A 17-inch laptop is a rare species that is often treated as a substitute for desktop computers. Not many manufacturers have produced it lately, but some that exist certainly don’t want to compromise. One of them is the latest generation of Razer Blade Pro 17 below.
Following the Stealth 13 and Blade 15 2020 edition that came first, Blade Pro 17 came with a refresher specification. All the variants are now packing the latest Intel Core i7-10875H (Comet Lake), while the GPU can be chosen between Nvidia RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 Super.
Compared to other 17-inch laptops, such as the Dell XPS 17, which is also still very brand new, Blade Pro 17 is superior about graphics performance, but lost about the CPU. That’s because the Dell XPS 17 can be configured with an Intel Core i9-10885H on the most expensive variants.
By default, Blade Pro 17 packs 16 GB of RAM, but consumers can add up to 64 GB if necessary. Regarding storage, the device can accommodate two PCIe NVMe type SSDs with a capacity of 2 TB each, giving a total storage space of 4 TB. All of this is packed in an aluminum frame with a thickness of almost 2 cm and a weight of 2.75 kg.
No less special is the 17.3 inch screen. There are two variants offered: 1080p 300 Hz, or 4K 120 Hz touchscreen. No, the goal here is not to present a gaming experience in 4K 120 fps resolution, because the RTX 2080 Ti is still having trouble doing it.
This variant with 4K screen is clearly more intended for content creators, and a refresh rate of 120 Hz can certainly help them in activities such as video editing. Unfortunately, Razer does not include support for variable refresh rate technology (Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync) here.
Blade Pro 17 also does not disappoint about connectivity. In addition to Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5, it is also equipped with an Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0b, three USB-A ports, two USB-C ports (one of which is Thunderbolt 3), and UHS-III SD card reader. In an emergency, Blade Pro 17 can be charged using a 20V USB-C charger.
In the United States, the Razer Blade Pro 17 will be marketed with prices starting at $ 2,600. In comparison, the Dell XPS 17 is planned to be sold at a starting price of $ 1,500, although the Blade Pro 17 specifications are superior to the cheapest variants, and you won’t get a screen with a high refresh rate if you choose the Dell offer.