The New Razer Blade Pro Is Desktop PC-Grade Power In An Inch-Thick Laptop

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The Razer Blade Pro is a hardcore laptop. Hardcore enough, in fact, that Razer is calling it "the desktop in your laptop". Inside its 17-inch chassis is a proper, full-fat Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, a proper performance CPU and twin SSDs, and a proper mechanical keyboard with Razer's Chroma RGB backlighting. It'll cost a pretty penny — several pretty pennies, in fact — but it looks like everything that a gamer could possibly want in a portable PC.

The centrepiece of the new Blade Pro is a 17.3-inch 4K LED-backlit multi-touch screen with 100 per cent Adobe RGB coverage (this is a Good Thing), shoehorned into a chassis that's just 22mm thick. Of course, being a 17-inch laptop there's a generous amount of room inside for cooling that graphics card and storing a sizeable internal battery, so Razer's shoved a 99Wh cell in there too.

Inside is a tried-and-tested Core i7-6700HQ quad-core processor — we've tried it and liked it in many a high-end laptop before now — and 32GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM. You'll have a choice of 512GB, 1TB or 2TB of solid-state storage, all of which are made up of not one but two M.2 PCI-Express SSDs in RAID 0 for ludicrous transfer rates. Networking is by Killer, the keyboard uses mechanical switches and while the trackpad isn't a Switchblade touchscreen like the last generation, it's still in that same excellent lateral position across from the keyboard.

You get stereo speakers around the outside, three USB 3.0 and a Thunderbolt 3 with a USB Type-C connector and HDMI 2.0 and an Ethernet jack — this is a machine that could function as a proper desktop replacement with a 4K multi-screen setup. If you are going to travel with it, though, Razer says it's tried to slim down the Blade Pro's necessarily-chunky 250 Watt power supply as much as possible. This is a serious machine and I seriously want one.

Starting at $US3699, the Blade Pro is expected to ship internationally in November, which hopefully means we'll see it in Australia before the year is out. [Razer]

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