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Razer Blade Pro review: A great 4K gaming laptop -- if you can handle paying $4K for it

It also has Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which helps eliminate tearing by syncing the display's refresh rates with the GPU. If you've never seen it in action, the difference can be impressive, making fast action look remarkably smoother.

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The Blade Pro's 4K touchscreen pairs perfectly with the GTX 1080 GPU.

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Performance worth paying for

This system doesn't seem to struggle at all, even when playing demanding games set to high at its full 4K resolution. Drop your resolution to full HD and you still get playable frame rates with settings at ultra.

However, as soon as you start up just about anything that engages the graphics card, the system's fans kick in, loud and clear. With the laptop being as thin as it is, it's to be expected, but that doesn't make it any less distracting. You'll either have to crank the system's speakers, which have no problem thoroughly drowning out the sound, or get yourself a headset.

Also, despite the cooling system, the laptop gets plenty hot, as does the 250-watt power supply. Basically, I wouldn't keep this on your lap under load, and you'll want to make sure nothing's blocking its narrow vents and the fans on the bottom.

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Razer's $3,700 17-inch gaming laptop is a standout as much for its performance as its beautiful thin design.

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Razer increased the battery size to 99Wh -- the largest possible while still allowing for air travel -- but on CNET's streaming video battery test, it reached just 3 hours and 49 minutes. Doing anything more demanding will certainly cut into that time and to be fair most gaming laptops can run maybe an hour or so at most with the GPU engaged. We've found that 4K displays, versus FHD ones, are one of the major drains on laptop battery life.

The Blade Pro can easily replace a desktop, and if that's your goal, there is an HDMI 2.0 output that handles video and audio. It's joined by a Thunderbolt 3 port that can also handle display output in addition to three USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot and Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet.

A slim showpiece of a gaming laptop

The Razer Blade Pro is a genuine premium gaming laptop and, judging by its price, Razer definitely thinks it has something special. You can find other systems with similar configurations for less or that can be configured to meet your specific needs and budget. (Here's a good place to start, in fact.) But at the moment, the Blade Pro seems to be the only one with its performance and features in a slim design. Now, if they could only put the trackpad back where it belongs.

Multimedia Multitasking test 3.0

Origin PC Eon-17X
131
Razer Blade Pro
176
HP Omen (17-inch)
184
Alienware 13 R3 (OLED)
195
Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74
200

Note:

Shorter bars indicate better performance (in seconds)

Geekbench 3 (Multi-Core)

Origin PC Eon-17X
18,961
Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74
13,708
HP Omen (17-inch)
13,362
Razer Blade Pro
13,313
Alienware 13 R3 (OLED)
13,093

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Streaming video playback battery drain test

HP Omen (17-inch)
270
Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74
245
Razer Blade Pro
229
Alienware 13 R3 (OLED)
226
Origin PC Eon-17X
121

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance (in minutes)

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

Origin PC Eon-17X
4,919
Razer Blade Pro
4,456
HP Omen (17-inch)
3,816
Alienware 13 R3 (OLED)
2,609
Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74
1,822

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Bioshock Infinite gaming test

Origin PC Eon-17X
214
Razer Blade Pro
161.31
HP Omen (17-inch)
137.56
Alienware 13 R3 (OLED)
116.69
Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74
89.35

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance (FPS)

System configurations

HP Omen (17-inch) Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070; 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Origin PC Eon-17X Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); (oc) 4.5GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; 512GB SSD
Alienware 13 R3 (OLED) Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060; 512GB SSD
Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050; 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Razer Blade Pro Microsoft Windows 10 Home; (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; (2) 256GB SSD RAID 0

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