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Razer Blade Pro 17 review (2019 model – i7-9750H, RTX 2060)

Razer Blade Professional 17 evaluate (2019 mannequin – i7-9750H, RTX 2060)

Now that’s I’ve reviewed each the Razer Blade 15 and the Stealth, I figured I’d full the spectrum and check out the up to date Razer Blade Professional 17.  Razer was beneficiant sufficient to lend me a 2060 model of the Blade Professional 2019, so I may take it for a spin.

Total, it’s precisely what I used to be anticipating – It’s a 17” model of the Razer Blade 15, which I already personal and love.  There are a few further options which can be good, however there are additionally a few minor drawbacks.  You actually can’t go incorrect with both, however in case you’re having hassle selecting between the 2, you’ll wish to learn this text and see my comparability on the finish.

Specs as reviewed

Razer Blade Professional 17 2019
Display 17.Three inch, 1920 x 1080 px, TFT, 144 Hz, matte, AU Optronics – B173HAN04.zero
Processor Intel 9th Gen Espresso Lake i7-9750H CPU, hexa-core 2.6 GHz (Four.5 GHz enhance)
Video Intel HD 630 and NVIDIA GeForce 2060
Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4 2667Mhz (2×eight GB DIMMs)
Storage 512 GB M.2 NVMe (Samsung PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ)
Connectivity Intel Wi-fi AX200, Bluetooth 5.zero
Ports 3x USB-A Three.2 gen2, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt Three, HDMI 2.zero, Lan, SD card reader, headphone/mic
Battery 70.5 Wh, 230 W charger
Dimension 395 mm or 15.55” (w) x 260 mm or 10.24” (d) x 19.9 mm or .78” (h)
Weight 2.75 kg (6.06 lbs)
Extras individually lit RGB keyboard, massive clickpad, HD Home windows hey webcam, stereo audio system, SD card reader

Design and first look

The general design of the Razer Blade Professional is nothing however stellar.  It’s very reminiscent to the Razer Blade 15, solely bigger.  It’s undoubtedly just a little heftier than the RB15, nevertheless it doesn’t “really feel” like a 17” pocket book.  In actual fact, it feels extra just like the older 15” notebooks from only a few years in the past.

The construct high quality feels according to just about all the opposite Razer Blades I’ve ever dealt with.  The palm relaxation is machined from a single piece of aluminum and is anodized black to a matte end.  The underside and lid are additionally comprised of the identical sort of steel.  The whole development is assembled properly and appears uniform, all through the design.

The extent of construct high quality is clear within the dealing with of this laptop computer.  I can maintain it one-handed from any nook or edge and expertise little to no flex.  When carrying it round, I by no means really feel like I’ve to be too mild with it.  The lid can also be very sturdy, each open and closed.

Weighing in at 6lbs, this Blade Professional 17 is in no way a light-weight laptop computer, however general, I’m pleased with the burden, because it’s nowhere close to as heavy as most different 17” laptops I’ve ever dealt with.  It’s a full 1.5lbs lighter than the earlier Razer Blade Professional.  Sure, there are lighter 17” choices accessible (MSI GS75, for instance), however none have the identical stage of construct high quality.

Onto the precise design.  On the lid, it’s as plain as could be – apart from the massive glowing inexperienced Razer emblem within the heart.  The lid is completely flat and the corners are extra pronounced on this design than they’ve been prior to now.

I actually want Razer would simply cast off this emblem and simply undertake the embossed appear to be what they confirmed me with the Razer Blade Stealth.  Glowing logos have been kinda cool 10 years in the past, however I a lot want one thing extra delicate.  In the event that they insist on making it glow, maybe make the default colour one thing that isn’t inexperienced.  Both approach, in case you hate it, it’s completely straightforward to cowl with a Dbrand pores and skin or one thing (like I did with my very own Blade 15).

