Razer Blade Stealth Review
The Razer Blade Stealth is an incredible laptop which is introduced with an aim to attract gamers and obviously, it is not cheap and it doesn’t have a graphics card which is necessary for making High-end games more efficient.
However, the style of a laptop is quite similar to that of normal MacBook but a bit gaming taste has been added in style. While you are at home, you can also be able to plug it in Razer Core module and turn it into proper gaming PC.
|CPU||1.8-GHz Intel Core i7-8550U processor|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|RAM Upgradable to|
|Hard Drive Size||512GB|
|Hard Drive Speed|
|Hard Drive Type||PCIe m.2 SSD|
|Secondary Hard Drive Size|
|Secondary Hard Drive Speed|
|Secondary Hard Drive Type|
|Highest Available Resolution||3200 x 1800|
|Native Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Optical Drive Speed|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU|
|Wi-Fi Model||Killer Wireless-AC|
|Touchpad Size||4.1 x 2.5 inches|
|Ports (excluding USB)||USB 3.0|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Thunderbolt|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Headset|
|Ports (excluding USB)||HDMI 2.0|
|Warranty/Support||1-Year Limited Warranty|
|Size||12.6 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches|
Pros & Cons
|Slim, lightweight, understated chassis||Subpar battery life|
|Bright, vivid quad-HD panel||Expensive|
|Powerful 8th-gen processor|
The price of the Razer Blade Stealth is similar to the latest-generation ultra stylish portable laptops, but its price is low as compared to others.
It is, even more, cheaper than the MacBook Pro having OLED display, HP Spectre 13 and Dell XPS 13.
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One of the version of these laptops with 128GB SSD and QHD screen having the starting price of £999 or $999 and the others with 256GB and 512GB are of £1249 and £1349 respectively.
A 4k version of this model with 512GB and 1TB will cost you almost £1549 and £1949 respectively.
Well, these laptops are featuring a Razer Core which is the external graphics card. These systems are slim and are found to be competitive in the PC gaming market.
One of the models is using PCI-e graphics but this version is quite similar to the desktop model.
The PCI-e graphics will cost you £499 and £399 if you buy it with the laptop. It is obvious that it is not the good idea to but such expensive graphics card.
Therefore, here we have got an option, buy Nvidia GTX 1060 for £190ot buy AMD RX480 for £120.
As you may have noticed that most of the high-end portable laptops are not having plain moody black, as the company is always working to make its product attractive. This is the reason most of the laptop companies have dumped traditional or boring looking machines.
However, the upper part of the surface including keys and the light up Razer logo have been colored black.
These laptops appear to be more “Stealth bomber” than the black box. And these laptops are portable because you can bring this laptop into the Public area similar to all other gaming laptops.
However, the company’s logo on the back of the laptop looks like a sticker which teenagers like to put them on their laptops, but these laptops are super sharp.
The weight of the laptop is 1.2 kg and is 13mm thick. These laptops are not the lightest and the slimmest system in the world and it is not very heavy either. It is the very portable laptop and you can take it with you for the whole day.
The laptop has a very decent frame and the lid, underside, and the keyboard surroundings are all made up of aluminum. Its surface is just as hard as the metal is and its great to touch the surface.
Ports And Connections
The Razer Blade Stealth has introduced the ports for the current peripheral devices and also for the future one not like MacBook Pro and HP Spectre 13 who have eliminated most of the connectivity ports.
The laptop is having two full-size USB ports along with USB-C (can be utilized as the power socket) and full-size HDMI. So, it is simple for the users to plug in their TVs and Monitors.
No memory card slot has been added, therefore, the users will have to use USD SDreeader. Like other thin laptops, there is no optical drive in the laptops.
Keyboard And TrackPad
There is no objection on the keyboard and trackpad surface as the surface is too good for use. But the space between the chunky keys may be bit frustrating.
These laptop’s actions and feedback are great and having a perfect ultrabook slimline chicklet keys. But it is far better than the Click eggshell feel of a MacBook.
The neat backlight provides the good gaming flavor to the gamers. The backlight moves within all the colors of Rainbow and the users can set them to the 12 different intensity levels.
These lightening color on the keyboard reflects the good image of the black keyboard.Well, these colors can be changed according to tot taste of the users. The users can set one color or-or set all other colors through Razer Synapse app.
As users will press the keys the lights will lighten up and simulate the tones of the bonfire and Wave, which ignites the swift rainbow pitch across the keyboard.
