Google, what is this behavior dude? I am searching “Dell vs Razer” and you, instead of proffering a brand-to-brand comparison, are just giving me a single laptop-to-laptop comparison i.e. Dell XPS 15 vs Razer Blade 15, and XPS 13 vs Blade Stealth 13, etc.
This was, literally, my response when I didn’t get my desired results.
Although I knew that a complete brand-to-brand comparison between a gaming and a non-gaming brand is quite inappropriate, still, I was just not happy with these results i.e. only one or two laptops being compared.
By and btw I searched this query just because I was looking for a perfectly gaming-grade, but not merely for gaming purposes, machine.
So, Dell being one decent and well-known brand catering to the needs of everyone, whereas Razer being a “for gamers, by gamers” brand, I thought can be the two perfect “look-into” options for me regarding the kind of laptop that I am in quest of.
Anyways, what’s done is done. Now for your convenience, I have in detail discussed things like how to get these two, one gaming and one non-gaming, computer beasts compared, and how to decide which one is best for you.
It’s one sort of a thorough and completely unbiased “Dell and Razer” review for you.
Dell and Razer – A Brief Background and Which One is Admired for What?
Let’s get into some basics;
An American multinational computer technology giant, Dell is one of the biggest tech and computer companies in the world. Founded in 1984 by Michael Dell, the company is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas City, US.
Dell deals in a vast array of products including PCs, computer peripherals, servers, HDTVs, cameras, data storage dongles, printers, and whatnot. As for now, it’s is the world’s 3rd largest PC vendor company.
Well, talking only about its one product line i.e. the laptops, the company has a wide range of machines serving the needs of everyone. Some of its prevailing laptop lines include the Inspiron series (for mainstream use), XPS and Latitude ranges (for some professional type of users), Precision series (the mobile workstations for heavily demanding tasks), and the Alienware and G-series (for 24/7 gamers).
So, anyone left unserved? I think no, and that’s why the company is being admired for one, sort of an all-in-one and for-everyone, computer giant.
Razer is a Singaporean-American multinational tech and computer company dealing in various consumer electronics and computer hardware, etc. The company was founded in 1998 and has headquarters in two cities i.e. Queenstown, Singapore, and Irvine, California, US.
Well, Razer is basically known to be a gamers’ brand with tons of, solely built for gamers, products including high-end gaming laptops, tablets, and lots of PC peripherals i.e. keyboard, mice, speakers and sound systems, headsets, and much more.
The Razer Blade, Blade Pro, Blade Stealth, and Razer Book series (for non-gamers too), are Razer’s three well-known and massively admired laptop ranges, only and majorly aimed at serving the needs of those always-on vehement gamers.
Dell vs Razer – How to Compare and Standards for Comparison
Now, since Razer is a high-end gaming brand, whereas Dell is, majorly, a non-gaming brand, thus going for a complete brand vs brand comparison would be sheer naivety, for Dell has lots of average and entry-level laptops too which can nowise be compared to those classy gaming laptops by Razer.
Therefore, I’ll be only comparing the premium provisions by each brand. So, from Dell’s arena, I have picked some of its premium laptops i.e. from the XPS series, Precision series, and Alienware and G – gaming series.
I will be comparing them to the Razer’s Blade, Blade Pro, and Stealth series based on.
- The technical capabilities
- Screen and graphics quality
- Design and durability
- Misc. features
- After-sale customer support
Let’s start now.
#1. The Technical Capabilities
On the processor side, if I mention the most premium models of Dell i.e. XPS 15 (9500 and 9570) or XPS 13 or most Alienware machines, they are hitting the mark in parity with Razer’s premium models. Both have got up to 8th Gen processors, still, when it comes to Razer, almost every Razer laptop comes with at least an i7 processor, whereas at Dell, you can find an AMD, or i5 besides the i7.
So, Razer, if holistically seen, is doing good at the processor side, but yeah, it’s noteworthy that Dell is considered way ahead at the RAM and SSD side providing better options than Razer in the same level machine.
On the battery side, again Dell takes over Razer. Although Razer’s Blade 15 has a good battery as compared to Dell’s XPS 15, still if you see it as a whole, Dell always packs its laptops with super-supportive batteries, be it a gaming or non-gaming laptop.
#2. Screen and Graphics Quality
Ranging from a small 13-inch screen to a big 17-inch one, you’ll find almost every size no matter which brand you are combing. It’s certain that the lesser the bucks you pay, the poor the specs you’ll get. But for now, since we are comparing the premium options, both Dell and Razer are going hand-in-hand in the screen size, resolution, and build quality.
Both provide you with classy, up to 4K and touch + non-touch too, screens in their premium options. Dell, in some cases, features the Cornel Gorilla glass screens in its laptops and so does Razer. So, in the screen department, you`ll find no difference between them.