Lifting the lid is feasible with one finger, nevertheless it takes about 5 lbs of drive to take action, thus you’ll in all probability use two fingers more often than not.

Beneath the lid is identical keyboard and trackpad as on the Razer Blade 15 (extra on these later) and two front-facing audio system on each side of the keyboard.  Above all that’s the 17.Three” FHD display screen, with some fairly small bezels. I’m so glad Razer was capable of replace all their laptops with these small bezels as a result of it actually makes a distinction.  This laptop computer, for instance, feels just like the older 15” laptops from only a few years in the past.  In actual fact, this mannequin is similar to the MSI GS60, which I used as my day by day driver for quite a few years.

Above the display screen is a really tiny HD webcam.  It’s additionally a Home windows Howdy cam, so that you’ll be capable to use it for face unlock, for faster login choices.  One thing to notice of, the webcam is HD and never FHD just like the one on the earlier Razer Blade Professional.

The back and front edges of the laptop computer provide no IO.  In actual fact, the entrance edge is completely clean, with solely a single LED indicator mild on the right-hand facet.  The rear is reserved for exhaust, which is hidden throughout the hinge. On the right-hand facet, you might have your normal Kensington lock.  There’s additionally a single USB Three.2 Kind A port, and a Thunderbolt Three USB-C.  Should you don’t personal a Thunderbolt Three monitor, there’s additionally a HDMI 2.zero port.  Lastly, there’s a full-sized SD card reader.

On the left facet, there are two extra USB-A ports, in addition to a second Thunderbolt Three USB-C.  Furthest in direction of the consumer is an ordinary headphone/mic combo jack.  Additionally they provide an Ethernet connection as properly.

Furthest to the again, on the left facet, is a proprietary energy jack, which has an rectangular form to it.  It’s reversible, which is nice, however odds are you aren’t going to be utilizing the wire in reverse a lot.  The ability wire that plugs into it’s L formed, so the wire will both feed away from you or immediately in direction of you, relying on the way you join it.

I sometimes hate proprietary connections, however this one is definitely fairly good, because it feels very strong.  I’ve gone by way of my share of damaged energy jacks, from tripped over wires and I don’t see that occuring to this unit.

Total, I’m more than happy with this up to date Blade Professional 17’s design.  There’s actually nothing main to complain about, which is fairly uncommon in my expertise.  If I wasn’t already an proprietor of the smaller 15” mannequin, I’d completely think about using this as my day by day driver.

Keyboard and trackpad

That is the one part the place I really feel I didn’t have to do loads of soul looking out to seek out the suitable phrases to explain.  Fairly actually, that is the very same keyboard and trackpad from the Razer Blade 15.  So if you wish to know the way I really feel about them intimately, I’d prefer to refer you that that article – my emotions haven’t modified.

Briefly, the keyboard is admittedly good, albeit with a wierd keyboard format.  After 5 months, I’ve gotten used to the up arrow location between the shift and ? keys.  I’ve additionally tailored to the brief key journey.  So it was very straightforward for me to adapt to this keyboard, since actually, nothing is totally different about it.

However that does convey up a wierd factor about this laptop computer – Nothing is totally different?  There’s a lot further area, so I might assume they might have improved the format a bit higher.  they didn’t, and I’m guessing it comes all the way down to value causes. On just about each 17” laptop computer, you count on to have a Numpad, however on the Razer Blade Professional, there isn’t one.  For a few of you this can be a deal breaker, however let me let you know that if I’m being really trustworthy, I’m truly actually glad they dropped it.  Right here’s why.

The keyboard is definitely snug to sort on (much more so than the RB15) due to the central location and the massive palm relaxation.  In the event that they included a NumPad, all of the keys would shift to the left, which suggests the trackpad would shift to the left as properly and my left palm would probably be hanging on the sting of the laptop computer.  That is the case with the Razer Blade 15 (as a result of it’s a lot smaller), however not with this bigger pocket book, which is why I truly take pleasure in typing on the Razer Blade Professional higher.

