The New Blade Stealth NAILS It
– Hey guys, this is Austin.
This is the 2019 Razer Blade Stealth, and it might just be my perfect laptop.
What I've been looking for isa thin, light 13-inch laptop which has a quad-core processor, dedicated graphics, anddecent build quality.
Now the closest to somethinglike that I've found would be the 13-inchMacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but at $1,800, it still lacksthose dedicated graphics.
Fast forward to 2019, though, and we have the Razer Blade Stealth with pretty much everythingI've ever dreamed of.
– It's a 2019, it says the2019 Razer Blade, it counts.
Razer have been making the Blade Stealth for a few years at this point, and while they steadily tweaked the design as well as improved the performance, it's still been an Ultrabookand not a gaming PC.
Sure, you could plug in a RazerCore with the external GPU and be able to get somedecent game performance, but up until the 2018 model, you were still limited to dual-core, and it just wasn't quite the full package, whereas this guy cangame right out of the box because it does havethose dedicated graphics.
The base model does still come with Intel integrated graphics, but if you opt for the mid-spec or higher, you do get the NVIDIA MX150 inside.
Of course you're not going to blow away the 15-inch Blade as faras gaming performance goes, but it is a huge step up over just having integrated graphics.
Not only does it unlocka fair bit of gaming as well as some video editing, but, importantly, this isnot the standard MX150.
It is the higher 25-watt TDP version which does come with fourgigs of GDDR5 memory.
For example, Fortnite is no problem.
We're easily able to playat 1080p Medium here, and we're getting anywhere between 45 to 60 frames per second.
Black Ops 4 is also totallyplayable here at 1080p on Low.
Now the framerate's pretty solid.
We're getting 45 to 50.
If it was me, I would sacrifice just a little bit of resolution to smooth it out andget a solid locked 60, but it is totally playable.
The Stealth has also been updated with the latest Whiskey Lake processors.
In this case, the onlyoption is the Core i7 8650u.
It's the new one! It's the one that boosts,like, 4.
So on top of it beinga quad-core processor, the nice thing here isthat we actually have that extra turbo boost speed to make it feel very responsive.
Now I've taken a look ata lot of laptops lately, and some of them dofeel a little bit slower when they don't quite boost as high, but this feels just as fast as pretty much any kind of gaming PC that I would try For normal web browsing and stuff that you do every single day.
This mid-spec model I have here is outfitted with 16 gigsof dual-channel memory, and that's backed up bya 256-gig NVMe drive, which is really quite fast.
Put it all together, and if I was building my dream 13-inch laptop, this is pretty much what I would choose: a great CPU, decent GPU speeds, as well as the rest of the specs all wrapped up in a nice aluminum package.
The entire design is new this year, so this means that we have smaller bezels, which means that the entire laptop is a little bit less wide.
It's also got a more squared-off design, and it's all, of course, made out of this matte black aluminum.
I think not only does it look nice, but importantly it also feels nice.
Part of the reason that it feels so good is because it does start lifeas a giant chunk of aluminum which is then CNC milled down to the actual body that we have here.
Razer is one of the veryfew companies who does this in addition to Apple, andit does make a difference to the build quality andjust the general heft and, you know, not heft, Iguess, but the general feel.
Like, it's a very rigid sortof premium-feeling laptop.
The only slight issue is thatwith my pre-production unit, there is a little bit of flexon the bottom of the chassis.
However, I actually did get to take a look at another Blade Stealth andthat didn't have this problem, so I'm assuming it's just an early issue.
Remove a few torque screws on the bottom, and you have easy access tothe internals of the laptop.
There's not a lot thatyou can work on here.
The SSD is user-upgradeableif you would like.
Unfortunately, the RAM is soldered down, but it is actually a reallynice little design here, and importantly you can see they have completely redesignedthe thermal solution, mostly because, you know,they added a full GPU inside, so we've got two fans.
There's also a decently-sized53-watt hour battery, and that's good in my experience for somewhere between six toseven hours of battery life.
I just realized, why doesthis say Pro in the inside? This, like, a prototype? Oh, oh, yeah, it actuallyis a prototype.
(laughing) What could Pro mean? Oh, right, 'cause they sentme a pre-production unit.
The ports have also been slightly tweaked.
In addition to the Thunderbolt3 port and two USB-As, we also now have a secondaryUSB-C port as opposed to HDMI.
Then there's the screen.
Now on paper, this isactually a downgrade.
So we're going from an 1800p touchscreen down to a 1080p non-touch display.
I actually prefer this, though, and a big reason is battery life, so going down to 1080p means we have to push a lot lesspixels, and on top of that, it's one of the newultra-efficient 1 1/2-watt panels, which helps to contributeto that pretty decent six to seven hours of battery life.
Now if you do really want atouchscreen and more resolution, there is a 4K touch panel option.
As far as I'm concerned,this is the sweet spot.
It's helped by excellent inputs, so not only do we have aWindows Precision Touchpad here, but I don't know what kindof wizardry Razer's doing, this is among the nicest I've ever tried on any Windows laptop.
Not only does it have avery smooth glass surface, but the tracking is really, really on par with a lot of the bestlaptops on the market.
Then there's the keyboard.
Now it is using custom Razerswitches, and to my tastes, I wish it would be justa little bit lighter, but I think a lot ofpeople will be very happy not only for typing but alsowith gaming on this guy.
And, of course, it does havethe full Chroma RGB support to customize it however you want.
– Play Fallout, you knowwhat I'm talking about.
A bunch of birds are getting lit on fire as they fly through the sky! – The speakers are also great.
This actually has a quad speaker setup, so it has a pair of two-wattspeakers on either side.
And as far as the laptop goes,again, it sounds really good.
Are you sensing a trend here? The Razer Blade Stealth does a lot of things very, very well.
What's not so great is the webcam.
As you guys can see, it'sfine, and it is 720p, but the main issue here isthat the Windows Hello support which is included just doesn'twork all that reliably.
It's rare that I review a laptop that does so much right.
Razer definitely did their homework with the Blade Stealth this year.
The only thing I can reallyding them for is price.
To get that MX150, whichyou really should opt for if you do have the Razer Blade Stealth, you have to get the mid-spec model, which does come in at apretty expensive $1,600.
Considering the entire package, though, it's so dope that I reallycan't even complain.
It's so dope, I can't complain.
That's a tagline for the website.
Razer, if you want to putthat on the accolades.
It's so dope, I can't complain,Austin, 2018, feel free.
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