2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 Review

by birtanpublished on November 6, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and this is the 2020 edition of the razer blade pro 17. i don't know why they call it pro 17 there's not a not pro 17 but anyway it's a refresh of an existing laptop but they've done a couple of things not surprisingly we now intel 10th generation cpus and they're using the higher end core i7 that is eight cores and 16 threads assuring that's nice also we have nvidia rtx supercards rtx 2080 super max q as a matter of fact so the the super gets you 10 or 15 percent improvement in performance and then that

Kind of offsets the max cuteness of it also there's a redesign hinge that allows for more airflow on the back of the laptop very important thing and as ever beautiful anodized black aluminum unibody build the nicest looking gaming laptop on the block with the price tag to match we're going to look at it now aha there's one more thing that i left out and that's the fact that we have new display option which is the 300 hertz refresh rate display yes that's kind of overkill when you're

Going to get those frame rates in the game and do you need 300 frames per second i don't know but it's there and it's pretty amazing and that's a full hd display that is matte ips and it's non-touch and for those of you who are content creators or say look man i got all this horsepower in my laptop i want a game at higher resolution than full hd especially because you're talking a 17 inch screen you can take advantage of that well there is the 4k display with wide

Color gamut 100 of adobe rgb also calibrated the factory and they do a pretty good job that one's glossy so you'll get a bit of glare and it is a touch screen too so that's nice but wait there's more it's 120 hertz refresh rate so far when we've seen 4k displays they are stuck at 60hz so for those of you who want to have those higher frame rates for games and 120 hertz is pretty good because you're getting maybe 100 120 frames in a game and you want to see that maybe well you got

It here so that's nice that's the option we have it's not a cheap option though and this is non-cheap laptop you probably know that already razor blade laptops are premium they are not cheap you do get a lot for your money so that helps but the cheapest model is 2600 that gets you the full hd 300 hertz display and nvidia rtx 2070 graphics so if you go up and you spend 3 200 then you get the rtx 2080 max q super edition so the faster

One still the 300 hertz full hd display and our model which has that rtx 2080 super max q and the 4k 120 hertz ips wide gamut display is a uh makes my eyes bleed 3 800 but it's there for you and if you got the money and the desire for it all of them are going to have the same cpu which is intel core i7 8 core 10th generation 45 watts cpu so 8 cores ba go that it's good performer you're looking at equivalent of the core i9 from the previous generation basically so

Hard to argue with that you get vapor chamber cooling same cooling regardless of which skew you get on this sort of thing you get 16 gigs of ddr4 ram supporting xmp it has two slots so you can upgrade that yourself they don't actually offer it a pre-upgraded from the factory but it's very easy to take off the bottom cover on this if you have a torx screwdriver and put in whatever memory you want it has two m.2 ssd slots supporting nvme and the two more affordable models have a 512 gig nvme ssd and the most

Expensive one that we have has at one terabyte we have intel wi-fi six on boards ax201 card that's a good thing and we have the usual razer chroma perky rgb backlit keyboard and with the secondary keys now lit so like your multimedia keys and stuff you can see those in the dark now also you have stereo speakers and you know it used to be gaming laptops had really good speakers and not so much anymore this one has good speakers man they are loud loud loud at 50

Volume they will fill a room and they're pretty full too you get some bass on them so that's nice for those of you who don't always wear headphones when you game speaking of the speakers if the laptop is so noisy you have to wear headphones anyway it hardly matters right unless you're watching movies when still that's cool to have good speakers but the good news is here that the cooling is very effective as before they're still using four fans the two major fans that you would use for the cpu and gpu at the rear the bigger

Ones and two towards the palm rest area to keep the battery cool so it doesn't swell and bulge in to keep the ssds cool and those are smaller fans and we got that vapor chamber cooling all this adds up to a laptop that doesn't get so loud that it drowns out the speakers this is good for a gaming laptop especially a thin one where thermals are usually constrained they have effective cooling here happy to see that and the core temperatures when gaming were also quite

Good so they have it's pretty easy simple way of tuning it with the razer software and you can just choose to boost the cpu or the gpu or both so we did see a difference in fact say geekbench which is a cpu test if we ran it and we boosted the cpu the score was noticeably better and really very good class leading for this processor likewise we use the gpu boost but not the cpu boost when doing most of our 3d benchmarks

Very effective even if you're using boost on both of those which we did for our gaming tests it doesn't get that loud by gaming laptop standards which means yes you will hear the fans it's a gaming laptop but it's not going to scream and fill the room the way sorry but the alienware m17 does core temperatures were actually fairly good on this too again impressive because it's slim so hopefully you're getting what you're paying for here with a good thermal design

So core temperatures on this really we didn't see hardly any throttling at all i even went and did things like testing battlefield 5 at 4k resolution which is a bit daring still for mobile processor and mobile cpu and it can handle it now if you want 60 frames per second instead of 45 to 50 well then you're going to drop it to 2k resolution we ran those tests still did great thermals were ok if you want to just use it for everyday productivity you'll leave it on the balanced

Setting and you really won't hear the fans much so they won't be intrusive if you're using it for 3d rendering again you'll probably boost it depends on the pack package you're using software whether you need cpu or gpu based rendering there but you'll hear the fans then but not egregious in terms of the actual heat it doesn't get burning hot to the touch and we're in texas and it's getting on summer now so typically things get toasty here but like i said the surface temperatures oh they'll get warm but they're not going