Like I mentioned earlier than, the trackpad is strictly the identical because the Razer Blade 15.  It’s nonetheless one in all my favourite trackpads on a Home windows laptop computer and I’ve practically no complaints about it.  One minor situation I’ve with it’s the shallow clicks, which doesn’t trouble me although, since I want faucets.  The opposite situation is the poor palm rejection out-of-the-box, however as I used to be capable of repair it with a registry entry.

All this mentioned, I’m more than happy with the keyboard and trackpad combo on this Razer Blade Professional.  It’s an enormous enchancment from the earlier mannequin, with the right-handed trackpad and the mechanical keyboard.  Certain, mechanical keyboards are good, however that one was not.


The 2019 Razer Blade Professional will get a matte 17.Three-inch ISP panel with FHD decision and 144 Hz refresh charge. It’s made by AU Optronics, half quantity B173HAN04.zero.  It appears and seems like an ordinary IPS display screen, because the picture is sharp even on the sharpest viewing angles, however you do lose a good bit of the brightness if you get to about 30 levels, in comparison with different implementations on the market.

The max brightness I used to be capable of obtain was 285 nits, which is just a little under common, however adequate for most individuals.  The distinction ratio was nice at 810:1. I’m additionally happy to say that there was little or no backlight bleed on my panel.

I took some measurements on my Spyder4Pro sensor and right here’s what I obtained:

  • Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics – B173HAN04.zero;
  • Protection: 95% sRGB, 68% NTSC, 73% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 394 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 810:1
  • Native white level: 7100 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.35 cd/m2.
  • PWM: No.

Though it’s not the brightest panel, the distribution is fairly good.  With the bare eye, you possibly can’t see any brightness distinction wherever on the panel.

This panel comes calibrated by the manufacturing unit and I used to be capable of confirm that with my Spyder4Pro.  Apart from the white level altering (I calibrate to 6500ok), I couldn’t inform any distinction in colours altering.

One last item to notice is that this panel makes use of Optimus, and GSYNC is disabled.  This is identical as with the Razer Blade 15.  It will have been good to make this a toggle within the bios, nevertheless it’s in all probability for the perfect that they opted for higher battery life.

Total, it is a wonderful panel.  The colours are correct, it has a excessive refresh charge and it’s vibrant sufficient.  The bezels are additionally very small, which is a large plus.  I feel the one factor I may presumably need extra is such a laptop computer could be QHD decision.  At 17”, you begin to actually discover the dearth of pixel density over a 15” panel.

The opposite unlucky factor is that they uncared for their 4k possibility on this mannequin.  It’s sort of unusual too, as a result of that is their “Professional” mannequin content material creators would in all probability have opted for the Full Gamut 4K 60 Hz mannequin like on the final model of the Razer Blade Professional, however I’m assuming Razer is anticipating these people to buy the Razer Blade Studio Version as a substitute.

and efficiency

The Razer Blade Professional comes outfitted with a hexacore i7-9750H processor and 16GB of RAM.  The Ram is available in two 8GB sticks and is upgradable if wanted.  The CPU may be very snappy and most purposes open and function in a short time with this CPU/Ram combo.

Paired with the CPU is an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, because the entry-level possibility, and there are additionally RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 Max-Q variations accessible on different configurations.

The NVMe drive on this mannequin is 512GB and can also be upgradable.  It’s a Samsung PM981 and it’s truly a fairly good drive to have.  See my Crystal disk mark benchmark for the speeds.  There’s an additional M.2 slot on this laptop computer, so you may also add a second M.2 NVMe or SATA drive, if desired.  For the aim of ease of testing, I merely dropped in my drive from the Razer Blade 15.  To my shock, after a few driver updates, the whole lot labored seamlessly.

Upgrading the drive may be very straightforward.  The underside cowl is held in by Torx screws and is definitely eliminated.  As soon as opened, you might have quick access to each M.2 slots and the Ram.

