Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 overview (Core i7, GTX 1650Ti, 120 Hz display screen)
Final 12 months I received the chance to overview two Razer Blade Stealth fashions – one with the Nvidia MX150 and the opposite with an up to date GTX 1650. Whereas I favored them, there have been some features about each fashions which I discovered a bit irritating.
The keyboard format, for instance, was simply plain annoying with the oddly positioned up arrow and ridiculously small proper shift key. I additionally wasn’t amused with the decreased efficiency of the CPU on the final mannequin, because of the low wattage model of the CPU they offered. After which on high of that, to take away per-key backlighting, improve the thickness, and but nonetheless have the next value, I used to be actually beginning to query the path Razer was transferring with on this mannequin.
However just a few months in the past when Razer reached out with this 2020 Stealth 13, they informed me that they’ve been listening. Not solely did they repair the keyboard and the CPU points, they added a sooner display screen – giving them the quickest 13” laptop computer display screen accessible.
I’ve had this overview unit for a couple of month now and I’m completely satisfied to say that that is the Ultrabook that I’ve all the time been on the lookout for. It’s not good, nevertheless it’s darned shut, and if I didn’t already personal a Razer Blade 15 with a 2080, I’d doubtless be buying this mannequin.
I debated on doing a brief “what’s new” overview, however I made a decision as a substitute to put in writing my ideas recent. Particularly since I’ve had this overview unit longer than I usually do and have been utilizing it completely the entire time – changing my laptop computer, desktop and pill utilization. I needed to see if it fits all my needs and wishes. Spoiler alert: sure, it does.
Specs sheet as reviewed – Razer Blade Stealth 13
|Razer Blade Stealth 13 – 2020|
|Display||13.Three inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS equal, 120 Hz, matte|
|Processor||Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake i7-1065G7 CPU, quad-core 1.Three GHz (Three.9 GHz enhance)|
|Video||Intel Iris Plus(25W) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM|
|Reminiscence||16 GB DDR4 3733Mhz (soldered)|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe (Samsung PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ)|
|Connectivity||Intel Wi-fi-AX 201 Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.zero|
|Ports||2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt Three, 1x USB-C Three.1 Energy port, headphone/mic|
|Battery||53.1 Wh, 100 W charger|
|Dimension||304.6 mm or 11.99” (w) x 210 mm or eight.27” (d) x 15.Three mm or .60” (h)|
|Weight||1.41 kg (Three.11 lbs)|
|Extras||single-zone RGB keyboard, massive clickpad, HD Home windows whats up webcam, stereo audio system|
Design and exterior
The general design of the Razer Blade Stealth is what I take into account to be the perfect laptop computer. It’s light-weight, skinny, symmetric, and simple to deal with. It’s additionally sufficiently small to slot in one of many small sleeves in my backpack, which was designed for a Macbook Air. The truth is, for those who examine the scale and weight of this mannequin with the Macbook Air, you’d see they’re very related.
The construct high quality is high notch. Your complete chassis is made out of an aluminum unibody, with a black matte end. This is identical as all earlier designs and is frankly a fingerprint/smudge magnet, nevertheless it’s straightforward to wash and hold trying good. The development may be very sturdy although it’s skinny and it total looks like a top quality machine.
The highest lid is flat and has an embossed Razer brand on the middle, which blends in very nicely and is way more skilled than the standard glowing inexperienced brand on their different fashions. I a lot choose it this manner and hope they adapt it to these fashions sooner or later.
Opening the lid is a one-finger operation and the hinge is each sturdy and simple to govern. Contemplating how skinny the lid and bezels are, the power is superb, exhibiting minimal flex. Beneath the 13.Three” display screen are the standard-sized keyboard, which is flanked by two upward-facing audio system, and a well-sized trackpad beneath. All these can be described in additional element within the following sections.
On the left-hand facet of the laptop computer, there’s a USB-C Three.1 energy port that helps charging and 10Gbps knowledge switch. There’s additionally a USB-A slot and a headphone/microphone combo jack. The appropriate-hand facet is sort of equivalent, with one other USB-C port, which helps Thunderbolt Three, and a single USB-A slot.
