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Razer Blade Stealth 13 review (Ice Lake i7-1065G7, GTX 1650) – a true gaming ultrabook!

Razer Blade Stealth 13 evaluate (Ice Lake i7-1065G7, GTX 1650) – a real gaming ultrabook!

You might do not forget that I only in the near past reviewed the Razer Blade Stealth 13, Quartz version.  With the MX150 GPU, I believed it was satisfactory for many functions, though slightly expensive.  It wasn’t a lot of a gaming laptop computer although, which is actually what Razer is understood for.

This time Razer has despatched be one thing higher although.  A Razer Blade Stealth 13 late-2019 with an Intel Ice Lake i7 and a GTX 1650 inside!  On paper, this GPU falls between a GTX 1050 and 1060, so it’s actually gaming materials.

I’ll admit, once they first introduced it, I used to be very skeptical of how properly it will keep cool.  To my shock although, they did a superb job preserving these temperatures down.  However there’s a price, which I’ll get into in additional element under.

Since I simply wrote the evaluate on the earlier mannequin, most of my opinions are the identical.  So in order for you my full ideas on the construct, display screen or typing expertise, I might ask that you just please discuss with that article, as I’m going to cowl simply the modifications between the 2 fashions under.

Specs as reviewed – Razer Blade Stealth 13

Razer Blade Stealth 13
Display screen 13.Three inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS equal, 60 Hz, matte, Sharp LQ133M1JW41 panel
Processor Intel 10thth Gen Ice Lake i7-1065G7 CPU, quad-core 1.Three GHz (Three.9 GHz enhance)
Video Intel UHD G7 Iris Plus and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 35W with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
Reminiscence 16 GB LPDDR4X 3733 Mhz (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
Measurement 304.6 mm or 11.99” (w) x 210 mm or eight.27” (d) x 15.Three mm or .60” (h)
Weight 1.42 kg (Three.13 lbs)
Extras single-zone RGB keyboard, massive clickpad, HD Home windows hiya webcam, stereo audio system

Design and construct

As I mentioned, for the reason that design is so much like the pink mannequin I reviewed earlier this 12 months, I level you to that article for the small print, as my opinion isn’t any totally different than earlier than.

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Briefly, it’s a really properly designed and excellently constructed machine. Not like the earlier evaluate unit that was the Quartz Pink model, that is the usual Black variant, and likewise a bit heavier and thicker.  All that’s okay although, as I might barely inform the distinction in measurement and it’s nonetheless a light-weight and small laptop.  The colour can be extra to my enchantment, though this mannequin is actually extra fingerprint susceptible.

When you’ve seen a Razer Blade Stealth up to now couple years, this late-2019 variant it’s simply as you’d count on. That’s a superb factor, as a result of there’s little or nothing I might enhance. For me, that is the final word ultrabook so far as the construct and design are involved.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard and trackpad are additionally similar to the earlier mannequin I reviewed, so I received’t go into an excessive amount of element and ask that you just learn my earlier feedback, as in addition they haven’t modified.

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I’m nonetheless going to be essential about this keyboard, as the dimensions of the precise shift key, the oddly positioned up arrow and the ability button location are usually not regular to me.  As a Razer Blade 15 proprietor (for a few 12 months now), I nonetheless wrestle with unintentionally hitting the up arrow as a substitute of Shift, and require the important thing to be reprogramed in Synapse once I’m typing for lengthy durations of time.

The trackpad remains to be very nice although, so no complaints about preserving that the identical. It will possibly’t get any larger, and in the event that they made it wider, I might most likely wrestle to kind.

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Display screen

This Razer Blade Stealth 13 has the identical 13.Three-inch IPS panel with FHD decision and 60 Hz refresh charge because the earlier model. It’s made by Sharp, with half quantity LQ133M1JW41.  General, it’s a fantastic panel, with sharp photographs even at steep viewing angles.

It’s the identical panel as earlier than, however I’m going to rewrite this part since I modified the software and technique on how I measure the specs.

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The max brightness I used to be in a position to obtain was 417 nits, which is simply superior.  The distinction ratio was additionally wonderful, topping out at 1226:1 at most brightness.  Once more, just like the final time I noticed it, I detected nearly no backlight bleed on my unit.

This time I took some measurements on my upgraded xRite i1 Professional sensor and right here’s what I acquired:

  • Panel HardwareID: Sharp SHP14B8 – LQ133M1JW41;
  • Protection: 98% sRGB, 68% NTSC, 70% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 414 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1226:1
  • Native white level: 6900 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.34 cd/m2.

