This week, Razer unveiled the latest iteration of its powerful Blade 17 laptop, which is packed with some significant updates. Fitted with a new CPU, faster GPU and faster storage, the Blade 17 looks like a strong option for creators seeking a video-editing laptop.
The Blade 17 achieves higher performance levels
The new Razer Blade 17 comes with the Intel Core H-Series i9-11900H processor — which features eight cores and 16 threads. In addition, its 2.5Ghz CPU clocks in with a max turbo frequency of up to 4.90GHz, allowing for better performance when multitasking. This is a significant upgrade that positions the Blade 17 as the highest performing Blade laptop to date.
Also, the laptop now features a total graphics power of 130 watts (previously 95 watts with the Blade 15 Advanced) and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU. However, there are other GPU configurations you can pick from (a 3060 and 3070 model).
Faster storage on the Blade 17
The Blade’s RAM and storage drives are both upgradeable, so if you need to increase either metric, you can do so relatively easily. It comes with a TB PCIe NVME drive and an additional M.2 slot (expanding the storage). Additionally, it offers 32GB of RAM and its motherboard supports up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.
Razer’s offering a couple of display options: a 1440p display with a 165Hz refresh rate, a 1080p display with a 360Hz refresh and a 4K touchscreen display with just 120Hz. Consumers often gravitate towards the 1440p display — being the median choice with both a decent resolution and refresh rate.
The Blade 17 also features an anti-fingerprint coating and an upgraded 1080p webcam with Windows Hello. Additionally, it now has two speakers instead of one.
The new Razer Blade 17 laptop is out today, starting at $2,400.
It’s also worth mentioning Razer announced a new version of its Blade 15. Though the Blade 15’s 2021 model update isn’t as significant as the Razer 17, it still got a performance boost and a larger storage capacity. It looks like a solid alternative for creators wanting a more affordable option in the Razer lineup.