Razer refreshes Blade 17 and Blade 15 laptops with faster internals, Thunderbolt 4 and more
In short: Razer’s latest update to its Blade 17 and Blade 15 laptops is here, and it takes inspiration from last year’s Razer Blade 15 Advanced. Beyond the inclusion of upgraded internals like the 11th Gen Tiger Lake-H processors and RTX 30 series GPUs, the new models feature touchpad and webcam improvements, as well. as various connectivity options.
Razer this week ad it refreshes the Razer Blade 17 and Razer Blade 15 with newer and more powerful processors and GPUs, as well as a number of small touches to what is an otherwise mature design that has earned its place as TechSpot’s top recommendation. for people looking to buy a gaming laptop.
You may have noticed that the company ditched the “Pro” brand, which was probably redundant as these devices were never more than PC enthusiasts / prosumers. This also means that you can no longer order the older “Pro” models from Razer’s online store, so you will have to look for the remaining stock at various retailers if you are looking for a good deal on these devices.
The new Razer Blade 17 is powered by 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake-H processors and RTX 30 series GPUs from Nvidia. You can choose between the Intel Core i7-11800H and the Intel Core i9-11900H. The choice of GPUs is wider, so you can get an RTX 3060, RTX 3070, or go all-in with the RTX 3080 and 16GB of GDDR6 memory.
As we noted in our review of the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, the power limit is significant, and Razer increased it to 130 watts on the Razer Blade 17. Compared to the Razer’s relatively aggressive power limit. Blade 15 Advanced (95 watts), this should let the RTX 3080 show its teeth in gaming.
The additional thermal headroom is no doubt afforded by the larger chassis, which measures 0.78 inches (a hair less than 20 mm) x 15.5 inches (395 mm) x 10.24 inches (260 mm) and weighs just over 6 pounds.
By default, the Razer Blade 17 comes with 16GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB of PCIe 4.0 storage which can be user upgraded to 64GB of memory and 4TB of storage. Depending on your needs, you can choose between a 1080p display with a 360Hz refresh rate, a 1440p panel with a 165Hz refresh rate, or a 4K touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh rate, all of which are IPS panels with 100 percent sRGB coverage.
One of the small touches that Razer has made in the design of the Razer Blade 17 is a fingerprint resistant coating similar to that applied to the Razer Blade 15 Advanced. The touchpad has improved palm rejection, and the company says the new 1080p webcam with Windows Hello support and an expanded range of microphones will easily cover your video conferencing needs.
Razer has also expanded connectivity options, which include three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports that allow 100-watt charging, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader. When you’re not using headphones, you’ll be happy to see that there are now four upward-facing speakers that support THX Spatial Audio.
Overall, there’s a lot to like about the new Razer Blade 17, but we’re also excited about the possibility that the company may introduce an AMD-powered option in the near future. Last month we saw Razer showcase a new Blade 14 laptop with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, capable of taking on Intel’s Tiger Lake-H offerings in gaming and beating them in some productivity tasks.
If you’re interested in the new Razer Blade 17, you can pre-order it from Razer and select business partners. Pricing starts at $ 2,400, but given current market conditions, a gaming laptop may be a better deal than a desktop, as we’ve explained here. You can also consider updating the Razer Blade 15, which has more limited CPU and GPU options, but starts at a more palatable $ 1,800. The company plans to start shipping the first orders next month.