I can’t complain in any respect with the efficiency of this laptop computer with regular daily duties.  The CPU is admittedly overkill for nearly something in addition to video games and really demanding work-loads.  Even batch processing may be very quick, so content material creators could be happy.

I took quite a few artificial benchmarks.  For these exams, I left the fan on Auto and the profile in Synapse was set to max CPU and GPU.  Right here have been my outcomes:

  • 3DMark 11: 17999 (Graphics – 21186, Physics – 12690);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 14750 (Graphics – 16215, Physics – 16484);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6536 (Graphics – 6512, CPU – 6680);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3560
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3926;
  • PCMark 10: 5475 (Necessities 8535, Productiveness 7637, Content material 6835);
  • GeekBench Four.Three.Three 64-bit: Single-Core: 5127, Multi-core: 20128;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 113.29 fps CPU 1248 cb, CPU Single Core 181 cb;
  • CineBench R20: CPU 2765 cb, Single Core 246 cb

That is the primary 2060 laptop computer I’ve examined, so I can solely examine with what Andrei has examined, and others on-line.  From what I see although, these outcomes line up with the competitors fairly properly.

I additionally ran some testing on video games.  All gaming exams have been additionally completed on the Auto fan profile with CPU and GPU settings maxed in Synapse.

Battlefield V (DX 12 OFF, Medium Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF)  81-89 fps
Battlefield V (DX 12 ON, Medium Preset, Ray-Tracing ON)  75-83 fps
Battlefield V (DX 12 On, Medium Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF)  110-125 fps
Battlefield V (DX 12 On, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF)  95-107 fps
Battlefield V (DX 12 On, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF, Synapse in Balanced mode)  80-93 fps
Closing Fantasy XV (High)  67-81 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks Off)  80-102 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On)  70-84 fps

As you possibly can see, this laptop computer handles even AAA titles very properly.  You aren’t maxing out the 144Hz display screen with this GPU, however try to be ready to take action with older titles.  Should you’re in search of extra efficiency although, you possibly can go for the 2070 or 2080 model.

Emissions (noise, warmth), Connectivity and audio system

The cooling system on the Razer Blade Professional makes use of a vapor chamber, much like the one used on the Razer Blade 15.  I took the laptop computer aside to have a look, and as you possibly can see, the vapor chamber just about covers all of the parts that sometimes warmth up.

Flanked on each side of the chamber are two massive followers.  What’s attention-grabbing is that there are additionally two extra followers under the trackpad.  All these followers are intakes and push the air by way of the exhaust vents on the hinge.

As fancy as it’s, you continue to can discover a approach to hit the thermal limits on the CPU.  I reached temps as excessive as 96C on cores 2 and Four and likewise skilled thermal throttling in a pair video games.  Sadly, that is fairly typical for this CPU in a skinny type issue.  The GPU fares higher, because the temps solely hit 73C in all of my testing.

The excellent news is Razer has a fairly easy software to maintain your temperatures below management: Razer Synapse.  Within the efficiency tab, you might have a balanced possibility and a customized possibility, which lets you tweak the CPU and GPU manually.

All of my testing was completed in customized with the CPU and GPU maxed out.  I did this to present the perfect case efficiency and the worst case temperatures, however in case you persist with balanced mode, the efficiency isn’t unhealthy in any respect.  The temperatures are considerably higher too.

In actual fact, the best CPU temperature I obtained in balanced mode was 90C and that was whereas enjoying a fairly demanding AAA title for a protracted interval.  That’s nonetheless excessive, sure, however with most different video games the temperature peaked at 85C.  Extra importantly, common productiveness apps gained’t make the laptop computer unnecessarily scorching on this mode.

You possibly can even enhance temps extra by deciding on customized and switching the CPU setting to low.  I didn’t do a lot on this mode although, because it noticeably affected my efficiency within the video games I used to be testing.

