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The Razer Blade 17 and Blade 15 Base Model get updated with the latest 11th Gen Intel processors and more

Blade 15 Family
Blade 15 Family (Image credit: Razer)

What you need to know

  • The Razer Blade 17 and Razer 15 Base Model are getting updated with Intel's latest H-series processors.
  • The Razer Blade 17 starts at $2,399.99, gets a new HD webcam, faster memory, and an anti-fingerprint coating.
  • The Razer Blade 15 starts at $1,799.99 with an updated CPU and GPU.

The Razer Blade 17's always been a lightweight monster of a machine, and Razer intends to keep it that way in 2021, jamming it full of new hardware to help keep it on the cutting edge of tech. If you're interested in learning about two of the best gaming laptops' latest iterations, here's the rundown of what to expect.

First, there's the big get of both machines having the latest Intel 11th Gen H-series processors. You'll get a Core i7-11800H with the Blade 15 Base Model and a Core i9-11900H with the Blade 17, meaning that with either system, you'll be more than equipped to run games and stay relevant in laptop circles for a good few years.

Those processors will be accompanied by the RTX 3070 and 3080, respectively. But powerhouse processors and GPUs aren't everything. There are other bells and whistles accompanying these refreshed laptops, including an updated Full HD 1080p webcam for the Blade 17. The Blade 17 also sports an anti-fingerprint resistive coating to help ensure you don't smudge up the chassis. Both machines boast Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and faster memory compared to their predecessors.

Razer Blade 15 Base Model

CategorySpec
Operating SystemWindows 10
DisplayFHD 144Hz or QHD 165Hz
Processor11th Gen Intel Core i7-11800H
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU
Memory16GB RAM
Storage512GB PCIe
AudioTHX Spatial Audio
Ports2x PCIe 4.0 SSD slots
ConnectivityThunderbolt 4
Height0.78" / 19.9 mm
AvailabilityPre-orders available now
PricingStarts at $1,799.99

Razer Blade 17

CategorySpec
Operating SystemWindows 10
DisplayUp to a 4K touchscreen
ProcessorIntel Core i9-11900H (up to 4.90 GHz)
GraphicsUp to an NVIDIA RTX 3080 laptop GPU
CameraFull HD 1080p webcam
AudioTHX Spatial Audio
ConnectivityThunderbolt 4
AvailabilityPre-orders available now
PricingStarts at $2,399.99

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These aren't the only Razer machines to receive updates in recent memory. Just a few short months ago, the regular Blade 15 got its refresh. Expect the cycle to continue for the foreseeable future, meaning if you miss out on this update, there'll always be another one a few months later to help make you a couple thousand dollars lighter. And keep in mind that Razer laptops frequently crop up in Black Friday and Prime Day sales. If you want a portable gaming machine with Intel's latest hardware and are eager to save a few bucks along the way, consider waiting for those event periods.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.