Nvidia blew the PC gaming world away when it launched its latest GTX 1000 series GPUs, the graphical powerhouses, for the desktop and laptop.
We’ve already played with a couple of laptops with the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 and we were blown away by how powerful and compact these can now be. Razer, the ultimate maker of PC gaming accessories and laptops, has unveiled the Blade Pro that literally puts a desktop PC inside a laptop.
The new Blade Pro comes with a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor – surprisingly, last year’s Skylake instead of Intel’s latest Kaby Lake. Razer went with this option as Kaby Lake isn’t yet equipped with a quad-core processor. The difference in versions shouldn’t bother gamers too much — the processor is still extremely fast and very much future-proof. Of course the Blade Pro comes with Nvidia’s showstopper, the GTX 1080. Razer went with PCIe M.2 SSD storage and you can choose from 512GB to 2TB. No choice when it comes to RAM though; you get a whopping 32GB of DDR4.
The screen is a beautiful 17.3 inch 4K (3840×2160) IGZO panel with the Nvidia G-Sync support as well as multi-touch. There’s a HDMI output, three USB 3.0 ports, a SD card reader and a USB Type-C port that doubles as a Thunderbolt 3 jack for crazy-high bandwidth speeds of up to 40Gbps.
Razer knows how to make mechanical keyboards better than anyone else and gamers love the feel and click of those mechanical buttons, so there’s no doubt the beautiful Blade Pro packs in one of the best mechanical keyboards ever created. It’s the same keyboard that Razer released earlier this year as a case for the iPad Pro. Old-school PC gamers will love it and frequent laptop users who have never dealt with a mechanical keyboard will definitely appreciate it. Razer has also included a large touchpad on the right side of the keyboard instead of below it. Not sure how usable it is in its new position and size as there’s no replacing a mouse especially while playing games.
Keeping in line with how slim Razer and other manufacturers are being able to go with their headlining gaming laptops, the Blade Pro is a sleek 0.88 inches thick, weighing in a decent 3.5kg. It also holds the mantle of being the thinnest laptop equipped with the GTX 1080. That’s a compact, fully VR-ready laptop the way we see it.
The Blade Pro starts shipping in November at $3,699 (Dh13,686), a price that’s out of reach for most gamers but with the beautiful design, keyboard and spec sheet we can’t say the price is too steep.