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Razer Blade Stealth 2019 review (Core i7, MX150 graphics – Quartz Pink edition)

Razer Blade Stealth 2019 assessment (Core i7, MX150 graphics – Quartz Pink version)

Razer was form sufficient to ship me a pattern of their 2019 Razer Blade Stealth – a pink one actually!  I’ve seen different opinions on this one already, however I figured I’d put my two cents in as properly.

Total, I discovered it to be a worthwhile ultraportable that has it within the locations that depend: nice display screen, respectable keyboard (with an enormous flaw conserving it from being nice) and good construct high quality.  Add in some honest specs and you’ve got a fairly stable machine.

However with all of the competitors on the market, is it well worth the worth?  Effectively…  sure and no.  Permit me to enter extra element and you’ll resolve for your self.

The specs sheet as reviewed

Razer Blade Stealth 13 – Quartz Pink version
Display screen 13.Three inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS equal, 60 Hz, matte
Processor Intel eightth Gen Whiskey Lake i7-8565U CPU, quad-core 1.eight GHz (four.6 GHz enhance)
Video Intel HD 620 and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4 2133Mhz (2×eight GB DIMMs)
Storage 256 GB M.2 NVMe (Samsung PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ)
Connectivity Intel Wi-fi AC 9560, Bluetooth 5.zero
Ports 2x USB-A Three.1 gen2, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt Three, 1x USB-C Three.1 Energy port, headphone/mic
Battery 53.1 Wh, 65 W charger
Dimension 304.6 mm or 11.99” (w) x 210 mm or eight.27” (d) x 14.eight mm or .58” (h)
Weight 1.Three kg (2.89 lbs)
Extras individually lit RGB keyboard, giant clickpad, HD Home windows hi there webcam, stereo audio system

Design and exterior

After I first opened the field and pulled out the laptop computer, my first response was “Wow, that is properly constructed”.  Effectively, really no, it was “Wow, that is pink!”  However my second response was how properly it’s constructed, for certain.

The Razer Blade Stealth has the identical sturdy sturdy design of just about all its predecessors.  It’s product of an anodized aluminum unibody with a matte end.  It has an analogous form to a lot of the different Razer Blades, which I used to assume emulated a Macbook, however now I take into account to be their very own.

The physique is .58” thick, which is definitely just a little bit thicker than the earlier fashions (doubtless due to the GPU).  The load continues to be below Three lbs although, which is ideal in my view because it balances the distinction between being too heavy and too flimsy.

The lid is just about flat, with a Razer emblem embosses on the lid.  I’m actually excited to see that Razer has lastly pulled the set off on eradicating that glowing emblem.  That is far more refined and I discover that I’d be completely happy with leaving the lid as is, as an alternative of hiding it with a pores and skin like I do on my Razer Blade 15.

Lifting the lid is a one finger motion and the lip of the lid is giant sufficient for my finger to get a grip.  The lid is surprisingly sturdy on the hinge.  That is particularly essential for the contact model.

The laptop computer may be very inflexible, even with the lid open.  Holding it with one hand is a deal with in any place and there’s virtually no flex wherever.  There was some minor flex on the keyboard, nevertheless it’s trivial at finest.

Connectivity may be very restricted on this machine.  On each side you get a single USB-A and USB-C and that’s it.  It’s clear and uniform, which is nice, but when you might want to connect with a monitor, you’ll doubtless must carry a dongle alongside until you occur to have one of many few Thunderbolt Three screens on the market.

Each USB-Cs act as charging ports, which is a large plus as properly.  However solely the precise facet USB-C helps Thunderbolt Three, so should you’re utilizing a dock or monitor, plan on connecting from the precise facet solely.

The back and front of the laptop computer are clear of any extra connectivity.  When you flip it on its underside, you’ll see the 2 giant vents for the followers, two lengthy foot rests and an extended exhaust vent on the again edge.  The underside cowl is held on by a number of torx screws.

All in all, it’s an incredible design and I recognize the eye to element with the construct high quality.  I’m not the largest pink fan, but when pink is your colour you’ll like this machine, because it’s extremely distinctive (there’s additionally a black choice out there).  One very nice benefit to the colour is the shortage of fingerprints, in contrast to on the common black model.

Keyboard and trackpad

The Razer Blade Stealth has an fascinating keyboard, to say the least.  In some methods I actually prefer it, however there’s a few issues I simply completely hate about it.