The main difference lies in the Graphics support. Since Razer is a solely gaming brand, almost all its laptops get the backing of NVIDIA’s high-end graphics, whereas at Dell, you’ll witness a bit substandard graphics support comparatively at the same level i.e. GTX 1070 in Blade 15, but GTX 1050Ti in XPS 15.
Not a big issue, but if you are a gamer, you need to know this.
#3. Design and Durability
It’s I think a one-sided win for Dell here.
Dell is too good at enticing people by instilling some eye-catchy colors and designs into its laptops. You’ll hardly find a dull machine in Dell’s arena. What the Dell is heavily admired for is that its prepossessing machines always feature a sleek and clean metallic brushing and comes in brighter colors. Thus, things like dust or fingerprint imbibition, etc. are completely warded off here.
Whereas in the case of Razer, there are no such distinct and breathtaking designs, plus the casing is most fingerprint imbibing. Hence, I would say if you are looking for a sleek, exquisitely designed, and stylish machine, go for only and only Dell.
Besides all that, Dell is quite more weight-conscious than Razer too, featuring classically easy portability in its laptops as compared to Razer. So, if you are fond of ultraportable gadgets, again, consider Dell.
When it comes to durability, almost both are good, still, for Dell ensures a metallic casing majorly in its laptops, you`ll find them a bit extra sturdier and durable than Razer.
Though Dell is considered an expensive brand for its big brand name, still at its premium options being compared to Razer, I will give it an edge at the pricing side too.
For almost the same specs or just a very minute difference, you’ll find a Dell laptop being priced way sensibly as compared to Razer’s laptop. Yeah, from 100, 200 to up to 500+, you`ll find plenty of gaps between the pricing of these two, even at almost same-tiered laptops.
Anyway, Dell too is said to place shocking price tags on its new launches, still, regarding the pricing, I would say, you`d find a Dell laptop well-priced as compared to the latter.
#5. Misc. Features
One taking over the other in some aspects and vice versa for the other, it’s again a tie between these two.
A fingerprint scanner is sort of a must-there feature in Dell’s high-end models and thus it’s being heavily admired for this. Whereas at Razer, you’d mostly find the Windows Hello easy sign-in via the webcam i.e. facial recognition, which the Dell also provides. So, Razer, in most cases, doesn’t feature a fingerprint reader in its laptops.
Besides, things like the classy touchpad feel with smoothly clickable buttons, smooth carbon-fiber-like body, etc. that you get in a Dell laptop are nowhere there in Razer laptop.
For Razer, the stunning i.e. up to per-key RGB keyboard backlighting, plenty of USB-A ports and Thunderbolt 3 supporting USB-C ports, etc. places it ahead of Dell. But again, Dell is good for it necessarily provides you with an SD card slot, whereas at Razer you would mostly find no SD slot.
If you talk about the machine’s speed, rendering, and else’s things, Razer is good at performance than Dell, but with a Dell machine, you’ll experience a quieter and chilling experience as compared to the noisy and somewhat hot Razer laptop under the same stress.
#6. After-Sale Customer Support
A clear-cut win for Dell again.
Dell is considered way completely unparalleled in its after-sale customer support and there are some valid reasons for it i.e. quick response to your queries, easy get-in-touch with customer care, and assigning a personal technician for your service, etc.
Although it’s not a flaw, for the company mentions this in its policy, still something, is that be it within the warranty period or not, if some component of your machine gets damaged, you’ll get a refurbished one as a replacement component. So, better comprehend this, for the company already clarifies this deal to you in its policy too.
On the other hand, Razer is just terrible in its after-sales support. Nothing more nothing less, Razer is too bad in this department, at least when compared to Dell, and that`s it.
Bottom Line – When to Go for Which One
So, when it’s Dell vs Razer in your mind for your new laptop purchase or laptop’s upgrade, here is what you need to pay attention to.
Dell is, in fact, a brand for everyone i.e. gamers + non-gamers, whereas Razer is only for gamers. Now, if you are a gamer, a passionate gamer, looking for a beast laptop only and only for high-tiered gaming purposes, I suggest go and comb Razer’s domain and you`ll find some, out-of-this-world, options.
However, if you are someone like me, i.e. a gamer too but not necessarily wanting a laptop for gaming purposes only, rather for your other heavy non-gaming needs, then go for Dell.
Be it a finely lightweight and ultraportable laptop, a 2-in-1 laptop, a professional and businessperson-oriented laptop, or a strapping workstation for other highly demanding tasks, you will find everything in Dell’s provisions. And yeah, if you are looking for a gaming laptop, Dell can still serve you well with its Alienware and G-series, the gaming laptop ranges.