Razer Blade Pro 17 (2019) packs a 17-inch laptop into 15-inch chassis, gets NVIDIA RTX graphics

Razer Blade Pro
Razer Blade Pro (Image credit: Razer)

Just over two years ago, I reviewed the Blade Pro, Razer's 17-inch behemoth of a laptop. At the time there was nothing like it on the market in terms of design or features, which is why it commanded a $3,700 starting price that peaked at a whopping $4,500.

The Blade Pro is back in 2019 and with it comes a complete redesign that mirrors the recent trends seen in Razer's Blade Stealth and Blade 15 laptops. Gone is the right-handed trackpad, mechanical keyboard, and overall unique design — sadly, the dedicated media scroll wheel is gone, too. Instead, we're left with standard 2019 Razer design.

However, this is a much smaller laptop now, effectively fitting a 17-inch laptop into a 15-inch body and making this a more accessible choice for gamers who travel. The price is also now much lower, though not without the cost of some premium features.

Razer Blade Pro (2019) specs

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OSWindows 10 Home
Processor9th GenIntel Core i7-9750HSix coresUp to 4.50 GHz
RAM16GB dual-channelDDR4-2667MHzUp to 64GB
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q DesignNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q Design
Storage512GB PCIe NVMe SSDOptional open M.2 Slot (PCIe and SATA SSD)
Display17.3 inchesFull HD (1920 x 1080) at 144Hz100% sRGB
PortsUSB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x3USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-CThunderbolt 3 (USB-C)HDMI 2.0B outputRJ45 2.5Gb EthernetUHS-III SD Card ReaderPower Port
AudioDual speakersDolby Atmos Support
WirelessIntel Wireless-AX200 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax)Bluetooth 5.0
CameraFront-facing 720pWindow Hello IR
BiometricsIR camera
KeyboardPer-key RGB Razer Chroma
Battery70.5 Wh
SizeHeight: 0.78 inches (19.9 mm)Width: 15.55 inches (395 mm)Depth: 10.24 inches (260 mm)
Weight6.06 pounds (2.75 kg)

Razer Blade Pro (2019) customization options

The Blade Pro ships with your choice of an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU for graphics. There is also that new Intel 9th-Generation Core i7 9750H six-core processor with a max speed of 4.5GHz. It's all kept cool with Razer's vapor chamber system and a new multi-fan design.

The screen is where things get interesting with a 144Hz 17.3-inch full HD IPS display with 100 percent sRGB. The lack of a 4K option is a disappointment but as we'll see the lower price makes up for it. Then again, don't be shocked if Razer adds an option for 4K later.

For storage, there's a 512GB PCIe NVMe (solid-state drive) SSD, upgradeable to 2TB. There's also an optional open M.2 Slot that supports PCIe and SATA SSDs, upgradeable to 2TB SSD.

RAM is set at 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 2667MHz, but it is user upgradeable to 64GB with Intel XMP support.

There's no shortage of ports in this 17-inch beast, including HDMI, Ethernet, three USC Type-A ports, three USB Type-C (one for Thunderbolt), and even a full SD card reader that supports UHS-III for creative professionals.

Razer ditched the odd mechanical keyboard of the original Pro and instead of used one like the Blade 15's.

There's also now a Windows Hello IR camera, larger stereo speakers, support for Dolby Atmos, and it also is powered by a seemingly small 70 WHr battery.

Overall, the Blade Pro is a smaller, leaner, 17-inch gaming laptop that comes in at a more affordable price. How it handles — including what is expected to be just OK battery life — remains to be seen.

Razer Blade Pro (2019) price and availability

The most exciting thing about the new Blade Pro? Its price. Whereas the previous version started at $3,500, this year's model starts at $2,499 with an RTX 2060. For $2,799 you can jump to the RTX 2070 with Max-Q, and for $3,199 you can get an RTX 2080 Max-Q.

Look to grab the new Blade Pro to be released in May from Razer.com and via select retailers in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, and China.

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.