When Razer introduced its revamped 17.3-inch Blade Pro 17 laptops earlier this year, one of the things that caught the eye was the absence of models with an Ultra-HD display, a strange design decision considering positioning of these machines for demanding gamers and prosumers. This week the company unveiled a new version of its Blade Pro 17 notebook with a 4K display featuring a 120 Hz refresh rate.

Being the flagship model in the lineup, Razer’s Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz will be offered in only one configuration powered by Intel’s six-core Core i7-9750H processor (2.6 GHz – 4.5 GHz) paired with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, 16 GB of DDR4-2667 memory (user upgradeable to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 memory) as well as a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD (expandable to 2 TB) SSD. Just like the rest notebooks in the lineup, the Ultra-HD version comes with Intel’s Wireless-AX200 802.11ax + Bluetooth 5 solution, a 2.5 GbE port, a Thunderbolt 3 connector, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, an HDMI 2.0b output, a UHS-III SD card reader, 1MP/720p webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello, an array microphone, and Dolby Atmos-supporting stereo speakers, and an 3.5mm audio jack.

The addition of a touch-sensitive display with a 3840×2160 resolution, 400 nits brightness, and a 120 Hz refresh rate did not have any impact on design or weight of the notebook. The machine made of black aluminum is 19.9 mm thick and weighs 2.75 kilograms. It is also equipped with a 70.5 Wh battery, though Razer says nothing about the battery life on one charge.

The Razer Blade Pro 17 General Specifications
  RZ09-02876*92 RZ09-02877*92 RZ09-02878*92 RZ09-03148*92
Display Diagonal 17.3"
Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
Response Time ? ms
Brightness 300 cd/m² 400 cd/m²
Refresh Rate 144 Hz 120 Hz
Color Gamut sRGB: 100% AdobeRGB 100%
CPU Intel Core i7-9750H processor:
2.6 GHz Base
4.5 GHz Turbo
12 MB
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2667
Upgradeable to 64 GB DDR4-3200
Graphics RTX 2060
RTX 2070
RTX 2080
Storage 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
Spare M.2 slot for PCIe or SATA SSDs
1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
Spare M.2 slot
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ax Wi-Fi module
Bluetooth BT 5.0
General Ports 1 × Thunderbolt 3 for data, display output
1 × USB 3.12Gen 2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 × HDMI 2.0b
1 × 2.5 GbE
Other I/O HD webcam with IR,
TRRS connector for audio,
microphone array,
SD UHS-III card reader
Dimensions (W × D × H) 395 × 260 × 19.9 mm
15.55 × 10.24 × 0.78 inches
Weight 2.75 kg | 6.06 pounds
Battery 70.5 Wh
Price $2,499 $2,799 $3,199 $3,699

Razer’s Blade Pro 17 with an Ultra-HD 120 Hz display will be available in the US and China starting September 23, whereas in the UK and Germany the product will hit the market sometimes in the fourth quarter. In the US the product will cost $3,699.99, whereas in Europe it will be priced at €3,999.99.

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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    It will quickly become necessary to scale the resolution back to 1920×1080 to play future games so the buyer may as well just get the lower resolution panel to begin with... Then again, if you're willing to plunk down $3700 for a laptop, you're trying to make a statement to others so you may as well make the loudest possible declaration by going for broke with the 4K screen. It isn't like we wouldn't be able to figure out your insecurity from the laptop itself so get the high resolution screen and feel empowered by the additional pixels that you think will compensate for your anatomical shortcomings.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    Nvidia drivers allow nearest neighbor (pixel perfect) scaling. So I don't see why the end user couldn't or wouldn't just fullscreen 1080p + 120hz the game they play.

    That being said, Razer laptops apparently have poor quality control and happen to fail more often than competitors, so I see little reason to invest in this laptop anyways.
  • FXi - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    4k helps a ton in day to day activities and when I want to game and need the FPS I'll happily drop the res as needed.
  • ingwe - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - link

    FXi, that is my take as well. Use 4k for day to day use and game at 1080p 120Hz. Essentially the best of both worlds. But very expensive too (or at least out of my price range).
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - link

    That's the approach I intend to take with my next laptop. A high DPI screen for normal use, and a non-native resolution for the occasional times I game on it. I'd settle for 15" 2560x1440 if available, above that diminishing returns in image quality are small enough that I'd rather have longer on battery time instead. With an x50 or maybe x60 class GPU I know I'll only be going native resolution for turn based games and low budget indie titles most of the time; but 1440p will make native resolution reachable more often than 3k/4k would.
  • Tams80 - Thursday, September 26, 2019 - link

    It's almost as if there are people out there who want a desktop-like experience on something they can just close and slip into a bag. Perhaps to play in a hotel room, friend's house, holiday home, or club/society meeting. Maybe even play on an airport bench. They might also use said device for more than just gaming, for work say, that benefits from higher resolutions. Or, they game more, so don't want 4k.

    Nah. Those people don't exist. Obviously.
  • Alistair - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

  • austinsguitar - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    this is a smart move. i understand this laptop will struggle to play games at that, but! 120hz is very very usefull even when your not gaming at all. and since your on a small display you wont be really penalized for going down to 1080p since it is a 4x upscale to 4k. this makes a ton of since and i hope that more manufacturers take the approach. as a 144hz user, there are more benefits to 120hz than just gaming. everything is fluid. thanks razer.
  • FXi - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    120Hz, 4k (which of course you can run at 2k if you need high FPS), touchscreen and windows hello instead of that utterly stupid eye control IR camera, Intel AX200 wifi (even upgradeable when Wifi 7 comes along) and not that ridiculous "killing" wifi card.
    This thing curb stomps the AW17 and the entire array of competing devices.
  • Assimilator87 - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - link

    Ooh, 2.5 Gb ethernet! I haven't seen that on a laptop before. +1 for this trend.

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