To burn you or anything like that but it does it let me tell you it radiates heat effectively out of the ventilation system here it creates a zone of warmth around it is the only way i can describe it i had this set up in kind of a nook area of the house and that whole two and a half to three foot zone there you could feel the warmth from it so if you live in a northern climate you're probably like i could live with that but keep it in mind especially in the summertime so yes it effectively

Radiates heat but yes it radiates heat when it comes to the display we have the 4k 120hz ips wide gamut display and you're not kidding our colorimeter measured it at complete adobe rgb coverage so this is for content creators and also just for those who really like a really good looking display it's great if you're watching movies it's obviously fantastic if you're creating content especially cinematic content or content for print which requires the wider gamut it's joyous the only thing and it does

Have glare it is a glossy display because it's also a touch screen if you like touch then that's a good thing if you like the look of a glossy display and the sense of looking in the black looking a little deeper you'll be happy with that the 300 hertz display is matte i like this display just as well as the gigabyte arrow 17 hdr which has also the same wide gamut display but that one is matte and non-touch so no touch but matte means no glare anyway it's a

Really nice looking display i would love to have this laptop just to enjoy watching movies on this and games really i saw some details in far cry new dawn in the benchmark scene where you can see the kind of pinkish red characters written on the side of a characters like that i really didn't see before so there are reasons to have a wide gamut display when playing games too the keyboard is well it's the same as the last generation which is a great razer chroma rgb per key programmable

Backlighting the back lighting is a bit less pwm now which i appreciate because the old keyboard looked to strobe a little bit to me i i don't like the keyboard a whole lot it's not hideous or weird or like a butterfly keyboard but there's not much travel and tactile feel it might be anti-ghosting and all that sort of thing but if you spend a lot of time typing you're probably not going to adore the keyboard it's got a microsoft precision trackpad and that works just fine that's good times there

It has a 720p webcam and a windows hello ir camera that's nice to see that we're finding biometrics on razer laptops 720p webcam is you know average okay you're not going to use that if you're like a famous twitcher are you going to get something better for them so compared to the high end competition i suppose you could look at the alienware area 51m which gets to be equally as expensive that has a desktop cpu inside so that's kind of a plus there's that gigabyte aero 17 hdr that we reviewed that i mentioned too

I like that gigabyte a lot actually and for those of you again who prefer matte display still wide gamut it's very nice i like the keyboard better it doesn't look as classy as the razer blade it doesn't have the aluminum unibody chic thing going on and looks count for a lot of people but that's a strong offering too but equally as expensive pretty much uh with when it comes to alienware you know they have some lessons to learn from razer these days this razor is very easy to open up

Replace the cpu and gpu if you want upgrade the internals with alienware they're still putting in extra plastic baffles supposedly for rigidity inside that just make it so hard to get to some of the stuff that's inside of it and now alienware is soldering their ram in and the casing is kind of boy eraser looks like plastic and has graphics on it and stuff i mean no offense to you folks who like the alienware look but this one just kind of says i'm worth that much money when it comes to just

Looking at it so i think that's still one of the biggest selling point for razers honestly is the looks and the build quality and they've got it together with the quality control and all that battery life on this it has a 70.5 watt hour battery comes with a 230 watt charger regardless of which of the variation models that you pick and it has an option actually in the razer software that you can set it to either run always on dedicated graphics which typically gets you better frame rates

For whatever reason or you can have it on nvidia optimus switchable graphics so i'll switch to integrated graphics we run our battery life tests on switchable graphics because done that's going to have better battery life that's not a super huge battery given the power in this laptop and it's about a five five and a half hour laptop you could push it to six if you're doing really light work that sort of thing it depends on where you set the display brightness especially if you have this 4k display which gets

Inordinately bright i mean they claim 400 nits for it but we measured it at 478. i mean the ports on this are the same as the last generation and they're good you have two thunderbolt 3 ports yes you can use razer's egpu on this or any egpu you want really three usb a 3.2 ports you've got hdmi 2.0 b gigabit ethernet and a uh s3 sd card slot all righty to get inside it's easy enough you just have torx t5 screws they're all visible you can see where they are by the way you can see how

Raised the rear rubber stanchion is here or foot so that it gets adequate ventilation hint there don't play games on top of a comforter and strangle the poor thing you can see the fan grills here for the two little fans in the front and the two larger fans here and inside there we go one very large vapor chamber heatsink cooling but it's also very easy to remove you can see the screws here it's not a problem if you want to re-paste it you can go ahead and knock yourself out and do that

Our two fans for the cpu and gpu are ssd this is a light on brand one terabyte that we have in ours you saw the benchmark speeds they were good and we have a second slot right over here so if you want to expand it yourself and add a second drive you can do that we have two ram slots yay so 64 gigs of ram would be the maximum currently available and you have to upgrade that yourself like i said razer doesn't sell it up pre-upgraded and there's the intel wi-fi card

Socketed so you can upgrade it the battery the interesting design where it flanks and is bridged around the fans over here so these are the two front fans it helps create an airflow pattern so air goes through the device front to rear and well clearly it's pretty effective so that's the razer blade pro 17 the 2020 model intel 10th generation cpus and the nvidia super graphics card option going on so sure it is the nicest looking gaming

Laptop you're going to find the build quality on this it's really nice so this is still the black macbook pro for those who don't want to use mac os and want to have well serious game action going on and also 3d rendering which isn't so much the strong point of mac os as an ecosystem it is expensive but you know what they're competitors out there that cost just as much like the gigabyte aero 17 hdr that i mentioned which is a great laptop but it's just

As expensive so you get what you pay for we hope and in this case i would say you do i'm lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and hit the notification bell so you know about them

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