Razer’s New Cheaper Razer Blade Pro Doesn’t Make Any Damn Sense

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There are always going to be people who wish a big, absolute laptop. I’m articulate about people like developers that wish to uncover off early diversion builds during trade shows or realistic people who simply can’t concede on opening when they are divided from home. But is there any advantage to branch these 17-inch behemoths into something that skinny and light too?

For years, that’s accurately a indicate Razer has been perplexing to make with a 17-inch Blade Pro, that packaged desktop-level specs in a surprisingly skinny body. But with prices that hovered nearby $4,000, that doubt was mostly academic, given you’d have to be exclusively rich to indeed buy one. But now, Razer has embellished behind some components to emanate a slightest costly 17-inch gaming laptop a association has ever made, that creates a thought of a thin-and-light 17-inch gaming cover finally a subject value investigating.

That said, starting during $2,300, a Blade Pro still doesn’t seem that cheap, and compared to other 17-inch inclination it isn’t. Like a $3,800 fully-equipped Blade Pro, this indication has a plain aluminum unibody framework that measures only 0.88 inches thick, that is roughly 40 percent thinner than a normal 17-inch complement like a 1.43-inch thick Lenovo Legion Y920. But even with that kind of thinness, a Blade Pro’s 6.8 bruise heft and perfect measure meant this still isn’t something we can only accidentally toss in a bag.


In fact, a Blade Pro doesn’t even fit in a follower bag we lift each day, or any of a other shoulder bags we possess besides my cavernous camping trek or a rolling container we use when traveling. That means I’m forced to buy special rigging only to transport this thing around, that creates it only as unwieldy as other 17-inch systems with many bigger waists. This is quite thinness for thinness’ sake.

Instead of a 4K display, this new indication sports a large full HD shade with good rise liughtness (360 nits) and a accessible matte cloaking to forestall distracting reflections from messing with your games. You also get a healthy series of ports including one USB-C jack with support for Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Ethernet and even an SD label reader. And given a Razer, we get a chiclet keyboard with some of a many colorful and best looking RGB backlit keys on a market.

One of Razer’s depart from a customary laptop regulation involves relocating a touchpad to a unequivocally right side of a system, instead of next a keyboard like you’d routinely expect. This is something that takes some removing used to as large laptops have taught me to instinctively strech next a spacebar when we need to make a discerning cursor gesture. we was means to adjust in reduction than a day. that creates a touchpad’s plcae some-more of a gift than a genuine con. But if you’re meditative that chain means we competence be means to copy a normal rodent and keyboard arrangement with your left palm on WASD and your right on a touchpad, consider again. Even with a outrageous 4 x 3.25-inch aspect area, no touchpad is good adequate to underling in for a tangible mouse.

I unequivocally wish we could have found some-more uses for a corkscrew circle than we indeed did.

Then Razer spices things adult even serve by adding a earthy corkscrew circle that can be reprogrammed to a series of opposite functions regulating a company’s Synapse software. But a uncanny thing is that even yet we was unequivocally looking brazen to regulating it, we indeed found that many of a things we indeed wanted to use it for, like volume control or scrolling, have already been taken caring of with duty keys or touchpad gestures. That creates a circle kind of redundant.


As for a Blade Pro’s tangible gaming cred, a opening falls right in line with what you’d design from a something with an Intel Core i7-7700 HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. In Rise of a Tomb Raider, a Blade Pro strike 82 fps on high, and 55 fps on high in Civilization VI. That should give we a certainty to play flattering many any complicated AAA pretension on settings high adequate to please. However, during a same time, I’d be lingering to discuss that gaming laptops that cost north of $2,000 routinely embody an Nvidia 1070 or 1080 GPU, that offer 20 to 40 percent improved graphics performance. Another good thing about a Blade Pro’s large framework is that we have we adequate room for dual storage drives, that means we get a 256GB SSD for storing your OS, apps, and games, and a 2TB HDD for all your additional media.

Ethernet! Now that’s a pier we see don’t see that many anymore.

Now it substantially won’t warn we to know that a Blade Pro’s battery life is flattering bad, as it lasted only 4 hours and 10 mins on a battery outline test. And if we devise on doing any arrange of gaming though plugging in a energy cord, that times shrinks down to an hour and a half or dual during a most.

But in a end, a thing we don’t get is that for roughly $500 less, we can get a $1,850 14-inch Razer Blade, that has a same good build, CPU, GPU and RAM in a physique we competence indeed wish to pierce around. Both systems even have a same shade resolution, and for my money, a smaller Blade is a one I’d get. Sure, a bigger 17-inch Blade Pro has a few some-more ports and a bigger shade gives we a some-more room to work and play with. But let’s not forget, we can take a $450 we saved on a 17-inch Blade Pro and spend it on a good desktop monitor, a large outmost drive, and still have a bit of money left over for some games. There’s a reason Apple stopped creation 17-inch MacBook Pros; a change between opening and portability only isn’t there, even on a framework this thin. And during $2,300, a “cheapest” Blade Pro’s value tender is flattering bad too.

Unlike a smaller Blade Stealth, a Blade Pro can’t use a USB-C pier for charging.

If you’re still deadset on a 17-inch gaming laptop, you’re many improved off going with a thicker complement that can accommodate some-more absolute components though lifting a cost to roughly $4,000. You could even splurge a bit and opt for something like a MSI GT75 VR, that during 2.3-inches thick and weighing some-more than 10 pounds, is an positively grievous system. But it’s opening is equally brutal and with a starting cost of $2,700, a a many improved choice for people looking for top-notch specs.

I conclude that Razer’s laptop pricing is relocating in a right direction, and a thought of carrying a large shade laptop with a luxuriously skinny physique is nice, though a series of additional Benjamins that we have to bombard out to get it still seems a bit too high.


  • The Razer Blade Pro costs $500 to $800 some-more than thicker 17-inch systems with allied specs.
  • The equivalent touchpad takes a bit of removing used to, though a RGB backlit keyboard is unequivocally pretty.
  • For starting $2,300 Blade Pro facilities an Nvidia 1060 GPU, though if we wish to ascent to a indication with a 1080 GPU, it’s going to cost we an additional $1,500.
  • The Blade Pro’s 4 hours of battery life are flattering customary for a complement this size, though that series shrinks to dual hours or reduction if we are indeed gaming on a go.


Windows 10 Home • 17-inch 1920 x 1080 non-touch matte arrangement • Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU • 16GB of RAM • 256GB SSD • 2TB HDD • Nvidia GTX 1060 (6GB vRAM) • Killer Wireless AC 1535 • 2-MP webcam • SD label reader • 1 USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 • 3 USB 3.0 • HDMI 2.0 • 3.5mm audio • Ethernet • 70-Wh battery • 16.7 x 11 x 0.88 inches • 6.78 pounds

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