Razer’s slim-but-large laptop is the latest 17-inch model to target creative pros.
Laptops for Digital Arts readers are getting bigger it seems. Not much physically bigger – but adding larger screens to relatively small, light chassis. Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro began this trend last year – though it only added .4 inches above your average 15.6-inch laptop – but recently Dell resurrected the XPS 17 as its flagship creative laptop.
Razer’s newly updated Razer Blade Pro 17 isn’t much larger than the XPS 17 – 0.78 x 10.24 x 15.5 inches to the XPS 17’s 0.77 x 14.74 x 9.76 inches – and also feature’s Intel’s latest 10th-gen procesors.
For creative pros there’s a model with a 4K, 120Hz screen option with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, a higher 400 nits screen with a 3,840 x 1,080 resolution and 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut, and 1TB PCIe NVMe storage for £3,799/US$3,799.
There’s also a model for gamers with a 300Hz refresh rate 1080p display. The laptop has Intel’s latest tenth-gen Core i7-10875H processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070 or 2080 Max Q for £/$2,599 and £/$3,199 respectively.
The display has a 1920x1080 resolution with 300 nits of brightness and covers 100% of the sRGB colour spectrum.
All models come with 16GB of dual channel DDR4 RAM that you can spec up to 64GB if your demands require it. So yes, this is a serious machine aimed at gamers, designers and game developers.
For a 17in monster there is also no shortage of ports, with Thunderbolt 3, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C, HDMI 2.0b and an SD card slot. You probably won’t need to buy any dongles.
Like 2019’s model there’s a vapour chamber cooling system. Features like this ensure that the laptop is not exactly the definition of portable as they add substantial weight in addition to the chassis’ large size. That said, at least it’s possible to cart it around unlike similarly-specced desktops.