One other good factor concerning the balanced mode is the fan noise is proscribed.  Throughout regular use, I barely hear the followers.  In fact, I stay in Florida and it’s July, so my air con is just about on all day.  However I did make a degree to hear for the followers once I was utilizing it in a quiet room, and I didn’t actually discover something.

I took some measurements throughout my testing.  For reference, the ambient noise ranges are round 26-28dB.  With average use, the followers ramp as much as 38dB at ear stage and about 50dB on the exhaust.  In customized mode, with the CPU maxed, you’re 45dB/52dB with the identical testing.

Throughout heavy gaming, the laptop computer will get considerably louder, with the noise stage hovering round 55-60dB at ear stage and about 65dB on the unit itself.  Once more, if the noise bothers you, you possibly can change the settings in Synapse.  It’s also possible to use Nvidia’s whisper mode, which just about does the identical factor, however this comes at a worth of efficiency although.

I took some readings on the skin of the casing, prime and backside, whereas below regular masses and likewise whereas gaming.  Right here’s what I obtained:

*Every day Use – Netflix clip in EDGE for 30 minutes
*Load – enjoying Battlefield V for about 30+ minutes on extremely FHD settings

I wasn’t stunned in any respect with these readings, as they’re similar to my Razer Blade 15, which has an identical thickness, parts and chassis.  One factor to notice of is the temperatures on the palm relaxation.

They’re fairly common for regular masses, however for the gaming masses, they’re truly fairly good.  I used to be anticipating to get temps about 5C greater than I truly learn.  These followers below the palm relaxation are probably accountable.

For connectivity, the Intel Wifi 6 AX200 module provides us a superb connection to Wifi and Bluetooth 5.zero.  My web connection was maxed out at 480Mbps even whereas 30 ft away from my router.  I didn’t expertise a single drop in connection all the time I used it.  It is a newer Wifi module than within the Razer Blade Stealth or 15, however the efficiency is identical from what I’m seeing – all wonderful.

For audio, there’s an upward going through speaker on either side of the keyboard.  They’re fairly first rate sounding and attain 85 dB on my sound meter.  The sound isn’t as full as I’d like although and the bass is just audible greater than 100Hz.  I feel they might have discovered a approach so as to add a small subwoofer someway.  Nonetheless, these are higher than many different gaming laptops I’ve used and a minimum of they aren’t downward going through.

Above the display screen is a small HD webcam that doubles as a Home windows Howdy webcam.  Like I mentioned earlier than, that is truly a downgrade from the FHD webcam that was within the earlier Razer Blade Professional.  The image and audio are simply okay – not horrible however not nice both.  Low mild graininess may be very obvious. It’s a small bezel although, so Razer clearly was trying to maintain it that approach by limiting the webcam measurement.  At the least face unlock is accessible, which works more often than not.  I do wrestle with face unlock in darkish rooms and with the sub behind my head – the IR blaster simply isn’t robust sufficient to work in these circumstances.

Battery life

This Razer Blade Stealth has an 70.5 Wh battery, an enormous downgrade from the earlier mannequin and even a downgrade from the smaller Razer Blade 15.  What? I suppose Razer determined it was extra essential to have these further followers below the trackpad, as a substitute of getting a bigger battery.  I’m not so certain that was the suitable name.

I did some testing to see how lengthy the battery would final in sure situations.

  • 13.6 W (~5 h 11 min of use)– idle, Finest Battery Mode, display screen at zero%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 21.1 W (~Three h 20 min of use)– textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 18.1 W (~Three h 54 min of use)– 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 17.6 W (~Four h zero min of use)– 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 16.2 W (~Four h 21 min of use)– 4K fullscreen .mkv video within the Film app, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 25.9 W (~2 h 43 min of use)– heavy searching in Chrome, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 56.zero W (~1 h 16 min of use)– Gaming – Witcher Three, Most Efficiency Mode, 60fps, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON. 70.5

These outcomes aren’t all that nice in my view.  Though Optimus is enabled, it’s clear that the 70.5Whr battery isn’t sufficient to present you greater than Three-Four hours of typical use.

