Razer unleashes new gaming laptops with overhauled Blade Pro 17 and OLED Blade 15
These offer a lot more than just updated processors and graphics.
Lori GruninSenior Editor / Advice
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Watch this: Razer makes its Blade Pro gaming laptop future-ready
The price is down, too -- it was $4,000 when it launched in 2017, but now it will start at $2,499 with an RTX 2060.
Unfortunately, the drawback of its shrinkage is we lose a couple of our favorite features: the volume scroller on the keyboard and the side-lighting on the touchpad. But Razer has also replaced the meh keyboard of its predecessor with a better version.
Razer packs it with the most-recent technologies in a lot of areas, to future-proof it against another few years -- they include 2.5GB Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax), a UHS-III SD slot and upgradable memory. Those, plus the RTX GPUs, make this sound like a potentially great option for video editing, not just for playing the AAAs.
We'd love an OLED display to round out that package, but, alas, the technology isn't here for 17-inch panels yet. But it is for 15 inches, and the Blade 15 Advanced's getting one as an option: a 60Hz 4K touchscreen with 100% DCI P3 gamut coverage, though it's available on the RTX 2080-based model only. Plus, the Advanced models now have a 240Hz HD option, Wi-Fi 6 and 10 Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2.
Razer's mid-2019 Blade gaming laptops glide along the cutting edge