Those familiar with the desktop replacement market (DTR) likely know Razer and what it brings to the table with its Razer Blade Pro laptop. For those that are not, this powerful laptop that could shoehorns in an i7-7820HK CPU with 4c/8t offering speeds to 4.3 GHz when overclocked. It sports a 17.3” 4K UHD IGZO G-SYNC display and comes with a fully appointed GTX 1080. High-end specs in a laptop like this can certainly put a hurting on your wallet with the 4K THX Certified Blade Pro described above fetching $4000 and up.  Announced at IFA and filling in the lower price point is Razer's new Blade Pro Full HD which is targeted towards gamers and creative professionals who need power desktop replacement...without spending $4000.

 Just as the name implies, the 17.3", 120Hz IPS screen sports a 1920x1080 resolution. Not needing to push so many pixels, it comes with a GTX 1060 6GB GPU. While the GTX 1060 isn't a slouch, I would prefer to see a 120Hz monitor matched up with a faster GPU (GTX 1070 perhaps?) in order to enjoy the faster refresh rate in more games longer. But, the point of this product isn't top notch performance. There is more of a focus on being a budget gaming laptop/desktop replacement with the Full HD. 

Available system memory also starts out at 16GB(2x8GB) 2400MHz (4K model uses 2667MHz) DDR4 expandable to 32GB (2x16GB). A unique feature to the Full HD model is having actual SODIMM slots and the ability to upgrade the ram. The 4K version has soldered in 32GB; no upgrade is possible there. Storage options also change between the two models with the Full HD's base offering a 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD (expandable to 2TB M.2 PCIe). They also do not offer RAID options. Instead of storage drives all compromised of M.2 PCIe drives, the Full HD favors a slower, cheaper, but higher capacity 2TB mechanical drive (expandable to 4TB HDD). See more details in the specifications table.

Some other differences between these two come in the form of weight reduction from 7.8 to 6.8 lbs as well as the Full HD model using a 70 Wh battery with the same 165W AC Adapter from the Blade 14, instead of the 99 Wh battery and 230W AC Adapter combo in the more expensive Blade Pro. Another cost saving change was the Full HD model losing the mechanical keyboard and going with a membrane based keyboard, which is the same one found in the Blade 14.

Dimensions of both laptops remain the same since its the same chassis with different underpinnings (and design cues). Connectivity is also the same with three USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port for high-bandwidth/advanced connectivity, HDMI 2.0 (VR Ready), SDXC card reader, and the Killer DoubleShot Pro network technology employing a Killer E2400 Gbe, as well as the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2x2:2 with Bluetooth 4.1). Like the Blade 14, the FHD Blade Pro also supports the Razer Core for eGFX, if necessary.

 

See both the 4K and Full HD model specification comparison in the table below. 

Razer Blade Pro 
Model 4K Full HD
CPU Intel Core i7-7820HK
4C/8T
2.9-3.9 GHz
8MB Cache
45W TDP
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4C/8T
2.8-3.8 GHz
6MB Cache
45W TDP
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB
2560 CUDA Cores
1556 - 1733 (Boost) MHz
NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB
1280 CUDA Cores
 
Memory 32GB 2667MHz DDR4 Soldered 16GB 2400 MHz DDR4 SODIMM
Display 17.3" 3840x2160 60 Hz w/G-SYNC 17.3" 1920x1080 120 Hz IPS
Storage 512GB (2 x 256GB) M.2 PCIe SSD
1TB (2 x 512GB) M.2 PCIe SSD
2TB (2 x 1TB) M.2 PCIe SSD
256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
(Expandable to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD)
2TB HDD
I/O 3 x USB 3.0 Ports
1 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x HDMI 2.0
SDXC Card Slot
1 x Headset Jack
1 x Killer E2400 Ethernet (10/100/1000Mbps)
Dimensions 22.5mm x 424mm x 281mm (HxWxD)
0.88" x 16.7" x 11" (HxWxD)
Weight 3.54 kg / 7.8 lbs 3.07 kg / 6.8 lbs
Battery 99 Wh, 250W AC Adapter 70 Wh, 165W AC Adapter
Wireless Killer Wireless-AC 1535
2x2:2 with Bluetooth 4.1
Price $3999.99+ $2299.99+

Base price on the Full HD machine with the 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD is $2299.99. The cost will go up when increasing capacity on the SSD and/or HDD. Availability of the Razer Blade Pro Full HD will be Worldwide in Q4 2017. 

Razer Rogue Backpack 17.3"

At IFA, Razer also announced a companion product to their 17" laptops introducing the Razer Rogue Backpack 17.3". From the looks of it, not much has changed outside of the size and ability to carry larger laptops. Its smaller siblings offered a tear and water-resistant exterior, a TPU padded scratch proof interior protecting the laptop, and a dedicated compartment for the laptop itself. The backpack is a frameless design with heavily padded shoulder straps and back panel. Razer says the Rogue backpack is engineered to evenly distribute the weight of heavier loads over the back while the chest strap is said to prevent fatigue. 

Pricing and availability were for the 17.3" backpack were not released at the time of publication. The smaller 15.6" is $99.99 through the Razer website so I would expect the larger model to cost a bit more. 

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  • CoreyWat - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    $3999 lol, think ill build a $1500 Gaming PC and grab a Surface for another grand, and still save 1500bucks Reply
  • austinsguitar - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    ^ this Reply
  • peterfares - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    Won't give you a portable GTX 1080 though. I do wonder how many of these they sell, that's very expensive. Reply
  • Cellar Door - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    There are enough rich kids out there with parents that won't bat an eye buying this. Otherwise they would not be making them. Reply
  • versesuvius - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    They are a shirley lot. You build it, they buy it. Reply
  • WaitWaitWhat? - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    And I thought the Asus Zephyrus with the GTX 1070 was overpriced before seeing this! This is insane! Reply
  • Hrel - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    I really thought that 1080p laptop would say $1500. What complete and total moron would pay that much for that laptop? Reply
  • HomeworldFound - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    What complete and total moron pays for Razer products at all? Reply
  • Alistair - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    All of Linus Media Group. They are going to make a video on the (un)reliability of all those laptops they purchased. Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - link

    Don't be too quick to presume that someone with enough disposable income to drop $3999 on a laptop automatically qualifies as less mentally competent than someone who can't do so. In fact, I'd argue that if you're smart enough to play the game of life that well, you're probably ahead of the majority of the teeming masses of lower wage earning sorts out there. Reply

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