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 3840×2160 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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    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    For those of you that want your laptop to weigh more in pounds than its battery life in hours and cost more in dollars than it’s horizontal resolution in pixels!

    • flip-mode
    • 3 years ago

    Off-center keyboards: I can’t even.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      agreed. No way I could buy a notebook where I have to sit off-center to type.

    • vargis14
    • 3 years ago

    Drooling a wee bit, but cost is way too high and i would not use it too often to be worth purchasing even if i could afford it. Does not may me not want one anyways:)

    • EndlessWaves
    • 3 years ago

    “Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan insistently referred to the Blade Pro on-stage as a gaming desktop.”

    Except nobody would tolerate a gaming desktop that noisy in this day and age.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Speak for yourself. 🙂

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]The Blade Pro will be available worldwide in November starting at $3499.[/quote<] Did I wake up after 20 years of sleep and got hit by 2 decades' worth of inflation overnight or something? What's with the opprobriously jacked-up prices on all this new hardware?

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      Why does a 128GB iphone 7 cost a thousand bucks?

      Because idiots will pay it.

      This isn’t geared towards price-savvy consumers, this is about milking people with more money than sense.

      • DreadCthulhu
      • 3 years ago

      I am pretty sure that a really high end gaming laptop has always cost about that much. For example, this [url=http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/alienware-m17x-2011<]high end Alienware[/url<] from 5 years ago cost $3300 when it released. Or [url=http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/alienware-aurora-m9700<] gaming laptop from 2006[/url<] that was $4200 when it came out.

      • TwoEars
      • 3 years ago

      Sure it’s expensive but it’s top drawer stuff… raid-ed PCIe ssd’s, 1080, i7, 32GB, G-sync, 3840×2160, alu-chassi.

      • RickyTick
      • 3 years ago

      +1 for “opprobriously”

      • chµck
      • 3 years ago

      This is obviously a halo product and not meant for the average person, or even some enthusiasts.

      • kmm
      • 3 years ago

      FWIW with breakeven 20-year inflation what it is, 20 years of inflation going forward is expected on average somewhere in the 40% cumulative range, so that’s just $2500 in today’s dollars!

      And that actually does sound about right.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 3 years ago

      Given this is competing against a macbook pro I’m not surprised.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Genuinely curious about the thermals on this thing.

    The 1080 is either going to throttle/stay at base clock, or it’s going to be noisy, or it’s going to be hot.

    There’s no magic involved with Pascal, it needs “this many Watts” to perform as advertised. You either reduce the power it consumes by clock-throttling and undervolting some cherry-picked samples, or you have a crazy loud fan.

    The thicker Clevo laptops already have freakin’ MASSIVE cooling systems and they’re not quiet. They’re certainly not too obnoxious, but a 160W laptop GPU is either going to be bulky or noisy, because [i<]physics[/i<].

      • rwburnham
      • 3 years ago

      If this laptop is like every other Razer laptop, it’s going to be loud as hell.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 3 years ago

    I’d consider this as a desktop replacement, but I have no interest in a desktop replacement. A desktop compliment sounds much better. I think I’ll go with a 14″ Razer blade, whenever I get around to it. They finally got rid of that gimmicky mini screen/touchpad though. Looks nice.

    • eofpi
    • 3 years ago

    Until I got to the price, I was going to ask if it came in a left-handed version.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Unusually, Razer includes a hardware scroll wheel[/quote<] The scroll wheel is what you find unusual? What about the location of the touchpad?

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Not the first time I’ve seen the touchpad on the right like that. I like it. One of my biggest complaints with laptops is having to work around the problem of brushing it with your wrist while typing. This design neatly sidesteps (heh) that problem.

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