stealth 2019 Review - Linus Jan 30, 2019

                                                                          • Buraian
                                                                            Buraian  2 months back

                                                                            Sorry, Razer... I’m not switching - Blade Stealth 2019 Review - Linus Jan 30, 2019

                                                                            • Buraian
                                                                              Buraian  2 months back

                                                                              Sorry, Razer... I’m not switching - Blade Stealth 2019 Review - Linus Jan 30, 2019

                                                                              • insrtclevrnamehere
                                                                                insrtclevrnamehere  2 months back

                                                                                not for gamers but MacBook alternative, ips for gamers

                                                                                • Jack Li
                                                                                  Jack Li  2 months back

                                                                                  shadow of the tomb raider: 16 fps

                                                                                  • Nikita Gotov
                                                                                    Nikita Gotov  2 months back

                                                                                    Important to keep in mind that this is specifically about the OLED version

                                                                                    • Peter Pan
                                                                                      Peter Pan  2 months back

                                                                                      mhmmm kidya

                                                                                      • NvrUseYur RealName
                                                                                        NvrUseYur RealName  2 months back

                                                                                        That ending tho, LOLOLOLOL!

                                                                                        • Dreamless
                                                                                          Dreamless  2 months back

                                                                                          Can't you but it for around $650