The one issues lacking are a reminiscence card reader and an HDMI port. It’s unlucky, however not a deal-breaker so long as you don’t thoughts utilizing a dongle. I used my Hyperdrive USB hub and it labored flawlessly in both USB-C port.
The underside of the laptop computer is fairly typical. Two lengthy toes that span the back and front edges. There are two small consumption vents that provide air to the followers. The exhaust comes out on the hinge between the unit and the display screen.
My solely criticism of the design is that because of the thinness and the character of aluminum, it’s susceptible to being just a little uneven on the toes. I’ve seen this earlier than in different skinny fashions, together with a Razer Blade Stealth up to now. On my mannequin right here, the entrance foot on the right-hand facet is barely off when rested on a flat floor and it presses down just a little after I put my palms on it. It’s solely barely off although, and I’ll admit that I in all probability wouldn’t have observed it had I not particularly appeared for it.
Minor flaw apart, I nonetheless suppose this is a wonderful design and construct and would get pleasure from having it as my each day driver.
To go with the laptop computer, the AC adapter can also be moderately compact. It’s a lot larger than the older Razer Blade Stealth chargers from just a few years in the past, however most of these have been lower than half the wattage. The good half is you possibly can cost from each side of the laptop computer – a function I want was accessible on all laptops.
Whereas I like USB-C chargers, I have a tendency to search out them weak and that is no exception. The truth is, this one scares me just a little extra because the size of the inflexible connection is so lengthy. I discovered that when utilizing it on my sofa, there was a major amongst of leverage on the USB-C connection that pulled upward. It really works, in fact, however I fear about the long run abuse of those stresses.
My repair to that is easy – purchase a 90 diploma USB-C adapter on Amazon. It’s low cost, solved all my issues and is simple sufficient to take away. It additionally allowed me to direct the cable in the direction of me within the couple conditions the place I wanted it.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard may be very very like the keyboard on the opposite Razer Blade fashions, so I had no hassle in any respect adapting to it. The keys are adequately spaced aside and have first rate journey, contemplating how skinny the laptop computer is. The keys’ suggestions can also be fairly first rate, as I’ve little or no missed or duplicate keystrokes.
Take this with a grain of salt although, as I’ve been typing on the Razer Blade 15 keyboard for over 18 months now and I’m very used to it. That stated, I’ve had some gripes with these keyboards up to now, which fortunately Razer lastly fastened on this mannequin.
This keyboard format, for instance, is significantly better than the earlier variations. The previous miniature proper shift key and the up arrow being positioned between shift and the query mark key are gone, and I have to say it’s about time, as I can lastly kind with out by chance hitting that blasted up arrow. As an alternative, the up and down arrow at the moment are a shared key, which I can undoubtedly stay with.
The keyboard does have Razer’s Chroma lighting, nevertheless, on this mannequin, it’s solely a single zone and never the per-key remedy we’ve seen on the Razer Blade 15 and 17. Once more, one other factor I discovered that I can stay with out, though the per-key lighting results have been fairly cool.
The trackpad is the very same as the last few fashions of the Razer Blade Stealth. That’s a very good factor too, as I discover it to be good so far as Home windows trackpads go. It’s glass, so monitoring is clean and correct.
It additionally a clickpad, so there are built-in buttons on each the underside corners. The highest edge doesn’t click on, although, which might be intentional, to stop unintended clicks whereas typing.
The trackpad is about as massive as I’d need. I imply, it will probably’t get any taller, however I’ve seen some wider trackpads on the market, like within the GS66. I’d choose it this manner although, as I discover that the trackpad will get in the way in which of typing on these wider varieties.
The one criticism I’ve on both of those inputs is minor and that’s the situation of the ability button. Solely as a result of I’ve hit it as a substitute of delete a pair occasions, however no less than it didn’t shut down my PC by default. I’d choose a separate energy button some other place. Nonetheless, contemplating that’s my solely criticism, I believe Razer did very nicely right here. Hopefully, they persist with this combo on all future fashions.
