CES 2021 is already half-way through and Laptops in 2021 are going to get a big buff in graphics after the NVIDIA’s announcement. Among the lot, Razer has refreshed its Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 laptops with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series Laptop GPUs.
Razer Blade 15, Blade Pro 17 Laptops – Features
Razer’s update brings new RTX 3060/3070/3080 GPUs and upgraded Displays with High refresh-rates to the Blade series. Accordingly, the Razer Blade 15 gets two versions- Base Model and Advanced Model, and Blade Pro 17. As Razer says, the Laptops come with NVIDIA’s new Ampere Architecture.
Apparently, this improves the efficiency up to 2x, bring Gen-3 Max-Q tech like Advanced Optimus(Battery Life), Dynamic Boost 2.0(hike in GPU). Additionally, they get improved ray-tracing, Whisper Mode 2.0(improved Acoustics), and more. Also, apart from the usual I/O like USB-C, HDMI 2.1, UHS-III SD Card Reader, you get Keyboard with Razer Chroma RGB lighting, front-firing speakers.
Razer says that Blade users will also get the 360-degree immersive audio experience with THX® Spatial Audio over headphones/speakers.
Razer Blade 15- Specifications
a) Base Model:
- Dimensions: 19.9mm x 235mm x 355mm(HxDxW)
- 15-inch FHD(1080p) 144Hz IPS panel, 100% sRGB coverage, response: 8ms
- 15-inch QHD(1440p) 165Hz IPS panel, 100% DCI-P3 coverage, response: 3ms
- Note: No Variable Refresh rate.
- CPU, Storage, Memory:
- CPU: 10th gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H(6-core, 12-threads), up to 5.0GHz Max Boost, 12MB L3 Cache
- Memory: 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz (upgradeable up to 64GB via SO-DIMM slots)
- Storage: 512GB SSD M.2, NVMe SSD; Auxiliary: Open M.2,PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot
- Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 6GB DDR6 VRAM(FHD model) / 3070 8GB DDR6 VRAM(QHD model)
- Connectivity: Intel® Wireless-AX201 Modem, Bluetooth® 5.1, 1xUSB-C Thunderbolt™ 3, 3xUSB-A 3.1 Gen 1, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI 2.1 output, Gigabit Ethernet.
- Battery: 65WHr Li-ion Polymer battery
- Other Features: Single-zone RGB powered by Razer Chroma™ Keyboard, 1MP 720P webcam, stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio/mic jack.
b) Advanced Model
- Dimensions:16.99mm x 235mm x 355mm
- 15-inch FHD 360Hz IPS display, 2ms, Up to 100% sRGB
- 15-inch QHD 240Hz display, response: 2.5ms, Up to 95% sRGB, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus compatible
- 15-inch OLED UHD(4K) display, 60Hz, response: 1ms, 100% DCI-P3,
Touchscreen w/ Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 protection
- CPU, Memory, Storage:
- CPU: 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10875H(8-core, 16-threads), up to 5.1GHz Max Boost, 16MP L3 Cache
- 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz(Cheaper Models)
- 32GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz(Higher-end Models)
- Storage:1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD; Auxiliary: Open M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot
- NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM(FHD, QHD models)
- NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM. (FHD, QHD models)
- NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU with 16GB GDDR6 VRAM.(UHD model)
- All Features Optimus™ Technology(optimization in Performance, Battery Life)
- Connectivity: Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 modem, Bluetooth® 5.2, 1xUSB-C Thunderbolt™ 3, 1xUHS-III SD Card reader, 3xUSB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1xUSB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 1xHDMI 2.1.
- Battery: 80WHr Li-ion Polymer
- Other Features: Per-key RGB powered by Razer Chroma™ N-Key rollover backlit keyboard, 1MP 720P webcam with Windows Hello, stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio jack.
Razer Blade Pro 17 Specifications
- Dimensions: 19.9mmx260mmx395mm
- 17.3-inch 360Hz IPS FHD display, response: 3ms, 100% sRGB, 300nits
- 17.3-inch 165Hz QHD IPS display, 100% sRGB, 300nits
- 17.3-inch 120Hz UHD(4K) IPS Touch display, 100% sRGB, 400nits
- CPU, Storage, Memory:
- CPU: 10th gen Intel i7-10875H processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.1GHz, 16MB
- 16GB 2933MHz Dual-Channel DDR4 (Upgradeable to 64GB)- Lower-end models
- 32GB 2933MHz Dual-Channel DDR4 (Upgradeable to 64GB models)- Higher-end models
- 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (upgradeable to 2TB)
- 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD(upgradeable to 2TB)
- Additional M.2 slot on all modes- Supports PCIe, SATA SSDs up to 2TB
- NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 6/8GB DDR6 VRAM (FHD, QHD models)
- NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 6/8GB DDR6 VRAM(FHD, QHD models)
- NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 16GB DDR6 VRAM(FHD, UHD models)
- Connectivity:Wi-Fi 6E Intel® AX210 modem, Bluetooth 5.2, 3xUSB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 w/ Thunderbolt 3, 1xThunderbolt 3, 1xRj45(first time a 2.5Gb port), 1xHDMI 2.1, 1xUHS-III SD Card reader.
- Battery: 70.5WHr Li-ion Polymer
- Other Features: Per-key RGB powered by Razer Chroma™ lighting, HD 720P webcam with Windows Hello, stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio/mic jack.
Razer Blade 15, Blade Pro 17- Price, Availability
The Razer Blade 15 base model and Advanced model starts at $1699, $2499 respectively. The Base model is already up for pre-orders and will be available for sale from January 26 whereas the Advanced model’s shipment will happen only in February.
The 17.3-inch Pro model, although being a higher-end machine, starts at $2299. Similar to the 15-inch, this is also in pre-orders but Razer has given a vague availability of Q1 2021 for shipping/sale date.