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I nonetheless love this display screen.  It has nice colours, brightness and viewing angles.  Nevertheless, I mentioned earlier than that I wouldn’t change a factor, however now with the upgraded GPU, I believe they need to begin trying right into a quicker display screen.The laptop computer makes use of Optimus, so GSYNC is disabled.  It’s for the most effective although, as a result of the benefit of utilizing Gysnc with this GPU is minimal and it’s greatest to have first rate battery life.

Possibly I’m spoiled, however the massive majority of the screens I’m seeing on different (bigger) laptops is 120+Hz, so this display screen simply feels inferior as compared.  Particularly since this CPU/GPU combo is completely able to going previous 60Hz for a lot of video games.  There simply isn’t something on the market obtainable at 13.Three” but, however settling for a 60 Hz panel on a gaming ultrabook nonetheless seems like compromising to me.

and efficiency

This Razer Blade Stealth comes with a quad-core Intel Ice Lake i7-1065G7 processor and 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM.  On paper, that is slower in intensive masses than the CPU they used on the earlier technology, however we’ll speak in regards to the precise efficiency variations in a minute.  FYI, the RAM is soldered, so that you’re caught with what you get right here.

Paired with the CPU is an Nvidia GTX1650 GPU, which is certainly a step up from the MX150 from the final model.  Now we’re speaking – as this could carry out extra to a gamer’s requirements, higher than each earlier Razer Blade Stealth. It’s nonetheless a 35W Max-Q variant, much like what yow will discover on some 15-inch gaming ultrabooks because the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive or the Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC.

For storage this will get a 512GB Samsung PM981, which is a fairly quick drive.  See my Crystal disk mark benchmark for the speeds.  There’s just one slot although, so when you want extra space, you’ll need to accept changing the present drive.

Like final 12 months, the one issues which can be upgradable are the SSD and the Wifi module, and doing so is straightforward.  The underside cowl is held in by Torx screws and is well eliminated.  As soon as opened, you may have quick access to each M.2 slot and the Wifi module.

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I’d wish to say the efficiency is superior to the final mannequin, nevertheless it’s really a blended bag for me.  For regular everyday duties, it has really been completely advantageous.  Even for gaming, it’s fairly good, particularly when you’re immediately evaluating to the earlier mannequin.

However when you’re upgrading from the earlier mannequin, there’s a catch with the CPU – it’s really considerably slower!  It’s not noticeable with regular mild duties, however with the heavier CPU taxing packages, there’s a fairly noticeable drop in efficiency.

Let’s begin by having a look on the artificial benchmarks I took whereas within the highest efficiency Gaming mode.  Right here had been my outcomes:

  • 3DMark 11: 9342 (Graphics – 11188, Physics – 6489);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 6780 (Graphics – 7862, Physics – 8716);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 2946 (Graphics – 2998, CPU – 2686);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 1641;
  • PCMark 10: 4258 (E: 8186, P: 6976, DC: 3670);
  • GeekBench 5.zero 64-bit: Single-Core: 1191, Multi-core: 3304;
  • Cinebench R15: CPU 511 cb, CPU Single Core 168 cb;
  • CineBench R20: CPU 1081 cb, CPU Single Core 423 cb;

By themselves, these benchmarks are fairly good.  It’s solely if you begin evaluating them to the outcomes of the earlier mannequin that you may see what I’m speaking about.  With all of the CPU associated benchmarks, you’re taking a look at a 20-25% drop in efficiency in comparison with the Core i7-8565U.

I additionally ran some testing on video games.  All gaming exams had been finished on the Auto fan profile and Gaming mode.

FHD Normal
Skyrim (Default Extremely settings, 1080p) 60 fps
Doom (Excessive, OpenGL four.5, 1080p) 72-84 fps
Doom (Extremely, OpenGL four.5, 1080p) 65-77 fps
Closing Fantasy XV (Common presets, 1080p) 24-40 fps
Closing Fantasy XV (Common presets, 1080p) 51-58 fps
No Mans Sky (Medium, 1080p) 35-46 fps
No Mans Sky (Medium, 720p) 51-60 fps
Witcher Three (Medium, 1080p) 57-72 fps
Witcher Three (Excessive, 1080p) 42-52 fps

As you may see, the gaming outcomes are a lot better than the MX150 mannequin and it’s completely due to the extra highly effective GPU.  Maybe these outcomes might be slightly higher with the i7-8565U, however I don’t suppose it’ll be all that a lot.

