So we’ve already seen the recent refreshes of both the Razer Blade 15 and Blade 13 Stealth, and now it’s finally time for the 2020 Razer Blade Pro 17.
What does it have to offer? Well, the good news is that if you’re looking for a larger 17-inch version of the recent Razer Blade 15 update, this is exactly what this is.
This year’s Razer Blade 17 offers some updated hardware options, including an 8-core i7-10785H processor, which supports a turbo boost frequency of 5.1Ghz. Each model also comes standard with 16GB of RAM, which is upgradable to 64GB.
Unlike the Blade 15, there are only three models to choose from, which only include two GPU options. The base model has the same RTX 2070 Max-Q that they offered last year, while the top two tier options have the new RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. See below for the detailed specs and a comparison to the 2019 model.
|2020 Razer Blade 17 Pro||2019 Razer Blade Pro 17|
|Screen||17.3 inch, 300 Hz FHD IPS, 100% sRGB, matte, or
17.3 inch, 120Hz UHD IPS, 100% AdobeRGB, glossy, touch, factory calibrated
|17.3 inch, 144 Hz FHD IPS, 100% sRGB, matte, or
17.3 inch, 120Hz UHD IPS, 100% AdobeRGB, glossy, touch, factory calibrated
|Processor||Intel 10th Gen Core i7-10875H CPU, octa-core 2.3 GHz (5.1 GHz boost)||Intel 9th Gen Core i7-9750H CPU, hexa-core 2.6 GHz (4.5 GHz boost)|
|Video||Intel UHD and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM||Intel UHD and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM|
|Memory||2× DIMMs, DDR4 2993 MHz||2x DIMMs, DDR4 2666 MHz|
|Storage||dual M.2 slots||dual M.2 slots (ships with Samsung PM981 drive)|
|Connectivity||Intel Wireless AX200, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit LAN||Intel Wireless AX200, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit LAN|
|Ports||3x USB-A 3.2 gen2, 2x USB-C (1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x 3.2), HDMI 2.0, LAN, SD card reader, mic/earphone, Kensington Lock||3x USB-A 3.1 gen2, 2x USB-C (1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x 3.2), HDMI 2.0, LAN, SD card reader, mic/earphone, Kensington Lock|
|Battery||70.5 Wh, 230 W charger, USB-C charging up to 100W||70.5 Wh, 230 W charger, USB-C charging up to 65W|
|Size||395 mm or 15.55” (w) x 260 mm or 10.24” (d) x 19.9 mm or .78” (h)||395 mm or 15.55” (w) x 260 mm or 10.24” (d) x 19.9 mm or .78” (h)|
|Weight||from 2.75 kg (6.06 lbs)||from 2.75 kg (6.06 lbs)|
|Extras||redesigned per-key RGB keyboard, glass clickpad, HD Windows Hello webcam, front-facing stereo speakers||per-key RGB keyboard, glass clickpad, HD Windows Hello webcam, front-facing stereo speakers|
Update: Here are our thoughts on the 2023 Razer Blade 18 and Blade 16 updates, which are larger and heavier, but also significantly more powerful. Over here you’ll find our detailed review of the Razer Blade 18 lineup.
The other major option between models is the screen. The 2070 MQ and cheaper 2080 Super models both get a 17.3” 300Hz FHD screen. The top model also gets a 120Hz 4k screen, which is intended for creators as it’s also full gamut. Personally, I find that 4k screen to be VERY appealing as I have always liked 17” 4k screens in the past. Trouble is, this model is going to cost you another $600 over the other 2080 Super model, and the only other difference is a 1TB SSD.
Speaking of the SSD, there’s actually an open SSD slot in this version of the Razer Blade Pro, which supports both PCIe and SATA SSDs, up to 2TB in size. Nice touch, as Razer Blades usually only have one slot.
Another nice touch is this refresh of the Razer Blade Pro also gets an updated keyboard, similar to what they did with the 2020 Razer Blade 15 and Stealth. The right shift key is a larger size and the up arrow is no longer located between the shift key and the question mark key. If you’ve read my previous reviews, you’d know that was an area I was critical about, as it often led to typing errors.
As far as the IO goes, it’s exactly the same as last year, from what I can tell. The only difference is the USB-C ports now support 20V charging with a USB-C charger. There’s still an SD card reader, ethernet and a wide array of USB ports on both sides.
The webcam is also the same and still supports Windows Hello. The trackpad, thankfully, is also the exact same as before. Both of these features worked just fine before and didn’t need any updating.
On paper, The Razer Blade Pro 17 sounds like a great machine to buy. You’re getting all the features that are offered in the Razer Blade 15, but in a 17” package. And that 17” package is in a chassis that pretty much is the size of 15” laptops of a couple of years ago. My thoughts are that most content creating professionals will prefer this model, especially those that are conscious about having a lot of screen real estate.
I still have to run some tests to see how this performs, but if it’s anything like last year, I’ll probably be recommending it to anyone interested in a portable, yet powerful 17 incher. The only hangup I have so far is the cost. The base model starts at $2600, which includes a 2019-generation 2070 Max-Q GPU. That price is the same as the RTX 2070 Super version of the Razer Blade 15, so consider that.
