Razer Updates The Razer Blade Stealth: More Screen, Less Bezel, New Color Optionby Brett Howse on June 14, 2017 9:00 AM EST
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Ever since Razer entered the Ultrabook market, they have offered a solid laptop in the ultra-portable category. The initial version launched back in 2016, and although it had some concerns, mainly battery life, Razer has updated it several times to help correct that. The one thing that was tough to not notice though was that it had pretty large display bezels, when much of the competition is now doing their best to make those as small as possible, allowing more display in the same size laptop.
Today Razer is announcing their latest refresh on the Stealth, and the biggest news is the new 13.3-inch display, packed in the same size chassis. This shrinks the display bezels by 50%, making the entire device a much more pleasing laptop to use. The new 13.3-inch display is a 3200x1800 IGZO panel, offering 100% sRGB color gamut coverage, and 400 nits of brightness. The UHD option will still be available, with its 100% AdobeRGB gamut, but since it is still a 12.5-inch model, and since it doesn’t offer any way to constrain the display to sRGB, it would be difficult to recommend it over the newer, larger display.
The rest of the Stealth is staying pretty much the same, and that’s not a bad thing. The 13.3-inch model comes standard with a Core i7-7500U, up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to a 1 TB PCIe SSD. Razer gives a battery life estimate of up to 9 hours, which is not amazing by today’s standards, but still respectable for most people.
The Razer advantages over the competition continue to be their chassis, with a CNC aluminum body which is very stiff, and a keyboard with individually backlit keys offering RGB lighting per-key. They also offer a Thunderbolt 3 port, along with the Razer Core external GPU, allowing a single cable docking solution to hook the Blade Stealth up to an external graphics card when more oomph is needed.
Razer is also offering a new color option for this model release. A new gunmetal gray option allows people to choose a different look than the typical black coloring on previous Razer laptops. The new color option also deletes the backlit green Razer logo on the rear of the laptop, making it a bit less conspicuous. The rear logo is a tone-on-tone Razer logo on this model.
The new Razer Blade Stealth 13.3-inch model starts at $1399 USD, and is available now on razerzone.com
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R3MF - Thursday, June 15, 2017 - linkgaming at 1600x900 should be quite doable, without the blurring usually caused by interpolating across non-native resolutions.
Samus - Thursday, June 15, 2017 - linkHmm, that's an interesting point. It scales 2:1 perfectly.
Hurr Durr - Friday, June 16, 2017 - linkThe only remotely desirable part in this would be graphics, and even then it`s a big if. Why would anybody want an inferior IPC paired with termal throttling for their notebook?
peterfares - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - linkAnother important new feature that isn't mentioned: Precision Touchpad. I hope the next standard blade has this too.
ayqazi - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - linkI wish Razer had a 15.6" competitor to the XPS 15... 13" is too small for me, but 17" is too big, and Razer aren't targeting anyone who wants something in the middle. The XPS 15's GPU is a bit anemic unfortunately. It's strange because everybody at work who bought an XPS model bought the XPS 15, which I feel shows there's a market for that display size.
cantcliffe - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - linkThe Razer Blade 14 sounds like it's right up your alley.
lazarpandar - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - linkgotta cut dat bezel first tho
I'm sure they'll update the 14 next.
brosenau - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - linkThis. Was set on Razer Blade, but wanted a 15-inch screen and 32 GB RAM (useful for a subset of my work). Screen and RAM overrode better GPU, and I went with the XPS 15.
Ej24 - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - linkDo they not offer it with Iris graphics? That'd be a big step forward too seeing as it's now available in 15W U series cpu's
Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - linkNo Iris graphics option. Docking it to the Core seems to be their preferred solution.