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Old 03-28-2017, 10:13 AM   #1
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Razerís updated Blade Pro is the first ever THX-certified laptop

Late last year Razer resurrected its Blade Pro laptop line, finally stuffing it with hardware worthy of the ďProĒ appellation. Our three-word review: We loved it. Itís a great machine, if you can afford it.

And now itís a bit better, thanks to the standard year-over-year refresh. Razer released details on a new Blade Pro todayóitís keeping Nvidiaís 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 Proís 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, ďan accreditation reserved for high-performance mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.Ē From the press release:

ďThrough 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.Ē

Itís worth noting that only the headphone jack is THX-certified, not the built-in speakersóan important point, I think, given people usually associate THX with surround sound systems. While the Blade Proís speakers are certainly better than your average laptop's, theyíre 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. Razerís even using the same 4K IGZO display on this new THX-certified laptop as it did on the 2016 modelójust calibrated slightly differently, and with (presumably) a big olí 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 Razerís 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 THXís standardsómeaning as far as the display and headphone jack are concerned.

Is that useful? I donít know. The display is certainly an important aspect with laptops, so THX Mobile Certification isnít a wholly made-up honorific. Still, it does seem of limited use to tech nerdsóno 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 thatís about it.

I guess youíll have to keep reading our PCWorld reviews for the full picture.


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Interesting. Odd feature for them to chase that I think majority of the population won't really care about.
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Interesting. Odd feature for them to chase that I think majority of the population won't really care about.
I had the same thought - of all the features you would want to THX certify, why the headphones?

I know that were I looking for a laptop, a THX-certified headphone jack would not be part of it.
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