Razer unsheathes the Blade Pro gaming laptop

A short while ago at its "Unveil the Shadow" event in Berlin, Razer unveiled the "Shadow," which turned out to be the Blade Pro. The new machine is a 17.3" laptop that stuffs a Core i7-6700HQ, RAID-ed PCIe SSDs, and a desktop GeForce GTX 1080 into a package less than an inch thick.

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan insistently referred to the Blade Pro on-stage as a gaming desktop. His confusion is forgivable, as there aren't many laptops packing the kind of hardware the Blade Pro has outside of massive Eurocom machines. Besides the quad-core Intel chip and top-end GeForce, the new laptop supports up to 2TB of PCIe storage in a RAID-0 configuration. There's no room for memory expansion, but the standard configuration with 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory should probably suffice.

The Blade Pro's 17.3" screen is an LED-backlit IGZO panel with a 3840x2160 resolution. It includes G-Sync support, as well as capacitive multi-touch capability. Networking on this desktop replacement is provided by Killer, of course. Both Wireless-AC and Gigabit Ethernet come standard. Razer also includes a triad of USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt 3 connection, as well as an HDMI 2.0 port.

Min-Liang made a point of highlighting the Blade Pro's unique keyboard, which the company refers to as an "ultra low profile mechanical" design. The keys are individually backlit and can be configured using Razer's Chroma system, like the rest of the machine's lighting. Unusually, Razer includes a hardware scroll wheel above the multi-point touchpad.

Razer doesn't give any details about the battery life of the Blade Pro, but the company's emphasis on the desktop-like nature of the machine probably tells the story there. The Blade Pro will be available worldwide in November starting at $3499.

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