The Good The 2019 Razer Blade stealth beautifully cleans with a new streamlined design and a smaller, lighter body and the opportunity for a beautifully calibrated 4K UHD color display and discrete graphics.
The Bad This is expensive, especially with a 4K display and discrete graphics that both threaten battery life.
The Bottom Line This is not beneficial, but anyone looking for an alternative to the Windows 13-inch MacBook Pro should start their search with Razer Blade Stealth.
The 2019 Blade Stealth, the smallest laptop in the Razer lineup, is reflected even more than previous versions, thanks to the image of a company that supplies only hardcore gamers.
Made of high quality aluminum, the 13.3-inch ultraportable features an elegant, streamlined chassis. The thinner frames around the display helped to reduce the overall footprint and further cleanse its appearance. And the emblematic three-headed snake logo on the lid is now black in color, not glowing green.
Stealth isn’t really for gaming either. There are three configurations, starting at $ 1,399 (£ 1,300, $ 2,449), all using a quad-core Intel i7-8565U. Basic 8GB RAM, 256GB SATA M.2 SSD, full screen display with 1 920×180 pixels resolution and integrated graphics. Another $ 200 doubles the memory, replaces the SATA SSD with PCIe M.2, and adds 4GB of the original GeForce MX150 Nividia graphics card. (This is also the only one who comes in quartz limited edition pink .)
If you’re ready to get up to $ 1,899 for the configuration viewed here (£ 1800 in the UK and not currently available in Australia), the drive accumulates on a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD, and the display changes to a lovely UHD touchscreen with resolution (though, unfortunately, you have less battery life). This is definitely expensive, especially if you just get the highest graphics power you can get for your money.
However, it is still not as tall as similarly tuned 2018 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro , which is hundreds more and doesn’t even have the capability for discrete graphics. In other words, the price is not as ridiculous as it sounds (or at least not as ridiculous as Apple’s pricing), and the performance is not disappointing. As for Windows alternatives for the MacBook Pro, none of them were flagged as being a Stealth update.
Razer Blade Stealth
|Price as reviewed||$1,899|
|Display size/resolution||13.3-inch 3,840 x 2,160 touch display|
|CPU||1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U|
|PC Memory||16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz|
|Graphics||4GB Nvidia GeForce MX150|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
It may be a metal body combined with its compact size and weighing 3 pounds (1.38 kg), but the Stealth feels sturdy. The lid is rigid and there is no clear bend to the base, which adds a high-quality feel. While I know there are many people out there who just don’t care what their laptop looks like, I still really appreciate the sheer simplicity of Stealth.
Displays, no matter what resolution you choose, are factory-calibrated to 100 percent sRGB, so it’s out of the box for content creation. This is one of the best displays I’ve seen on a PC of this size. Above the display is a stunning HD 720p infrared camera. While there is no fingerprint reader, you can use your camera to log on to your laptop or face-recognition websites using Windows Hello.
Giving it just a touch of gaming flair, the keyboard has a single-zone Razer Chroma full-backlight. Synapse software allows the company to customize colors and backlight patterns, as well as customize key macros. Rubber dome switches give the keys a softer feel, but with a nice soft pop. The only thing I don’t like about it is the tiny right change key which, depending on the input method, can lead to many fixes.
The keyboard is equipped with four loudspeakers that provide clear, loud sound supported by Dolby Atmos support. Turning on Atmos helps music, movies and games sound fuller rather than subtle and tiny. The new Windows Precision Glass Touch Panel is one of the best you will find on a laptop: big, sleek and accurate.
It reiterates that, despite Razer’s position as a gaming lifestyle brand, Stealth is more geared toward creators than gamers. Its penalties for games in the battle arena, such as Fortnite, PUBG, and Overwatch, but lower settings will be required at low settings. It’s also not a workstation, so it may take some time to render videos, images, or graphics. However, even this discrete entry-level GPU is much better than trying to do any of these things on integrated graphics. In addition, for professionals or gamers who want to improve performance when you need it, you can make money Razer Core , its $ 300 external graphics box, as well as a video card to put into it.
The 4K UHD display is nice to look at, but it doesn’t do any good. We got 6 hours and 49 minutes on our video battery test. For the best combination of battery life and performance, you’ll want to go full HD with Nvidia graphics, while the base model will have the best battery life.
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Nobody buys a Razer laptop because it’s a deal. They get it because the equipment looks great and works well, and the company has a deceptive brand identity right down to the three-headed snake logo. TheStealth Razer Blade13 is, without a doubt, an expensive premium laptop, and yes, you can get a better deal elsewhere if you want faster graphics performance. But it just won’t have the capabilities, quality and design of this small PC.
|Razer Blade Stealth||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce MX150; 512GB SSD|
|Lenovo Yoga C930||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U; 12GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)||Apple MacOS Mojave 10.14; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 1,536MB Intel UHD Graphics 617; 256GB SSD|
|Dell XPS 13 (2018)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Microsoft Surface Laptop 2||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 256GB|
|Acer Swift 7||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 615; 256GB SSD|