Razer announces affordable Razer Blade Pro with GTX 1060 graphics and support for VR

If the Razer Blade Pro, which launched late last year, made your eyes water with its $4,000 price point, and you demand nothing less than a 17.3-inch display, you might just be in luck as the company announced a new lower-tiered model which will come in at a much more palatable $2,299.

The new model will feature a 120Hz IPS matte non-touch display with a Full HD resolution, which is a step down from the higher-end model that came in at 4K. Moreover, the device will feature a GTX 1060 with 6GB VRAM, instead of the higher-end GTX 1080 which is sported by its bigger brother. According to the press release, the device will also feature several of Nvidia's leading VR technologies right out of the box:

The Razer Blade Pro with GeForce GTX 1060 is also VR-ready. Experience games with next-generation VR performance, the lowest latency, and plug-and-play compatibility with leading headsets—driven by NVIDIA VRWorks™ technologies. Gamers can enjoy breakthrough features such as NVIDIA Shadowplay™ and Ansel™ to capture and share gameplay and in-game shots that can be viewed in 360 degrees.

Besides these changes, the Razer Blade Pro will feature fairly standard specifications - for a gaming laptop at this price - including a Core i7-7700HQ quad core CPU, clocked in at 2.8GHz with a 3.8GHz boost, and 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 2400MHz RAM, which can be expanded by the user.

Build quality wise, it retains the svelte design language Razer is known for, with the device coming in at a skinny 22.5mm (0.88-inch). It will have the standard aluminum unibody design that fans have come to expect, and beyond that, the keyboard will continue the trend and incorporate the Chroma backlit keyboard with full RGB color options that the company is known for.

Full specifications are as follows:

Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad core 2.8GHz/3.8GHz

Display

17.3-inch Full HD (1920x1080), 120 Hz refresh rate, IPS Non-Touch Matte Display

Storage 256GB SSD (PCIe m.2) including 2TB HDD Storage, expandable up to 2TB SSD (PCIe m.2) and 4TB HDD
RAM 16GB (8GB x 2) dual-channel DDR4 2,400MHz expandable RAM (up to 32GB)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6GB of GDDR5X VRAM
Keyboard Anti-ghosting, backlit Chroma keyboard
OS Windows 10 64-bit
Networking

Killer DoubleShot Pro

Wireless-AC 1535 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

E2400 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000

Bluetooth 4.1

Ports Thunderbolt 3, three USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, SDXC Reader
Audio

Built-in stereo speakers

Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition

7.1 Codec Support (via HDMI)

3.5mm headphone/microphone port

Array microphone

Webcam 2.0MP
Battery

70Wh lithium-ion polymer battery

Compact 165W Power Adapter

Weight 3.07 kg (6.78 lbs)
Dimensions 22.5 mm (H) / 424 mm (W) / 281 mm (D)

Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan details his vision for the Blade Pro line-up:

“The Razer Blade Pro is the ultimate gaming laptop that packs desktop-level performance with unmatched portability. This latest iteration offers an optimized configuration for gamers and professionals that want a 17-inch display and top-notch build quality. The thin design houses the latest in performance components and features expandable memory and storage capability.”

The new full HD model of the Razer Blade Pro will go on sale for $2,299.99 in the third quarter of 2017 and will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Germany.

Source and image: Windows Central

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