Razer's revamped Blade Pro laptop marries a GeForce GTX 1080 with 4K G-Sync

With great power comes even greater price tags.

A big surprise this morning: Razer’s 17-inch Blade Pro laptop is getting a refresh, and one that’s finally worthy of its name.

I say surprising because I thought Razer was letting the Blade Pro line quietly die. It’s been conspicuously absent amidst multiple Blade refreshes this year and the release of the new $999 Blade Stealth ultrabook.

And really, if any laptop was deserving of death it was the black sheep Blade Pro. Sure, it had a bigger screen than the standard Blade—but only running at 1080p. Plus its 960M-class graphics card was worse than the Blade’s own 970M. Oh, and thanks to the weird embedded screen/touchpad it also cost more than the Blade for what was objectively a worse laptop. What a deal!

Razer Blade Pro

Razer’s completely overhauled the Blade Pro though and turned it into a powerhouse. The new Blade Pro features an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 2TB of PCI M.2 SSD storage, and—the biggest coup of all—a top-of-the-line Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 for its mobile graphics.

That’s a huge step up for the Pro. The 2015 model (by comparison) featured an i7-4720HQ, but beyond that it was saddled with the aforementioned paltry GTX 960M, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SSD and 500GB HDD storage combo.

And Razer’s managed to keep the same MacBook-esque form factor for the Blade Pro. Same all-black aluminum chassis, measuring less than an inch thick and under eight pounds in weight, and this time rocking a 17.3-inch G-Sync IGZO display at 4K.

Razer Blade Pro

The biggest change seems to be the disappearance of the iconic Switchblade, that combination screen/touchpad I mentioned up top. It’s not mentioned in the press release, nor does it look present in the photos Razer sent over. I can’t say I’ll miss it—it was a cool concept that never quite manifested in any useful way.

All that power doesn’t come cheap though. Even after abandoning the Switchblade interface, the Blade Pro will still cost an absolutely insane $3,699. Oof. The old maxim holds true: It can be powerful, it can be slim and portable, or it can be cheap. Choose two.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags notebooks

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Hayden Dingman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?