Razer has released the latest generation of its Razer Blade 17 gaming PC, but with many improvements that the company says will make it usable for both work and after-hours gaming.
Razer’s Blade 17 (previous generations were known as Razer Blade Pro 17) will be available July 30 in seven configurations, starting from a base price of $ 2,399 up to $ 3,699. You can preorder now on Razer.com.
The more expensive configuration, known as the RZ09-0406A * R3, will add a Core i9 for the first time, specifically the 8-core, 16-thread Core i9-11900H. A representative from Razer said that the i9-11900H uses a 65W PL1 setting, which for this specific part is the maximum allowed by Intel.
Otherwise, the configurations will be based on the Intel Core i7-11800H processor, with a range of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 3070 and 3080 GPUs. Razer says that the thermal graphics power (TGP) of the Nvidia GPU is 130W, which is sits between the middle and upper rung of the 90W to 150W GPU power that we’d expect to see in this particular size laptop. The physical design of the Blade 17 provides more thermal headroom than its competitors, according to the company, with a steam chamber that allows for superior cooling.
“Overall, you know we’re taking everything up from the previous generation Blade 17,” said a representative from Razer. Memory options now include 32GB, for example, and go from 2933 MHz to 3200 MHz of DDR4 memory. Storage options also improved, from PCIe Gen 3 to PCIe Gen 4, although the total factory load remained set at one terabyte of storage. (Users can upgrade the SSD themselves to 2TB of storage and 64GB of memory, Razer said.) Razer has let us post specs and prices for all models below:
Another new thing to mention: the Razer Blade 17 sports not one, but two Thunderbolt 4 ports, on each side. You’ll be able to charge through these ports using a standard USB-C charger, although it doesn’t charge as quickly as with Razer’s included 230W charger. Ports include Ethernet, one HDMI 2.1 port, UHS-III SD card reader, and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) Type A ports.
The Blade Pro 17 has a starting weight of 6.06 pounds. As it has done before, Razer uses a CNC milling process that helps keep the laptop thin, light, but structurally strong. While Razer has retained the anodized coating that appeared on previous models, the company added an anti-fingerprint coating that will resist (but not eliminate!) Fingerprints, Razer said. It also improved its Precision touchpad with better palm rejection.
The multimedia functionality of the Blade 17 has also been significantly improved, allowing the Blade 17 to serve as both a desktop and a gaming laptop. Specifically, Razer has raised the webcam from 720p to 1080p resolution. while also supporting Windows Hello, which is equivalent to a Microsoft Surface webcam as well as the limited number of standalone Windows Hello webcams that exist.
Inside the chassis, Razer added a new four-speaker array (compared to a two-speaker array on the previous Blade 17), with the same THX spatial audio algorithms as the previous generation.
Razer Blade 15 base model
Razer also introduced a new base model Razer Blade 15 starting at $ 1,799. Razer officials described it as a minor refresh, geared around the Core i7-11800H and its new Thunderbolt 4 capabilities. Razer said the Blade 15 Base Edition includes copper heat pipes, so it’s a bit thicker. .
The full specs for the base Razer Blade 15 are below, compliments of Razer.