It’s been a while since Razer has refreshed the Razer Blade Pro, which is their 17.3-inch desktop replacement laptop. The outgoing model still has a Haswell processor with GTX 960M. It’s always been a bit strange that the 14-inch Razer Blade was equipped with a stronger GPU than the larger laptop, and when the Razer Blade Pro was last updated, the Razer Blade had a GTX 970M in a smaller form factor.

This is no longer the case. The 14-inch Razer Blade was just updated with Skylake and GTX 1060 in September, which should significantly increase its performance, and today Razer is announcing the new Razer Blade Pro, which finally surpasses its smaller sibling in performance with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 squeezed into the same 0.88-inch thick CNC aluminum chassis. The Core i7-6700HQ 45-Watt CPU replaces the outgoing Haswell processor, and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM is now available. In order to keep the system cool, Razer has designed what they are calling the world's thinnest maufactured vapor chamber cooling solution in a laptop. Combined with a custom fan design and a dynamic heat exchanger, Razer is engineering as much cooling as they can into the thin notebook.

Razer has been a big proponent of IGZO displays, and they have outfitted the Blade Pro with a 17.3-inch 3840x2160 IGZO display, and this high-resolution panel also supports NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, which should help quite a bit with gaming, even with the big GPU under the hood. This display covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut as well, just like the Razer Blade Stealth UHD model. That has implications though due to the lack of proper color management in Windows, and if it is like the Stealth, it won’t have any included color management software. It’s not Razer’s fault, and hopefully more devices with wide color gamut support will force Microsoft’s hand here.

Razer has also outfitted the new Pro with their new ultra-low profile mechanical switches, which feature actuation points which register at 65 grams, as well as reset points. There have been other laptops with mechanical switches, but they are generally the full-size switches which require much more travel. On a 0.88-inch thick laptop, there would be no way for this to work. Razer has also added the same per-key RGB Chroma branded lighting they have already added to both the Stealth and Blade models.

The TrackPad sits to the right of the keyboard, much like on the older model, but if you are gaming, a mouse is likely the best bet.

Razer Blade Pro
  Shipping in November 2016
CPU Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Quad-Core with Hyperthreading
2.6-3.5 GHz, 6MB Cache, 45W TDP
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1080
2560 CUDA Cores 1566-1733 (Boost) MHz
8GB 256-bit GDDR5X
Memory 32 GB DDR4 2133MHz
Display 17.3" 3840 x 2160 IGZO LCD
100% Adobe RGB
G-SYNC Enabled with multi-touch
Storage 512GB / 1TB / 2TB SSD
PCIe M.2 RAID 0 (2 drives)
I/O USB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3
USB 3.0 Type-A x 3
RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet Killer E2400
Headset jack
2.0MP Webcam
SDXC
HDMI 2.0
Dimensions 424 x 281 x 22.5 mm
16.7 x 11 x 0.88 inches
Weight 3.54 kg / 7.8 lbs
Battery 99 Wh, 250 W AC Adapter
Wireless Killer Wireless-AC 1535
802.11ac 2x2:2 with Bluetooth 4.1
Killer DoubleShot Pro
Price $3699+

At under eight pounds, the new Blade Pro is actually pretty light for a system of this size and performance. The new Razer Blade Pro exceeds the requirements for any of the current VR headsets, so it should be able to run VR pretty well.

All of these features do add to the cost though. Where as the new 14-inch Razer Blade starts at $1800, the new Razer Blade Pro starts at over double that price: $3700. Shipments start in November.

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  • yhselp - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    Why on Earth did they choose to compromise the weight? Razer should have used a slower GPU if necessary and kept the weight at 3 kg - just as the previous 17" Blade. This new Blade Pro is too heavy at 3.54 kg - lots of options around that weight. Slick, lightweight notebooks are Razer's cream and butter. What the heck has happened?

    There is no modern, high-end slim & light 17" notebook on the market today. This could have been it. This could have been the new 17" MacBook Pro. What a shame.
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  • nerd1 - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    MBP will never, ever have anything close to 1080. Reply
  • yhselp - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    There would likely never ever be a 17" MacBook Pro again. Or any high-end, slim and light 17" laptop. The new 17" Razer Blade could have been one, but it's not. That's the point. Reply
  • xchaotic - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - link

    I'm really surprised - I recently started travelling less and I must say 15" MBP is much better for everyday use - I lug it around the house and I think if there was a 17" I'd go for it now.
    With the advances of unibody and slimmer bezel, the new 17" could be not much bigger than many 15" laptops...
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  • dsumanik - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - link

    I've become less of a gamer as I age so im not too excited about onboard graphics.

    However the idea of a thin, light high performance 17 inch laptop with 4 or 5k display plus massive onboard raid storage would make me drool. Be nice if it had the option to connect to an external gpu as well to drive triple 4k displays when at home.

    I'd like 8 core, 32gb, 4 x pcie raid...and great battery life too (maybe in 10 years lol)
    Reply
  • SilthDraeth - Saturday, December 17, 2016 - link

    It can, it has Thunderbolt 3, which is capable of handling an external gpu enclosure. Reply
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    >too heavy at 3.54kg!
    >too heavy for a desktop-replacement (which weighs several dozen kg) laptop!
    Go to the gym, man.
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  • beck2050 - Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - link

    Incredible power. A few extra pounds is too much for these pitiful weaklings lol. Reply
  • TareX - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - link

    The Aorus X7 DT v6 has a 1080 GTX in it, comes with a superior 17" 120Hz 3K screen (regular 4K is an option) and a superior 6820hk processor to make the best out of the 1080. Weighs the same as the Blade, but slightly thicker at 1". Honestly, I think the 120hz screen and 6820hk is a better deal than the mechanical keyboard. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Friday, October 21, 2016 - link

    But it has the "do you even lift bro" gaming chicken/eagle logo... Ugg Reply

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