This mannequin Razer Blade Stealth has an all-new 120Hz 13.Three-inch IPS-level panel with FHD decision. It’s made by Sharp, with half quantity LQ133M1JW46. The half quantity is sort of equivalent to the one in final 12 months’s mannequin, in all probability as a result of it’s the identical, apart from the refresh price.
Reality is, it was already a fairly good panel earlier than and now it’s even higher. It’s brilliant, has nice viewing angles and my unit has nearly no backlight bleed. The colours and distinction are additionally superb.
The max brightness I used to be capable of obtain was 394 nits, which is simply what I’m on the lookout for in a laptop computer. The distinction ratio was additionally glorious, topping out at 1400:1 at most brightness.
I took some measurements on my xRite i1 Professional sensor and right here’s what I received:
- Panel HardwareID: Sharp SHP14F2 – LQ133M1JW46;
- Protection: 98% sRGB, 68% NTSC, 71% AdobeRGB;
- Measured gamma: 2.2;
- Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 394 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 1400:1
- Native white level: 6600 Okay;
- Black on max brightness: zero.27 cd/m2.
Like earlier than, this panel makes use of Optimus, so GSYNC is disabled. It’s not needed although as you doubtless received’t be capping out many video games at 120Hz with this video card, and I’d relatively see higher battery life.
In my overview final 12 months, I really talked about how a lot I beloved the display screen and that I wouldn’t change a factor besides having the next refresh price. I suppose I received my want, as a result of that’s precisely what we’ve right here.
I’m very used to quick screens now, so going again to a 60Hz show is only a step-down for me. This display screen actually fixes that and most video games and duties are completely high-quality.
There’s a weak spot to this panel, although, and that’s ghosting. Now I don’t have the instruments to measure GtG response time or something, however I do have a Razer Blade 15 with a sooner 144Hz display screen to match it to. I used to be capable of take a pair footage of the UFO check to match the extent of ghosting.
As you possibly can see from my footage, my hunch was appropriate: ghosting is certainly current on this machine. Each footage have been taken at 1/250 of a second, so the picture ought to have been crisp, just like what I caught on my Razer Blade 15.
So is that this a deal-breaker? For most individuals, in all probability not. Reality is, that is the one 13” laptop computer with a 120Hz display screen to date, so there aren’t all that many higher alternate options. Even the 4k display screen on this mannequin was reported to have some ghosting points.
It’s actually not that dangerous although, as I used to be capable of play all my video games and barely observed it. I believe I observed it essentially the most when scrolling on sure internet pages that had darkish photos with a light-weight background (or vice versa). I’d say provided that you’re delicate to it, chances are you’ll wish to consider different choices. However aside from that, that is the perfect display screen for a laptop computer of this measurement. Particularly with the GPU, as the next refresh price would simply be a waste. The decision can also be high-quality in my view as a result of there are not any scaling points and the picture appears crisp.
Sooner or later, if Razer can supply the identical display screen with a sooner response time, that may be good.
This Razer Blade Stealth comes with the identical quad-core i7-1065G7 processor and 16GB of RAM because it did final 12 months. However this time, as a substitute of the 15W variant, we get the complete 25W on the CPU – so the efficiency in demanding masses needs to be significantly better than earlier than. Paired with the CPU is an Nvidia GTX1650 Ti GPU (within the Max-Q 35W variant), a slight improve from final 12 months.
For storage, my mannequin comes with a 512GB Samsung PM981, which is fairly customary these days. See my Crystal disk mark benchmark for the speeds. There’s solely the only slot, so count on to improve the whole drive if you’d like extra space. I personally don’t discover 512GB to be sufficient anymore.
So far as upgrades go, you possibly can just about solely swap out the SSD and possibly the Wifi module (not that you just’d wish to). The RAM, sadly, is soldered to the board, so that you’re just about caught with 16GB.
