Razer Blade Pro 17
Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17-high-end gaming crams desktop-grade performance into a laptop that’s as thick as a pack of playing cards.

the Blade Pro 17 first arrived, I worried that maybe Razer sent me the wrong review unit. On its own, in the box, it doesn’t look like a 17-inch laptop. It’s a trick of the eye: The Blade Pro 17 is thinner and lighter than most laptops its size, though less portable than its 15-inch sibling.

Razer Blade

it’s clammed shut, the Blade Pro 17 looks like a thin 0.8-inch-tall solid block of matte-black aluminum with sharp, precise edges and a trio of neon green snakes coiled around the lid. Open it up and you’ll notice how massive the display is, surrounded by razor-thin bezels. Everything, right down to the hinge, is spare and robust, as big as it needs to be without being bulky.

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Razer Blade Pro 17 Design

Razer Blade Pro 17 Design
Razer Blade Pro 17 Design

the new Razer Blade Pro looks similar to its predecessor, there are a few noticeable differences. First of all, the design has more sharp corners now, rather than the rounded edges of earlier models, which gives it a more business-like and serious look that will appeal to both gamers and non-gamers alike.

Razer Blade Company

Razer worked hard to ensure that the new Razer Blade Pro 17 is impressively thin and light, and according to the company,  the laptop is up to 25% smaller than other 17-inch gaming laptops in its class. At 0.78 x 15.55 x 10.24 inches (19.9 x 395 x 260mm), this is an impressively svelte gaming laptop. It’s the kind of size and form factor you’d expect from premium Ultrabooks, so that fact that it packs powerful gaming hardware – including a discrete GPU.

Razer Blade Pro 17 For Gaming

 there aren’t many gaming laptops that can really compete with the Razer Blade Pro 17’s dimensions. Only Asus’ ultra-thin Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 comes close at 0.7 x 15.7 x 10.7 inches (18.7 x 399 x 272mm).

Weight-wise, it tips the scales at 6.06lbs (2.75kg), which is only a tiny bit heavier than the Zephyrus S GX701’s 5.95 pounds (2.7kg).

impressively thin and light, but don’t go thinking this is a particularly portable laptop. For a start, that 17-inch screen – though lovely – makes this an unwieldy laptop to carry about, though Razer has kept the bezels that surround it to just 6.0mm thick. You’ll also need to take a power adapter with you as well, due to the very short battery life of this thing (more on that later).

Razer Blade Pro 17 Keyboard and Trackpad

Razer Blade Pro 17 Keyboard and trackpad

Unlike earlier models, the 2019 Razer Blade Pro 17’s trackpad is positioned in the usual spot underneath the keyboard. Previous Blade Pros had the trackpad to the right-hand side of the keyboard, which took a bit of getting used to. We much prefer the trackpad where it is now, as it makes it easy to quickly use without thinking.

Of course, when gaming you’ll want to use a proper mouse – and as we mentioned earlier, the Razer Blade Pro 17 2019 comes with plenty of USB ports to accommodate that. But for day-to-day tasks, the trackpad works well. It has a glass surface that’s smooth and comfortable to use, and it features Microsoft Precision Touch technology for identifying multi-touch gestures. 

As for the keyboard itself, it features large keys that are easy to hit, though their travel is a bit shallow. This means they don’t feel quite as tactile as standard keyboards – especially mechanical ones. However, this is the price you pay for such a slimline laptop.

Specs

combination of specs and high price means we expected the Razer Blade Pro 17 to be an excellent performer, and we were right. The RTX 2080 is the best gaming GPU you can find in a gaming laptop right now, with 8GB of GDDR6 memory and Nvidia’s latest Turing graphics technology – which features advanced graphical effects like ray tracing for more realistic lighting, modern games perform and look amazing.

HDR

As the screen is ‘just’ 1080p and doesn’t support HDR, it means that the RTX 2080 inside the Blade Pro 17 (in the version we got in for review) has plenty of headroom.

So, you can whack the graphical settings to the max on pretty much any game and still get fantastic performance. The fact that the screen offers 144Hz refresh rate means that RTX 2080 does get a decent workout when playing games at ultra-high frame rates, and even without 4K and HDR, recent games like Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider look astounding and play great thanks to those high frame rates.

Of course, if you want to make use of the RTX 2080’s firepower more effectively, you can always hook the Razer Blade Pro 17 up to an external monitor or TV.

Battery life

Razer Blade Pro 17 back Design

Gaming laptops, especially very powerful ones like the Razer Blade Pro 17, are notorious for having short battery lives. Afterall, if you pack a laptop with power-hungry components, you’ve got to expect batteries to drain quickly.

However, even by gaming laptop standards, the battery life of the Razer Blade Pro 17 is extremely short. In our battery benchmark, which runs a looped video, the battery lasted just four hours and 44 minutes.

Needless to say, this is a laptop that you’re not going to be able to use without it being plugged into a power socket. For many people, that misses the point of a laptop.

Verdict

As with previous versions of the Razer Blade Pro 17, this year’s model has a lot to love about it, but there are also certain aspects that will put people off

First, the positives: it comes with a stylish design that’s thin and light (for a gaming laptop), while not being over the top. There’s also some of the best mobile gaming components included, making this a brilliant performer when it comes to playing the latest games – as well as being a solid mobile workstation as well.

FOR

  • Slim design
  • Fantastic performance
  • Trackpad back where it belongs
  • Sort of upgradable

AGAINST

  • Very expensive
  • No Core i9 version
  • Short battery life

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