So does the drop in CPU efficiency matter?  For most individuals shopping for this laptop computer, no.  However for these which can be planning on utilizing it extra for batch processing or content material creation, you’ll most likely wish to look elsewhere for a greater out of the field answer.

Additionally take into account that when you’re a Razer Core proprietor and like to make use of your laptop computer docked so much, you’ll most likely wish to take into account your choices as properly, as a CPU that’s 25% slower goes to have way more of an impact in your efficiency.

So what provides?  Effectively, the issue lies with the truth that the CPU’s TDP is locked at 15W.  I don’t know what the reason being for this, however I’ve a hunch that the temperature spikes had been most likely fairly dangerous and Razer opted for one thing extra steady.

No matter the reason being, you may’t do something about it as a result of the CPU is locked.  Not even Throttlestop can change the TDP.  It might be good of Razer to deal with this sooner or later and provides customers extra of a alternative.  There’s actually some room for extra energy, because the temperatures I used to be seeing within the CPU had been very, superb.

There’s one factor you are able to do to squeeze out some extra energy, and that’s undervolting.  I used to be solely in a position to obtain a -50mV undervolt on my machine and had to make use of Throttlestop for it, since Intel XTU isn’t appropriate with this CPU.

I retook some benchmarks so you may see the impact it had:

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 6753 (Graphics – 7643, Physics – 10228);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 3039 (Graphics – 2984, CPU – 3401);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 1637;
  • PCMark 10: 4327 (E: 8238, P: 7424, DC: 3596);
  • Cinebench R15: CPU 552 cb, CPU Single Core 167 cb;
  • CineBench R20: CPU 1349 cb, CPU Single Core 427 cb;

Undervolting has a major impact on the CPU associated scores. They get nearer to the i7-8565U mannequin, however not fairly there.  To indicate the distinction additional, I took 10 consecutive Cinebench exams, each undervolted and at inventory.  It’s loud and clear that undervolting boosts the CPU efficiency considerably.

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Often, undervolting reduces temps and prevents thermal throttling, to offer some added stability with the intention to stabilize or elevate benchmark scores.  However this conduct may be very totally different.  Efficiency is being boosted as a result of the voltage being provided to every core is decrease, however the wattage is similar. This enables the cores to run at increased frequency inside the 15W TDP restrict.  It is sensible – it’s simply uncommon for laptops to have this limitation.  Particularly one thing marketed as a gaming laptop computer.

All I can say is do your analysis earlier than investing on this CPU.  Like I point out, the drop in efficiency received’t matter for most individuals.  However when you’re delicate to getting essentially the most out of the parts that you just buy, you may wish to take a look at a few of the competitors to see if it’s higher fitted to you.  There’s nothing this skinny and lightweight that has this GPU/CPU config but, however choices with 14-inch screens can be found (just like the MSI Status 14) and extra shall be launched early into 2020.

Emissions (noise, warmth), Connectivity and audio system

The cooling system on this Razer Blade Stealth may be very succesful.  Just like the MX150 mannequin, it makes use of a twin fan system and a fairly sized warmth sink on each the GPU and CPU.  The distinction this time round is that they added a thicker main-heat pipe and bigger switch plates to compensate for the extra highly effective GPU.  It was sufficient.

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Underneath regular masses, I barely heard the fan function and more often than not it was off.  Whereas gaming although, the followers ramp as much as about 40dB and that’s noticeable, however nonetheless greater than affordable.  I’m proud of the followers on this one as they clearly needed to maintain this machine as quiet as doable.

The height CPU temperature I measured whereas gaming was 78C.  Not too dangerous contemplating how small that is.  Contemplate undervolting if you wish to stabilize these CPU temps additional.  The GPU often hovered within the low 70s, so no complaints there.

I took some readings on the skin of the casing, high and backside, whereas underneath regular masses and likewise whereas gaming.  Right here’s what I acquired:

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*Each day Use – streaming Netflix on Edge for 30 minutes, followers on Auto
*Load Use – taking part in Doom for 30 minutes,  Gaming profile, followers on Auto (~40 dB)

A bit of scorching on the lap, however general these are fairly good readings contemplating how skinny the laptop computer is.  It’s additionally according to the readings I acquired on the earlier mannequin, which I used to be comfortable with.

For connectivity, there’s an Intel Wi-fi-AX 201 module which gives 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 in all places in my home.

The audio on the laptop computer is similar as final 12 months, with a pair of upward-facing audio system on either side of the keyboard.  They’re loud sufficient however lack bass.  Spectacular contemplating how small they’re, although.

