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Razer updates its Blade Pro gaming laptop

Razer Blade Pro: now with GTX 960M graphics
Razer Blade Pro: now with GTX 960M graphics
The 17-inch laptop now comes with Nvidia's new GTX 960M graphics card. Other highlights are slim chassis and Razer's unique Switchblade LCD trackpad.

Today, Razer announced an updated version of the 17-inch Blade Pro gaming laptop. The main improvement is the new GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, which was also officialy introduced by Nvidia (and reviewed by us) today. Unlike most other laptops updated with this GPU, the Blade Pro carries 4 GB of GDDR5 video memory instead of 2, which should ensure better performance in many new demanding games. It's not clear, though, why Razer hasn't used a more powerful GPU: their smaller (14-inch) Blade gaming laptop is equipped with a considerably more powerful GTX 970M. However, the 960M should still be sufficient for modern games in Blade Pro's native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The screen is matte, which should improve working outdoors and in brightly lit rooms, but the panel type is unfortunately not specified.

The other specifications have not been changed considerably:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4720HQ
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR3L 1600 MHz (dual-channel, soldered)
  • Storage: mSATA SSD and SATA 2.5" HDD (varies by model, see below)
  • Ports: 3x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4a (up to 7.1 audio output), 3.5-mm audio combo jack, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Communications: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 (Intel Wireless-AC 7260 module in mSATA form-factor), 2 MP webcam with array microphones
  • Battery: 74 Wh
  • Weight: 3.07 kg (6.76 lbs)
  • Special: Switchblade LCD trackpad

The least expensive model costs $2300 and offers 128 GB SSD + 500 GB HDD, doubling the SSD capacity costs $200 extra, and for $2800 buyers can have a 512 GB SSD paired with a 1 TB HDD. The updated Blade Pro is already available for purchase through Razer website and will ship on the 25th of March.

The Blade Pro retains its iconic slim black chassis.
The Blade Pro retains its iconic slim black chassis.
All ports are located on the left side.
All ports are located on the left side.


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Andrey Konstantinov, 2015-03-12 (Update: 2015-03-13)