Razer Blade Pro (2016) review: Now this is how you do a ‘Pro’ laptop – PCWorld

Despite its premium price, the Blade Pro has arguably been Razer’s weakest laptop ever since 2014. That’s the year the 14-inch Blade (no surname) received a massive performance upgrade, bumping up to an Nvidia GTX 870M graphics card and a crisp 3200×1800 screen.

Meanwhile the 17-inch Blade Pro stuck to the lower 860M-tier card and a 1080p screen—and at a higher price. Suffice it to say, it’s been awhile since the Blade Pro felt like it deserved its lofty moniker.

For a time I thought Razer had decided to abandon the Pro model entirely and stick to the 14-inch Blade, but instead Razer was apparently scheming a way to put the Blade Pro back on top. Successfully, I might add. The latest Blade Pro is one hell of a machine, and an incredible return to form.

Provided you can afford it.

See ya, Switchblade

The Blade line continues to be one of the most recognizable gaming laptop lines, in part because Razer’s design barely changes year-to-year. That’s certainly true here, with the Blade Pro looking much the same as it always has—a slim, black, and vaguely MacBook-esque aluminum chassis, emblazoned with Razer’s illuminated green snake design on the cover.

Open the lid though and you’ll immediately notice changes, both big and small.

Razer Blade Pro (2016) Hayden Dingman

First up: the typeface. Razer has been gradually transitioning from the orginal blocky typeface on its laptops’ keyboards, and that process is completed in the modern-looking, readable, and ultrathin sans-serif typeface found on the new Blade Pro. It’s a small change, but one that gives Razer’s laptops a more universal appeal—particularly the Blade Pro, which Razer has typically aimed at artists, video editors, and musicians in addition to gamers.

Razer’s also changed the feel of its keys, a change I’m more torn about. Described by Razer as “The World’s First Ultra-Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard,” the Blade Pro aims to emulate the tactile feel of a desktop mechanical keyboard, but with the slim Chiclet-style keycaps you’d typically see on a laptop.

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