These laptops do not have dedicated macro keys and no space for them either and are styled as gamer keyboard.
The size of the trackpad is same as the size of the one in MacBook Pro and it good. If you have one then at first touch you may have realized that it is having a very nice textured glass panel, having really soft and smooth touch.
It is great to click on the pad and it’s really quite good. The system is having the layout of the sensible buttons.
The square in the bottom right of the trackpad is fixed for the right click and this is to eliminate the chance of the accidental tap.
However, the users may face the accidental tap in the early days since they bought the laptop because no spare space included there.
The system is having the 12.5-inch display and it is bit small as compared to that of Dell XPS 13 and having a lot of the empty space exist around the display.
But this is an excellent screen and in the future, the company may look forward to stretching it. The different versions of the models are available and this is the 4k version of the laptops which looks very sharp indeed.
The company has introduced IGZO panels instead of using IPS or TN, due to which the laptops became more competitive in the market.
Depending on the brightness the contrast of the laptops is 1350:1 which results in the elimination of the black parts of the screen and becomes pure black of the surround.
The output of the system is 405cd/m if we maxed out the backlights and for a high-end laptop, 350cd/m is more than enough.
The system is having a good color performance and featuring almost 99.9% of sRGB, 98.2 % of Adobe RGB and 87.6 % of DCI P3 color standards.
Due to having an Adobe RGB display the colors on the screen looks bolder. At 3840x2160p resolution, the screen appears very sharp, this indicates that QHD model’s display will also be sharp which is far cheaper than this model.
The system also offers the feature of touch display and this is the main feature as missed in HP Spectre 13 and Dell XPS 13.
The color depth in 4K version is not very attractive. However, the company says it is having 70% of the Adobe RGB, this means that sRGB must be 1005 or somewhat near that.
Many of the company’s laptop uses discrete graphics cards for providing better gaming performance and experience to its users. But, the Razer Blade Stealth seems to be more conventional in this case.
The laptop is featuring Intel HD 620 graphics and Intel Core i7-7500U chip. This is the first ever laptop featuring a 7th generation Kaby Lake processor.
The system is having dual-core low voltage CPU, which is used in the laptops for the better performance and longer usage.
The most interesting aspect of these models is that all the models of the company are using high-end Core i7 CPU as compared to the ultrabooks, which uses Core i7 CPUs.
The Razer Blade Stealth accumulated 2044 points in the PC Mark 8 and 7393 & 7894 in the Greek bench 3 and 4 respectively.
Which is good enough for such laptops and it is different from the gaming laptops utilizing quad-core CPU and discrete graphics card.
The Intel 620 GPU is also far better than the last generation laptops using HD 520. In thief, at the 720p resolution, the system manages 21.9 fps if the graphics set to low, while at 1080p it manages 6.5fps with maxed-out graphics.
Well, if you want to make these laptops as gaming laptops then you need to buy a Core attachment.
These laptops are having dual core CPU’s and the laptops will become the barrier when playing certain games when Nvidia GTX 1080 is joined with it. But you can still make a good setup with Razer Blade Stealth.
Well, the style of the fans of the system is not that much impressive ass it should be. The laptop is having two to each side and is very small in diameter and this indicates that they can produce a high pitch noise when under extreme pressure even more than Dell XPS 13.
And if you want to setup this laptop as a gaming laptop then you need to insert a noise insulating cupboard so that you can be able this problem.
Well, these laptops will remain quiet and will be relaxed when you will perform the functions as you do in the normal laptops.
At 120cd/m, if the users will play a 720p looped video then the laptop will last for 6 hours and 43 minutes. As it seems that this, not an enormous stamina but it can help you very much to complete you most of the workday.
And, it is a lot better than the giant gaming laptops. However, the QHD version may have a good battery life like the 4k one. Th large number of pixels are there to hide small problems.
This battery is enough if the user will use it just ass like the normal systems and it is worth to use such system is worth and is a lot better than the others.
The Razer Blade Stealth is good as the sound came out of the grilles from left and right side of the keyboard gives it a steroid like an effect and it does not depend that how you can place the laptop on the table, floor or on your lap.
The sound of speakers of these laptops is loudest from and beefiest from that of HP Spectre 13 and Microsoft Surface Book. But, the MacBook has more loudest sound and has powerful speakers of the same size.
The tone of the sound of speakers is perfect rather, but some of the laptops suffer when they try to sound easier without clear skews.
Well, the users can happily watch a movie on the Razer Blade Stealth as it sounds like the user has connected the speaker to the laptop.