Razer Blade Pro: When Your New MacBook Pro Is Not Enough – Forbes
Can you take an ultra-high end gaming experience with you wherever you go? Razer’s latest laptop, the Blade Pro is a beast of a machine, packing in desktop-class specifications into a laptop-sized chassis. Razer’s subtle styling pairs up with a no-compromise attitude to create what it hopes is one of the best gaming experiences on the planet.
With the help of Razer’s European PR team, I’ve spent time with the Blade Pro since Christmas to find out.
The Razer Blade Pro does label itself as a laptop, but with a 17-inch screen the real value in the size is in the small footprint on your desk and the portability on offer compared to a PC gaming tower system. Razer’s styling of angular black anodised aluminium is clearly on show. It’s a no-nonsense design that lends a common look to all the Razer hardware and offers the company a high level of brand recognition.
The biggest thrill for me with the Razer Blade Pro is when it comes to the graphics settings in my games. I’m not a die-hard gamer (there’s no liquid cooled gaming rig hooked up to 27-inch wide monitors in my den, nor is there an ambition to have one), but I do enjoying gaming. That said, my own laptop is geared towards media production and portability which means the top-line graphics in modern games are not always open to me.
That’s not the case with the Blade Pro. To stick with my base needs of a laptop, it handles all my audio production needs with ease, both from editing and mixing, but also to live streaming broadcasts and radio station software. But with the Razer Blade Pro I can do one new thing that gives me ultimate pleasure…
I can turn every single graphical choice and performance setting up to eleven.
This would be the point where the more technical review would turn to a bundle of benchmarks to illustrate the graphical power, the high frame rates, the speedy processing, the detail on show in the 4K screen but they all boil down to a simple statement. The Razer Blade Pro will handle pretty much any modern game that you care to throw at it. The games that push the ultimate graphical limit are handled with ease (Bethseda’s reworking of Doom from last year is one that springs to mind), while those titles with graphics that are simply ‘demanding’ are a piece of cake. Bouncing around the California countryside in ‘American Truck Simulator‘ is all the more pleasant when every painstaking detail can be put on screen.
Inside the Razer Blade Pro you’ll find an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor paired up with the Nvidia GTX1080 graphics card. Between them these offer the ‘desktop equivalence’ in the laptop footprint. Backing those details up are 32GB of DDR4 Ram, and SSD storage options from 512GB to 2TB. You’d be hard pushed to find any significantly bigger numbers than this in a laptop, and it rivals many desktops.
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