Efficiency-wise, I’m very happy with how this laptop computer does. It’s an enormous step up than final 12 months, contemplating the CPU is definitely getting the ability it deserves to perform nicely. The quad-core is greater than sufficient for each day duties and it’s the perfect pair for this mannequin GPU.
When you’re utilizing an exterior GPU, you would possibly get CPU bottlenecked, however I doubt it could be all that dangerous. Content material creators would possibly need extra from the CPU and even the RAM, but when they’re on the lookout for essentially the most transportable answer, this is perhaps on a really brief record so far as choices go, alongside these competent AMD Ryzen choices accessible lately.
Let’s check out the benchmarks although and see the way it really performs. Listed here are my outcomes with some artificial exams I ran. All these have been run within the “Gaming “ mode in Synapse:
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 7588 (Graphics – 8469, Physics – 10994);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 3209 (Graphics – 3128, CPU – 3769);
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 1765;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 6231;
- PCMark 10: 4068 (E: 7642, P: 7013, DC: 3412);
- GeekBench 5.zero 64-bit: Single-Core: 1267, Multi-core: 4841;
- Cinebench R15: CPU 687 cb, CPU Single Core 163 cb;
- CineBench R20: CPU 1698 cb, CPU Single Core 440 cb;
Fairly good outcomes, for those who ask me. That is what I anticipated to see within the mannequin final 12 months, as all of the CPU associated specs noticed a really vital bump.
I additionally ran some testing on video games. All gaming exams have been additionally achieved on the Gaming profile.
|Doom Everlasting (Medium, 1080p)||65-98 fps|
|Doom Everlasting(Extremely, 1080p)||56-78 fps|
|Remaining Fantasy XV (Common presets, 1080p)||42-50 fps|
|Battlefield V (Medium, 1080p)||57-67 fps|
|Battlefield V (Excessive, 1080p)||51-58 fps|
|Witcher Three (Medium, 1080p)||58-70 fps|
|Witcher Three (Excessive HW Off, 1080p)||47-57(50-60) fps|
These outcomes have been much less of a bump from the readings final 12 months, though some have been vital. Many of the will increase could be accounted for with the GPU improve, however for those who’re taking a look at this with a recent set of eyes, you’re in all probability impressed with the framerates proven right here.
Level being, as skinny and light-weight as this laptop computer is, it will probably actually recreation. Like I discussed earlier than, I’ve used this completely for a month straight now, and there was not some extent the place I felt like I have to go get my Blade 15 as a substitute. Positive, the framerates have been decrease and I needed to trim the main points in some titles, nevertheless it was nothing insupportable by any means.
I believe for those who’re a client that doesn’t thoughts turning down the graphics settings just a little to get 45+fps, you’ll get pleasure from this laptop computer rather a lot. However for those who’re useless set on Extremely settings for all the most recent titles, you’ll wish to search for one thing larger. Me? I may go both means, which I’ll clarify extra on the finish.
So in fact I’m going to squeeze some extra efficiency out of this machine. I used to be in a position to take action with a -55mV undervolt, utilizing Throttlestop. Any extra and I crashed whereas enjoying heavy video games, so I ended there. I retook some benchmarks so you possibly can see the impact it had:
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 7603 (Graphics – 8367, Physics – 12220);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 3307 (Graphics – 3167, CPU – 4415);
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 1771;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 6293;
- PCMark 10: 4378 (E: 8124, P: 7207, DC: 3890);
- GeekBench 5.zero 64-bit: Single-Core: 1299, Multi-core: 4883;
- Cinebench R15: CPU 709 cb, CPU Single Core 169 cb;
- CineBench R20: CPU 1814 cb, CPU Single Core 431 cb;
As anticipated, it gave me much more headroom on the CPU and likewise barely diminished thermal temperatures. I didn’t see as a lot of an impact on gaming framerates although, so I didn’t trouble retaking all of them.
