Looking to meet the high needs of gamers, creatives, and the most demanding usage profiles, Razer Blade is clear that they have to offer the maximum. Playing with the configurations they do so in several aspects with the new Razer Blade 17, updated with the 11th generation Intel processors and upgraded in graphics with respect to the Razer Blade 17 Pro of 2020.
There is more evolution with respect to these, in fact. While the 17 Pro was left with a non-negligible 300 Hz refresh rate, the new Blade 17 arrives with up to 360 Hz, aiming to give the best gaming experience. For those looking for more resolution than hertz, there is also the option to stick with 4K, this one also being a touch panel.
Razer Blade 17 Datasheet
|Razer Blade 17|
|Screen||17.3-inch IPS and 100% sRGB color gamut|
|Resolution and Refresh||1080p up to 300 Hz|
|CPU||Intel Core i9-11900H|
|GPU||NVIDIA RTX 3080|
|RAM||32/64 GB DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 4TB GB NVMe SSD|
|Ports||2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C 3.2 2nd gen.)|
3 x USB 3.2 2nd gen. type A
1 x HDMI 2.1
UHS-III SD card reader
|Dimensions and Weight||19.9mm thick|
The Blade’s style remains the same: gamer minimalism
Although it is not a very thick laptop, being 19.9 millimeters thick, it weighs 2.75 kilograms. The finish is black, with an anti-fingerprint finish and of course, integrates the brand logo on the top cover, but the aesthetics are simple, but without abandoning the RGB keyboard, of course.
The screen frames are quite thin (except for the bottom one, which is usually wider in general due to the integration of components). And as for the panel, there are three options:
- 4K HDR touch panel at 120 Hz (this is the configuration we’ll see with 16 GB VRAM on the RTX 3080).
- 1080p panel at 360 Hz.
- Panel with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels at 240 Hz.
In this sense, the users will be able to choose between three refresh rates, reaching that maximum of 360 Hz, although in that case, the resolution is lower. The 4K display is the only touch screen, with the advantage that it is the configuration with the largest dedicated memory in the graphics.
The leap to Intel’s most powerful
The processor in this computer is an Intel Core i9-11900H, 19% faster than the previous generation according to the manufacturer, and can be configured to run at 4.9 GHz. Another difference is that the Blade 17 is different from last year’s Blade 17 Pro, in addition to the RAM. The base model comes with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, with the option of 64 GB, and storage can be up to 4 TB on an NVMe SSD (with an M.2 slot).
The graphics can be NVIDIA RTX 3080, with 8 GB or 16 GB of memory (according to the different options for the display, as we have detailed in the previous section). The battery is 70.5 WHr, it has WiFi 6 and has a 1080p webcam with Windows Hello IR support.
The sides look packed with quite a few ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C 3.2 2nd gen.), 3 x USB 3.2 2nd gen. type A, 1 x HDMI 2.1, and a UHS-III SD card reader. It also features four microphones and THX spatial audio support.
Pricing and availability of the new Razer Blade 17
The Razer Blade 17 with the Intel i9 will start at $2,399.99 and is already available for pre-order on Razer’s website (for the United States) and in physical stores (in selected markets).