For the best PC-based VR experience, the 17-inch Blade Pro packs an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. You’ll have absolutely no problems hooking up an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and running it at full speed.
The screen is a 17.3-inch IGZO touchscreen display with G-Sync technology and 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160).
Under the hood, powering Windows 10, there’s a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core processor capable of Turbo boosting to 3.5GHz, 32GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, and PCie SSD storage options of 512GB (2x 256GB), 1TB (2x 512GB) or 2TB (2x 1TB).
The behemoth laptop comes with a bevy of ports including three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, SD card slot, Ethernet port, headphone jack and a Kensington lock.
For audio, it’s got side-mounted stereo speakers (which seems like an odd position to place them). There’s also 2-megapixel web cam on the front.
The biggest physical change is to the trackpad and keyboard. The keyboard now uses low-profile mechanical keys for faster response times (a must for hardcore gamers) and the trackpad is no longer also an LCD screen; it’s been replaced by a larger glass trackpad. The 10 programmable display buttons are also gone, replaced by a scroll wheel.
For a 17-inch laptop, the Blade Pro is quite thin â 0.88 inches thick. It still weighs a ton at 7.80 pounds, though.
Now for some news you’re probably already expecting. The Blade Pro will be very expensive, starting at $3,699 when it ships in the U.S. in November.