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2019 Razer Blade Pro will be 21 percent lighter and 11 percent thinner than last year's model

2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
The upcoming Blade Pro takes the successful narrow-bezel chassis design of the Blade Stealth and Blade 15 for a new 17.3-inch form factor. It also drops some of the arguably gimmicky features of the 2017 Blade Pro including the volume wheel, asymmetric trackpad positioning, and mechanical keys in favor of a leaner look.

Razer will finally have an answer to the narrow-bezel 17.3-inch MSI GS75, Lenovo Legion Y740, and Asus ROG GL704 series with the upcoming 2019 Blade 17. The new chassis design succeeds the 2017 Blade Pro and is best described as a 15.6-inch Blade 15 but expanded for a 17.3-inch display. The Blade Stealth, Blade 15, and Blade 17 families now all share a similar design language as a result.

Visually, the Blade 17 differs from the Blade Pro in several ways. Aside from the obviously narrower bezels, the redesign drops the mechanical keys, volume wheel, and auxiliary keys of the Blade Pro for a regular Blade 15 layout instead. The trackpad has been moved to its more standard positioning in favor of larger speaker grilles. Razer says many of these changes were made in order to keep the design as thin as it already is.

Internally, the dual M.2 2280 slots and vapor chamber cooling solution return albeit in a much lighter overall package compared to the weighty 3.49 kg 2017 Blade Pro Advanced Model. There will be no "Blade 17 Base Model" for now even though the Blade 15 family consists of Base Model and Advanced Model SKUs.

GPU options range from the RTX 2060 up to the RTX 2080 Max-Q. Users who were expecting a full-fledged RTX 2080 may be a bit disappointed by this revelation especially since the last generation Blade Pro omitted Max-Q options. Nonetheless, Razer says its Max-Q solution will perform near the "upper echelon" of the Max-Q TDP range. We've already seen laptops with poor RTX 2080 Max-Q implementation and so it will be interesting to see how the new Blade Pro will compare.

No Core i9 options will be made available. According to Razer, the performance benefits of Core i9 over Core i7 are not significant enough to offer separate Core i9 SKUs. We can certainly agree with this reasoning based on our own experiences with over a dozen Coffee Lake-H Core i9 laptops. 

In terms of connectivity, the gigabit RJ-45 has been updated to 2.5 Gbps similar to the Alienware Area-51m. 802.11ax or WiFi 6 comes standard and the SD card reader will now support UHS-III cards for theoretical transfer rates of up to 624 MB/s. In comparison, most current card readers are limited to 180 MB/s or slower.

Razer will be shipping the same slim 230 W AC adapter across all Intel gen 9 Blade 15 and Blade 17 SKUs for interchangeability.

Our table below summarizes the major specification differences between the Blade 17 and Blade Pro. Expect the Blade 17 to launch in the coming weeks for a starting price of $2500.

2019 Razer Blade Pro 172017 Razer Blade Pro
CPUCore i7-9750HCore i7-7700HQ, i7-7820HK
GPURTX 2060
RTX 2070 Max-Q
RTX 2080 Max-Q
GTX 1060
GTX 1080
Display17.3-inch 1080p IPS
144 Hz
100% sRGB
6 mm bezels
300 nits brightness
17.3-inch 1080p IPS 120 Hz or
4K UHD 100% AdobeRGB 60 Hz
Storage2x M.2 2280 NVMe bays2x M.2 2280 NVMe bays or
1x M.2 2280 NVMe + 2.5-inch SATA III bay
RAM16 GB DDR4-2666
Upgradeable 2x SODIMM XMP (up to 64 GB)
16 GB to 32 GB DDR4-2666
Soldered
Ports3x USB 3.2 Gen. 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen. 2 Type-C
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x RJ-45 up to 2.5 Gbps
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3.5 mm audio
1x SD card reader UHS-III
1x AC adapter
1x Kensington Lock
3x USB Type-A
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x RJ-45 up to 1 Gbps
1x 3.5 mm audio
1x HDMI 2.0
1x SD card reader
1x AC adapter
1x Kensington Lock
WirelessIntel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.0
Killer 1535 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Battery70.5 Wh
230 W AC adapter
99 Wh or
70 Wh
Dimensions395 x 260 x 19.9 mm424 x 281 x 22.5 mm
Weight2.75 kg3.07 kg or
3.49 kg
MSRP$2499 (RTX 2060)
$2799 (RTX 2070 Max-Q)
$3199 (RTX 2080 Max-Q)
$2299 and up

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2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
2019 Blade Pro (top) vs. 2017 Blade Pro (bottom)
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Allen Ngo, 2019-04-23 (Update: 2019-04-24)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.