Razer Blade Stealth Laptop Review

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Razer Blade Stealth
Razer Blade Stealth

I’ve always been a fan of Razer Blade Stealth laptops.

 it’s their thin and light non gaming laptop it’s kind of like their ultrabook line and it’s a device that every year they kind of tweak it a little bit.

and they’ve always had a product they looked good, performance pretty well, and I was also reasonably priced. this is the 2019 model and this is the first year that i feel like razer made a mistake with this product because the price point is wrong. 

PROS

  • Top quality building
  • It works quietly
  • Battery life is strong

CONS

  • Very expensive
  • Limited storage space
  • Lacks separate GPU

Razer Blade Stealth Features

  • CPU: 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7 (quad-core, 8 MB Intel Smart Cache, up to 3.9GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus (integrated)
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR4 (3733MHz)
  • Screen: 13.3-inch 1080p IPS
  • Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD
  • Optical drive: N/A
  • Ports: 2x USB-A 3.0, 1x USB-C 3.0, 1x USB-C 3.1 with Thunderbolt 3, combo audio jack
  • Connectivity: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Camera:  HD 1080p IR Webcam
  • Weight: 2.98 pounds (1.35 kg)
  • Size:  0.6 x 12.0 x 8.3 inches (1.5 x 30.5 x 21 cm; W x D x H)

Razer Blade Stealth Design

The hardware is good. The device is built really well, it has this design aesthetic that’s similar to the 15-inch razer blade from this year.

it’s got this cleaner aesthetics to it i like the shape of it. 

The logo, the triple headed snake, does not light up this year they call it a two-tone finish but it’s basically a matte finish on the surface of the laptop with a polished snake logo.

and i think it’s a more mature looking device i feel like some people really hated that green light up logo, and thus just looks a lot cleaner.

 opening up this device. We have a view of the wonderful new screen. so this is a device that’s rocking some very thin bezels they’re 4.9 millimeters. 

The top bezel isn’t as thin as the sides, but it has the windows.

camera up top, which isn’t great in terms of image quality, but it gets the job done

Razer Blade Stealth Ports

the ports on this device are a little bit different this year. 

there’s two USB-A and two USB-C, so instead of the HDMI port they’ve replaced it with a second USB-C, if you do need an HDMI.

you can get an adaptor or whatever. 

The Keyboard and The Lighting 

razer blade stealth Keyboard and lighting

The keyboard also feels quite similar to last year’s model as well.

I don’t like the current layout though, so the old layout felt more traditional to me, particularly the right shift key.

because it’s just a weird spot on the new stealth if you use the right shift a lot, then you’re gonna take some time to get used to it. The whole is a nice keyboard.

The lighting on the keyboard is a little bit different this year; they’re running a single colour RGB.

so you can’t do individually customized keys, but depending on what you want out of your keyboard that may or may not make you sad. 

the keys on the top actually have lighting on them, so the previous generation you couldn’t see the function controls on each of the function keys.

but those light as well now, which is nice now the advantage of having a single colour across the whole layout is power consumption.

The Trackpad

trackpad this doesn’t feel that different from last year’s model either. It’s still windows precision, still a glass surface, it’s bigger, but the experience is pretty similar to last year’s model. It’s a good trackpad.

Razer Blade Stealth Speakers

There’s also a single headphone jack on the left.

the speakers, there’s two on each side. they sound good.

they sound better than the previous generation like these speakers if i had to rank them.

I’d give the previous six and a half maybe a seven l. but the new one probably seven and a half maybe an eight. 

they’re not as good as MacBook Pro speakers or MacBook Air speakers, but they’re definitely better than the previous generation.

The Battery Life

The battery life on this device is good. I got a little bit over 6 hours with the screen at 250 nits. 

it’s not a huge battery. it’s been bumped up to 53 watt hours, but it’s a more energy efficient system.

so you get slightly better battery life this year than last year. The AC adapter is still small 65 watts, so if you want to charge it on a plane you’re good to go.

Razer Blade Stealth Performance

razer blade stealth Gming laptop

this is a GPU that comes in two varieties, they have a weaker 10 watt version that is on some laptops, and they have a stronger more powerful 25 watt version which they have in this particular laptop same with some other laptops out there. 

The 25 watt version is not much better than the 10 watt version. 

it’s better. it’s noticeable, but it’s not like a huge difference. 

the thing is razer is kind of like marketing this thing as if it were a gaming laptop, I don’t think ever call it a gaming laptop per se it’s gaming capable it can run games, bit it’s not a great GPU and it’s significantly weaker than even a laptop gtx 1050 no matter how you spin it.

this is not a gaming laptop and same with video editing the MX 150 is better than nothing right, it’s got some CUDA cores in it, but editing and rendering are still very underwhelming on this machine even with that 25 watt MX 150 games just don’t run very smoothly at 1080p, you gotta drop it down to like 720p to be able to play at 60 frames per second for a lot of games which isn’t that big of deal but the problem is that this thing costs sixteen hundred dollars to get a confirmation with the MX 150 and quite frankly. 

That’s the device that’s most interesting to have that kind of GPU power in something this small, that’s why people are eyeballing this thing.

The Price

it’s pretty high, costs sixteen hundred dollars.

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