Razer carves out a place for budget-minded gamers with new Blade Pro

Razer Blade Pro
There was some good news for laptop gamers, and their wallets, out of IFA on Thursday, August 31, as Razer announced a new configuration for its top-end 17.3-inch Blade Pro laptop. The new model boasts more modest internals at a much more modest price, starting at just $2,300. The original, fully loaded, Blade Pro starts at $4,000.

It’s still a premium gaming laptop, so its price isn’t exactly as budget-friendly as, say, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming, but it’s much more attainable as a desktop replacement than the previous model. Not to mention, the $2,300 Blade Pro has a few unique features which set it apart from the competition.

The new Blade Pro features a matte 1080p IPS display panel, with a refresh rate of 120Hz and support for Nvidia’s G-Sync. The new display isn’t a touchscreen, but that refresh rate is promising.

Internally, it features an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 2TB mechanical hard drive.

But wait, there’s more! Razer promises the new Blade Pro will be user-expandable, meaning a few of those baseline specs can be upgraded over time. The new Blade Pro comes standard with 16GB of RAM, but enterprising owners will be able to pop the Blade open and add another 16GB of RAM, bringing the total up to 32GB.

The storage options can also be expanded. You’ll be able to replace the existing 256GB M.2 SSD with larger offerings all the way up to 2TB. The mechanical drive can also be replaced with any compatible mechanical HDD up to 4TB.

On top of all that, the new Blade Pro features the same high-quality construction featured on the original, with a robust “military-grade” aluminum chassis, a real mechanical keyboard, and of course Razer’s signature Chroma lighting setup.

We don’t have an exact release date just yet, but Razer has the new Blade Pro slated for a third quarter 2017 release on the Razer Store, and a fourth quarter 2017 release worldwide. So we should see it on store shelves before the end of the year, and if you’re particularly eager to get your hands on it, keep a close eye on the Razer Store in the coming months.

Computing

I tried an LTE laptop for a month, and I wasn’t really convinced

LTE laptops offer up plenty of benefits and are becoming more common. After spending one month with one in my daily life in New York City, I really wondered if it is something that consumers really need in their lives.
Computing

You can now get a Surface Laptop 2 for $800 at the Microsoft Store

Along with deals on other variants, starting configurations of Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2 are now going for $800 online at its retail store, cutting $200 from its usual $1,000 starting price. 
Computing

You could spend $1,000 on an iPhone, or buy one of these awesome laptops instead

Finding a decent laptop is easy, but finding one under $1,000 is a bit tricky. Luckily, we've taken some of the guesswork out of picking out a budget laptop. Here are some of our favorites, the best laptops under $1,000.
Mobile

Apple iPad Pro 11 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: Which top-tier tablet reigns supreme?

If you're in the market for a new tablet and you want something that can double up as a laptop in a pinch, then you owe it to yourself to check out the 11-inch Apple iPad Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. We compare the two here.
Photography

Not just for Lightroom anymore, Loupedeck+ now works with Photoshop

Loupedeck+ can now help photographers edit in Photoshop too, thanks to physical controls for swapping tools, running actions, and more. The photo-editing console expanded to include Photoshop in the list of compatible editing programs.
Computing

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Steam streaming hub with Valve’s Steam Link app

Valve's Steam Link app is now fully supported by Raspberry PI hardware, meaning that just about anyone with a few dollars to spare can build their own Steam streaming box in a matter of minutes.
Computing

Amazon takes $300 off Intel Core i7 Surface Pro 6 in latest sale

If you're looking for savings on the Surface Pro 6, Amazon is the place to shop. It currently is discounting the Intel Core i7 variant of Microsoft's latest 2-in-1 by $300, though no Type Cover is included.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Computing

Our favorite Chrome themes add some much-needed pizzazz to your boring browser

Sometimes you just want Chrome to show a little personality and ditch the grayscale for something a little more lively. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the Chrome Web Store to find best Chrome themes available.
Computing

Don't keep typing the same thing -- learn to copy and paste with these shortcuts!

Looking for useful Windows keyboard shortcuts? The most common are the cut, copy, paste and undo shortcuts compatible with all kinds of tasks. They can save you an awful lot of time if you learn how to use them.
Computing

Latest Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8 million users’ private photos

An API bug recently left an impact on Facebook users. Though the issue has since been fixed, some of the apps on the platform had a wrongful access to consumers photos for 12 days between September 13 and September 25. 
Computing

Need a monitor for professional photo-editing? These are the very best

Looking for the best monitor for photo editing? You'll need to factor in brightness, color accuracy, color gamut support and more. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best ones for you, to help you make an educated purchase.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Computing

You’ll soon be able to scribble all over PDFs on your Chromebook

Chrome OS users may soon be able to doodle all over their PDF documents with the possible addition of a new feature in Chrome OS' PDF viewer. The annotation feature is expected to allow users to hand draw or write over their documents.