Razer has introduced its redesigned Blade Pro 17 laptop aimed at gamers and prosumers that gained performance when compared to its predecessor, yet became considerably more compact and lightweight. The new Blade Pro 17 notebook now packs Intel’s latest six-core Core i7-9750H as well as up to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q graphics. Interestingly, the mobile workstation features a UHS-III SD card reader, one of the first in the industry.

17.3-inch laptops are essentially niche products aimed at people who need a combination of high performance and screen size in a clamshell form-factor. Since for the vast majority of end users portability matters, many people prefer high-end 15.6-inch laptops even though it means certain compromises. As a result, to make the 17.3-inch class more popular overall, PC makers attempt to make such machines more compact. This is exactly what Razer tried to do with its new 2019 Blade Pro 17 notebook: the new laptop is 19.9 mm thick and weighs 2.75 kilograms (down from 22.5 mm and 3.07 kilograms in case of the previous-generation model). Overall, it is 25% more compact than its predecessor without any compromises to the screen real estate or rigidity. The new Blade Pro 17 comes in a CNC-machined aluminum chassis as well as features a 17.3-inch IPS display featuring a 1920×1080 resolution, 300 nits brightness, and a 144 Hz refresh rate.

Inside Razer’s Blade Pro 17 there is Intel’s six-core Core i7-9750H processor (2.6 GHz – 4.5 GHz) accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4-2667 memory (expandable to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 memory) as well as a 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD (upgradeable to 2 TB) SSD. On the graphics side of things, the machine may be equipped with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs.

When it comes to connectivity, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is equipped with Intel’s Wireless-AX200 802.11ax + Bluetooth 5 solution, a 2.5 GbE port, a Thunderbolt 3 connector, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, an HDMI 2.0b output, a UHS-III SD card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, and so on. In addition, the system has a 1MP/720p webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello, an array microphone, and Dolby Atmos-supporting stereo speakers.

As for battery, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is equipped with a 70.5 Wh battery pack. Given the number of configurations that Razer plans to offer, the manufacturer does not disclose battery life of each one.

The Razer Blade Pro 17 General Specifications
  RZ09-02876*92 RZ09-02877*92 RZ09-02878*92
Display Diagonal 17.3"
Resolution 1920×1080
Response Time ? ms
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Color Gamut sRGB: 100%
CPU Intel Core i7-9750H processor:
6C/12T,
2.6 GHz Base
4.5 GHz Turbo
12 MB
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2667
Upgradeable to 64 GB DDR4-3200
Graphics RTX 2060
6 GB GDDR6
RTX 2070
8 GB GDDR6
RTX 2080
8 GB GDDR6
Storage 512 GB - 2 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
Spare M.2 slot for PCIe or SATA SSDs
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ax Wi-Fi module
Bluetooth BT 5.0
General Ports 1 × Thunderbolt 3 for data, display output
1 × USB 3.12Gen 2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 × HDMI 2.0b
1 × 2.5 GbE
Other I/O HD webcam with IR,
TRRS connector for audio,
speakers,
microphone array,
SD UHS-III card reader
Dimensions (W × D × H) 395 × 260 × 19.9 mm
15.55 × 10.24 × 0.78 inches
Weight 2.75 kg | 6.06 pounds
Battery 70 Wh
Price $2,499 $2,799 $3,199

Razer will start sales of its new Blade Pro 17 sometimes in May from its own stores and select retailers the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and China. Prices will start at $2,499 in the US and €2,699 in Europe.

We hope to see a version of the new Blade Pro 17 with an Ultra-HD DCI-P3-supporting screen.One of the things that strikes the eye about the Blade Pro 17 is its integrated UHS-III SD card reader that is needed primarily by professional photographers that plan to use next-gen cameras. 

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  • peterfares - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    How were they not able to fit a 99 Whr battery in a chassis that large? Smaller battery than the 15" with the same specs! Reply
  • UltraWide - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    Probably the cooling solution is larger than average. Reply
  • niva - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    He already stated, smaller battery than the 15" with the same specs. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    Which doesn't mean they use the same cooler, or that they run unthrottled for the same arount of time. Reply
  • npz - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    No, the 17" version has an extra m.2 slot, and Gigabit and Ultra III SD card slot compared to the 80Wh 15" advanced model. I don't know if that alone takes up extra space or if the cooling system is beefier than the much thinner 15" advanced model. Reply
  • twtech - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    The mythical 17" with no numpad - if I was in the market for a laptop right now, this would be on a very short list. Reply
  • admnor - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    Still just the one Thunderbolt 3? Reply
  • techWASgood - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    I'd love to see Razer offer a bright, reasonably color accurate 4K display panel as an option on the Blade Pro 17! I'd probably buy one if they did. Reply
  • Duncan Macdonald - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    Not a good design. With a powerful CPU and high end GPU, the cooling requirements are large. Using a thinner chassis requires faster air movement for the same cooling - hence higher noise levels. Leaving off the numeric pad on a laptop this large is just stupid.
    For an example of a better thermal design see the ASUS G752VY (which also has a numeric keypad).
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  • npz - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    This is a "blade" i.e. thin design which Asus, Gigabyte and other makers offer too. This is still thicker than the 15" Advanced model though. But I agree about the lack of numpad. Unfortunately other makers, from Acer to Dell even on beefy configs, seem to lack numpads on some models maybe for cost savings? To share the same keyboard as the smaller models? Reply

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