avatarby Scott Adam GordonMarch 29, 20170 comments

Razer has announced a successor to last year’s Razer Blade Pro gaming laptop, with a better CPU, faster RAM and THX certification.

The new laptop, available worldwide from next month, features an overclockable 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7820HK Quad-Core processor clocked at 2.9 GHz that can be instantly overclocked with the Razer Synapse tech up to 4.3 GHz. There’s also 32 GB of DDR4 RAM under the hood running at 2,667 MHz compared to the 2,133 MHz of the RAM on the Blade Pro’s predecessor.

THX certification, meanwhile, is awarded to products which display superior audio or visual capabilities — the Razer Blade Pro has become the world’s first mobile device to receive the accreditation.

It comprises a range of quality assurance tests; the Razer Blade Pro’s screen was “calibrated and tested for resolution, color accuracy and video playback performance,” to ensure it delivers an exemplary viewing experience when playing games or watching movies.

Similarly, Razer Blade Pro’s audio met THX requirements for “voltage output, frequency response, distortion, signal-to-noise ratio, and crosstalk.” This applies only to audio playback through its headphone jack, however — there’s no way its physical speakers would reach THX-level audio reproduction standards.

Other features of the Razer Blade Pro include a 17.3-inch 4K UHD G-SYNC touch display, low-profile mechanical keyboard powered by Razer Chroma, and a GTX 1080 graphics card (with Pascal Architecture). It weighs 7.7 pounds and comes in at less than an inch thick.

Crucially, Razer also says that the aforementioned hardware improvements haven’t lead to an increase in heat, so the thermal performance should be much the same as with the last Razer Blade Pro. Keeping that temperature down is vital with such a thin device designed for gaming.

The new Blade Pro is launching in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and France with prices starting at US$3,999.99, C$5799.99, £3,799.99, and €4,499.99. It will be available from Razerzone.com and select retailers from next month, with worldwide availability to follow later in April.