The 2020 update to the Razer Blade Pro 17 (starts at $2,599; $3,199 as tested) keeps last year’s design, but brings fresh components and features. The highlights in our test model are an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Max-Q) GPU and a 300Hz display, both of which are aimed squarely at enthusiasts. This machine is one of the top performers and one of the most portable 17-inch gaming laptops, all wrapped up in a premium metal build. It doesn’t do quite enough new or different to earn our Editors’ Choice nod, but as a more potent big-screen version of the Razer Blade 15, it’s one of the leading 17-inch options.
From the outside, this year’s version of the Blade Pro 17 looks just like the model we reviewed last year. Major updates to Razer’s laptops tend to come only every few years, and since this design iteration of the Blade Pro 17 was new in 2019, the 2020 edition is focused on updated components and features.
Of course, leaving the design untouched isn’t necessarily a negative. Some laptops are in need of a visual or physical overhaul, but the Blade Pro 17 maintains the trim, all-aluminum design we’ve come to love about Razer laptops. It remains sleek, feels high quality, and presents no weaknesses. It’s much thinner than the pre-2019 design, and it utilizes the squarer, more modern look of the other Blade laptops.
Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition makes up for it as a creator-focused machine.
Acer Predator Helios 700 (1.6 by 16.9 by 11.8 inches and 10.8 pounds) and Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (1.1 by 15.7 by 11.5 inches and 6.3 pounds) make the Razer look trim, while others like the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XA (0.84 by 15.6 by 10.6 inches and 5.5 pounds) have it beat on weight.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550), which packs two discrete panels into one laptop for some unique gameplay and productivity options. For those shopping in the high-end segment but still seeking a more reasonable price, the Editors’ Choice Acer Predator Helios 700 delivers a desktop-like experience.