It's that time again, time for Razer to refresh their Blade Series lineup with the Razer Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 for 2019. This time they're bringing newer higher refresh rate panels to the lineup, new 9th Generation Intel Core Series CPUs, and RTX 20 Series graphic cards across the board. The Razer Blade series has come quite a ways and continues to improve on features while maintaining a very elegant design package with their machined aluminum bodies and very slim profile, offering a great mix of work and play for a very well rounded higher end gaming laptop experience.
Razer Blade 15
The Razer Blade 15 (15.6' screen) gets a nice boost in productivity over the previous base model base model now sporting a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H 6 core CPU. The GPU has been pumped up from the GTX 1060 and is now featuring the GeForce RTX 2060 along with a much more exciting 144Hz 1080p color calibrated panel. For those who have gamed or worked on a 144Hz panel will understand the significance of such a move. Storage comes in the form of a 512GB NVMe along with an empty 2.5" slot for mass storage if needed and comes with 16GB of DDR4 Dual-Channel 2667MHz that is expandable to 32GB.
Of course the Razer Blade 15 Advanced is still a thing and it gets some feature improvements as well. The CPU remains the same, but that's nothing to complain about really, and the GPU gets pumped to either a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q or a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. You get two options when it comes to display panels on the Advanced model in the form of either a 240Hz 1080p panel or a OLED 4K Touch 60Hz panel. While I personally would lean on the 240Hz panel at 1080p for maximum performance after seeing the 4K OLED at CES earlier this year it would be pretty tempting. Storage comes in the form of a 256GB or 512GB NVMe but does not have an empty 2.5" slot and comes with 16GB of DDR4 Dual-Channel 2667MHz that is expandable to 64GB.
“The Razer Blade 15 is the perfect companion for hardcore gamers and power users,” says Razer Co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “Now we’re packing even more performance in the same slim form factor to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding gamers, esports athletes and content creators.”
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
Base Model - $1,999 USD; Advanced Model from $2,399 USD
Razer.com – April 24th 2019 in the US & Canada, May 2019 for additional markets & channels
Razer Blade Pro 17
The Razer Blade Pro 17 is the big daddy of Razer's lineup but without being a monstrosity to lug around. The Blade Pro 17 gets the same 9th Gen Core i7-9750H treatment as the Blade 15 but rather than having a base and advanced model it is just one line with options for upgrades. Those upgrades are mostly in the form of which GPU you want which include the GeForce RTX 2060, the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, and the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.
Display configuration is easy to decide on with the Blade Pro 17 as there is only one, the 144Hz 17.3" 1080p panel with an insane 6mm bezel. This allows the panel to be easily read and the overall size of the chassis to be kept to a minimum making it a fairly compact 17" class notebook.
Storage comes standard with a 512GB NVMe drive that can be upgraded to a 2TB SSD for those who need more storage. There is also an open M.2 Slot that supports PCIe and SATA SSDs to further expand your non-spinning storage desires. Memory comes in the standard 16GB DDR4 Dual-Channel 2667MHz but can be upgraded to 64GB.
“The new Blade Pro is the most powerful and versatile Razer laptop ever, capable of replacing the most powerful desktop computers,” says Razer’s Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “It is the perfect laptop for gamers who demand a large display, an insane amount of connectivity options, and excellent performance with no room for compromise.”
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Starting at $2,499 USD/ €2,699.99
The new Razer Blade Pro 17 will be available in May 2019 from Razer.com and select retailers in
the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and China.