Razer Blade Pro review

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

3DMark 06: 14,422
Cinebench 10: 20,026
Battery Eater '05: 82 minutes

Given the internal specifications above, we were excited to get the Razer Blade Pro out on the open road to see what it could do. The answer, it turns out, is a whole lot.

A week ago, we reviewed Toshiba's 3D Qosmio X870, which we found to be an astoundingly powerful gaming machine for the remarkable price of $1,900.

We're not surprised that the Razer Blade Pro holds its own in head-to-head benchmarking comparisons. In our 3DMark test, which inflicts DX9 pain and suffering on the graphics processor, we were quite pleased with the results.

The same goes for our Cinebench 10 test, which soaks all four CPU scores. The Qosmio's 100MHz advantage gives it a slight 4 percent performance advantage there. Both systems' performances, it must be said, are top notch.

So, what does this mean in terms of real-world performance? We stretched the Blade out in our current obsession, Borderlands 2, and at 1920 x 1080 with no antistrophic filtering on, saw decent frame rates in the high 20s and occasionally low 30s. At lower resolutions such as 1280 x 1024, the frame rates improved considerably.

We saw similar results with other DX11 games. Bottom line: You're not going to get 60 frames per second with current-gen PC titles at 1080 resolution, but you'll be pleased with the results.

The upside of the new Intel CPU, which boasts some new power efficiencies, is that it results in surprisingly solid battery life. In our Battery Eater test, which continuously hammers away at the hard drive, graphics processor, and CPU until the battery completely discharges, we saw an eye-opening result of 82 minutes.

It's worth noting that, in normal use, the Razer Blade Pro's battery performance is commendable. We were able to go almost 6 hours while typing and browsing away. That's impressive.

Razer Blade review

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