Razer Blade Stealth Review (2019)

8.6 Total Score
Razer Blade Stealth Review

With a discrete graphics card and an Intel Whiskey Lake processor, the Razer Blade Stealth is a capable machine for work and gaming.

PROS
  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Powerful overall and graphics performance
  • Great Audio
  • Solid battery life
CONS
  • Undersized keys
  • Runs hot
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The new Razer Blade Stealth has undergone a slight makeover while maintaining the slurs we are used to from Razer. But it is what the real crowd puller is under the bonnet because this is the first Stealth that comes with discrete Nvidia MX150 graphics. That means that you can play ordinary PC games on the go on a system that weighs less than 3 pounds. But the shock and the awe do not stop there. Today, we are here with our Razer Blade Stealth Review.

The Stealth is also one of the first laptops to come with the new Whiskey Lake chip from Intel, giving the sleek stunner a big hitch of power while working on a battery charge for more than eight hours. However, an uncomfortable keyboard is the fly in an otherwise seductive pot of ointment. Nevertheless, the latest version of the Razer Blade Stealth is worth a serious look.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Design

Although I really miss the glowing Razer logo, I can not deny the disconnected elegance of the new Blade Stealth. The light-embossed tri-snake logo is subtle, bringing you closer to the black aluminum lid to admire its stately beauty. Similar to the Blade 15, the edges of the system are always slightly rounded. It is a small detail, but it speaks for the accuracy of the company, which I appreciate.

More obsidian metal goods are waiting when you open the laptop. The keyboard floats in a sea of things with a positively gigantic touchpad underneath. A speaker is waiting on both sides to pump away the disturbances. The 13.3-inch screen is at the top, embedded in a number of absolutely thin edges. When you turn the laptop over, you will see a pair of rubber feet running along the length of the undercarriage of the system, with a pair of vents that offer a generous view of the dual fans.

Due to the relatively slim chassis, the Stealth has few ports to talk about. There is a USB 3.1 port (natural green) and a Thunderbolt 3 port on each side. The only difference is that you get a headset connection on the left.

All that aluminum and a few extra specifications place the Stealth of 12 x 8.3 x 0.6 inch on the heavier side of the ultra-portable scale of 2.9 pounds. It is similar to the Huawei MateBook X Pro (2.9 pounds, 12 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches). The Dell XPS 13 9370 (12 x 7.9 x 0.5 inch) and Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (12.1 x 8.8 x 0.6 inch) are slightly lighter at 2.7 pounds.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Keyboard and TouchPad

The keyboard on the Razer Blade Stealth is the main scratcher. I was immediately peeved on the Right Shift, Enter and Backspace keys, which are completely too short on the island-style keyboard. I would rather have said that Razer had not recorded the arrow keys than with these shrimp keys that forced me to be much more aware of my keystrokes. I usually mean Razer for their shallow keyboards, but the Stealth has just popped enough for a comfortable, resilient experience. That 67 grams of actuation force is seriously a godsend since the keys only have 0.8 millimeters key travel (1.5 mm is our minimum).

And like any self-respecting Razer Blade, the Stealth is flooded with beautiful Chroma lighting. But this Stealth is much more reticent with the light show. Instead of programming individual keys with RGB-goodness, this version of the Stealth has only one zone, which means that if you change the color of a button, you change all of them. It is not the technicolor scene that I am used to, but it is still pretty good. By the way, you can still program macros and synchronize the lighting with different games.

The 4.3-inch touchpad of the Stealth may not be the largest I have ever used, but it is in the top ten. The Microsoft Precision pad feels smooth, fast and precise, making it easy to sweep three or four fingers along with pinch zoom.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Display

The 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 screen of the Stealth is clear and vibrant, despite the matt, anti-glare coating. When I looked at the Captive State trailer, I was impressed by how well the panel captured the richness of Ashton Sanders, the mahogany skin of actor, as well as his faded orange-red hoodie and the ominous metal collar with his various lights around his neck. The detail was clear enough that I saw the torn material along the sides of the hood, as well as the clear braid of the drawstrings.

Playing Aurion: The legacy of the Kori-Odan was a colorful action carcade. The garb of the protagonist’s main ceremony seemed to radiate from the screen as they unleashed powerful attacks on their enemies. The detail was sharp enough to see the wind blowing through the locomotives. The display can show 120 percent of the sRGB range, just like the 117 percent that the XPS 13 and the premium laptop average have achieved. The MateBook X was only slightly more lively with 124 percent, while the Surface Laptop 2 was the most lively with 176 percent.

When we measured for brightness, the Stealth averaged 346 nits, which is better than the Surface Laptop 2 (321 nits) and the 320-nit average. But the MateBook Pro turned out to be the most sparkling at 458 nits. And a hurray is certainly OK for the Stealth bezels, which become slimmer with each iteration. The edges are even 60 percent thinner than its predecessor.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Audio

Itty, bitty speakers, surprisingly big sound. With four loudspeakers and a smart amplifier, the Stealth could easily fill our test room with the gender-flowing, afro-futuristic melodies of Janelle Monae. The strings, hi-hats and bass guitar were beautiful and clear on ‘I Like That’, the perfect background for the soprano and rich alt of the artist. But like most laptops of this size, it lacked the job needed to produce the low end, even if the Dolby Atmos software was turned on.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Graphics and Gaming

The latest version of the Razer Blade Stealth is the first that comes with discrete graphics, in addition to the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. And although it is only an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, it still has a much more graphic punch than previous models. This system doubles the amount of VRAM to 4 GB, which gives it an advantage over other MX GPUs on the market.

