Razer's ultra-thin line of Blade gaming laptops has traditionally been about balancing power with portability. Housing a Geforce GTX 1080 without adding anything to its .88 inch thickness, next month's new Razer Blade Pro aims to be the best of both worlds.
Shadows of the Gaming PC, by Razer's Marketing Team.
Yes, Nvidia's made mobile versions of its GTX 10 series GPUs that are just slightly less powerful than their desktop counterparts, but even a mobile chip needs some cooling. Razer's engineered the world's thinnest manufactured vapour chamber cooling solution for the new Razer Blade Pro, so while it's likely its aluminium frame will heat up, it won't scald or melt. People hate it when their gaming laptops scald or melt.
So the new model boasts some real graphical power and has the cooling to back it up. It's also got a 43cm 4K IGZO monitor (with Gsync), amking it a super-skinny 4K laptop that's actually viable for more than watching 4K video.
The new Razer Blade Pro is also the first system to benefit from Razer's new low-profile mechanical keyboard switches. Yes, this slender thing has a mechanical keyboard.
It's almost like some sort of laser octopus took stuff out of a PC and put it in a laptop. Or maybe that's the YouTube ad.
Yep, that's the YouTube ad.
Still, plenty of excellent stuff packed inside that metal housing. Check it out:
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM)
- Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6 GHz / 3.5 GHz)
- 43cm IGZO UHD G-SYNC, 16:9 ratio, 3840 x 2160, with LED backlight, with capacitive multi-touch
- Windows 10 64-bit
- 512 GB SSD RAID 0 (2x 256 GB PCIe M.2) / 1 TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 512 GB PCIe M.2) / 2 TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 1 TB PCIe M.2) options
- 32 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (DDR4, 2133 MHz)
- Anti-ghosting individually backlit ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard
- Killer DoubleShot Pro:
- Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth®\ 4.1)
- Killer E2400 (Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000)
- Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C™\)
- USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)
- HDMI 2.0 video and audio output
- SDXC card reader
- Built-in stereo speakers
- Dolby Digital Plus Home Theatre Edition
- 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
- 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
- Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
- Array microphone
- Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, trackpad, backlighting, and fan control
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
- Kensington security slot
- Compact 250 W power adaptor
- Built-in 99 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
- Approx. Size: 0.88 in. / 22.5 mm (Height) x 16.7 in. / 424 mm (Width) x 11 in. / 281 mm (Depth)
- Approx. Weight: 4kg. / 3.54 kg
Now how much would you pay? If you said "a hell of a lot," then you're right. The Twitch livestream introducing the new system was all cheers until Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced the price. The new 43cm Razer Blade Pro starts at $US3,699 ($4,792) / €4,199, a substantial investment for a system that can't really be upgraded.
We'll have a closer look at the new 43cm Razer Blade Pro closer to next month's release. I know I said that about the Blade Stealth and Core combo, but I probably mean it this time.