However for those who look carefully at my sustained Cinebench check outcomes, you’ll see that undervolting will increase the CPU efficiency by about 5%. Is it value doing? That’s as much as you, as a result of it’s all depending on the extent you employ your CPU. For thermal causes alone, I believe it’s value doing although and within the subsequent part, you’ll see why.
Emissions (noise, warmth), Connectivity and audio system
The thermal on this unit appears to be the identical as final 12 months, however contemplating the CPU is at the next wattage, I anticipated temps to be larger in consequence. I used to be proper.
Reality is, the CPU temperatures on this mannequin can get extraordinarily sizzling, particularly for very CPU intensive video games. So sizzling in reality, that you just get some thermal throttling from temperature spikes, which drives your efficiency down barely.
I ran Hwinfo for just a few runs of Witcher Three, and famous CPU temps to be 78C on common. Not dangerous, however the CPU spikes have been usually 96C and one time it really hit 100C – yikes! The GPU did significantly better, which settled properly at 66C after prolonged use.
Undervolting does assist although, as my common CPU temp dropped to 73C and the spikes have been restricted to 93C. It didn’t assist the GPU temps, however the common GPU and CPU frequencies have been larger. This is also dependant on how I used to be enjoying the sport although so it’s laborious to inform for certain.
One other strategy to minimize down on the CPU temps is to change to the Balanced mode in Synapse. It principally cuts the PL1 energy restrict in half, nevertheless it dropped my common CPU temps to 71C and my spikes all the way down to 89C. I did lose just a little efficiency, nevertheless it was minimal and I didn’t actually discover all of it that a lot. I’d relatively recreation this manner and possibly even undervolt on high of it for minimal temps and fan use.
So sufficient concerning the inside temps – how concerning the exterior ones? I took some readings with each typical and gaming use and right here’s what I received:
*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix on Edge for 30 minutes
*Load Use – enjoying Witcher Three for 30 minutes, Gaming profile (~40 dB)
For the standard each day duties, this laptop computer is okay to maintain in your lap. A bit hotter with heavy web use, nevertheless it wasn’t out of the abnormal for a skinny and light-weight laptop computer.
The gaming temps are additionally typical for a skinny and light-weight, however nonetheless vital sufficient to need you that you just may not wish to recreation with this immediately in your lap. I nearly all the time use a lapdesk now, so I didn’t experiment with burning my legs on this one.
So far as the noise emissions go, you’d suppose they’d be the identical as on the 2019 Stealth, because the followers are equivalent. However they’re really louder since they must ramp up larger to chill the 25W CPU.
Thankfully, for regular duties the followers are virtually silent. Particularly in energy saver mode, I hardly ever heard the followers kick on until I used to be doing a reasonable process. Even once they did cycle on, they have been barely audible at about 37dB, as measured with my telephone.
For gaming, on common I measured round 40dB, however sometimes for actually heavy classes it peaked at 44dB. Contemplating the and the way skinny the chassis is, that is actually anticipated.
For audio, there’s a pair of upward-facing audio system on each side of the keyboard. I anticipated these to be the identical as earlier than, however they look like louder this time. I measured 88dB at max quantity, which sounded fairly good. The audio system nonetheless lack bass although, because the bass appeared to vanish round 120Hz.
For connectivity, there’s the identical Intel Wi-fi-AX 201 module which offers a fantastic connection to Wifi and Bluetooth 5.zero. I don’t have Wifi6, however my Web connection was maxed out at 480 Mbps, just about all over the place in my home.
Additionally unchanged is the Home windows Whats up webcam that’s on all the different Razer Blades on sale right now. First rate webcam so long as lighting situations are good. The biometrics can also be a pleasant plus, however you want cheap lighting for it to work flawlessly.
This Razer Blade Stealth has an 53 Wh battery, the identical battery as earlier than. I retook my measurements because the GPU and display screen modified. Right here have been my outcomes:
- Four.Four W (~12 h Three min of use)– idle, Greatest Battery Mode, display screen at zero%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 7.zero W (~7 h 34 min of use)– typing this overview on Microsoft Phrase, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 11.7 W (~Four h 32 min of use)– 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- eight.2 W (~6 h 28 min of use)– 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 14.Four W (~Three h 41 min of use)– searching in Chrome, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 46.7 W (~1 h eight min of use)– Gaming – Witcher Three, Most Efficiency Mode, 60fps, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON.