But do not get those AAA titles out yet. The laptop turned older games such as Bioshock Infinite and Borderlands 2 as a dream. But on more incriminating titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, low frame rates reduced the action to a stuttering mess. But if you adjust your expectations, the Stealth can be a solid slot machine – at least until you return to your Razer Core or Core X.

Yet I was impressed that I could slide through the streets of Gotham at 59 frames per second in Batman: Arkham Origins, defeating bad guys in a whimsical ballet of brutality at 1920 x 1080. Then I passed to Aurion, the hack-and-slash action average 62 fps.

At the Dirt 3 benchmark, the Blade produced an impressive 164 fps, which is more than double the 74-fps average. The MateBook Pro, which has its own MX 150 GPU, was in a distant 117 fps while the Intel UHD 620 produced GPU-powered XPS 13 and Surface Laptop 67 and 82 fps. Like most gaming laptops, the Stealth switches to its integrated GPU when it does not perform graphics-intensive tasks.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Performance

The Stealth is one of the first laptops that comes with Intel’s new Whiskey Lake processors. According to Intel, Whiskey Lake chips are twice as powerful as a 5-year Intel processor. I streamed an episode of Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix with 20 additional open Google Chrome tabs, some of which ran Twitch streams, Tweetdeck or YouTube. The Stealth and the 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-8565U CPU with 16 GB of RAM are connected without problems.

Stealth continued to showcase his winning ways on our synthetic tests, starting by scoring 15,878 on Geekbench 4, which measures the overall performance. It easily beat the 12,285 premium laptop average and sailed past the 14,180 and 12,913 obtained by the XPS 13 and MateBook X, both of which have Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-8550U CPUs. The laptop also beat the Surface Laptop 2 (12.676) and its Intel Core i5-8250U CPU.

There was a stumbling block on the Excel Spreadsheet test. The Stealth devastated the average of 1 minute and 35 seconds with a time of 21 seconds. It was much faster than the MateBook X (1:49), Surface Laptop 2 (1:15) and the XPS 13 (1:08).

During the file transfer test, the 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD from Stealth took 20 seconds to duplicate 4.77 GB of mixed media files for a transfer rate of 254 MB per second. It was sufficient to send the Surface Laptop 2 (203 MBps) with the same amount of storage. The MateBook Pro (512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD) hit 282.7 MBps, while the XPS (256 GB SSD) recorded a blistering 508 MBps.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Heat

After I played Aurion for 15 minutes, I measured the most important locations on the notebook. The touchpad measured 91 degrees Fahrenheit. The center of the keyboard and the chassis reached 105 and 108 degrees respectively. Both temperatures are above our 95-degree comfort threshold. I still used the notebook comfortably in my lap. The Stealth turned out to be a hot potato, even on our less demanding video stream test, where we stream a fullscreen HD YouTube video for 15 minutes. Once the time was up, the touchpad touched 95 degrees while the center of the keyboard and the bottom reached a hot 104 and 110 degrees.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Battery Life

Traditionally, battery life has been the biggest mistake of Razer laptops. The last Stealth that I reviewed tapped from our battery test at 5 and 21 minutes. And with a separate graphics card in tow, I had almost all of this new Stealth written. I am delighted to say that I have done very wrong to do so. The laptop has been running 8 hours and 5 minutes on our battery test. It is a shortcoming of the 8:22 premium laptop average, but not much. It is a big step forward, but Razer still has a number of ways to go before it can match the competition. The Surface Laptop 2 and MateBook X respectively had a time of 9:22 and 9:55 hours. The 1080p XPS 13 tapped at 11:59 hours, while the 4K model clocked at 8:23 hours.

Razer Blade Stealth Review – Conclusion

With the new Blade Stealth, Razer has finally gained a foothold in the premium ultraportable market. For $ 1,599, the new Razer Blade Stealth offers you a laptop that supports Intel’s new Whiskey Lake processor, along with the individual Nvidia graphics, making it one of the most powerful ultraportables on the market. It has excellent audio and a nice display that is good for work or relaxation. And Razer has found a way to significantly improve the life of the battery compared to earlier iterations. However, some of the most important keys on the keyboard are woefully substandard, so typing is quite a job.

You can get the Dell XPS 13 for $ 1,299, which offers a longer battery life, a better display, and a seriously comfortable keyboard. But for mobile professionals who want to play on their way during their absence, the Blade Stealth must be at the top of their list.

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8.6 Total Score
Razer Blade Stealth Review

With a discrete graphics card and an Intel Whiskey Lake processor, the Razer Blade Stealth is a capable machine for work and gaming.

PROS
  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Powerful overall and graphics performance
  • Great Audio
  • Solid battery life
CONS
  • Undersized keys
  • Runs hot
User Rating: Be the first one!
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