For only a few years, powerful portable gaming devices have moved from a penny to a pound and require special shipping bags to be virtually indistinguishable from ordinary laptops. Razer is one of the producers who really have to make cracked and thin games portable earlier, and have now upgraded their entire Blade series.
New Top Model – Blade Pro 17
The new Razer's top model is called Blade Pro 17. As the name suggests, it comes with a 17-inch screen and it has to be calibrated according to the company.
The panel has Full HD resolution, but it is lightning-fast at up to 144 frames per second. It also supports 100 percent of the sRGB scale. We're also talking about a compact 17-inch, weighing just about 2.75kg, and a 19.9mm thick.
The biggest news this time, however, is that the machine comes with a new-generation Core i family from the 9th generation.
The processor is called Core i7-9750H and has 6 cores and 12 threads. While the base speed is 2.6 GHz, one of the cores can be expanded to 4.5 GHz if cooling is good enough in the machine.
In addition, the Nvidia RTX 20 series, of course, supports new beam tracking and DLSS game performance technologies. Here you can choose between RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q or RTX 2080 Max-Q. Max-Q is a term that states that the graphics chip focuses more on energy efficiency and the development of as little heat and noise as possible than just productivity.
As before, the machine is made of CNC threaded and black anodised aluminum, and the glass plate supports Microsoft Precision touch for smoother motion.
Of other exciting issues, we can mention support for XMP profiles, ie. overclock memory, and that the machine comes with 802.11ax-WiFi and Windows Hello.
Blade Pro 17 will cost EUR 2700 with RTX 2060 graphics and 3050 and 3500 EUR respectively for RTX 2070 Max-Q and RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics.
Powerful 15-inch display with 240 Hz display
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is the younger 17-inch brother. This is for the same design features, comes with the same processor, the same network support and same face entry. However, you can choose from the charts only between the two best RTX pieces for the big brother, not the RTX 2060.
Here the weight is reduced to just under 2.15 kg and the thickness is less than 18 mm.
The biggest difference besides the size is in the screen. Here Razer boasts that the Blade 15 comes with a Full HD panel with a crazy 240 Hz. This is clearly targeted to those who play fast competitive FPS games such as CS, Overwatch, Apex Legends, Battlefield and the like.
Unfortunately, Razer says they are not planning to launch the announced 60Hz 4K OLED display on the Scandinavian market this time.
Blade 15 Extensive costs of 2600 euros.
Updated "Budget Model"
If the Blade Advanced price makes you cry, we can tell you that the company is updating the so-called "Base" model of 15 inches. This is not as detailed as the Advanced model and is only available in a black version but is much cheaper.
The base model comes with the same processor as the Advanced model, but the "only" graphics on the Nvidia RTX 2060.
At least so good is that the screen gets a solid superstructure. Now this also includes a fast 144 Hz panel calibrated in the factory. The resolution is "Full HD" only, but in our opinion it still provides good experience on all the relatively small screens that come with the 15-inch laptop.
Compared to the Advanced model, you need to manage without signing up for Windows and customize RGB lights individually for each key.
The base model weighs 2.1 kilograms, with a thickness of less than two centimeters and costs 2149 euros.
Razer has not confirmed exactly when any of their new machines will be available in Norway but will be released in the US next month.
Soon we will be testing the Razer Blade 15 Advanced with RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics, so consult with us if you are looking for a new laptop. With the new models on the road, we can hope for somewhat more expensive prices for outgoing models.