Amazon Prime Day 2018 is only just kicking off, and already we've found a great deal on a big-name gaming laptop, amid the fast-growing list of Amazon Prime Day game deals. The Razer RZ09-02202 is a 17-inch version of the famed Razer Blade Pro gaming notebook, packing some decidedly head-turning specs into its deceptively slim case.
Get 27% off the Razer Blade Pro RZ09-02202 17-inch gaming laptop: A massive discount on one of PC gaming's biggest names, at £1599. View Deal
And, while it's ordinarily a rather pricey machine, as you'd expect from such a high-end Razer laptop, it currently has 27% off the regular price, selling for only £1599. The question is, how good a deal is that exactly? Is the discounted RZ09-02202 a steal, or are there still better gaming laptops around at similar (or lower) prices? Let's have a look.
No two ways about it, if we're talking about overall gaming power, you're not going to find much to complain about here. Making some of the best gaming laptops is just what Razer does, and the Blade Pro line has long been a strong (if pricey) choice. This particular model comes with a powerful Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD drive alongside a 2TB HDD. Graphics-wise, it's loaded with an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU.
What does all of this mean? It's good, basically. While there's a little room for improvement in a few places, this is very much a top-line machine built for performance. How much performance? It's been tested as running Prey, at Ultra settings, at 103 frames per second, and Metro: Last Light at 73. The more demanding, open-world Witcher 3 comes in at around 38 frames per second at Ultra - still no slouch - and has been clocked at breaking the ideal of 60fps at 'just' High settings. So yeah. There are more powerful gaming laptops around, but Razer Blade Pro RZ09-02202 doesn't miss that standard by much.
Both sleek and sturdy, the RZ09-02202 is surprisingly understated for a machine with this kind of power. Pleasantly thin and understated, particularly compared to how chunky and garish gaming laptops can get, it' s a classy machine to behold, all curved edges and subdued exteriors. And at just over three kilograms in weight, it's certainly not a back-breaker. The keyboard is decent, and the side-by-side position of the trackpad - while it will take a little getting used to - is a very nice decision. Though given the matte finish of the keyboard, you'd do well to have a cloth at the ready, or be prepared for fingerprints.
The Razer Blade Pro RZ09-02202's battery life is, alas, only two hours. Not brilliant, but to be fair, not many gaming laptops are exactly renowned for their ability to maintain power unplugged. Weak battery life is kind of an occupational hazard with these things. Treat it as you would any other gaming laptop - ie. always have a charger with you - and this problem goes away as quickly as it ever does.
Should you buy it?
If you have your heart set on the prestige of a Razer Blade gaming laptop, then this is one of the best deals you're going to to find. To be fair, there are gaming laptops around of a similar spec at similar (or lower) prices, but waving around a bona fide Razer Blade Pro (we don't recommend literally waving them) might well feel a bit more special. If that appeals, then this is a great deal on a thoroughly solid, high-end machine.