Razer has announced an upgrade to the Blade 17, which includes a 1080p webcam, improved performance, and several other small changes that make it a competitor among the best gaming laptops you can buy.
The Razer Blade 17 can sometimes feel like the forgotten little kid of the Razer Blade line. It often receives late upgrades and doesn’t offer anything materially different from the 15in the model other than its larger screen.
But in its latest upgrade, the Razer Blade 17 receives a few improvements that improve gaming significantly, including the inclusion of the 1080p webcam, Intel Core i9 processor, and improved graphics performance.
From the outside, the Razer Blade 17 remains unchanged. It still has a 17-inch screen with plenty of display options, from 1080p 360Hz to 4K 120Hz. The main difference in performance comes from the new processor and graphics improvements.
The Razer Blade 17 offers up to an 11th generation Intel Core i9 processor, which is what is currently available on the Razer Blade 15. The Core i9 guarantees the best possible performance for gaming, but also content creation. It might no longer qualify as a “Pro” laptop, but many creative professionals might be interested, especially in the bright, color-accurate 4K models. It should be noted that the processor option is the Core i9-11900H, not the Core i9-11980HK.
The Razer Blade 17 still offers an RTX 3080 on the graphics side, but the system can now send 130 watts of TGP to the graphics card. This is an increase over the 105 watts of TDP from older models. That should offer a nice boost in graphics performance, even over the 95 watts offered in the Razer Blade 15.
Focus on the webcam of New Razer Blade 17
The webcam is the other big feature of it. Again, like on the Razer Blade 15 which was updated earlier this year, you now have a 1080p webcam that fits perfectly into the top bezel.
Other new features include some improvements that were recently made to the Razer Blade 15. These include an anti-fingerprint coating, quad speakers, THX spatial sound, and a better trackpad with better palm rejection.
It starts at $ 2,699.99, with a 1440p 165Hz non-touch screen, RTX 3060, 16GB of RAM, a Core i7 processor, and a 1TB PCIe hard drive. The RTX Model 3080 starts at $ 3,699.99, with a 1080p 360Hz display. You’ll have to shell out the whopping $ 4,199.99 if you want the ultimate setup with the 4K 120Hz display, the RTX 3080, and the Core i9-11900H processor.