The bits of electronics that power the technology of today have been getting smaller ever since their inception – everything new is a thinner, slimmer, lighter version of its previous self; at the same time, they also get more powerful, stronger and faster.
The Razer Blade Pro is the sort of laptop John Hammond would make, if he cared about laptops rather than murder dinosaur theme parks. No expense has been spared – and that reflects in the price, as the laptop starts at thirty-seven-hundred in American Dollars. It is an immense price to pay, for an incredible machine.
This thing is no less than a desktop, in fact, its tagline is “the desktop in your laptop” – Razer knows that they have built a monster.
Now, typically, the more powerful a gaming laptop is, the thicker and bulkier it gets; Razer has managed to fit a real GTX 1080 in here, with a 7th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ @ 3.5 GHz – unless you are from the future, the fact that this is in a laptop should alone be enough to blow your mind. The laptop even has a tiny crypto-processor that supports TPM 2.0 security.
Complimenting those two is thirty-two gigabytes of RAM. Yeah, 32 GB of DDR4 2133 Mhz RAM in a laptop. You can probably strap this thing on your back and run a VR headset off it – there you have it, portable VR.
To cool these beasts, Razer had to develop a custom vapour-chamber-cooling mechanism; Razer claims that this is the world’s thinnest vapor chamber solution ever built for a laptop. A custom dynamic heat exchanger paired with a custom fan design, transfer the heat out into the world, perhaps slowing down the heat death of the universe.
With great power comes great responsibility; if Razer decides to create something this powerful, it must also make sure that it is used properly – and it did. The laptop has a 17.3 inch IGZO multi-touch 3840×2160 display with NVidia’s GSync and the full Adobe RGB color space – that’s 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color space.
For perhaps the first time, you will be able to actually game on that resolution on a laptop – with a full GTX 1080, this thing has all the horsepower one could ask for.
Razer has also added a Killer DoubleShot Pro network card, with 802.11AC WiFi and E2400 Gigabit Ethernet, along with Bluetooth 4.1.
As for the storage… there are a variety of options to choose from, and none of them are going to hold you back. Here are the choices:
- Dual 128 GB M.2 PCIe-based SSDs in RAID 0 giving you a total of 256 GB
- 1 TB PCIe SSD
- 2 TB PCIe SSD
You can’t ask for more.
And yet, with all of these beasts inside a 0.88-inch-thick unibody CNC aluminum chassis, Razer has managed to fit in a fully backlit mechanical keyboard. This laptop is probably bigger on the inside. It does weigh 7.8 pounds, or 3.4 kg – breaks the illusion does it not? Can’t beat physics just yet.
What’s inside matters – but if the outside isn’t good enough, it becomes irrelevant. Razer Blade Pro has a 2-megapixel webcam in this laptop – and that’s where the sanity ends.
This thing has three USB 3.0 ports, a single USB-C port powered by Thunderbolt 3, an SDXC card reader, an HDMI 2.0 port, and even a 3.5mm jack. You know you have achieved something great when you can fit a 3.5mm jack into something.
Powering this monster is a 99-watt-hour battery – by the way, that’s the largest-capacity battery legally allowed on an airplane in most countries.
It is not every day a machine like this is born; These specifications are truly maddening, and to judge them would be an honor by itself.
Unfortunately, unless you have $3,700 to spare, all you can do is stare at it. The $3,700 is for the lowest-tier model too – the price goes as high as $4,500 if you want that 2 TB PCIe SSD.
Razer plans on shipping this thing starting sometime in November.