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Image: Razor Blade Pro 17

The Razor’s latest Blade Pro 17 is the future of gaming laptops. The laptop has a 17.3-inch 4K touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh rate; a combination of screen specs is hard to find in a monitor or even another computer. The laptop gives the best visual experience, and the high and fast refresh rate makes it more effective to scroll content and get gaming!

The Razor's latest Blade Pro 17 has a Hexa-core processor (Intel's i7-9750H with a base clock speed of 2.6 Ghz) and 16GB of RAM. The gaming machine relies on the Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics chip, a laptop graphics card that allows the Blade Pro to stay thin but limits its power compared to a giant machine with a desktop GPU. The 2080 Max-Q in the laptop makes gaming a superficial and awesome experience. The Razor's Blade Pro 17 works far better, with the resolution turned down to 1440p.

Merits:

• 4K / 120Hz display
• Generous port selection
• Responsive trackpad

Demerits

• Chassis is a total fingerprint magnet
• Keyboard layout issues
• Hardware can't touch the 4K / 120Hz ceiling without serious tweaks
• The screen lacks G-Sync support

The laptop is black all around and matte-textured and gives a clean and sophisticated look. It also has a large, centered trackpad, and the left side of the device features a power plug, Ethernet jack, two USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, and a headphone jack. The right side has a Kensington lock, HDMI port, one USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2 port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and a UHS-III SD card reader.

The 19.9mm thick laptop machine has ports- three USB 3.2 Type-A Gen 2 ports, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port on its left side, one Thunderbolt 3 port on its right; an HDMI port; a headphone jack; Ethernet; and space for Razor's proprietary power plug. The SD card reader of the device supports super-fast UHS-III transfer speeds.

The Razor Blade's Pro 17 can run games at 4K resolution with all of the graphics settings turned to the max, though the results may vary. In a game like The Outer Worlds, the frame rate fluctuated between 30-50 frames per second with v-sync switched off, and with the game, Fallen Order kept a relatively steady 40 frames per second at its maximum settings. The laptop's 120Hz refresh rate results in h 120 frames per second display.

To start using the Razor Blade Pro 17, the user will have to agree to one non-negotiable agreement, and an additional dozen optional agreements before getting started:

• Microsoft requires the user to sign into a Microsoft account. Creating a new account, or signing into a pre-existing one means that the user agrees to the company's terms of use agreement.
• Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant collects location, speech, contacts, calendar, email, search history, "relationships," and other forms of data
• Microsoft's Activity History feature "includes info about websites you browse and how you use apps and services."
• Microsoft offers to register your face for fast Windows Hello sign-in by way of its webcam.

There are privacy settings, all of which are on by default, that allow Microsoft to collect usage data from the device. This includes speech recognition, handwriting, and typing, tracking location data with "Find my device" to keep tabs of the user's computer, tracking general location data for directions and weather, collecting diagnostics from the machine related to web activity, device health, and more. To access Razor's Central and Synapse software, and tweak the backlit keyboard's colors, the user will have to create either a unique Razor log-in, or can link it to their pre-existing Facebook, Google, or Twitch account. Razor's laptop offers brief and jarring glimpses into the future of mobile computing. If a user is a hardcore gamer, there are rarely any moments when the games look better than they would have seen them.