Razer has announced the 2020 version of its Blade Pro 17. As in the previous year, there is a 4K 120 Hz touch display option for creative people. However, Razer has updated the game-oriented display option to a 300 Hz 1080p panel. According to Razer, the 4K screen will cover 100 percent of the Adobe RGB storage space, and the 1080p display has a non-glare, matte finish.
The specs aren't all that different from last year's Blade Pro 17, but the new model has been upgraded to the latest generation of mobile processors from Intel and GPUs from Nvidia. Razer says they'll make the new blade faster than its predecessor in both gaming and creative work.
It looks like you could get the 300 Hz screen with Nvidia's RTX 2070 Max-Q or an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q for $ 2,599 and $ 3,199 respectively. The gaming rigs come with a 512 GB SSD that can be upgraded to 2 TB, while the Creator version comes with 1 TB (also upgradeable to 2 TB). There is no RTX 2060 model this time.
The 4K model is only equipped with an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. This model costs $ 3,799. All configurations are equipped with an Intel Core i7-10875H processor with 8 cores and 2.3 GHz and a turbo boost of up to 5.1 GHz. They also contain 16 GB of dual-channel RAM (DDR4).
There is a new keyboard layout with RGB lighting per key.
The laptop features Razer's steam chamber cooling system, a staple for high-end blade models. We noticed that the system in last year's model was effective, which only got too hot under very high load. However, it adds extra weight to the blade. This is just over six pounds.
Finally, Razer optimized the keyboard. There are now half-height directional keys that extend the right shift key, as was the case with Razer's recent Blade 15 and Blade Stealth updates. Previously, the up arrow between the Shift key and the slash was pressed. The layout worried Verge reviewer Cameron Faulkner and said it stumbled "about every five minutes". (There is also RGB lighting per button.)
In terms of design, the 2020 Pro 17 doesn't differ too much from the previous model. On both sides of the keyboard you can see the same fairly thin frames and speaker grilles. However, we found that the 2019 Pro didn't quite deliver the performance we expected due to its high price. We could not reach the FPS upper limit of the screen in 4K resolution without affecting the graphics. It will be interesting to see if a new generation of hardware does a better job.
The new models will be available later this month.