Razer has withheld their highest end products from South Africa's shores for many years. We were able to get keyboards, mice and headsets, but their laptops were always just out of reach unless you had friends or family willing to bring one back in their luggage. Well that ends now as Razer has finally deemed us worthy of giving them oodles of cash for the privilege of carrying their premium grade laptops around.
Industrial Design to Attract the Apple Crowd
It’s long been joked that Razer is the PC version of Apple. Premium engineering and design with a price to match. And that really hasn’t changed. Razer was really the first laptop manufacturer to look at what Apple was doing with their Macbooks and ask the simple question of, “Why don’t we do the same?” They did exactly that and brought a sleek modern aesthetic to the Ultrabook market but for Windows.
The Stealth 15 is a black, sleek piece of aluminium that hints at its pedigree via the Razer 3 snake logo on the lid. It isn’t loud or in your face so it's a machine from an aesthetic point of view that can be used in a professional setting. Lifting the lid - one-handed lift naturally - reveals a beautiful, almost bezel-less screen and a chiclet style keyboard. The screen along the side and top is nearly edge to edge, giving you 15.6” of real estate and while the “chin” is somewhat large, I have yet to experience any laptop with an edge to edge screen that includes the bottom edge.
Testing screen and deck flex, you will be pleased to know that there is not anything egregious enough to feel cheap. There is some flex, which is to be expected, but nothing that will irritate or have you asking why you paid the price you did.
I like this keyboard layout; it isn’t trying to cram a Number Pad in resulting in odd placement of different function keys. While not having a full keyboard is a compromise that anyone used to having such a layout will not enjoy at first, it makes sense and is not a huge problem with the proliferation of portable keypads out there.
What I am very pleased to report is that Razer has continued with the large trackpad (multi-touch of course) that is comfortable to use and has good palm rejection so that you don’t accidentally move the mouse pointer while typing. And related to that lack of deck flex, I was not able to click the pad by pressing on areas of the palm rest of keyboard.
Specs to Please the Gamer
The review unit that I was provided with isn’t the Advanced model that you can find advertised on the Razer website, but that doesn’t mean that it is an underpowered machine. The specs on this machine will, in fact, happily reach high framerates and graphical settings for years to come.
CPU: Core i7-10750H
RAM: 16 GB DDR4- 2933
GPU: Nvidia RTX2060 with 6GB of VRAM
Storage: 512GB NVME PCIe Gen 3
Display: 144Hz 1080p Display
I/O: 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB Type C, 3 x USB Type A, 1 x Full HDMI, 1 x Full Ethernet, 1 x 3.5mm Combo headphone + microphone, 1 x Power jack.
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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12 October 2020
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