Razer Blade Pro swims in the deep end of Kaby Lake

Just six months after introducing the pretty awesome Blade Pro 17.3" gaming laptop, Razer is updating it with an Intel seventh-generation Core i7-7820HK unlocked CPU. The rest of the high-end hardware in the machine is pretty much the same, topped off with an RGB-LED-illuminated keyboard stuffed with Razer's proprietary low-profile mechanical switches.

The processor upgrade is the biggest change, with the Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ giving way to the aforementioned Core i7-7820HK. Razer says the CPU can be easily overclocked to 4.3 GHz using the company's Synapse utility. The company stopped short of saying the 4.3 GHz figure was guaranteed, or whether the overclock settings would be available if Razer's servers went down again. In any case, the new processor sports four cores with SMT, a base clock of 2.9 GHz, and a boost clock of 3.9 GHz. The CPU crunches data pulled from the machine's 32 GB of 2667 MT/s DDR4 memory.

The Blade Pro's screen is the same IGZO-supplied 3820x2160 4K unit as before. The panel's refresh rate tops out at 60Hz, but G-Sync variable refresh rate technology helps make the most of each of those precious cycles. An Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card pushes pretty pixels to that high-spec screen. Good sound goes hand-in-hand with impressive visuals, and Razer says the Blade Pro has that covered as well. The company says the refreshed notebook is the first THX-certified gaming laptop.

Storage comes in the form of three different PCIe RAID configurations, ranging in total capacity from 512GB to 2TB. The Blade Pro is a laptop in the year 2017, so it has no optical drive. Bits and bytes have to have some way into the storage system, though. In this case, most of that data will flow through the three USB 3.0 jacks and single Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port. Or perhaps through the Killer Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1 network adapters. The heavy-hitting hardware is fed by a 99 Wh battery and an included "slim, sleek" 250 W wall charger, which we assume buyers will want to carry with them at all times.

The aluminum chassis is the same one as before, measuring 16.7" x 11" x 0.88" (42 cm x 28 cm x 2.4 cm). The Razer Blade Pro weighs in at 7.69 lbs. (3.5 kg). That hefty weight could be offset somewhat by the machine's ability to remove at least $4000 from buyers' wallets when it ships in April. On a related note, gamers will be able to earn Razer's zSilver currency by running Razer software on the Blade Pro. The points can be used to purchase Razer accessories, including this amazing RGB LED-illuminated mug warmer.

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