Razer’s laptop series now offers six different systems in different sizes and configurations, but the largest and most powerful laptop was due to an update. So today, Razer updates its 17-inch gaming machine with a number of powerful new components – and a slightly tweaked name.
Razer officially releases the “Pro” code from the updated Blade 17, which starts at $ 2400 and is available for pre-order today. The move is partly to better align with the rest of Razer’s gaming laptops, but it’s also to just let people know that the Blade 17 is not just for game developers or professional digital artists.
Razer aims to position its most expensive laptop as a true desktop replacement. Blade 17 supports up to an 11th generation Intel Core i9 H-Series chip, which is the first time Razer has stuffed an i9 into Blade 17, plus an updated range of ports. The combination should make Blade 17 able to handle all the tasks you can throw at it, but in a chassis that is a little easier to lug around.
In addition to new 11th generation CPUs, Blade 17 also supports up to one Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU (sorry, AMD fans, there are no AMD CPU or GPU options), two new USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 (one on each side for easy access), and the fingerprint-resistant coating Razer has recently added to some of the Blade 17 number of little siblings. And depending on which configuration you choose, Blade 17 can be equipped with the following display options: a 2560 x 1440 240Hz, 1920 x 1080 360Hz or 4K 3840 x 2160 120Hz.
The Blade 17 also gets a new, higher-resolution 1080p webcam with Windows Hello support, twice as many microphones (a total of four, up from two), and adjusts to the laptop’s trackpad and cooling to provide better palm rejection and improved thermals. The new port selection is excellent, including the aforementioned dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, along with three additional USB 3.2 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.1, 2.5 Gb Ethernet, combination audio connector and even a full-size UHS-III SD card reader.
Rounding out the package is a 70.5 WHr battery, support for Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E, and room for up to a 4TB SDD, with an additional open M.2 slot for expansion of DIY storage.
Razer is also setting up the Blade 15 base with the new 11th generation Core i7 Intel processors as well. The basic model starts at $ 1800 and coming with an Nvidia RTX 3070, Thunderbolt 4 and faster PCIe 4.0 SSDs.
The Blade 15 base will be available directly from Razer today, while the new Blade 17 is scheduled to arrive on Razer.com and select third-party dealers later this summer.