In addition to updating the 14-inch Razer Blade, the Razer Blade Pro notebook also received a few updates including new integrated Switchblade UI apps and Nvidia's new "Maxwell" GeForce GTX 860M GPU. This updated model will ship in late March, but customers can pre-purchase the laptop now for a starting price of $2,299.
"Today’s professionals demand the latest in power and performance, and they want it all on a beautiful screen that they're able to take with them," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "Our engineers packed the Blade Pro with the most advanced components available, and our software engineers designed some incredible proprietary apps to make gaming and creative work more efficient – and more fun – while staying firm to our commitment to true portability."
According to the company, the proprietary apps include a Windows 8 Charms app that simplifies interface access to Windows Desktop functions. There's also a Twitch app for broadcasting on the popular streaming service, and an electronic dance music app co-developed by Afrojack that will help producers make better studio-quality music.
Measuring just 0.88 inches thin and weighing 6.5 pounds, the updated Razer Blade Pro consists of a 17.3-inch LED-lit screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The screen is backed by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4700HQ "Haswell" processor, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU (2 GB DDR5), 16 GB of DDR3L 1600 MHz memory and a 128 GB SSD.
The laptop also includes a 2MP webcam, stereo speakers, array microphones, three USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and HDMI output. There's also the fully-programmable Razer anti-ghosting keyboard (with adjustable backlight), the company's unique Switchblade User Interface, and a 74 Wh rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery.
"At 0.88 inches thin and weighing 6.5 pounds, the Razer Blade Pro is among the most portable, high-performance 17-inch laptops ever brought to market. Every detail is sleek, slim and light, all the way down to the compact power supply, making the Razer Blade Pro the best choice for gaming performance and creative work on-the-go," states the company's PR.
To pre-purchase the Razer Blade Pro, head here. Between this model and the updated Razer Blade, consumers with $2300 in their pocket may have a hard time deciding which would be the best buy -- a small screen with an incredible resolution or a large screen with the built-in Switchblade. Decisions, decisions.