The 2080 Super model jumps to $3200, which is $200 more than a similar specced Razer Blade 15 and with a smaller SSD. The top of the line RB17 with the 4k touchscreen is going to set you back a whopping $3800! I’m not sure if it’s worth that price, but hopefully I can get my hands on a review sample and let you know.
I do wish there would have been a 2060 model though, as I think that would have been a nice low price option to have, especially with the new Dell XPS 17 coming out. But perhaps Razer decided to omit this model option due to lack of sales in the previous years.
Either model you choose, you’re paying a small premium over the Razer Blade 15 models, so it’s really going to come down to what size laptop you really want and if you think it’s worth the extra money. If Razer is your brand that is. There is other 17” competition out there though, such as the Asus Zephyrus S17, Gigabyte Aero 17 or MSI GS75 Stealth, and you’ll probably be considering those options as many of them are far less expensive. Razer usually shines in the design and build quality, as their unibody casing tends to feel more premium than other brands.
Also keep in mind that even though the cost is higher, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re immune to potential QC issues. As with most brands, there are still numerous complaints from customers on varying issues such as loose keys, rattling fans, overheating and screen bleed. Now of course some of these issues might just be inherent to the technology, but it’s important to be aware that they exist.
So that pretty much sums up what Razer is offering with the new Razer Blade Pro 17. Hopefully, I’ll be getting a review sample soon so I can put it through some performance tests. In the meantime, I’d like to hear what you all think. Are any of these models something you’re interested in? Let me know in the comments section below.
May 26, 2020 at 4:20 pm
Interesting. I'm keen for a comparison between this and the Zephyrus S (15 and 17 versions).
June 13, 2020 at 12:02 pm
I am very interested in this laptop but I would like to see a comparison with the asus zephyrus s15 taking into account that both have practically the same wh and I plan to buy one very soon. I am slightly more interested in the blade due to its design but I´m concerned that it will break.
June 13, 2020 at 1:46 pm
I actually have a review unit for the Razer blade 17 now and should have a full review in the next couple weeks. But the comparison you want is the Razer blade 15 I think. Or the zephyrus s17. This model Razer blade is 17 inches.
June 15, 2020 at 9:21 am
I am interested in the asus zephyrus s15 and the razer blade pro 17 as their value difference is just of $200 and they have the same specs (rtx 2080 super, i7-10875). I have been researching these laptops for some time and I like them both a lot although slightly I like the razer better but I have seen many complaints. I would like to know your experience with your razer if you have had any problems because the truth that I´m afraid to invest $3200 and that in a short time it will break. I am a student but I also like to play and edit photos. If you were which one would you choose and why(pros and cons could help too)? I would really appreciate it if you help me.
June 16, 2020 at 2:32 am
For personal use I have the Razer Blade 15, not 17. I've been using it daily for about 15 months now and haven't had any issues that were hardware related. I even dropped it and it took a hard hit on the corner, but it's been fine. I can't speak to the complaints you saw, but I could totally believe them. Razer is not immune to quality control issues, so there' always a chance that you'll get a unit with some sort of issue, out of the box. My advice would be to inspect everything once you get it. I always think back to my first Razer Blade Stealth where I had to go through three units before getting a working model. Luckily their exchange policy is responsible and they did what they could to make things right, but it still wasted time. FWIW, if you have issues, try to do it within the return policy of your store you bought it from.
As for Asus? I can't speak for recently but in the past they have been just as bad with quality control. I very much dislike their exchange policy as I felt it took forever just to get a diagnosis on the unit I sent in, let alone a replacement. That was 7 years ago though so they might be much better now. For sure look at recent complaints and compare.
As for the laptops, they both are good buys. I didn't have the Zephyrus in person, Andrei did, but I read his review and it looks great. And the Razer Blade 17 I have in hand right now is pretty good so far. I still have a lot of testing to do, but I think my review will be very favorable. It's pretty much just like the Razer Blade 17 I reviewed last year, with some improvements to both the screen and keyboard.
June 20, 2020 at 10:11 am
I know it can be confusing to compare a 15-inch vs a 17-inch laptop but I hate the keyboard layout of the zephyrus s17 that's why my priority is on the s15 and I was impressed by its performance in the review tests you recently did. So I wanted to know the difference of these 2 in terms of performance and quality in general.
I have never had one of these machines and I appreciate your great contribution. I am aware that a laptop can be one of the few unfortunate to have a defect like any other product and that is why I am very interested in the assistance policy of these companies as you mentioned.
But I will be pending the review of the RB pro 17.
June 20, 2020 at 10:52 am
Hi bro, I forgot to miss a great favor now that you are reviewing the razer blade pro 17 i would like to see a review with lightroom 75 from raw to jpgs export, photoshop Benchmark, Premier pro CC Benchmark, sample 4k project.
Thank you so much.
June 20, 2020 at 11:07 am
That is not part of our review suite at the moment