In various respects, Razer Blade 17″ is a comprehensive gaming laptop model in all aspects. The machine is equipped with the most high-performance components at the moment in the laptop market, including the new generation of Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics cards and 10th generation Intel chips, along with a 4K screen. 120Hz has brilliant display quality.
However, with the above components, the Razer Blade 17 is one of the most expensive laptops on the market. However, with the money spent, you not only own a laptop with comprehensive performance in all aspects, but also have an extremely eye-catching design.
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Specifications of the Razer Blade 17
- CPU: Intel Core i7-10875H
- GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
- RAM: 16GB
- Memory: 512GB SSD
- Screen: 17.3-inch, 1440p
- Size: 15.55 x 10.24 x 0.78 inches
- Mass: 2.75 kg
Razer Blade 17: Design
The Razer Blade 17 possesses a somewhat minimalistic and neutral design language, suitable for professional working environments. Despite having a 17.3-inch screen, the Razer Blade 17 still possesses a compact design by cutting the thickness of the screen bezel, providing high mobility during use.
The machine has a high build quality, with every detail firmly tied together. With an overall size of 15.5 x 10.2 x 0.78 inches, users can carry the laptop with them easily. Although in the same 17-inch segment, the Gigabyte Aorus 17G has a more bulky appearance with a 3-dimensional size of 15.9 x 10.8 x 1 inch).
The outer shell of the Razer Blade 17 is made from solid aluminum, providing high durability and good impact resistance. The surface of the machine is sanded, and will make a small noise if you swipe around with your finger. However, despite the good build quality, the outer shell of the device is very easy to stick to fingerprints and stains during use.
Compared to its predecessor, the manufacturer has redesigned the screen hinge system for the Razer Blade 17 series to improve air circulation during use.
The Razer Blade 17 is equipped with a variety of connectivity ports. The machine is equipped with an HDMI 2.1 port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port and an SD card reader slot on the right side. Meanwhile, located on the left edge is equipped with 2 more USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, 1 USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack and Ethernet port.
Razer Blade 17: Gaming Performance
The version of the Razer Blade 17 that we used in the review is equipped with Nvidia’s latest line of graphics cards, the RTX 3070, with Max-Q power saving technology built in. The card has a maximum power consumption of 100W, and operates at a clock speed of 1380 MHz. This graphics card is paired with an Intel Core i7-10875H 8-core chip.
In the Control game (High configuration), the machine can play smoothly with the frame rate fluctuating at 95 fps, with the lowest level of 68 fps in the fast-paced action and the highest level of 105 fps. When switching the resolution to 1440p, the frame rate achieved by the machine is reduced to about 50 fps.
Continuing the graphics processing performance test with the game Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Highest configuration), the machine achieved a stable frame rate of 59 fps at 1440p resolution and can increase by 27 fps when we Adjust the game’s resolution to 1080p.
Blade 17 played Grand Theft Auto V (Very High configuration) with an average frame rate of 67 fps at 1440p resolution. The frame rate that the machine can achieve increases to the threshold of 102 fps when playing games at 1080p resolution.
Razer Blade 17: Performance
Our review version uses the Intel Core i7-10875H series of chips. The chip is an 8-core processor, operating with a base clock of 2.3GHz and can be squeezed to a maximum of 5.1GHz. The chip is paired with 16GB of DDR4-2933 type RAM and a 512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD.
The machine has more than enough performance to meet all the daily working needs of users. During the experience, I tested the multitasking ability of the device by simultaneously loading 30 Chrome tabs, including 5 tabs running HD videos on Youtube. During the working process, the machine operates smoothly and without any lag.
To check the overall performance level, we scored it through the Geekbench 5 application. In this test, the Blade 17 achieved single and multi-core performance scores of 1288 and 6144 points, respectively. This result is just enough to surpass the current high-end gaming laptop segment average.
In the internal memory speed test, the Blade 17’s 512GB SSD copied a 25GB file in 49 seconds, with an average data write speed of 547 MBps. This is not an impressive result, especially when compared to the internal memory speed of similar models such as the MSI GP66 Leopard (1095 MBps) and the Asus TUF Dash F15 (1062 Mbps).
Razer Blade 17: Screen
Razer Blade 17 is released with 3 screen versions for you to choose from. All three types of screens use IPS panels, divided into 3 types of resolutions: 1440p, 1080p and 4K. Corresponding to each of these types of resolution is the frequency level of 165Hz, 360Hz and 120Hz, respectively. The machine we review is equipped with a 1440p screen and has a frequency of 165Hz.
The screen of the machine has a brilliant display quality, providing a good experience when playing games as well as when working. During our testing, the Razer laptop’s display covered 84% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and averaged 277 nits of brightness.
Razer Blade 17: Keyboard and touchpad
The Razer Blade 17’s keyboard buttons bounce quickly and decisively. However, these buttons have a not too deep stroke, and are also a bit small in size and have a not very airy layout. This makes the input experience of the device only in the mid-range when compared to other models in the segment.
Razer enhances the user experience a bit by equipping the keyboard with an independent lighting system. The colors and effects of this lighting system can be customized through the Razer Synapse system settings app.
Underneath the keyboard is a 2-way touchpad of 5 x 3 inches. The surface of the touchpad is made of glass, providing a smooth and comfortable hand feeling.
Razer Blade 17: Battery life
Similar to most other gaming laptops on the market, the battery life of the Razer Blade 17 is only in the mid-range range. During our test, the machine lasted 5 hours 58 minutes after continuously surfing the web using wifi network, with screen brightness set at 150 nit. The battery life of the device will drop even lower if you play games.
The Razer Blade 17 is a gaming laptop with a modern design and top-notch performance that delivers a great gaming and working experience. Equipped with a high-resolution screen, the machine delivers good display quality. Overall, the Razer Blade 17 is a good choice if you are looking for a machine to conquer every different game on the market.
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- Strong overall performance
- Super durable build quality
- Brilliant screen, high refresh rate
- Programmable keyboard function buttons
- Narrow keyboard layout
- The amount of internal memory is low compared to the money