Razer’s updated Blade Pro is the first ever THX-certified laptop – PCWorld
Late last year Razer resurrected its Blade Pro laptop line, finally stuffing it with hardware worthy of the âProâ appellation. Our three-word review: We loved it. Itâs a great machine, if you can afford it.
And now itâs a bit better, thanks to the standard year-over-year refresh. Razer released details on a new Blade Pro todayâitâs keeping Nvidiaâs GeForce GTX 1080, but moving over from an Intel i7-6700HQ at 2.6GHz to an overclockable i7-7820HK processor at 2.9GHz. The Blade Proâs 32GB of RAM also gets a timing bump up to 2,667MHz (from 2,133MHz).
The really interesting news though: The Blade Pro is now the first-ever laptop to receive THX Mobile Certification, âan accreditation reserved for high-performance mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.â From the press release:
âThrough the processes of THX, the Razer Blade Pro screen is calibrated and tested for resolution, color accuracy and video playback performance…Similarly, the audio jack on the new Razer Blade Pro met THX requirements for voltage output, frequency response, distortion, signal-to-noise ratio, and crosstalk that guarantees clear sound through headphones.â
Itâs worth noting that only the headphone jack is THX-certified, not the built-in speakersâan important point, I think, given people usually associate THX with surround sound systems. While the Blade Proâs speakers are certainly better than your average laptop’s, theyâre still not amazing by any means.
We could also debate all day about the usefulness of THX certification. Is your non-certified Blade Pro from six months ago suddenly a decrepit old hag? Not at all. Razerâs even using the same 4K IGZO display on this new THX-certified laptop as it did on the 2016 modelâjust calibrated slightly differently, and with (presumably) a big olâ THX stamp on the box. So yeah, this is a bit of a marketing win more than anything else.
On the other hand it does prove the Blade Pro is one hell of a laptop. A THX representative confirmed to me that competing laptops have undergone testing, but Razerâs is the first to meet the standards of this new Mobile Certification program. That makes it somewhat-objectively the best laptop in the world for the moment, at least by THXâs standardsâmeaning as far as the display and headphone jack are concerned.
Is that useful? I donât know. The display is certainly an important aspect with laptops, so THX Mobile Certification isnât a wholly made-up honorific. Still, it does seem of limited use to tech nerdsâno consideration given to internal hardware, benchmarks, or anything we usually use to compare laptops. The Blade Pro is THX-certified to be easy on the eyes, and thatâs about it.
I guess youâll have to keep reading our PCWorld reviews for the full picture.
The good news in this case is we agree with THX: The Blade Pro is one of the finest laptops available, provided youâve got $4,000 burning a hole in your pocket. Look for the updated Kaby Lake model in April on Razerâs website, and be sure to brag to all your friends about that THX Mobile Certification. Theyâll love hearing about it.