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Razer Blade Pro UK Review: Perfect for work or leisure

Written by  Feb 20, 2018

The Razer Blade Pro crams high-end tech inside a mere 23mm case and it really does look the part.

The minimalist black aluminium body along with Razer’s familiar design language and colour scheme are on display, with Razer’s green logo glaring at you on the lid.

The lid also moves on perfectly balanced hinges, and Razer has positioned the touchpad next to the keyboard, rather than underneath it, with the keyboard occupying most of the base.

To begin with it felt like a strange idea. We kept dragging our fingers down to the usual touchpad location, and the keyboard is shifted a little to the left, so we kept missing the buttons. But, over time and a little patience, the updated design started to makes sense. The touchpad’s right-hand position also mimics how people use a mouse at a desk, and the keyboard still has full-sized keys and dedicated media buttons. 

The keyboard keys are consistent and comfortable, and each has its own RGB LED that can be customised in Razer’s Synapse software. The keyboard’s speed and consistency makes it great for typing, but quiet keys aren’t the best for fast-paced gameplay. The touchpad is large and smooth, and it’s ringed with its own RGB LEDs. 

The Razer looks great, and its slim design is paired with a weight of only 3.07kg – which is pretty good for a 17.3in laptop. Build quality is exceptional as usual from Razer, feeling solid and a sturdy lid behind the screen. 

Underneath, the Core i7-7700HQ has four Hyper-Threaded cores, and its 2.8GHz stock speed offers enough power for any AAA gaming title and mainstream productivity task. Along with the impressive GTX 1060 6GB. It’s a mid-range GPU with 1,280 stream processors and a 1404MHz clock speed, which is pretty respectable. This GPU has ample power for gaming on the 1080p IPS screen, which has a matte finish and a 120Hz refresh rate. 

The Razer Blade Pro has Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 16GB of 2400MHz memory. There’s also a 256GB M.2 NVMe Samsung PM951 SSD and a 2TB hard disk. The Razer’s HDMI output is paired with a Thunderbolt 3 port, and you get three USB 3.1 connectors, a card reader and a single audio jack. 

The Blade Pro model we’ve reviewed costs £2,199. But, at the very top end of Razer Pro range you get a GTX 1080, a Core i7-7820HK, more memory and more storage. It also has a mechanical keyboard, a larger battery and a 4K, THX-certified touchscreen with G-Sync and costs £3,799

Also see: Razer Blade QHD+ Laptop UK Review: Top Tier Gaming Performance

Razer Blade Pro review: Performance 

The GTX 1060 is a capable partner for the 1080p screen. Today’s top games and eSports titles will run on this model of the Blade Pro without any trouble.

The Razer Blade Pro offers a huge amount of portable CPU power and the Samsung SSD’s read and write speeds of 1,578MB/sec and 978MB/sec are also good.

During idle moments and web browsing, it was silent, and the noise was very low whilst gaming. The fans became a little louder at peak load, but it was still quieter than many other gaming laptops. There were no serious temperature issues either. Also, while the area above the keyboard and the base panel got a little warm during tougher tests, the aluminium never became too hot or uncomfortable to hold.

The 17.3in screen’s black level of 0.24cd/m² is excellent, and the brightness of 372cd/m² is huge, and there’s loads of versatility for playing under bright lights. Those benchmarks combine for a huge contrast ratio of 1,550:1, which ensures a broad colour gamut at every part of the sRGB spectrum.


Razer RZ09-02202W75-R3W1 17-inch Blade Pro 120 Hz Full-HD Gaming Notebook (Black) - (Intel i7-7700HQ 3.8 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, Windows 10, UK Layout)

£2,199.99 (Check current price)  


The speakers are good: but using external speakers is always a better option. That said, it still  gives out reasonable bass alongside decent mid-range and high-end sound.

As there is so much packed into such a small space inevitably the battery life is not great. Whilst playing Fallout 4 in our tests it lasted for 68 minutes. 

Razer Blade Pro review: Verdict

The Razer Blade Pro is a superb gaming laptop. The GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and Core i7-7700HQ processor provide well-balanced all round performance, and the screen is exceptionally good. The touchpad and keyboard are a pleasure to use, build quality is solid, and the Blade is slimmer and lighter than most 17.3" laptops. 

The battery is not very good, which is to be expected. The Razer Blade Pro is costly, but it really packs a punch, it’s a superb choice for working and gaming. 

Also see: Apple 13in MacBook Pro (2017) UK Review: Oozes quality once again

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