Let’s begin with the great.  The important thing suggestions is fairly respectable, contemplating the brief journey.  I’ve been used to typing on the Razer Blade 15, so it was fairly simple for me to adapt.  I additionally recognize that the symbols are backlit on this keyboard as properly, one thing earlier fashions uncared for to do.

The keys are correctly spaced aside and the format is sort of regular.  There are a few issues that basically hassle me, although: the up arrow and the precise shift key.  First off, they put the precise arrow between the ? and shift keys.  Nearly each different keyboard doesn’t have this difficulty, because the arrow keys are normally situated elsewhere. So typing might be difficult at occasions, as you may by accident hit the up arrow as an alternative of the ?, when typing paperwork.  I’ll admit that I’ve had quite a lot of observe at this since I’ve been utilizing the RB15 for thus lengthy, however the Stealth additionally has a monkey wrench that makes typing even more durable.

Making the precise shift key the scale of a letter key’s arguably one of many greatest errors I’ve ever seen with a laptop computer keyboard.  I can’t inform you what number of occasions I’ve missed the shift key and hit up as an alternative.  Typically I’d miss it altogether and hit nothing.

Regardless, my typical typing check was riddled with errors.  I scored 47 wpm (my norm being 60) with about 6 errors.  I took the identical check once more two weeks later, and solely obtained a marginal enchancment – fewer errors, however the identical pace.

With time, I suppose I may most likely get used to it.  However to be sincere, I’d have a tricky time justifying paying this a lot cash and having a troublesome time simply attempting to kind.  I’d reasonably have seen them mix the up and down arrow key or simply shift them downwards.  I actually hope they repair this within the subsequent fashions.

One different fascinating change within the keyboard is the shortage of individually lit keys.  As a substitute, Razer selected zone backlighting, reportedly for battery considerations.  The lighting nonetheless seems to be good and might be managed by Synapse.  The one factor that’s just a little inferior is you may see some mild bleed when in comparison with the Chroma fashions.

The trackpad on this laptop computer is prime notch.  The glass is totally clean and multi-touch gestures are very responsive and delicate.  Finger monitoring was additionally very exact.  The trackpad is loads giant sufficient to do even four finger gestures.

It’s a clickpad fashion trackpad, so the left and proper click on buttons are built-in into the decrease half of the pad.  Clicking works properly sufficient, however I discovered the journey a bit shallow and unsatisfying.

Just like the on Razer Blade 15, the implementation makes use of Home windows precision drivers and is ready to be personalized in Home windows settings.  I actually like this integration, because it makes the expertise according to the rising group of laptops additionally adopting this characteristic.

Display screen

The 2019 Razer Blade Stealth has a matte 13.Three-inch IPS panel with FHD decision and 60 Hz refresh fee. It’s made by Sharp, with half quantity LQ133M1JW41.  Total, it’s an incredible panel, with sharp pictures even at steep viewing angles.

The max brightness I used to be capable of obtain was 394 nits, which is vivid and nice for even out of doors use.  The distinction ratio was additionally excellent at most brightness, at about 820:1.  To prime issues off, I additionally didn’t have any backlight bleed, so wanting on the panel in a darkish room is kind of a deal with.

I took some measurements on my Spyder4Pro sensor and right here’s what I obtained:

  • Panel HardwareID: Sharp SHP14B8 – LQ133M1JW41;
  • Protection: 99% sRGB, 70% NTSC, 75% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 394 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 820:1
  • Native white level: 6400 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.48 cd/m2.
  • PWM: sure, 22 KHz at <25% brightness;
  • Response time: 34 ms BTW.

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As you may see, the brightness distribution is brighter within the heart than in all places else, however that is fairly typical with most laptops.  Both method, it seems to be even to the bare eye.

I calibrated the display screen and obtained virtually no distinction within the colours, following the calibration.  So, should you’re occupied with performing some colour delicate work on this panel, relaxation assured that it’s most likely been calibrated by the manufacturing unit.

This laptop computer makes use of Optimus, so GSYNC is disabled.  It’s for the perfect although, as a result of the benefit of utilizing Gysnc with this GPU is minimal and it’s having respectable battery life makes extra sense.

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All in all, there’s actually nothing to hate about this display screen. Correct colours, excessive brightness, glorious distinction and small bezels just about verify off a lot of the packing containers for me.  The one factor lacking is a quicker refresh fee and quicker response time, nevertheless it’s completely comprehensible to omit it contemplating the GPU couldn’t actually push any sport that far.

and efficiency

The Razer Blade Stealth comes geared up with a quad core Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U processor and 16GB of RAM.  That is loads quick for many productiveness functions and even video games.  Sadly, the RAM is soldered, so that you’re caught with what you get.

