Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
Average of 3 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Razer Blade Pro 17 inch 2015
Needs sharpening. The 17.3-inch Razer Blade Pro has not seen a major revision since its reveal in 2011 and its age is starting to show. Is the attractive razor-thin form factor and unique Switchblade interface enough to convince the hardcore gaming crowd?
I’ve worked with a number of dedicated gaming notebooks as well as my fair share of business-oriented laptops. Each category comes with its own set of requirements that manufacturers must address to fill the needs of the intended audience. Razer is pitching the Blade Pro as a jack of all trades, designed for play and work, and while I believe they got close to that sweet spot, I can't help but feel that Razer compromised and fell short on the GPU side.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/04/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Razer Blade Pro presents a confusing proposition. The smaller 14 inch Blade is more powerful, shipping with an Nvidia GTX970M – while the larger ‘Pro’ version has to make do with the weaker GTX960M. Razer could argue the smaller model gets the better GPU to help power games via the 3K screen, however as we have already reported the 14 inch Blade runs very hot, and sounds like a helicopter on takeoff under heavy load. A 1080p screen and GTX960M would have made more sense for that diminutive chassis and it would certainly have helped mitigate thermal throttling issues.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: Never has there been such intense power packed into such a slim and portable casing, but Razer has proven the naysayers wrong by packaging a laptop that is powerful enough for gaming but portable enough for everyday work. It is only 2.2 cm thick and weighs slightly less than 3 kg. So, its weight and height are lower than mainstream gaming laptops' elsewhere. It comes with an enormous, anti-glare 17.3 inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. This machine houses 47 watt quad core Intel i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics, 16 GB of RAM and a dual storage system consisting of a 128 GB ultra-fast SSD storage (up to 512 GB) and a secondary 1 TB hard drive. All these contribute to an immersive gaming experience.
However, needless to say, gaming laptops are notorious for generating an insane amount of heat. To alleviate the heating issues, engineers have designed the laptop in such a way that heat is directed away from the keyboard area. Lastly, the main star of the laptop is an integrated touchpad on the keyboard panel that not only functions as control pad but can be used in conjunctions with the Switchblade UI and function as a trackpad and alternative control point. All these impressive features make the Blade Pro really stand out as a gaming laptop.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M: Upper mid-range graphics card of the GeForce GTX 900M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4720HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Razer: Razer USA Ltd. is an American hardware manufacturer founded in 1998. The focus is on gaming devices as well as accessories; traditionally computer mice. The products were often named after fables or animals. However, Razer also offers laptops under the series name "Blade".
There are reviews on the Razer Blade series since 2013, but not overly many. The market share in the laptop market is low and the ratings are average (as of 2016).
80.33%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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