Razer Blade PRO 2016 - Your move

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Onji, Mar 22, 2016.

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  1. fritzasuro

    fritzasuro Active Member

    So with the latest Razer Blade out featuring upgraded specs, I was wondering if Razer will take it seriously having the tag "PRO" on the 17-inch line up be worthy.

    The first time Razer announced the 1st ever Blade. I've drooled over it and always wanted one. And to my surprise, I have bought the 14" Blade 2014 and 2015 just because the Blade Pro is lacking. My money is here, ready for Razer to take - if they would make a TRUE Blade Pro.

    Specs in mind:

    Intel 6th Gen i7 processor
    Skylake is amazing and it shouldn't be a question.
    GTX 980M (or a beefy 970M)
    If there is one thing I love with my 2015 Razer Blade 14" is the 970M. It works well for gaming and also for productivity use. I just hope the Blade Pro would have a real upgrade.​

    32GB RAM
    If marketed towards professionals, 32GB is a must for all the graphic and productivity software usage.​

    4K IGZO Screen (if it exists) with thinner bezels
    Though until now, many software suffers from higher DPI scaling, it is still better to have a 4K screen to have sharper images all day.​

    SD Card Reader
    I'm a photographer myself, but never used SD cards. Although, it would be beneficial to many especially if you need to submit files on the go.​

    4 USB-3 Ports
    I just hate to admit that I have to use a USB-3 port to expand my I/O. An additional 1 or 2 will be well appreciated.​

    USB-C Thunderbolt
    Since Razer has introduced the Core, they should make the latest Blade Pro compatible to it.​

    Upgraded Switchblade UI (or simply replace it with standard NUMPAD)
    The concept of the Switchblade UI is amazing but unfortunately, it doesn't perform well nowadays due to the buggy software, year 2000 touch screen, and outdated support from 3rd party apps like YouTube.​

    Better Thermals
    So with all the hardware I am asking, it's obvious that the machine will heat up.​

    Better Battery Life
    Also, a high capacity battery will be appreciated so this machine can be used outside and away from sockets for a while for productivity use. For gaming, we all know that such battery technology doesn't exist for mobile gaming to be long enough.​
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  2. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    The only fear that I may have is that they binned the Pro line due to low demand, which is understandable since it had a 60m.
  3. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    The specs sound amazing, but also really expenisve, I doubt that razer would sell many unints of a laptop that wil cost atleast 3000$
    also I think they couldn`t implement everything you mentioned in the blade case, as the heat produced will require a strong thermal system that will make the laptop as thick and heavy as Msi or alienware ones.
  4. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    Should be doable in a 17" frame
  5. JETcoolCoolBlack681

    JETcoolCoolBlack681 Active Member

    Are you fans of thin 17-inch laptops?
  6. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    The Aorus X7 is reasonably thin with 970m SLI
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  7. Brastic

    Brastic Active Member

    I would prefer to wait for the next generation of dGPUs for the Pro model.
  8. fritzasuro

    fritzasuro Active Member

    It's not about "being a fan" of 17-inch laptops. But the Blade Pro was recently marketed not only to gamers but also for professionals that needs a mobile station. I myself, a photographer and who plays AAA titles would really appreciate it if Razer would really apply a good spec sheet for the 17-inch blade
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  9. fritzasuro

    fritzasuro Active Member

    It's just my wish for the Blade Pro. I guess Razer wasn't selling that "much" if compared to other brands.
    Price could be lower than $3000. If they can introduce a new 14" Blade with better specs than it's predecessor at a lower price, I bet it can be done with it's bigger brother.
  10. fritzasuro

    fritzasuro Active Member

    It had low demand because, like you've said, the 960M. Generally, the specs are not enough to justify the asking price.
  11. holja

    holja Member

    Exactly the reasons why I've been disappointed in the Pro. And if you're shooting with a 24+MP camera a screen over 1080p becomes a great productivity and quality asset.
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  12. fritzasuro

    fritzasuro Active Member

    I will just hope Razer will commit to their strategy for the 17-inch Blade.
  13. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    There may be a few reasons that they haven't released it yet:
    1. Waiting for Pascal
    2. Scrapping the line
    3. Manufacturing constraints on something like the display

    Edit: In no particular order
  14. VikariousOne

    VikariousOne Well-Known Member

    Guys honestly. I have my bet on the line being scrapped. The Blade Pro line didn't sell quite as many since the release of the Blade 14. In fact after a while, like @Overtask stated, it became a Catch 22 and I highly doubt it's returning. Beyond that, I'm wondering what they'll do with SwitchBlade - it was a pretty cool concept.
  15. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    For me it's not even about the price or performance, it's just too big to carry around and use in class. I think the Razer Blade Stealth is too small, the Razer Blade Pro is too big, and the Razer Blade 14 is just right.
  16. Chenhui12

    Chenhui12 Member

    Razer Blade 14 is just right
  17. JETcoolCoolBlack681

    JETcoolCoolBlack681 Active Member

    Exactly, I do not see myself working on a 17-inch laptop on the go regardless of how thin it is. Starbucks, airplane, outdoors - you just do not have enough space to place it. I think that a 17-inch will not even fit a basket on a security check.
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  18. fritzasuro

    fritzasuro Active Member

    I know that laptops should be mobile and easy to carry around. That's the general concept of it.
    But does a 17-inch size not really that useful? Like I mentioned, larger screen size to work on is a great feature professionals would appreciate - and I guess some gamers.

    I have met a lot of people who uses bulky MSI, Alienware, ROG, etc and almost had the same wish in mind - if only there was a powerful, lighter & thinner 17-inch laptop. Unfortunately, even the latest Blade Pro is not enough to do demanding workflow whenever needed out of workstations.
  19. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    I'm assuming SwitchBlade will also get scrapped, it was only used on the Deathstalker Ultimate, since it isn't on the Chroma and is much more expensive than the Blackwidow.
  20. VikariousOne

    VikariousOne Well-Known Member

    I really hope it doesn't. A few updates and making the overall experience a but more snappy and developer friendly could do it some good. It really was a cool concept and FL Studio, photoshop, etc. would be really sweet with the secondary touch screen and tool selection etc.
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