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Razer Blade Pro 2017

Specifications

Razer Blade Pro 2017
Razer Blade Pro 2017 (Blade Pro Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
32768 MB 
, dual-channel, DDR4 2667MHz
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 3840x2160 pixel 255 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, THX Certified, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
,  GB 
, up to 2TB SSD RAID 0 (2x 1TB PCIe M.2)
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.5 x 424 x 281 ( = 0.89 x 16.69 x 11.06 in)
Battery
99 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: ultra-low-profile mechanical, Keyboard Light: yes
Weight
3.5 kg ( = 123.46 oz / 7.72 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
3700 Euro

 

Average Score: 77.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)

Reviews for the Razer Blade Pro 2017

80% New Razer Blade Pro (2017)
Source: PC Mag English
The New Blade Pro is a modest improvement on the previous iteration, with a THX-certified panel and audio alongside a slightly faster unlocked Core i7 processor.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Razer Blade Pro Review Editor's Choice
Source: Laptop Mag English
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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% New Razer Blade Pro (2017)
Source: PC Mag English
The New Blade Pro is a modest improvement on the previous iteration, with a THX-certified panel and audio alongside a slightly faster unlocked Core i7 processor.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Razer Blade Pro 2017 review – what happens when you put a GTX 1080 in a thin laptop
Source: Ultrabook Review English
The Razer Blade Pro is definitely a mixed bag for me. There are some things I really like about it, 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, like the screen's backlight bleed, the flawed GSYNC and the same old, large bezels on the screen. Still, 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.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
Razer's new Blade Pro is the world's first THX-certified gaming laptop
Source: CNet English
The new 2017 version of the Razer Blade Pro will be available in April, starting at $3,999 in the US and £3,799 in the UK. Australia isn't on the initial launch list, but that UK price works out to roughly AU$6,250.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/28/2017

Foreign Reviews

全新 RAZER BLADE PRO 電競筆電
Source: PC Online.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Positive: Impressive design; nice display; good hardware; high gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2017

Comment

Model:

Razer's flagship 17-inch gaming laptop is getting a handful of 2017 upgrades. Razer is also claiming this is the world's first THX-certified laptop, which means it gets a stamp of approval from the audio/video standards company. Most notable among the upgrades is a move to new seventh-gen Intel Core i7 processors; specifically, the one used here is an overclocked Core i7-7820HK. The 32GB of RAM gets a small speed boost, from 2,133MHz to 2,667MHz. The Blade Pro looks like a stretched version of the company’s 14-inch Blade. It is a clean look, especially with its all-black colour scheme and uninterrupted lines. Aside from Razer’s glowing logo on the lid, the chassis is almost devoid of design accents. The thinness, however, is where this model really shines. At 0.88 inch, Razer says the Blade Pro is the thinnest notebook to wield a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. Weight-wise, the Blade Pro’s aluminum unibody chassis lands at 7.8 pounds. The display’s long hinge is attached to the back of the chassis to keep as low of a profile as possible. It can be opened with one finger. Despite this, the display hinge is stiff enough to prevent display wobble when the screen is poked or swiped. That is important because the Blade Pro has a touch-sensitive display. The hinge allows the display to tilt back about 45 degrees.

Like the previous Blade Pro, the 4K 17-inch display supports Nvidia's G-Sync technology for less screen-tearing and runs the same Nvidia GeForce 1080 graphics card. The display panel itself is of the Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) variety, a thinner alternative to the In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays. Razer says this display covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color space, which is notable; the Adobe RGB color space is wider than the more commonly referenced sRGB. That makes the Blade Pro especially well-suited for precision graphics work such as photo editing. Users also get the same low-profile mechanical keyboard with extremely customizable backlighting. The touchpad is still off to the side, which is one of the most unusual things about this very thin gaming laptop. The 2.0-megapixel Webcam above the display panel is of reasonable quality, but unfortunately, it doesn’t support Windows Hello for facial recognition in Windows 10. The Blade Pro covers its bases when it comes to port selection. The left edge has the reversible power connector, a LAN jack, two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, and audio/microphone combo jack. The rest of the connectivity is on the right edge, where there is a full-size SD-card reader, USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, the third and last USB Type-A 3.0 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, and the Kensington-style cable lock slot. The 2.0 nature of the HDMI port here is important, as it allows 4K output at 60Hz. The Razer Blade has always been the benchmark in its category. The 2017 version brings all the necessary improvements to maintain its status. For those without a budget, this is definitely one of the best gaming laptops to look out for.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop): Pascal based laptop graphics card using GDDR5 graphics memory. Should offer a similar performance to the deskto GTX 1080. However, there is also a more power efficient "Max-Q" version that performs worse than the normal GTX1080 and is used in thin and light laptops. These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
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.  
7820HK: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 2.9 - 3.9 GHz. It is the second fastest model of the consumer H-series in the beginning of 2017. The chip also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake). Compared to the Core i7-7820HQ, the 7820HK lacks business features like vPro or TXT support.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.3":

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.
3.5 kg:

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).


77.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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