Even the element effectivity is totally different than the RB 15, maybe due to the larger display screen and followers.  Throughout the board in all my battery exams, there’s a 5W distinction, which additionally contributes to the poorer battery life.

In the long run, I actually assume Razer ought to have caught with the 99 Whr battery and possibly shrunk these further two booster followers below the trackpad.  I’m probably not certain how helpful these followers contribute to the general thermals, however I’d quite have a hotter palmrest and 1.5 further hours of battery.  Or a minimum of make it non-compulsory like Dell did with their XPS 15.

Value and availability

The Razer Blade Professional is accessible at many retailers, together with Amazon, Newegg and their very own Razer retailer.  There’s just one colour mannequin, nevertheless sooner or later there can be a silver mannequin with their Razer Blade Studio.

There are three graphics card choices for the Razer Blade Professional:  the 2060 model (this mannequin) is listed at $2499.  The 2070 mannequin will value you $2799 and the 2080 model will run you a steep $3199, with each of those later variations being Max-Q.

Throughout the board, you’re a $300 to $500 premium when evaluating to the identical mannequin within the 15” model.  Whether or not or not it’s price the additional value goes to closely rely upon how badly you need the 17” model, as a result of the distinction in inside parts and options is marginal, and even favors the 15-inch variant in some instances.

Blade 15 vs Blade Professional 17

As I acknowledged in the beginning, I needed to incorporate a particular part that compares Razer’s two gaming laptops immediately, as I feel the selection is perhaps a troublesome name for a few of you. To make issues simpler, I’ve gathered my impressions on the 2 in a separated side-by-side article. Should you aren’t deciding between these fashions, be at liberty to skip to my ultimate ideas part.

Closing ideas

To sum up, I actually like the brand new Razer Blade Professional.  Razer has eradicated the issues I hated with the older model (poor keyboard and terrible trackpad location) and located methods to make it so significantly better.

Actually, you’re a 17” gaming expertise crammed into a conventional 15” laptop computer type issue.  The display screen, keyboard and trackpad are all nice.  The laptop computer itself is properly constructed and is definitely fairly transportable contemplating the display screen measurement.

Prefer it’s smaller brother, I can hardly discover issues to complain about.  There nonetheless is the bizarre keyboard format, which I’ve gotten over, I feel.  It additionally will get sort of scorching, however that appears to be the norm with these skinny and lightweight gaming laptops.

The one related criticism I’ve is with the battery measurement.  With a much bigger type issue, I might have anticipated Razer to a minimum of put the identical, if not a much bigger battery in it over the 15” model, particularly for the reason that internals are usually not as environment friendly.

The opposite factor I’d prefer to harp on is the dearth of a full-gamut 4k display screen possibility.  I didn’t actually look after the 17” contact display screen, however skilled content material builders are usually not going to desire a 144Hz FHD display screen with solely 100% sRGB.  They’re going to need choices on the pixel density they usually need extra colours.  Not having this selection is a disgrace – particularly since that is Razer’s Professional mannequin.

However maybe Razer is giving up on this mannequin being for work and play, and is anticipating content material creators to get the upcoming Razer Blade Studio as a substitute.  That gadget reportedly has a 4k full gamut display screen and likewise features a Quadro RTX 5000.  That’s actually one thing I’d be taken with and hopefully, I’ll be capable to evaluate it as properly.

That wraps up my evaluate of the 2019 Razer Blade Professional 17.  I’m joyful to reply questions if I missed one thing.

Along with being a tech fanatic, Derek has a profession as a biomedical engineer. He enjoys taking issues aside, determining how they work and discovering methods to make them higher. His different hobbies embody spending time along with his household, “Do it your self” tasks equivalent to residence automation and working.

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