Razer’s largest laptop gets big updates. Blade 17’s new mid-2020 update adds new processors, more powerful GPUs, and an updated webcam.
The new Blade 17, which rejects the “Pro” mark on previous models, will catch on to a bigger laptop Blade 15 Advanced was released earlier this year. It is now equipped with the same Intel 11th generation H-series processors, selectable Core i7 11800H (2.3 GHz base clock, 4.6 GHz boost clock) or higher level Core i9 11900H (2.5 GHz base, 4.9 GHz increment) not available In smaller Razer models.
The laptop also features Nvidia’s latest RTX series GPUs, including the 3060, 3070 and 3080, with up to 16GB of video memory. Crucially, Razer has increased the total graphics power of the Blade 17 graphics processors compared to 130 watts 95 watts Blade 15 Advanced Series. This extra power means more heat produced, which the larger body of the Blade 17 may partially mitigate. But we can’t say for sure if there is a heat problem before the laptop is fully tested.
Speaking of the size of the laptop, it stays the same with its dimensions of 19.99 mm (0.78 inches) x 395 mm (15.5 inches) x 260 mm (10.24 inches) and weighs 6.06 pounds.
Razer has built the Blade 17’s RAM and storage drives for the user to upgrade. The laptop has a 1TB PCIe NVME drive, an extra M.2 slot for extended storage, and up to 32GB of RAM. The motherboard supports up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.
The display options on the Blade 17 range from a 1440p display at 165 Hz refresh rate to 1080p resolution with a faster 360 Hz update. One of the Blade 17 versions also includes a 4K touchscreen, even though it has a refresh rate of only 120 Hz. The sweet spot for most people is probably the 1440p model.
Some of the new features that complement Blade 17 include a fingerprint protection coating previously added to Blade 15 Advanced and an updated 1080p webcam with Windows Hello. The speaker system has also been updated, now there are two speakers on each side of the laptop instead of one.
The Blade 17 charges via 100 watts via USB-C and comes with Razer’s standard 230 W charger.
There are also upgrades to the Blade 15 Base, including the option for an i7-11800H processor and two PCIe 4.0 SSD slots.
You can pre-order the Blade 17 and Blade 15 today, and Razer expects laptops to ship in July-August.