Positioning itself as a "desktop inside your laptop," the all-new 2016 Razer Blade Pro gaming notebook is meant to fulfill the promise of finally delivering a desktop PC gaming experience in a package you can bring along with you. Except, we see all sorts of desktop replacement laptops already. It's just this one is more powerful than ever and comes with a true desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, not the mobile version.
Running quickly through the main part of the spec sheet, we find a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Skylake) processor, the aforementioned GTX 1080 graphics card, up to 2GB of PCIe m.2 SSD storage, and 32GB of DDR4-2113 RAM as standard equipment. That's a lot of heavy lifting. The 17.3-inch IGZO screen boasts a 4K resolution and supports G-Sync. The USB-C port pulls double duty as a Thunderbolt 3 connection too.
The new Razer Blade Pro for 2016 also comes with an ultra low-profile mechanical keyboard, giving that desktop clickity-clack experience. The extra large trackpad sites to the right of the keyboard rather than below it, taking up the real estate normally occupied by your numpad. And the whole thing lights up like a rainbow too, because that's the real performance boost you want.
Of course, all this power comes at a price. At almost eight pounds and nearly an inch thick, the new Razer Blade Pro is hardly the most mobile of laptops. It also has a starting price of US $3,699 with shipments to commence next month. The intro video, image slideshow and full press release are all embedded below for further perusal.
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RAZER UNVEILS THE GAMING DESKTOP IN A LAPTOP:
THE NEW RAZER BLADE PRO GAMING NOTEBOOK
The new Razer Blade Pro debuts as the thinnest and lightest desktop replacement in the world with a 17.3-inch G-Sync IGZO display, Intel’s latest quad-core i7 CPU, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX® 1080 GPU, up to 2 TB of SSD storage and an ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard
For Release on Oct. 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. PDT:
BERLIN – Razer™, the leading lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the new 17-inch Razer Blade Pro. Completely redesigned from ground up, the system is made specifically for enthusiasts and power users who want desktop performance but don’t want to sacrifice portability. Packed with more power than ever before possible in a notebook under an inch thick, Razer’s latest system is capable of handling virtually any task, anytime, anywhere.
The new Razer Blade Pro features the latest Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor and next-generation NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 GPU. It is the most powerful system ever built by Razer and the thinnest notebook available with a GTX 1080. Other highlights on the new Razer Blade Pro include Thunderbolt 3 for advanced connectivity options, 32 GB of DDR4 dual-channel memory, up to 2 TB of PCI M.2 SSD in RAID 0 storage and a built-in SD card reader.
While other similarly equipped desktop replacements are more than two inches thick and weigh more than 10 pounds, the new Blade Pro retains its iconic form factor. Its unibody CNC aluminum chassis still measures just 0.88 inches thin while weighing less than eight pounds. The included AC adapter also dwarfs similarly powered systems andcomplements the overall mobility of the Blade Pro.
Even more remarkable is the system’s thermal management system. This all new thermal management system in the Blade Pro now includes the worlds thinnest manufactured vapor chamber cooling solution in a notebook. The vapor chamber reduces heat resistance and hotspots by spreading heat quickly, evenly and efficiently. A custom fan design and dynamic heat exchanger are paired with the vapor chamber to maximize heat dissipation. This allows the Razer Blade Pro to be the most powerful computer ever assembled in such a thin chassis.
The rest of the desktop replacement notebook offers a similar no-compromises approach. A stunning 17.3-inch 4K IGZO monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology produces the smoothest possible framerates. The display offers 100 percent Adobe RGB color accuracy to deliver stunning visuals to gamers and professionals.
Additionally, the Razer Blade Pro is the first notebook to utilize Razer’s Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches. Each switch features a true actuation and reset point. Presses are registered with 65 grams of force, mimicking the feel of full-size mechanical keyboards. The keyboard and trackpad are also Powered by Razer Chroma™. This technology unlocks a virtually endless array of dazzling lighting effects that can be customized by the user or synced to display in-game events.
The specs for the Blade Pro exceed minimum hardware requirements of HTC Vive™, Oculus Rift and OSVR HDK 2, making it one of the most mobile VR-ready devices for enthusiasts and developers.
“The original 17-inch Blade was the first laptop that truly blended power and portability in a PC,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’ve taken that approach another step further with the new Razer Blade Pro. The thermal engineering behind it is staggering. It’s incredible how far we’ve come, from having one product and a small team, to today, with a full catalog of gaming systems and a large group of engineers and designers pushing what a portable gaming machine can do.”
“It’s impressive what Razer was able to pack into the new Razer Blade Pro,” said Mark Aevermann, senior product lead for GeForce gaming laptops at NVIDIA. “They have managed to design a gaming laptop with our flagship GeForce GTX 1080, in a form factor gamers can take with them on the road.”
The 17-inch Blade Pro joins the rest of Razer’s award-winning systems lineup. The 14-inch Razer Blade sets the benchmark for mobile gaming, while the 12.5-inch Razer Blade Stealth was named the “Best PC” at CES earlier this year for its combination of performance, value, expandability and portability. Both models recently announced refreshes that are shipping now.
For more information on the new Razer Blade Pro, and to register to be notified about on-sale timing, visitrazerzone.com/bladepro. Units are expected to ship this November from Razerzone.com and select retailers.
Starts at US$3,699 / €4,199 / £3,499
Razerzone.com – Expected to ship in November for US & Europe
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM)
- Intel® Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6 GHz / 3.5 GHz)
- 17.3-inch 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:
o Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
o 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 Theater 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 adapter
- 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: 7.80 lbs. / 3.54 kg
Razer™ is a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers.
Razer is transforming the way people play games, engage with other gamers and identify with the gamer lifestyle. Having won the coveted “Best of CES” award consecutively for six years, the company’s leadership in product innovation continues to create new categories for the gaming community that is estimated to have over 1 billion gamers worldwide.
Razer’s award-winning design and technology include an array of user interface and systems devices, voice-over IP for gamers and a cloud platform for customizing and enhancing gaming devices.
Founded in 2005, Razer is backed by Intel Capital, IDG-Accel and Heliconia Capital Management (Heliconia), a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore investment company Temasek. For more information visithttp://www.razerzone.com/about-razer.