At long last, Razer’s elusive laptop range has made its way to South Africa. Gone are the days of hustling with friends overseas or battling with Amazon - so the burning question is, just how does their new range perform? I got the chance to play with the Razer Blade Stealth for the past month and, as an existing Razer Blade owner, it was interesting to see how they have evolved over the past few years.
Out of the box you’re treated to the usual stylish Blade design, albeit with a few changes since my laptop released. Coming from the 2016 14” Razer Blade, this Stealth model really wowed me with its sleek appearance. The logo is a stylish shiny black version of the iconic three-headed snake set against a totally matte black body, rather than the gamer-esque green logo of the other models. It also has a more edged, squared-off body with very few other design distractions. There are no chunky bezels present as the 13.3” display is very minimally framed - basically, it’s a beautiful little machine that really upholds the professional aesthetic.
My only real gripe appearance-wise is that once you actually pick it up, the device becomes utterly smothered in fingerprints. This is an issue I had with my 2016 model, but this time I really struggled to keep them at bay, marring the experience of having such a pretty laptop. If you’re as pedantic as me, keep a microfibre cloth on hand.
The Stealth has a decent range of ports for its size. On the left you’ll find a USB Type-C port, a USB Type-A port, and a combination audio jack. On the right is another USB-C and USB-A, but this time the Type-C is Thunderbolt 3-supported. Both USB-C’s charge the laptop, and overall I was impressed at the selection given that it provided enough for me to plug in an Xbox One controller, a headset, a mouse, and charge the laptop at the same time. I do prefer my laptops (especially gaming laptops) to have a dedicated video port such as HDMI to connect to a monitor, so that was an inconvenience, but you can use the left-side USB-C as a video-out if really necessary.
Flip open the lid and you’ll be greeted by a stunning 120Hz 13.3” display set to 1080p - perfect for the size. Another model sports 4K at 60Hz, but I’d happily forego 4K for the smoother experience of 120Hz (also can 60Hz die now please?). The keyboard is supported by Razer’s colourful Chroma lighting, a pretty addition that adds a little bit of flair and pop against the black chassis. While there aren’t as many colour options as other Blade models due to not having individually backlit keys, the options available are more than eye-catching (and the decision was made to assist with battery life, so, not a terrible call). Performance-wise it was decent as laptops go, and thankfully wasn’t uncomfortable to get used to despite me using a mechanical keyboard on my usual workstation.
The keyboard is supported by Razer’s colourful Chroma lighting, a pretty addition that adds a little bit of flair and pop against the black chassis.
Though it may just look like an ultrabook, the Stealth comes packing an Nvidia GTX 1650 TI...
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20 September 2020
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