The battery measurement is probably not massive, nevertheless it’s a fairly environment friendly laptop computer nonetheless. All through my utilization, I hardly ever hit the low battery restrict and was solely usually plugged in at evening, when at dwelling.
It’s rather less environment friendly than the mannequin I obtained final 12 months, nevertheless it’s more than likely due to the display screen. Nonetheless, Four-7 hours of use on a laptop computer this small and highly effective is fairly darn good.
Worth and availability
The Razer Blade Stealth is offered at many retailers, together with Amazon, Greatest Purchase and Newegg. It’s additionally accessible immediately by Razer’s web site.
On the time of this overview, this mannequin is on sale for $1699 at just about all the retailers, however the regular value is $1799. There’s additionally a 4k touchscreen mannequin that’s going to price you $2000. To be frank, I don’t see some extent in having 4k at a 13”, so until you actually need a touchscreen, I’d say save your cash. Particularly because the 4k mannequin is barely 60Hz.
There’s additionally a mannequin on the market for $1599 (usually $1699) that has the identical specs as this overview mannequin, however with the 60Hz FHD panel. It’s in all probability the identical panel as final 12 months’s mannequin. When you ask me, $100 is value it to have a sooner display screen.
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Value might be going to be certainly one of my ache factors on this laptop computer as a result of now it’s much more costly than it’s ever been. However once more, there’s no different laptop computer that performs this nicely and is that this small. When you’re on a price range, although, chances are you’ll wish to take into account one thing barely bigger and maybe just a little extra highly effective and nonetheless lower your expenses. Or if you’d like portability, however don’t care about graphics energy, there are many similar-sized ultrabooks on the market which might be far cheaper. Nonetheless, likelihood is, for those who’re studying this text, you’re in all probability wanting a devoted GPU
So with the enhancements to the design from final 12 months, I believe Razer lastly nailed it. That is in all probability the most effective performing laptop computer at this measurement and weight class that you can presumably ask for. However you need to be prepared to pay additional for it.
Reality is, you’re paying a premium for this machine so that you’ll in all probability wish to do some soul looking to see if that is the proper answer for you. I may argue that alternate options such because the Asus G14 are higher worth picks, because it has superior and prices much less. However that machine nonetheless weighs half a pound extra and is 46% larger in quantity (in accordance with specs), so I believe that alone places the Razer Blade Stealth in a class of its personal.
Add in that it’s the one 13” efficiency laptop computer so far that has a 120Hz display screen, and possibly now you’ve got some good reasoning to justify the price of this machine. It’s nonetheless costly although… Heck, for those who’re simply bent on shopping for a Razer product and the dimensions of it isn’t a priority, you can simply get the bottom mannequin Razer Blade 15 at this value, with much better specs.
Nonetheless, for those who set the associated fee apart, I can truthfully say that I like this laptop computer. It just about checks off all of the bins for me, together with good inputs, a pleasant display screen, superior construct high quality and it’s even skilled trying. On high of all that, the efficiency to portability ratio is at an entire new stage, which I actually respect.
All that stated, if I have been out there for a brand new laptop computer proper now, this is able to doubtless be on the high of my record and the Asus G14 can be a really shut second. Not that I don’t like my present laptop computer, the Razer Blade 15, as a result of it could even be on my shortlist. However recently, I’ve actually been desirous to shave a pound or two off my backpack weight.
It’ll be fascinating to see if my opinion adjustments although, as a result of beginning tomorrow I’ll be going again to the Razer Blade 15 full time and we’ll see if I miss the Stealth or not. Possibly in a month or so, I’ll add some extra ideas right here.
I’ll have this unit just a few extra days, so when you’ve got any questions or feedback, let me know under.