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Bring your A-game for work and play with the Razer Blade Pro 17

By Aaron Yip - on 30 May 2020, 11:44am

Bring your A-game for work and play with the Razer Blade Pro 17

Note: This article was first published on 22 May 2020.

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With a whoosh, a boom and a bang that sounds a tad too loud for something measuring only 17 inches long, Razer's newest laptop, the Blade Pro 17 thunders onto the scene. Packing the latest in processing technology from Intel and NVIDIA, as well as the option of a retina-disintegrating 4K 120Hz display, the Pro 17 is, as Razer defines it "the laptop built for professional gamers, designers and game developers".

Indeed, it can be really difficult for some professionals, especially creatives to find laptops capable of keeping up with heavy workloads and yet retain the edge needed to run top-shelf games. Often, they'll have to forego one or the other, but not with the Pro 17. Sporting a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is as spec-ed up as one can get out of a mobile gaming notebook clad in a .78 x 10.24 x 15.5-inch chassis. Meaning it'll fit into a user's backpack as easily as it runs some of the latest AAA games.

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In terms of display, even if you're not keen on the impressive (and fast) 4K 120Hz option, there's still the "hardcore gamer's option", which is essentially a Full-HD (1920 x 1080)  with a super fast 300Hz display. This particular option also comes covering 100% of the SRGB space and is custom-calibrated for, according to Razer's press release, "flawless colour accuracy", with the entire package topped off with a glare-reducing matte finish.

That much internal firepower would produce an equally insane amount of heat, so the Blade Pro 17 is cooled by a vapor chamber cooler and a dual-fan system to keep everything running smoothly. It'll also be interesting to see how that handles thermal throttling here, if any. 

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Rounding all that up is a somewhat "refreshed" keyboard design to ensure a smoother typing experience. It features an extended right Shift key and half-height directional keys - the small and awkwardly-located right Shift key in previous generation Blade notebooks was a painful experience for many owners (including me). And of course, the Blade Pro 17 also comes equipped with per-key Razer Chroma RGB backlighting, because hey, it wouldn't be a Razer product without a little RGB splashed in somewhere.

So, how much is the Blade Pro 17 going for? According to Razer, it'll available on their online shop for S$3,799 starting from June 18. Now pick up your jaw from the floor.