Now let’s talk about those new monitors: the standard Blade 15 can be equipped with a 144Hz 1080p display with a response time of 8ms, and you can also upgrade to a faster 3ms Quad HD 165Hz display. Blade 15 Advanced, meanwhile, delivers 360Hz 1080p at 2ms, 60Hz 4K OLED at 1ms and a 240Hz Quad HD display. Notably, the QHD board is the only one with NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus, which will help it facilitate gaming and smart switching between integrated and dedicated GPUs. Meanwhile, Blade Pro 17 has a 17.3-inch 360Hz 1080p screen, 165Hz Quad HD and a 120Hz 4K panel (another precedent for Razer).
Design-wise, nothing has really changed for any of the Razer laptops. They’ll still have the same elegant single-body cases and a plethora of ports, including USB-A, USB-C 3.2, Thunderbolt, HDMI 2.1, and Gigabit Ethernet. Both Blade 15 Advanced and Blade Pro 17 also have a built-in SD card reader, which is something that is becoming increasingly rare these days. These devices can also be equipped with up to 32GB of DDR4 and 2,933MHz.
Although these Razer Blade devices don’t look much different, the addition of QHD displays is a big change for gamers. Up until now, we had to settle for low 1080p panels just to get higher refresh rates, but now you get slight speed and resolution. It’s also easier to achieve high frame rates at 1440p compared to 4K, so you’ll actually be able to fill those screens with game motion properly.
The Razer Blade 15 starts at $ 1,700, while the Blade Pro 17 starts at $ 2,300. Both systems will be available for pre-order on Razer site On January 12th, and you’ll be able to find Blade 15 in retailers on January 26th. Blade 17 will be in stores later in the first quarter.