PC sales may be faltering, but don’t tell companies making gaming rigs. Razer has built quite a reputation for gaming notebooks in the past few years with the Razer Blade Stealth and the 14-inch Razer Blade Pro. But it was the 17-inch model that was left behind like a Macbook Pro.
Those days are over as the company announced the new 17-inch Blade Pro as the most powerful system it has ever built. Razer is talking big, and it has the specs to back up the talk. Powering the beast is an Intel Core i7-67000HQ, 32GB of RAM and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. All inside an aluminum chassis that measures 0.88 inches at its thickest point.
I remember the old days of gaming laptops which were gigantic. I had an old Alienware that was as thick as a hardcover book and weighed at least eight pounds. Now, gaming laptops are under an inch thick. Have to love technology.
All that performance helps power a 4K display and future-proofs you for a long time in the world of gaming. And Razer decided it didn’t need courage, opting to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack. It joins a Thunderbolt 3 connector, three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output, an Ethernet jack and an SDXC card reader.
Razer Blade Pro Ditches Switchblade
There is some bad news with the new Blade Pro. The Switchblade Interface ubiquitous with the Razer brand is gone from the 17-inch model. Razer’s rationale is they needed the extra room for performance upgrades.
All isn’t lost. Those in love with mechanical keyboards has the company in your corner. It will feature Razer’s ‘ultra-low profile mechanical switches’ designed to emulate a full-size mechanical keyboard.
Price? Loaded out with the specs above plus 512GB of storage hits $3,699. Not cheap, but if you have the cash, why not? No release date has been set, but the company expects to be shipping orders next month.