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Razer go Back To The Future with the introduction of the new Razer Blade Pro

Fri 21st Oct 2016 - 12:51pm Gaming

If you're after a slim machine that you can slip inside your backpack or handbag, take on the bus or the subway, and peck out a few emails on, your reading the wrong article. Go ahead and get an iPad and with a keyboard cover. Maybe even a MacBook or a Surface Pro if you can handle the extra ounces. But if you want the kind of high-octane beast that can power a Oculus VR headset, weighs as much as a new born baby and is the laptop equivlenatnt of Brock Lesnar, the 2016 version of the Razer Blade Pro laptop is for you.

The new Razer Blade Pro does not seem like a real laptop, infact it seems about as real as the Razer toaster. But the truth is while Razer have been making high-performance gaming laptops with shockingly slim frames since 2011, none of them have been as over-the-top loaded as the new Blade Pro. The laptop’s tagline is “The desktop in your laptop,” aimed to give those 'desktop loyalist' something that can really change the way they game and to give them that desktop gaming feel whilst sat drinking coffee in their local starbucks or whilst doing their daily activities or whatever else it is they do.

The Razer Blade Pro is 'the desktop in your laptop' and that is an understatement due to the sheer fact of the absolute awesomeness that is built into this piece of gaming heaven. So lets tell you a bit more about this msystical beast.

Power:

The new Razer Blade Pro features the latest Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor and next-generation NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 GPU. It is the most powerful system ever built by Razer and the thinnest notebook available with a GTX 1080. Other highlights on the new Razer Blade Pro include Thunderbolt 3 for advanced connectivity options, 32 GB of DDR4 dual-channel memory, up to 2 TB of PCI M.2 SSD in RAID 0 storage and a built-in SD card reader.

Size:

While other similarly equipped desktop replacements are more than two inches thick and weigh more than 10 pounds, the new Blade Pro retains its iconic form factor. Its unibody CNC aluminum chassis still measures just 0.88 inches thin while weighing less than eight pounds. The included AC adapter is also far slimmer than those for similarly powered systems and complements the overall mobility of the Blade Pro.

The power of the vape:

Even more remarkable is the system’s thermal management system. This all new thermal management system in the Blade Pro now includes the worlds thinnest manufactured vapor chamber cooling solution in a notebook. The vapor chamber reduces heat resistance and hotspots by spreading heat quickly, evenly and efficiently. A custom fan design and dynamic heat exchanger are paired with the vapor chamber to maximize heat dissipation. This allows the Razer Blade Pro to be the most powerful computer ever assembled in such a thin chassis.

The spirit of the Blackwiddow Chroma lives within:

The Razer Blade Pro is the first notebook to utilize Razer’s Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches. Each switch features a true actuation and reset point. Presses are registered with 65 grams of force, mimicking the feel of full-size mechanical keyboards. The keyboard and trackpad are also Powered by Razer Chroma™. This technology unlocks a virtually endless array of dazzling lighting effects that can be customized by the user or synced to display in-game events.

And the rest?!?!?

The rest of the desktop replacement notebook offers a similar no-compromises approach. A stunning 17.3-inch 4K IGZO monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology produces the smoothest possible framerates. The display offers 100 percent Adobe RGB color accuracy to deliver stunning visuals to gamers and professionals.

So is it VR ready?

OH HELL YEAH!!! The specs for the Blade Pro exceed minimum hardware requirements of HTC Vive™, Oculus Rift and OSVR HDK 2, making it one of the most mobile VR-ready devices for enthusiasts and developers.

“The original 17-inch Blade was the first laptop that truly blended power and portability in a PC,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’ve taken that approach another step further with the new Razer Blade Pro. The thermal engineering behind it is staggering. It’s incredible how far we’ve come, from having one product and a small team, to today, with a full catalog of gaming systems and a large group of engineers and designers pushing what a portable gaming machine can do.”

“It’s impressive what Razer was able to pack into the new Razer Blade Pro,” said Mark Aevermann, senior product lead for GeForce gaming laptops at NVIDIA. “They have managed to design a gaming laptop with our flagship GeForce GTX 1080, in a form factor gamers can take with them on the road.”

The 17-inch Blade Pro joins the rest of Razer’s award-winning systems lineup. The 14-inch Razer Blade sets the benchmark for mobile gaming, while the 12.5-inch Razer Blade Stealth was named the “Best PC” at CES earlier this year for its combination of performance, value, expandability and portability. Both models recently announced refreshes that are shipping now.

For more information on the new Razer Blade Pro, and to register to be notified about on-sale timing, visit razerzone.com/bladepro. Units are expected to ship this November from Razerzone.com and select retailers.

Price: Starts at US$3,699 / €4,199 / £3,499

Expected shipping date: November 2016 (Europe and US)

Product features: 

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM)
Intel® Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6 GHz / 3.5 GHz)
17.3-inch IGZO UHD G-SYNC, 16:9 ratio, 3840 x 2160, with LED backlight, with capacitive multi-touch
Windows® 10 64-bit
512 GB SSD RAID 0 (2x 256 GB PCIe M.2) / 1 TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 512 GB PCIe M.2) / 2 TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 1 TB PCIe M.2) options
32 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (DDR4, 2133 MHz)
Anti-ghosting individually backlit ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard
Killer DoubleShot™ Pro:

Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
Killer™ E2400 (Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000)
Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)
HDMI 2.0 video and audio output
SDXC card reader
Built-in stereo speakers
Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
Array microphone
Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, trackpad, backlighting, and fan control
Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
Kensington™ security slot
Compact 250 W power adapter
Built-in 99 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
Approx. Size: 0.88 in. / 22.5 mm (Height) x 16.7 in. / 424 mm (Width) x 11 in. / 281 mm (Depth)
Approx. Weight: 7.80 lbs. / 3.54 kg

The New Razer Blade

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