The Updated Razer Blade Stealth hits Stores Today
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Razer’s new 13-inch ultraportable laptop line hits stores this week, shipping in three new configurations. The new Razer Blade Stealth is now available with near bezel-less displays, offering up to 4K resolution, and increased battery life. The model also offers NVIDIA GeForce dedicated graphics, so you won’t have to sacrifice frames for portability. Only the 4K version has Touch compatibility, which is a bummer, but both feature the i7-8565U Processor with Hyper Threading, the GeForce MX150 (25W) 4GB GDDR5 VRAM option, and Intel UHD Graphics 620. The new model comes in at under 3lbs, and is still one of the most powerful options on the market, although still a little pricey.
Called the “Micro Edge” the bezel is 4.9mm thin, making them 60% thinner than the previous version. The Razer Blade Stealth is available in a 13.3″ 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution with touch functionality and supports 100% sRGB color space. Just remember that it takes more GPU power to push games in 4K, so you will have to dance between ultimate graphics and high frame-rate if you go with the 4K model. You can also choose the Full HD matte (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, which also provides 100% sRGB color space, as well as improved power efficiency for longer battery life.
For additional security and convenience, the Razer Blade Stealth comes with a IR web camera that supports Windows Hello, a first for the Razer Blade family. Razer has the web camera placement at the top of the screen, unlike other companies that put it at the bottom of the screen, so you’ll be good to go there. The unibody frame is fortified with CNC-machining of high-grade aluminum, and its matte black color is anodized into the aluminum. All configurations include a built-in 53.1Wh battery that has been optimized for all day mobility. Additionally, the laptop can be charged with the compact 65W USB-C charger that works on most flights with AC power available.
As for the GPU, Razer included the 25W NVIDIA GeForce MX150 4GB GDDR5 graphics, which offers double the memory of similar 13-inch systems. All models are also equipped with Intel UHD Graphics 620, while dedicated graphics models leverage NVIDIA Optimus technology to dynamically switch between the integrated and dedicated graphics to provide maximum performance and battery life when users need it. Razer advanced thermal system and new power management options have been integrated into Razer Synapse 3 software to maximize battery life, quiet fans in a meeting, or provide full power when gaming.
“The Blade Stealth has excelled at being the best productivity laptop on the market” says Razer’s Co-Founder and CEO, Min-Liang Tan. “We pushed the boundaries further by incorporating NVIDIA graphics with up to four times the graphics performance while continuing to keep the system incredibly compact and thin. The results of our efforts have lead Razer to create one of the world’s most powerful ultraportable laptops ever.”
All configurations of the Razer Blade Stealth feature the new 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor. That’s a quad-core processor offering Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.6 GHz. The base model of the Razer Blade Stealth comes with 8GB of 2133MHz dual-channel memory while dedicated graphics models are loaded with 16GB of 2133MHz dual-channel memory.
The other features include an anti-ghosting keyboard and a single-zone RGB lighting system with full key backlighting and 16.8 million color options all powered by Razer Chroma. You can customize the color layout through Razer Synapse 3 software. Razer also improved the touchpad with a larger glass surface area and Microsoft Precision support. If you need a lot of inputs, the Razer has a few that are probably on your list, a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, two USB-A, and a 3.5mm audio combo port. The included Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port features 4 lanes of PCIe for up to 40 Gbps transfer speeds. You an also use that Thunderbolt 3 port to connect a Razer Core external desktop graphics enclosure.
You also get four upward-firing speakers equipped with a Smart Amp to boost audio with greater clarity. Dolby Atmos replicates sound in a 3-dimensional space for lifelike immersion.
The new line of Razer Blade Stealth laptops will start at $1,399 MSRP and will be available starting today from Razer’s online store and here on Amazon.