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Razer's mid-2019 Blade gaming laptops glide along the cutting edge

The 2-year-old 17-inch Blade Pro gets a new lease on life, and the Blade 15 goes OLED.

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Razer Blade 15 Advanced with OLED display

Razer updated its 15-inch Blade laptops with the ninth-generation counterparts of its eighth-generation CPUs, Wi-Fi 6 and 10Gbps USB, but one of the most exciting upgrades to the line is an optional 4K OLED touchscreen with a 1 millisecond response time (overclocked) and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut.

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Razer Blade Pro 17 rejuvenated

It's pretty much a whole new laptop, modeled after the Blade 15's design: smaller, thinner, lighter with a narrow-bezeled display and modern touchpad between the palm rests. We lose the illuminated outline on the touchpad -- a sacrifice for the thinner profile -- and the volume roller. (New model on the left, old on the right.)

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Size comparison

It's not insanely thinner, but you can see how much in the other two dimensions it's shrunk.

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Size comparison, redux

The size difference is even more noticeable from above.

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Still big, though

But it's still got a 17-inch display, which puts a lower bound on how much you can shrink it.

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Blade Pro 17 connections

On one side, there's a UHS-III-compatible SD card slot, and USB-C and HDMI ports.

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Blade Pro 17 connections

On the other side is a 2.5GB Ethernet connection, two USB-A and two USB-C connectors, one with Thunderbolt 3 support.

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Keyboard

As with the Blade 15, Razer brackets the Blade Pro's keyboard with speakers. The keyboard itself is also new and improved over the earlier model.

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Razer Blade 15

There have been no updates to the 15-inch models designs, so from here enjoy photos in caption-free silence.

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Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15

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Razer Blade 15 Advanced OLED display

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Razer Blade Pro 17

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Razer Blade Pro 17

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Razer Blade Pro 17

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Razer Blade Pro 17

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Razer Blade Pro 17

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Razer Blade Pro 17

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