- Editor's Rating
- Good performance
- Excellent build quality and design
- Innovative multifunctional touchpad
- Good keyboard
- Beautiful display
- Not user upgradeable
- Fans could be quieter
- Lack of ports
Quick TakeThe Razer Blade Pro isn't the least expensive gaming laptop but it is the thinnest and lightest; making it easy for us to recommend for mobile gamers.
The Razer Blade Pro is a light and thin gaming notebook. The Blade line of notebooks is Razer’s first foray into the PC market. The Blade Pro is priced at $2,499.99 at the time of the review. The notebook has an all-black exterior made of strong, but lightweight aluminum. The chassis is strong, and there is almost no flex when pressure is applied. The chassis is sealed, making upgrades difficult at best. The battery is also sealed. The Blade Pro measures 16.8 x 10.9 x 0.88-inches and weighs 6.58 pounds.
In order to keep the notebook slim, Razer had to compromise on some of the ports and inputs. Ports on the Blade Pro include an AC power jack, Ethernet, HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports and a Kensington Lock Slot. The Blade Pro has a 17.3-inch display with 127 dpi resolution and an anti-glare surface. NotebookReview found the display provided optimal viewing angles and had excellent brightness. NBR also noted the two speakers provided clear and full sound, but the bass is noticeably lacking.
The Blade Pro has a precision-cut aluminum Chiclet-style keyboard, which NBR noted provides good key travel and is quiet. A unique feature of the Blade Pro is the touchpad, which sits where a number pad typically would on a notebook. The touchpad is a full LED screen and the notebook also has 10 OLED screen keys above the it, which together offer the Switchblade user interface. Each key is bound to an app, one of which is a number pad, which can be launched with the push of a button. Apps include social networks, and users can download additional apps such as Photoshop. The touchpad screen can also be used as a traditional touchpad, which NBR noted works well.
The Blade Pro runs on an Intel Core i7-4700HQ quad-core processor and has a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 and Nvidia Optimus. Additionally, the notebook has 8GB RAM. The only aspect of the notebook that is user configurable is the storage. The unit tested by NBR came with 256GB of storage. NBR said the performance of the Blade Pro is “plenty adequate” to play modern 3D games. When pushed to capacity, the fan on the Blade Pro makes an audible whine, but is nearly silent when in standby mode. NBR also found the notebook can get quite hot and is better used on a solid surface. The battery lasted two hours and 41 minutes in NBR tested, which translates to roughly four hours of real-life use.
Overall, NBR found the Razer Blade Pro to be an innovative gaming notebook and noted the Switchblade user interface is something users won’t find in another gaming device. NBR was also impressed with the overall performance, build quality, design and display. However, NBR was a bit disappointed in the price, noise of fans and lack of ports. Still, in the end, NBR said “we’re more than happy to recommend the Razer Blade Pro.”