Razer Blade Pro 4K Review
Razer Blade Pro Review – THE DESKTOP IN YOUR LAPTOP.
The Razer Blade Pro sets a new standard for desktop replacement laptops delivering an immersive experience in an incredibly thin form factor. Equipped with a Quad-Core 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor, NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 10 Series VR ready graphics, ample memory, storage, and ports, and a massive 17.3″ display with up to 4K resolution.
As the world’s first laptop to be a THX® Certified Mobile Device by the legendary audio/visual brand, the 4K Razer Blade Pro delivers an immersive visual and audio experience unlike any other laptop. Display colors are pre-calibrated for accuracy, producing the best visuals for gaming, videos, and content creation. Hear every sound with high fidelity audio output through the headphone jack that covers the full range of human hearing.
Dominate any task with the extreme performance of the Quad-Core 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. Enjoy high fidelity visuals and support of simultaneous 4K or 360-degree streaming videos on multiple displays. See improved performance and efficiency when storing, viewing, editing or sharing multiple projects. Enjoy immersive VR gaming experiences with the Quad-Core Intel Core i7-7700HQ on the Full HD model, with up to 4 cores with hyper-threading technology and up to 3.8GHz of speed with Turbo Boost.
For even more performance, the 4K model of the Blade Pro features the Quad-Core Intel Core i7-7820HK processor. Enable High Performance mode in Razer Synapse and instantly overclock the 4K Razer Blade Pro to 4.3GHz to tackle the most intensive tasks, all in a thin form factor.
competitors: Razer Blade Stealth
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|Dimensions||0.88” / 22.5mm (Height) x 16.7” / 424mm (Width) x 11” / 281mm (Depth)|
|Weight||7.69 lbs / 3.49 kg|
|3840 x 2160|
|IGZO, 16:9 aspect ratio, NVIDIA® G-SYNC™, 100% Adobe RGB, capacitive multi-touch|
|CPU||Overclocked Quad-Core 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK Processor with Hyper-Threading 2.9GHz / 3.9GHz / 4.3GHz (Base / Turbo / Overclock)|
|GPU||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM)|
|Memory||512GB SSD RAID 0 (2x 256GB PCIe M.2)|
1TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 512GB PCIe M.2)
2TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 1TB PCIe M.2)
32GB dual-channel memory (DDR4, 2667MHz), fixed
|Camera||Built-in webcam (2.0MP)|
|Loudspeaker||Built-in stereo speakers|
Built-in array microphone
3.5mm combo audio port
Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
7.1 Codec support
|Ports||SDXC card reader|
Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
USB 3.0 port x 3 (SuperSpeed)
HDMI 2.0 audio and video output
|WLAN||Killer DoubleShot™ Pro:|
Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
Killer™ E2500 (Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000)
|Additional Features||Keyboard and trackpad lighting powered by Razer Chroma™|
Razer™ Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, trackpad, backlighting, and fan control
Kensington™ Security Slot
Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
|Battery||Compact 250W power adapter|
Built-in 99Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
The $3,999 Razer Blade Pro was already a superb notebook for gaming, VR and content creation. The desktop replacement delivered a beautiful 4K Nvidia G-Sync display, great graphics and overall performance into one of the thinnest, lightest chassis we’ve seen on a system this size. This time around, Razer’s improved on a few things, upgrading to an overclocked Intel “Kaby Lake” Core i7 processor and adding THX-certification to its display and audio — making it the first mobile device to hold the title.
However, for the price, I do want a system that has a faster SSD and longer battery life, two things that the $2,999 Asus ROG G701VI can provide. While that system is significantly cheaper, you do lose out on the 4K display and customizable mechanical keyboard. There’s also the Alienware 17, which can be configured with similar specs, including a 4K display for $3,649, but at 9.6 pounds, it’s not really a portable system.
Which is why the $2,299, 1080p version of the Blade Pro is a viable contender. The laptop serves up solid power despite its somewhat midtier specs, and gamers might prefer the 120Hz refresh rate and comfortable keyboard over a 4K panel and a shallow mechanical keyboard. Overall, if you’re looking for the ultimate mix of portability and power, the buck stops at the Razer Blade Pro.
If we set aside the emissions, speakers and battery life for just a moment, the Razer Blade Pro is a very well-designed high-end notebook. With its slim build, high-quality materials and classy design, it should catch the fancy of gamers who value quality, refinement and a reasonable degree of transportability. When you add the RGB backlit mechanical keyboard, this 17-inch laptop is one of the highest quality devices we have ever held in our hands.
