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Razer Blade Stealth 13 review


Our Verdict

A superbly, if pretty financially unimaginable, slimline gaming ultrabook. Yes, on account of Razer, that IS a aspect.

For

  • Slim unibody chassis
  • Gorgeous FHD OLED panel
  • Exact discrete GPU gaming performance

Against

  • Surely no longer a value prospect
  • GTX 1650 Ti appears to be like pretty last gen steady now

The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is, at its coronary heart, all about ultrabook elitism. This light-weight wee laptop laptop has always been priced originate air the frequent bounds of both equal, chunkier gaming notebooks, or ultrabooks of the same CPU specs. It’s Razer’s most rational nod to the unibody MacBook—however in resolutely dark neat—and sports actions a the same if-you-fill-to-keep a question to impress.

The latest model of the 13-toddle Razer machine is nearly an corresponding to the old iterations, however with a couple of key, welcome additions. You serene salvage 16GB DDR4 reminiscence, in twin-channel configuration, and likewise you serene salvage a immediate 512GB SSD at its coronary heart. The Ice Lake model I in the starting up performed with came sporting the straight GTX 1650 Max-Q variant, while the leisurely 2020 Tiger Lake Stealth 13 comes with the as much as this point GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q discrete GPU which Razer later shifted to.

That makes it the most highly high-quality discrete graphics silicon you can perhaps win in any 13-toddle ultrabook for the time being in the marketplace. The closest you can perhaps salvage are some MX350/MX450 machines, however they develop no longer salvage that end. 

The bid is that, even abet making an strive at this machine when it launched at the end of 2020, the GTX 1650 Ti is old news. As quickly as the RTX 30-sequence playing cards launched on the desktop now we were expecting their notebook variants to arrive, and they’ve steady been unveiled at CES 2021.

Blade Stealth 13 specs

CPU: Intel Core i7 1165G7

GPU: Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti

Memory: 16GB DDR4 (twin-channel soldered)

Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD

Display shroud: 13.3-toddle OLED

Native resolution: 1920 x 1080

Refresh: 60Hz

Battery: 53.1 WHr

MSRP: $1,999.99

Offered that MSI has now shown off its enjoy Stealth 15M, which comes with an Nvidia RTX 3060 in its scandalous mannequin, it appears to be like address the fairway workers’s original GPUs are splendid of fitting interior a 0.63-toddle skinny chassis without sweating their silicon nuts off. Although the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is largely even thinner than that, so I’m no longer particular if even Nvidia’s contemporary lowest spec cell Ampere GPU might perhaps well sit very without danger interior this svelte aluminium shell.

The Tiger Lake processor, however, is extra welcome. The Core i7 1165G7 is running at its contemporary 28W finest—although with the stage of cooling the slimline chassis affords it can probably no longer moderately hit the heights our pre-manufacturing Intel take a look at notebook confirmed last Three hundred and sixty five days—however that also components it dominates the Ice Lake i7 from the old generation.

That’s supreme in each and each and multi-threaded neat too. Of path the finest-core come by is extraordinarily spectacular for an ultrabook, and shows steady why Intel has focused the Tiger Lake H35-sequence of cell chips to head into proper gaming laptops and no longer steady these form of ultra light-weight items. Certainly, that skinny original MSI machine is promising to pair the Particular Edition 35W chip with its RTX 3060, which might perhaps salvage it a hell of a gaming machine. At 15 inches although, we can no longer if truth be told call that an ultrabook.

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Razer Blade Stealth 13 benchmarks

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Razer Blade Stealth 13 benchmarks

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Razer Blade Stealth 13 benchmarks

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Razer Blade Stealth 13 benchmarks

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Razer Blade Stealth 13 benchmarks

This, then, is as end as you are going to salvage to a smartly-behaved gaming ultrabook—Razer itself has made no noises but a couple of subsequent-gen alternative for this Stealth 13, despite introducing its original Blade vary at CES—and what this wee Blade does in-sport, it does smartly. You is liable to be, clearly, going to need to salvage concessions to the low-spec GPU right here, so develop no longer private you are going to match its 1080p shroud with Ultra settings in the latest games.

That talked about, we did hit an common 50fps with A ways Bawl Fresh Break of day running at its Ultra 1080p finest, and on this FHD OLED shroud its over-saturated colour palette if truth be told pops. With our Metro Exodus and The Division 2 exams, however, we’re nearer to the 30fps ticket, and which components you are if truth be told going to need to measure your settings targets towards the entry-stage GPU silicon.

The battery life is most doubtless slightly disappointing, however. At steady one hour and ten minutes of proper gaming time, this is no longer if truth be told basically nailing that moveable gaming machine supreme.

Nonetheless, pondering that is the smallest, lightest, thinnest gaming laptop laptop spherical you are doubtless already at peace with those expectations. Razer has purchased you lined as a minimum at the same time as you happen to want to use $2,000 on a 15-toddle machine that can use 1080p gaming for breakfast.

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Yeah, $2,000. I did issue it used to be if-you-fill-to-keep a question to pricing. And that does comprise the $200 OLED top payment for having that if truth be told helpful FHD gift hooked as much because it, even supposing it has to be exiguous to 60Hz for the sexiest panel tech. Although having feeble it I’m nearly tempted to reveal it is definitely price the cash, however searching to chat about such foolish notions as ‘value’ straight away toddle out of the window the 2d you elect up a laptop laptop at this rate with a GTX 1650 Ti interior it.

I will issue that I develop adore the truth that Razer does offer the answer to fill the OLED shroud in FHD neat and no longer steady in the 4K resolution it feeble to restrict you to. This machine need to if truth be told no longer be matched with a UHD panel, it simply doesn’t fill the silicon chops to address it in anything else rather than a Windows desktop.

Despite its monetary faults I will’t abet however esteem it, however grand I’d strive towards to indicate it to anyone all in favour of the recount of their bank steadiness. This stable, slimline gaming ultrabook is serene steady in regards to the stuff of silicon dreams, although that is considerably tempered by the witness of the cell future now we were promised by CES this Three hundred and sixty five days.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020

A superbly, if pretty financially unimaginable, slimline gaming ultrabook. Yes, on account of Razer, that IS a aspect.

Dave has been moving about gaming for the reason that days of Zaxxon on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Run 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the gentle age of 16, and eventually accomplished bug-fixing the Cyrix-basically based fully system spherical a Three hundred and sixty five days later. When he dropped it out of the window. Happily it is a long way loads more uncomplicated to make a gaming rig now there need to no longer any motherboard jumper switches, although he has been breaking technology ever since… no longer lower than he gets paid for it now.