The Home windows Whats up webcam is strictly the identical because the earlier mannequin in addition to the entire different Razer Blades on sale at present.  It’s not the best when it comes to high quality, nevertheless it works and is healthier than nothing, particularly for the added biometrics.

Battery life

This Razer Blade Stealth 13 model will get a 53 Wh battery, the identical battery as earlier than.  I retook my measurements for the reason that GPU modified.

Listed here are my outcomes:

  • four.Three W (~12 h 19 min of use)– idle, Greatest Battery Mode, display screen at zero%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 6.5 W (~eight h 9 min of use)– textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.Three W (~7 h 16 min of use)– 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5.7 W (~9 h 17 min of use)– 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5.5 W (~eight h 38 min of use)– 4K fullscreen .mkv video within the Film app, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13.four W (~Three h 57 min of use)– looking in Chrome, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 40.eight W (~1 h 18 min of use)– Gaming – Witcher Three, Most Efficiency Mode, 60fps, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON.

It’s a fairly environment friendly laptop computer, which makes up for the pretty small battery.  There was a negligible distinction between the earlier technology, aside from the gaming outcomes, that are slightly worse.  That’s to be anticipated with a extra highly effective GPU.

The charger this time round is considerably larger although – about twice as massive as earlier than.  It’s 100W, so it must be.  I nonetheless take into account it to be very transportable and I wouldn’t thoughts carrying it round in any respect.

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Value and availability

Like earlier than, the Razer Blade Stealth is obtainable at many retailers, together with Amazon, Greatest Purchase and Newegg.  It’s additionally obtainable immediately by way of Razer’s web site.

Observe this hyperlink for up to date costs and availability data on the time you’re studying the article.

On the time of this evaluate, this mannequin is on sale for $1500 at just about the entire retailers.  The conventional worth is $1799.  If you need a 4k touchscreen, you’ll need to pay a whopping $2000 for that mannequin.  I actually don’t see some extent in having a 4K 13” panel, however in order for you contact that badly, you’ll need to pay the value.

Even with the Quartz pink model examined earlier, I believed that price was a difficulty and that is no totally different.  At this worth level, you may as properly get the Razer Blade 15, proper? Effectively, I’m positive that’s the case for many people, together with myself, as I don’t suppose I might ever justify spending $1500-1700 on this laptop computer when the identical amount of cash should buy a far superior 15” mannequin with comparable construct high quality.

However there’s undoubtedly a crowd on the market that desires a smaller form-factor with good gaming skills.  And there actually is nothing else on the market proper now that’s this skinny and lightweight and packs the identical form of specs.

Closing ideas

The final time I reviewed the Razer Blade Stealth 13, I went right into a rant about the price.  That’s nonetheless the case and I received’t repeat myself there.  However with a GTX 1650 on this type of a chassis, I believe the added price is considerably extra justified this time round, as you may really play some first rate video games on this factor.

Moreover the expense, the stuff you’ll need to recover from are the underpowered CPU and the irritating keyboard structure.  Like I mentioned earlier than, the CPU efficiency might be advantageous for most individuals, particularly when you undervolt it.  However Razer Core customers which can be at present utilizing final 12 months’s mannequin ought to be very cautious about buying and selling as much as this mannequin, else danger dropping some efficiency whereas docked.

The keyboard, then again, is one thing that may’t be fastened.  I’ve learn different evaluations as properly, and this seems to be a standard grievance amongst reviewers.  Customers, nonetheless, are slightly extra forgiving, with many claiming they by no means even use the precise Shift key.  If that is you, maybe you’d get used to this keyboard higher than I did.

All this mentioned, I actually actually like this laptop computer.  The construct high quality, the display screen and trackpad are all nice.  The gaming efficiency can be stellar for such a small design.  The sound is first rate and it has biometrics.  Heck, it even appears skilled now that they eliminated that ugly inexperienced glowing emblem on the hood.

That’s if you’re in search of one thing ultra-portable that performs video games fairly properly and you’ve got the cash to spend (and also you don’t use the precise shift key!), maybe that is the precise mannequin for you.  However when you’re in search of extra worth and might sacrifice some added weight and measurement, I believe you need to take into account the Razer Blade 15 as a substitute, it’s extra highly effective, will get a quick refresh display screen that makes an enormous distinction in video games and lasts longer on a cost.

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Along with being a tech fanatic, Derek has a profession as a biomedical engineer. He enjoys taking issues aside, determining how they work and discovering methods to make them higher. His different hobbies embody spending time along with his household, “Do it your self” tasks corresponding to house automation and operating.

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