Razer has joined some of the other notebook manufacturers by updating its Blade Pro 17” gaming notebook with the recently announced NVIDIA GTX 960M GPU and higher internal storage options as well.
There are three internal storage options now – 128GB SSD + 500GB HDD, 256GB SSD + 500GB HDD, and 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD. The new secondary storage option gives users a lot more flexibility when it comes to storage and enjoy the fast performance of an SSD drive while having the option of storing all media files on the higher capacity traditional hard disk drive.
Apart from the slightly more powerful GPU and the new storage options, the Blade Pro also comes with the newer Intel Core i7 4720HQ CPU. The new CPU doesn’t bring any significant performance improvements though, just a 200MHz clock speed bump over the i7 4700HQ on the earlier model.
Everything else remains unchanged. You get a 17.3” 1920 x 1080 TN LCD display, 16GB RAM, 3 USB 3.0 ports, Intel Wireless AC 7260HMW with Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band, 74Wh battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit OS. The company hasn’t raises the prices with the latest upgrade, with the base model still costing $2299. Unfortunately, that is quite steep when you consider the fact that the Blade Pro features a weaker GPU than the smaller Razer Blade model and doesn’t quite manage to stand up against other 17-inch gaming notebooks such as the Asus ROG G751 and the Dell Alienware 17 that come with the significantly more powerful GTX 980M card and IPS displays.