Paired with the CPU is a 25W Nvidia MX150 GPU, the 1D10 model, and never the decrease energy 1D12 variant utilized in most different cellular units.  It’s a very good factor, because it’s a big enchancment over the decrease wattage variations of the identical GPU.  Extra on the precise efficiency later.

The NVMe drive is the one factor on the laptop computer that’s upgradeable (properly, aside from the Wifi module).  It at present has a Samsung PM981, which is a fairly quick drive.  See my Crystal disk mark benchmark for the speeds.  There’s just one slot although, so should you want extra space, you’ll must accept changing the present drive.

Upgrading the drive may be very simple.  The underside cowl is held in by Torx screws and is well eliminated.  As soon as opened, you will have quick access to each M.2 slot and the Wifi module.

So far as efficiency goes, this laptop computer is superb.  Just about every part I did was snappy and I did lots.  I even put in CAD and messed round with some 3D modeling.  The GPU was enough sufficient for what I used to be doing and I’d be comfortable to make use of this for that form of stuff, albeit a bit small of a display screen for that form of work.

The entire level of the laptop computer is to work and it does so simply high-quality.  I’d be happy with doing reasonable work, however should you’re video enhancing, I feel this GPU might be not sufficient.  So far as enjoying video games goes, it’s most likely not going to be one thing a devoted gamer will need to use, however for a lot of informal players, it’s most likely ok.

Fact is, Razer expects the players to make use of this with their Razer Core dock, which may home a full sized desktop graphics card of your selection. By connecting only a single Thunderbolt Three cable, this laptop computer can rework right into a gaming setup. Sadly, I now not have my Razer Core, so I couldn’t check this out for you guys.  I’m assured the expertise is nice although, particularly contemplating it labored high-quality for the unique Razer Blade Stealth I examined.

If you happen to’re occupied with artificial benchmarks, I took various them.  For these assessments, I left the fan profile in Auto and the facility in Gaming mode.  Right here have been my outcomes:

  • 3DMark 11:5169 (Graphics – 4941, Physics – 8004);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike:3342 (Graphics – 3660, Physics – 11554);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy:1255 (Graphics – 1125, CPU – 3646);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive:485;
  • PCMark 10: 3894;
  • GeekBench four.Three.Three 64-bit:Single-Core: 5101, Multi-core: 14302;
  • CineBench R20: CPU 1495 cb, CPU Single Core 467 cb;

These benchmarks are just about in keeping with the competitors for essentially the most half.  The graphics scores have been really larger than any of the opposite MX150’s I’ve seen on the market.  I’m fairly happy with the outcomes.

I additionally ran some testing on video games.  All gaming assessments have been executed on Auto fan profile and Gaming mode.

FHD Customary FHD Tweaked
Skyrim (Default Excessive settings, 1080p) 35-40 fps 112 fps
Skyrim (Default Excessive settings, 720p) 50-60 fps 62 fps
Doom (Excessive, OpenGL four.5, 1080p) 28-35 fps 135 fps
Doom (Excessive, OpenGL four.5, 720p) 55-60 fps 102 fps
No Mans Sky (Medium, 1080p) 24-28 fps 88 fps
No Mans Sky (Medium, 720p) 29-35 fps 96 fps

Like I mentioned earlier than, by itself this isn’t an incredible gaming laptop computer.  I do anticipate that most individuals who purchase laptops this small will discover its skills ok  There are just a few different equally sized laptops which may have a greater GPU, however none are this mild and possibly gained’t keep as cool below load.

Emissions (noise, warmth), Connectivity and audio system

The thermal system on the Razer Blade Stealth does a very good job at conserving temperatures in verify.  It makes use of a twin fan system and a fairly sized warmth sink on each the GPU and CPU.  Every warmth sink has a devoted warmth pipe, in addition to a shared one between the 2.

Underneath regular hundreds, I barely heard the fan function.  Whereas gaming although, the followers ramp as much as about 40dB and is unquestionably noticeable.   Total, I’m very happy with the system they put in place for this laptop computer.

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

I took some readings on the surface of the casing, prime and backside, whereas below regular hundreds and in addition whereas gaming.  Right here’s what I obtained:

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

Once more, contemplating the thinness, these aren’t horrible readings.  It was just a little sizzling on my lap, however much less so than different laptops with extra intensive GPUs put in.

