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.
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.
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.
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