When it comes to creating the best gaming rigs, Razer has always been keen to trying new things in order to set it apart from other laptop makers. This year, the Irvine-based company is looking to take their laptop designs to the next level with the new 17-inch Razer Blade Pro.
Touted as a high-end desktop in the body of a laptop, this latest iteration of the Blade computer features Nvidia Pascal-based graphics in the form of the GeForce GTX 1080, which easily trumps GPUs typically found in other gaming notebooks.
With the GTX 1080, the 17-inch Razer Blade Pro can handle graphics-heavy games such as Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Rise of the Tomb Raider. It also provides excellent support, superb processing speed and power efficiency for virtual reality graphics.
The Razer Blade Pro is fitted with Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor that can run at 2.6 GHz to 3.5 GHz and 32 GB DDR4 dual-channel memory, the most that Razer has ever placed in a Blade laptop.
In terms of storage options, you can choose a Blade Pro with 512 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB SSD Raid 0 capabilities. Compared to other laptops, this one doesn't operate using a hard drive.
Those specs are already impressive enough but perhaps what is most intriguing about this gaming rig is that Razer was able to fit all of those specs and then some in a 0.88-inch thick frame.
Carrying the Blade Pro is also a cinch as it only weighs around 7.8 pounds. This means you can play your favorite high-end PC and VR games practically anywhere you want. The 17-inch Razer Blade Pro is definitely not your ordinary PC gaming laptop.
"This is now the king of the Razer Blade lineup," Razer product marketing director Kevin Sather said. "It brings a whole different kind of performance over the prior generation."
17-Inch Razer Blade Pro Vs Other Gaming Laptops
Razer seems to be pulling out all the stops with the 17-inch Razer Blade Pro, but how does its laptop stack up against other gaming notebooks available in the market.
The Origin EON15-X is yet another laptop that boasts top-of-the-line performance comparable to desktop PCs. This gaming rig is available in Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 variants and operates using an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070.
The RAM for the EON15-X can be set from 8 GB to 64 GB and it features a storage capacity of 120 GB - 1 TB SSD, 500 GB - 2TB HDD and 1TB SSHD.
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15-inch
Another popular choice for avid PC gamers is the 15.6-inch Ideapad Y700 from Lenovo. It is fitted with either an Intel Core i5 or an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU with a 2 GB to 4 GB of DDR5 VRAM.
The Ideapad Y700 can be purchased with an 8 GB to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a storage capacity of 128 GB - 512 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD.
This laptop can handle most modern video games available, provided you leave them at decent settings.
Asus ROG Strix GL502
The Asus ROG Strix GL502 is one more gaming laptop that provides support for 1080p gaming. It has an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 GPU. Memory for this rig is handled by a 16GB DDR4 and storage is set at 128GB - 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD.
This laptop is known to allow Overwatch players to set their PC settings all the way up without experiencing graphics hits below 60 frames per second.