For connectivity, the Intel AC 9560 module provides us a superb connection to Wifi and Bluetooth 5.zero.  My web connection was maxed out at 480Mbps even whereas 30 toes away from my router.  I didn’t expertise a single drop in connection all the time I used it.

As for the audio, there’s a pair of audio system on all sides of the keyboard.  They aren’t the loudest, however at the very least they face upward.  The audio system hit a max amplitude of 70dB on my sound meter.  I additionally was capable of report bass as little as 70Hz.  These are fairly respectable audio system for this class of laptop computer.

There’s a extremely small HD webcam situated above the display screen.  I’m guessing it’s the identical one which’s on the Razer Blade 15 as a result of the picture is simply common at finest – nothing particular.  It’s Home windows Whats up enabled although, so that you do get to take pleasure in utilizing face login when stepping into Home windows.

I’ve been utilizing the Home windows Whats up characteristic on my Razer Blade 15 for a lot of months now, and I’ve to say that I’m very happy that they lastly added it.  The one grievance I’ve although is it’s not the best Home windows Whats up webcam I’ve ever used – actually it’s most likely one of many worst.

The actual fact is, the IR blaster is both too small or the webcam simply isn’t ok to render our face whereas in low mild conditions.  I’ve used over a dozen laptops and tablets now with the Home windows Whats up characteristic, and all of them unlock the laptop computer, even in a darkish room.  With the Razer Blade 15 and Stealth, it’s hit and miss – leaning extra in the direction of miss.

All this mentioned, it’s higher than not having it!  It really works in lit rooms and that’s definitely a plus.  In future fashions although, I hope Razer addresses this difficulty.

Battery life

This Razer Blade Stealth has a 53 Wh battery, just a little larger than final 12 months, however nonetheless form of small. On HWinfo, it detects zero% put on proper out of the field.

I did some testing to see how lengthy the battery would final in sure eventualities.

  • four.zero W (~13 h 15 min of use)– idle, Greatest Battery Mode, display screen at zero%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 6.Three W (~eight h 25 min of use)– textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.zero W (~7 h 34 min of use)– 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 9.1 W (~5 h 49 min of use)– 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 6.1 W (~eight h 41 min of use)– 4K fullscreen .mkv video within the Film app, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13.2 W (~four h 1 min of use)– searching in Chrome, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 31.2 W (~1 h 42 min of use)– Gaming – Witcher Three, Most Efficiency Mode, 60fps, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON.

As you may clearly see, even with the small battery, the effectivity of this laptop computer is fairly darn good.  I used to be completely assured bringing it out for the day with out the charger.

Even when I needed to carry the charger, it’s so small and lightweight that it wouldn’t matter.  The facility provide is 65W and the twine is far bulkier than the facility provide itself.  It’s USB-C and it really works in each slots, which is sweet to have the selection when attempting to apply it to your lap.

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Worth and availability

The Razer Blade Stealth is offered at many retailers, together with Amazon, Greatest Purchase and Newegg.  It’s additionally out there straight via Razer’s web site. That is particularly so for the pink model, as I couldn’t discover it on the market wherever however from Razer.

There are two fashions out there with the FHD display screen, one black and the opposite pink (our assessment unit), with costs at $1599.  There’s additionally a 4k contact mannequin that has a 512GB SSD for $1899.  Lastly, if value is a matter, $1299 can get you a mannequin that’s restricted to built-in graphics solely and 8GB of RAM with a 256GB SSD.

On the time of this assessment, Razer is providing a pair gross sales on a few of these fashions, discounting the costs by as much as $200.  I don’t know how lengthy these will final – hopefully for some time.

That form of leads me into the largest difficulty I’ve with the Razer Blade Stealth: the associated fee.  Even discounted, it’s nonetheless a really costly ultrabook.  At $1599, I’d be laborious pressed to shell out that form of cash for a laptop computer that doesn’t have a greater devoted GPU.  Extra on this in my ultimate ideas.

Last ideas

From a giant image perspective, the Blade Stealth 2019 is a fairly high-quality 13-inch laptop computer.  It’s transportable, has nice construct high quality and has a very nice wanting display screen.

I actually loved utilizing it for the previous couple weeks, because it carefully emulates the expertise I’ve with my each day driver, the Razer Blade 15.  I do recognize the ergonomics of the laptop computer, because it’s very simple to hold round and open – extra so than my Blade 15.

