Razer Blade Pro review

Razer's signature gaming laptop has been redesigned for more power with no loss of portability

Razer Blade review

It is finally time to discuss the Razer Blade Pro's fancy, newfangled touchpad, dubbed the Switchblade User Interface. In short, the Switchblade is amazing, innovative, and remarkable. In a lot of ways, it's kind of like having a touchscreen phone embedded onto your laptop.

The Switchblade UI is comprised of a multi-touch track panel that is also a 4-inch, 800 x 480 LCD screen, ten backlit soft keys that Razer calls Dynamic Adaptive Tactile Keys, and the Synapse software utility that allows you to customize and program the UI for games, general usage, and more.

The Synapse utility requires a log-in to use, but in exchange it stores all your settings, add-ons, and customizations online for you, including mouse sensitivity, keyboard lightning, key bindings, and more so that if you ever upgrade to a new system or Synapse-compatible keyboard, you'll be able to take all your settings with you.

Some of the ways you can use the 10 keys above the touchpad include:

  • A numeric pad
  • A gaming mode that locks out the Windows key and Alt-Tab
  • The ability to launch a web browser in the display in order to search for cheats, tips, or anything else
  • YouTube - you can watch a game walkthrough without having to leave the game
  • A clock
  • Game timer that allows you to create countdown timers
  • Facebook, of course
  • Twitter
  • One-press screen capture utility
  • Macro recorder for capturing game actions
  • Gmail

The Switchblade UI also comes with some game-specific applications and settings for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Battlefield 3, Team Fortress 2, and Counter-Strike.

The Switchblade UI and Dynamic Adaptive Tactile Keys automatically update when you play games that have pre-loaded settings, like the above. With these games, you'll have a bunch of actions available at the press of a button.

As an example, in Battlefield, you can use the touchpad to quick-switch between weapons and use context-sensitive controls. In SWTOR, you can access all sorts of data on the second display.

Over time, we should see support for more and more games. The rub is that because this is such a unique feature, we may never see a high volume of game customizations for the Switchblade UI. (Razer also makes a DeathStalker keyboard as well as a SWTOR plank that both feature a second screen.)

If you want to take full advantage of this next-generation touchpad, you're going to have to spend some time learning how to fully customize the soft keys to function in the manner you like using the Synapse software utility. It's not the quickest procedure, but assigning functions and mapping macros to the keys is fairly straightforward.

You can even access a library of images that you can assign to these custom in-game functions.

Finally, you can also customize the touchpad wallpaper with whatever image you'd like.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 555M, HD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Solid State Drive Capacity256 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyBlade
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2640M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameRazer
Processor Speed2.80 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.90 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height22.4 mm
Width427 mm
Depth276.9 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerRazer USA Ltd
Product NameBlade Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTrack Pad
Product LineBlade
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberRZ09-00710100-R3U1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.razerzone.com
Marketing InformationTrue portability

The Razer Blade weighs less than 7lbs and measures less than 1 inch thin. Go anywhere and play anything, while carrying a gaming laptop designed to deliver the power of a desktop without the weight.

Incredible performance

The Razer Blade accelerates your gaming experience with a fast Intel Core i7 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GT555M graphics processor with 2GB of dedicated memory. This means you play games as they were made to be enjoyed and be blown away by the immersive game visuals on a brilliant and crisp LED-backlit high-definition 1080p 17.3" display.
Package Contents
  • Blade Notebook
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year