The Razor Blade Pro has long been one of the more mature laptops on the market, and it evades heavy-duty RGB and space-age décor to look as simple as an office home. The 2020 update for the Razer Blade Pro 17 ($ 2599 to start, $ 3199 as tested) continues the Blade line’s trend of offering sleek visual appeal and slim form factor, this time in the laptop’s imagination Adding new CPU and GPU options. The Intel Core i7-10875H processor and optional Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card give it respectable gaming performance due to its small size, although it only offers a moderate amount of storage unless you pay for 4K displays Don’t.
This time, there are some new tricks including a 300 Hz display, which we are starting to see on some of the best gaming laptops, along with a redesigned keyboard with a more appropriate design. However, unless you buy the top-of-the-line model, you are only stuck with 512GB of storage (until you upgrade).
Razor Blade Pro 17 Design
The Razor Blade Pro 17 maintains the sleek and professional look of the laptop’s Blade line, with the only features that make it the thinnest and brightest apart, the green details on the USB port and a green python logo on the back . In addition to these features, the Blade Pro comes in an empty matte black metal case that feels durability to the touch. The fan of the laptop is completely confined to its bottom.
Unlocking the Razer Blade Pro 17 keeps the aesthetic to a minimum. There’s a bit of frills to talk about here, with stereo speakers and a full RGB keyboard for each key, the only deviation from the obelisk look. To maintain this aesthetic, the PC power button is hidden between the appropriate speaker grilles. This year’s Blade Pro 17 has a redesigned hinge with air vents just below the screen, but even this does not intrude the design, as holes are not visible when using the laptop.
The Razer Blade Pro 17 ports are spread evenly to the left and right of the laptop. On the left side are two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C port, an RJ-45 Ethernet port and a 3.5 mm headphone and microphone. It also operates at home for charging connections.
On the right side is an additional USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A port, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0B and a UHS-III SD card reader. It also has a lock slot for Kensington laptops.
Razor announced the Blade Pro 17 as a very portable device, due to its 15.6 x 10.2 x 0.8 inch dimensions. This makes it much smaller than other powerful gaming consoles such as the Asus ROG Streaks Scar 17 G732, which comes in 15.7 x 11.05 x 1 inch and the Alienware M17 R3, which is 15.7 x 11.690.9 inches. However, it still has strong competition from other slim laptops such as the MSI GS66 Stealth, which is 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches, despite being a 15-inch laptop.
Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming Performance
We reviewed the Razor Blade Pro 17 console that it compromises some of its power for its slim size, but it is still powerful enough to compete with other dedicated gaming laptops. Thanks to the Intel Core i7-10875H processor (it’s the same on all configurations, see below) and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU. It has 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD, which looks insignificant given the price.
The RTX GPU stands for ray tracing support, so I started testing on the Blade Pro by running controls at 1080p high settings for about half an hour. Without turning on ray tracing, it kept 80 frames per second constant regardless of the level of activity on the screen. Turning on the high beam tracing preset drops it to a range of 40–50 fps depending on the number of effects encountered on the screen.
Following the benchmark, the Razer Blade Pro 17 typically falls into the middle of the package when facing other gaming devices. This means that its performance figures were generally lower than the Asus ROG Streak Scar17 G732 and Alienware M17R3 gaming laptops, both featuring a Core i9-10980HK processor, a full-size RTX 2080 Super GPU and 32 GB has DDR4 memory. However, the Pro MSI GS66 defeats another thin computer that uses stealth, a Core i7-10750H CPU, RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU, and 32GB DDR4 RAM.
Not all games show the same contrast, though Blade Pro actually beat Elinware in Tomb Raider’s standard Shadow (1920 x 1080, top), if only by frame. Here, it averaged 75 fps, while Alienware averaged 74 fps. At the same time, Asus ranked first at 86 fps, while MSI speeds were slower at 66 fps.
Razor Blade Pro 17 Productivity Performance
Thanks to the simple design and slim form factor, the Razer Blade Pro 17 looks almost equally well at home in both a gaming and office fighting setup. Even though some of them were packing more powerful Core i9 processors, its competitors improved its productivity.
The overall powerful specifications of the Blade Pro 17 mean that it can easily browse 30 Chrome tabs, including three YouTube FHD videos and twitch streams 1080p @ 60 fps without suffering buffering or long page load times. But her issues became apparent with more severe testing.
In our Geekbench 5.0 benchmark, the Blade Pro 17 scored just 5,776 points, versus the Asus ROG Streak Scar 17 G732 and Alienware M17 R3 with 7,579 points. High performance of the Intel Core i9-10980HK CPU is expected, but even the Core-i7 MSI GS66 Stealth scored higher than the Blade Pro, scoring 6,238.