Razer Blade Pro, a Thin and Light Gaming Laptop gets Nvidia GTX 1080, Mechanical Keyboard

Razer Blade Pro, a Thin and Light Gaming Laptop gets Nvidia GTX 1080, Mechanical Keyboard

Razer announced a new thin and light gaming laptop with Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics module. The Razer Blade Pro is a 17.3-inch mobile monster of a machine with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 32GB of memory, and RAID 0 PCIe M.2 SSD storage up to 2TB. It features a 4K (3840 x 2160) IGZO display with Nvidia G-Sync, in addition to Killer Doubleshot Pro networking (E2400 Gigabit LAN and Wireless AC 1535). Interestingly, laptop is less than an inch thick (0.88″) and weighs only 7.8 lbs.

The Graphics, The Cooling: Razer isn’t a stranger to the thin and light market, with the Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Blade laptops offering a similar hook: go thin and light with some ample under the hood. However, the new Blade Pro takes that concept to a whole new level, almost redefining what a thin and light device could be with the inclusion of the incredibly GTX 1080.

The is not the first laptop from the company to sport a mobile Pascal-based GPU. Indeed, although the Razer Blade now has the GTX 1060 as an option, the GTX 1080 is a cut above. Of further note, the has a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port, which indicates that it’s ready for pairing with the Razer Core external GPU dock. (However, the onboard GTX 1080 would seem to obviate the need for the mega peripheral.)

The powerful GPU does, however, necessitate a robust cooling system. One does not simply cram a GTX 1080 into a slim chassis, to borrow the meme. To that end, Razer boasted of its vapor chamber cooling, stating that it’s paired with a custom fan design and dynamic heat exchanger.

Mechanical In a move that is as expected as it is welcome, Razer tricked out the Razer Blade Pro with ultra low-profile mechanical keyboard switches. We assumed we’d see these switches land on the company’s laptops when it announced them this summer; there was no way they would remain as an option for something as un-Razer-like as an iPad accessory.

Placement of the Touchpad: Another striking design choice is the placement of the touchpad on the Blade Pro. Instead of positioning it under the keyboard, as it is on virtually every laptop in the world, Razer stuck it off to the right. In a way, this puts the touchpad where a mouse would more naturally be if you were typing on a desktop. Razer also cleverly placed a volume roller just above the touchpad. Thin and light devices usually have a hefty premium attached, and the Blade Pro is no different. Starting at $3,699, the Razer Blade Pro is expected to ship in November.

ProductRazer Blade Pro
ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ
Memory32GB DDR4
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X
Display17.3” 4K (3840 x 2160) IGZO w/ G-Sync
StorageUp to 2TB (2 x 1TB) PCIe M.2 SSD in RAID 0
Networking– Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet

– Killer Wireless AC 1535

Ports– USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)

– USB 3.0 x3

– HDMI 2.0

– SDXC Card Reader

– Mic-In/Headphone-Out Combo Jack

Dimensions (L x W x H)11 x 16.7 x 0.88
Weight7.8 lbs.
Starting MSRP$3,699


Credits: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/razer-blade-pro-gtx-1080-mechanical-keyboard,32903.html

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