If you're looking for a great gaming laptop then the Razer Blade is a fine choice. One of the best you can make. But with the announcement of an all new Blade Pro you might find yourself wondering which is right for you.
Let's compare what you're getting from both.
|Category||Razer Blade||Razer Blade Pro|
|OS||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Display resolution||1920 x 1080 (non-touch) 3200 x 1800 (touch)||4K (touch)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 6700HQ||Intel Core i7 6700HQ|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1060||NVIDIA GTX 1080|
|Storage||Up to 1TB PCIe m.2 SSD||Up to 2TB PCIe m.2 SSD Raid 0|
|RAM||16GB 2133 MHz DDR4||32GB 2133MHz DDR4|
|Battery||70 Wh||99 Wh|
|Dimensions||345mm x 235mm x 17.9mm (13.6in x 9.3in x 0.7in)||424mm x 281mm x 22.5mm (16.7in x 11in x 0.88in)|
|Weight||4.16lbs (1.89kg non-touch) / 4.3lbs (1.95kg touch)||7.8lbs (3.54kg)|
|Ports||USB 3.0, USB-C Thunderbolt 3, HDMI||USB 3.0, USB-C Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Ethernet, SD card slot|
|Price||From $1,799||From $3,699|
The Blade and Blade Pro occupy the mid and upper tiers of Razer's lineup. There is also the Stealth, but we've written that out here based purely on the fact it isn't a gaming laptop on its own.
There is much to consider. The first is the size, because despite the relatively svelte form of the Blade Pro, It's still a 17.3-inch notebook. That size is either something you want or something you don't, it isn't really something you might be ok with.
That also ties in with the price. The Blade Pro is much more expensive than the Blade at $3,699 and up compared to a starting price of $1,799. Neither are cheap, but the Blade is cheaper.
From there on out the question to ask is how much you actually want from your laptop. The Blade Pro is very much a full on desktop replacement, while the Blade is still something you could well consider a secondary device to your main rig. How you're going to use it will help you decide which to get and how much to spend.
With a GTX 1060 the Blade is still a remarkably capable gaming laptop. The processor is the same as the Blade Pro and the standard 16GB of RAM is still more than ample. The Blade Pro is just insane, but it's also all the PC you could possibly want.
If you want something portable and powerful, the Blade is a great choice. If you want a single laptop that can replace everything and be your only high end gaming PC, maybe hold out and go for the Blade Pro.
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Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Isnt the blade pro 17inches?
It is. They got it wrong in the chart but right in the write-up.
its a 17.3" laptop, do your research.
They previously had it as 15.6" in the chart, so I don't think I'm the one that needs to do research.
They could put most if not all of these pro specs in the smaller 14in one as well. Then they would have even more people interested. Unless its strictly just to keep prices down.
Probably that's the lowest they could go to accommodate those specs because its the first time I'm seeing a 17.3" laptop.
Honestly i wish the Blade had a 1070 option... The gap in price from the 14in 1060 and the 17in 1080 is just too much.. There is a huge market they simply arent bothering to capture...
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