Razer’s juggernaut laptop – the Blade Pro 17 – is getting a hardware refresh for 2020. While the chassis remains the same two new display options, a new processor, and updated GPU make the Blade Pro 17 even more power than before.
Due at the end of May, the 17-inch laptop is still aimed at hardcore gamers who need a desktop replacement, or creatives who want one of the most potent laptops with a color-accurate, high-resolution display.
Regarding design, the Blade Pro 17 follows the Blade Stealth 13 and Blade 15 with the blocky, symmetrical layout with an anodized matte black finish. Like those other laptops, Razer is also “fixing” the keyboard this year by enlarging the right shift key and shrinking the up/down directional arrow keys.
For the CPU, there are no surprises. Razer is using Intel’s just-announced Core i7-108750H with eight-cores and a turbo boost to a ridiculous 5.1GHz. That CPU is the only option in the Blade Pro 17 line.
The display is where it gets interesting. Razer still has two options – full HD (non-touch), or 4K (touch) – but the display refresh rates have been updated. That full HD now hits 300Hz, which seems like overkill, but it also the trend. But that 4K now gets to 120Hz, which is still quite rare to see. The 4K display is aimed at creators, which is why it also has an impressive 100 percent Adobe RGB rating for color accuracy.
Combining that i7 and RTX 2080 Super Max-Q along with up to 64GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage, the Blade Pro 17 might actually be able to drive that 3840 x 2160 touch display at 120Hz for the first time.
Otherwise, there is the usual assortment of ports, including multiple Type-C, Type-A, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0b, RJ45 Ethernet, and a UHS-III full SD card reader. Windows Hello infrared flanks the somewhat wimpy 720p webcam and stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos provide the audio.
While the audience for a 6-pound (2.75kg) 17-inch desktop replacement laptop is small, those who have the cash and want the best around should enjoy the Blade Pro 17’s power. There’s not much else like it right now that is at this premium level.
Pricing and availability
The all-new Razer Blade Pro 17 will start at $2599.99 USD / 2899.99 € MSRP and will be available later this month at Razer.com and through select retailers in the United States and Canada. It will come soon to select retailers in Europe, China, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.