The circle is sort of complete for Razer who completes his refresh 2020 of the Blade ranges with the announcement of the update of the strongest model, the Pro 17.
Thought primarily as a desktop replacement, Laptop PC heavier than its cousins therefore, the Blade Pro 17 differs significantly from the philosophy at work on the rest of the Razer range. The 17-inch screen requires more space, but it is also one of the elements on which the manufacturer has focused to ensure the refreshment of the range.
4K at 120 Hz or 1080p at 300 Hz?
The Blade Pro 17 screen is therefore the most easily identifiable change. Previously, users had the choice between two 17.3-inch models in reality very similar: the most accessible was limited to a refresh of 144 Hz when the most expensive went up to 240 Hz, but still in 1080p. On the refresh 2020, the distinction between the two models is more obvious, more logical.
On the one hand, a 1080p screen capable of mounting up to 300 Hz refresh rate and on the other, a 4K model with extremely fine borders (6 millimeters), but limited to 120 Hz. A second model that stands out also by its tactile functions like the one found on the Blade Stealth 13.
Of course, Razer has also upgraded the components embedded in its Blade Pro 17, starting with the microprocessor. Intel is still in the game, but again, it’s now a CPU of 10e generation proposed to us, the Core i7-10875 whose operating frequency can reach a maximum of 5.1 GHz. Note that this allows a gain of 2 cores / 4 threads compared to the current range of Blade Pro 17.
On the graphics card side, two solutions are possible. The cheapest Blade Pro 17 will include an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER when the two more expensive versions will be powered by an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER. The RAM remains fixed on 16 GB, but the DDR4 used goes to 2 933 MHz (against 2 667 MHz currently) and the extension to 64 GB remains possible.
It is interesting to note that the largest of the three models of Blade Pro 17 has additional storage since the 512 GB SSD currently present and on refresh the least expensive will be traded for a 1 TB model with, in any case, the possibility of adding an SSD via the available M.2 extension.
There are hardly any other developments to report except the same correction as made to the other Blade: the up / down arrow keys are now smaller so that there is no longer any risk of making an error with the right shift key. Finally, note that we do not yet know the European pricing of the Blade Pro 17, but that in North America, the prices will be $ 2,499.99, $ 3,199.99 and $ 3,799.99 depending on the level. of equipment.
Its release could take place a little later, during the month of June.
Source: Press release