Thanks to the 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, the SSD RAID, and the GeForce GTX 1080, it certainly is not lacking in performance power – though we do feel compelled to criticize Razer for the soldered RAM. The display in the UHD edition we tested is not beyond reproach either. On the one hand, the IGZO panel scores points for its extensive color space coverage, low black value and strong contrast. On the other, its low brightness and reflective surface are quite irritating – not to mention the massive problems our test model had with lighting inconsistencies.
There is also plenty of room for improvement when it comes to the sound of the integrated speakers, as well as the laptop’s energy consumption rates (which negatively impact its battery life). But the Blade Pro loses the most points for its high temperatures and loud noise levels. Ultimately, games can only truly be enjoyed with headphones over the ears. It appears the cooling system is only fit to serve a GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 Max-Q. Given all these deficiencies on top of its luxury price, the 4K version will be hard-pressed to successfully compete with the rest of the (mostly fatter) laptops on the 17-inch market.
The New Blade Pro delivers audio, visual, and performance improvements over the previous version, and makes a generally excellent laptop even better for about the same price. It’s not a huge upgrade, but it does refresh one of the best 17-inch options on the market. It’s slimmer than other 17-inch laptops, if you need a high-powered, 4K machine to take with you, but it’s still not exactly portable compared with 15-inch systems. If more power and storage are more important than portability, the Alienware 17 R4 is your best bet for less money, while the much-less-expensive Asus ROG Zephyrus takes size and power in the opposite direction for a truly portable GTX 1080 laptop.
If you want to kick desktop gaming to the curb without sacrificing performance, the Razer Blade Pro is your best option. It’s big, powerful, and expensive, but it’s also a real monster of a gaming rig.
Considering how well it handles recent games like Battlefield 1, and brand-new games like Destiny 2, the 4K gaming performance you get out of the Razer Blade Pro will last you a couple years. After that, you’ll have to scale back to 1440p, and eventually 1080p. Yet that’s a pretty long lifespan for a gaming laptop. The Razer Blade Pro is an investment that should stick around for some time.
You might find better alternatives, though most of them depend on price. If you want a gaming laptop that looks nice and runs well, the regular Razer Blade is an excellent choice, as is the MSI GS63VR. Any laptop with a GTX 1060 (or even a GTX 1070) is going to offer excellent gaming performance at 1080p, even with the latest games. These laptops will run you about half the price of the Razer Blade Pro.
But, if you need a portable GTX 1080, or just want to replace your gaming desktop with an equally — or nearly equally — capable gaming laptop, then the Razer Blade Pro is a great choice. Plus, it’s the only laptop we’ve encountered that can reliably play games at 4K without any major issues. That’s huge.
So there you have it. The Razer Blade Pro is definitely a mixed bag for me. There are some things I really like, such as the screen, build quality, trackpad and design. And those speakers sure sound great! But even some of those nice things have a couple tid-bits I don’t like.
My screen having weird backlight bleed ripples while moving it, for example. Also GSYNC isn’t working. The dead spots in my trackpad. And the same old, large bezels on the screen.
If it were just those things, I’d still probably have a nice grade for the Razer Blade Pro. But when you add in the keyboard that I struggled with, the overclockable CPU that can’t be overclocked without throttling, the high surface temperatures, poor battery life and the very high price? Well…I have to draw the line somewhere.
But remember, this is just me and my perspective. Others certainly will think differently. In fact, I have a feeling I’m going to get a lot of flak for this article, mainly because of the defensiveness I’ve seen from Razer Blade Pro owners on the forums. Sure, some of them are just huge Razer fans, but a reasonable number of people really like their machines (at least the 2016 version).
And rightfully so, because there really isn’t another thin GTX 1080 machine out there at this time. At least not one built as well, with a nice screen and speakers. And many of them actually like the keyboard. That’s their perspective and I accept that.
But I cannot, in good conscious, recommend this laptop to anyone unless they have a lot of money to throw away and absolutely must have the thinnest GTX 1080 laptop available. If it were $3000, I’d say go for it, but there are way too many things wrong to warrant their asking price, in my opinion.
So that’s about it for this one. I would certainly like to hear what you all have to say about this 2017 Razer Blade Pro – especially from current owners. For something this pricey, I’d like to know if some of the issues I had were isolated to just me. I won’t have this unit on hand anymore, but I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments section below.