By RICHARD BUNNER
Gaming PC manufacturer Razer, who also makes gaming peripherals, has released a new version of their small-form laptop, the Razer Blade Stealth. With a 13.3”display that can be upgraded to 4k resolution and up to 13 hours of battery life, this laptop is ultraportable when paired with Razer’s own Stealth Backpack. It definitely packs a punch.
The laptop also contains an available 1080p or 4K touchscreen with 4.9mm bezel and full Razer Chroma rgb backlit keyboard programmable with the Razer Synapse 3 lighting control software to suit anyone’s visual wants. The HD camera doubles as Windows Hello and Windows product that uses your face to sign you in. For audiophiles, the laptop has a port that doubles as a microphone and headphone jack with Dolby Atmos support, a smart amp and 4 speakers to blast whatever you want. Plus, the three pound chassis is slim at only 15mm tall and sturdy, being crafted from Temper 6 CNC aluminum, finished in Anodized black. The laptop is powered by an 8th gen Intel i7-8565U processor that can be boosted up to 4.6GHZ. This laptop will not slow down when multitasking due to 16GB of available ram. The GPU is an Nvidia mx150, which is the equivalent of a GT1030 on a desktop. 256GB comes on the base level computer in an SSD form, with a maximum of 512GB on the top level also as an SSD. Also included in the laptop is a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, which is compatible with the Razer Core X, the external Graphics Card enclosure.
Prices for this miniature beast start at $1400 for the 1080p intel UHD graphics model, and go up to $1900 for the 4K model. This may encourage you to be extra careful with the laptop, but you can live worry free when you buy Razer’s version of AppleCare, subsequently known as RazerCare.
In a test by Online Tech Reviewer Austin Evans, the Stealth can run games independently like Fortnite on medium settings between 45-60 frames per second and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 on low settings between 45-50 frames per second. This may not be pro gaming performance, but it is plenty for a device of its size.
With its 2019 revisions, the Razer Blade Stealth is a great option for those looking for a powerful, ultraportable, attractive ultrabook and who do not mind paying on the higher end of the spectrum.