Considered one of my greatest considerations stays with the keyboard although.  The small key journey is one thing that I’ve tailored to, however the keyboard format places it over the sting of inconvenient.  And contemplating it’s one thing that’s used just about each time you utilize the laptop computer, I don’t assume it’s honest to anticipate all prospects to get used to it. Is it useable, although?  In fact.  My level is at this worth level, I’d anticipate the keyboard to be near excellent.  I hate to say it, however I’d have most well-liked downward going through audio system had I identified they might have been the rationale for such small keys on the right-handed facet.  That proper shift key’s simply unacceptable.

Now, extra on my second ache level: the value.  $1600 is simply an excessive amount of in my view, as there are better-valued choices on the market.  So, should you’re planning on shopping for this, you actually need to ask your self some questions.

First: are you a gamer or a content material editor?  If the reply is sure, then this most likely isn’t the precise selection for you.  Sure, it has the upper wattage MX150, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not a extremely good graphics card for gaming or video enhancing.  On the $1600 worth, you’d be higher off getting the bottom mannequin Razer Blade 15, which has 2x storage units a quicker CPU and a GTX 1060.  There are additionally different choices just like the GS65, that are even cheaper. Sure, each are a bit bigger and heavier, however not by that a lot.

The second query is: are you in search of a Macbook-like dimension and construct high quality?  If not, there are nonetheless much more choices on the market which have respectable construct high quality and virtually the identical options, at a fraction of the associated fee.  The Acer Swift Three and Asus Zenbook 14 each have MX150’s in them, with comparable specs, however value lots of much less.  Yup, they’re the decrease wattage MX150, however nonetheless… should you’re not gaming, who actually cares concerning the minor bump in efficiency?

That every one mentioned, even if you’re in search of a Macbook-like expertise, even the Macbook and base Macbook Professionals are cheaper than this laptop computer.  Sure, with a Macbook, you’re definitely sacrificing on a lot of the specs.  Similar goes for the Macbook Professional, however to far much less of an extent.  You definitely don’t have the MX150 in these laptops, however many may discover that they don’t want it and would select a Mac as an alternative.

I assume there’s a 3rd query and that’s whether or not or not you need a pink laptop computer.  There’s at present no different such pink laptops on the market, so if that’s you and also you need to be distinctive, the pink Razer Blade Stealth is ideal.

So to conclude, this laptop computer is the precise one for you should you’re in search of a really transportable and light-weight machine with glorious construct high quality, an incredible display screen and the power to play older/informal PC titles on medium to low graphics settings.  The concept is that ought to you want extra graphics energy, you may simply hook up an exterior GPU.  To me, that’s a really small area of interest of consumers.

However then once more, this isn’t that shocking contemplating that’s the group that Razer has usually focused prior to now.  I simply want that they had simply dropped the MX150 all collectively and saved the value affordable.  Sure, there’s a base mannequin on the market that’s $1400, nevertheless it solely has 8GB of soldered RAM, so even docked, it’s restricted.

I assume the basis of my points is that I’m evaluating this laptop computer to the unique Razer Blade Stealth I had just a few years again.  That mannequin was solely $999, which I believed was a cut price.  However should you take a look at the specs on that entry mannequin, you actually begin to see what I’m speaking about.  And let’s evaluate base fashions to be honest.

The display screen went from a 12.5” QHD touchscreen to a 13.Three” FHD non-touchscreen – a step down in my view, however at the very least the bezels are smaller and also you now have Home windows Whats up.  The RAM is identical.  The SSD went from 128GB to 256GB – good.  However the individually lit key characteristic will get eliminated(and the bigger shift key).  There’s no extra HDMI port.  The newer mannequin can be 1.7mm thicker than the unique.  However do all these variations imply the laptop computer ought to value $400 extra?

I feel I’ve made my level.

So that is most likely the longest “ultimate ideas” I’ve ever had.  However don’t take me improper – I’m not saying I don’t just like the laptop computer.  I prefer it (with some reservations), I simply don’t like the value.  So until you end up a part of the area of interest like I described above, or if Razer has an amazing sale worth, I’d put my cash elsewhere.

That wraps up my assessment.  I hope it was thorough sufficient and you probably have any questions, please be at liberty to depart a remark beneath.

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 embrace spending time along with his household, “Do it your self” initiatives akin to residence automation and operating.

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