A sturdy, premium laptop and perhaps the smallest laptop produced by Razer. The Razer Blade Stealth’s performance can almost be compared to a MacBook Pro.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent 4K display
  • New sleek design
  • Good Battery life
  • Solid audio quality

CONS

  • Expensive

Specifications

Display 13.3-inch 3840 x 2160 touch display
CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U
Operating System Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
RAM 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz
Hard drive 512GB SSD
Battery Up to 13 hours
Graphics 4GB Nvidia GeForce MX150
Camera 720p webcam, Windows Hello infrared camera
Ports Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (power)
2x USB 3.1 Type-A, headphone jack
Size (11.99 x 8.27 x 0.58 inches) 30.45  x 21.0  x 1.47 cm
Weight 2.82 pounds (1.28kg)
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0

Design

  • 11.99 x 8.27 x 0.58 inches  
  • 2.82 pounds
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
    USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (power)
    2x USB 3.1 Type-A
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Much like the MacBook Air 2018, the 13.3-inch Razer Blade Stealth is made primarily of aluminium.

Aside from the conventional black-and-green colours that most Razer laptops are renowned for, the Blade Stealth also has quartz pink colour variant. The display bezels and screws on the pink variant are even pink-colored.  Both black and pink models have the same design.

On the Stealth, Razer has changed their snake-shaped logo from the usual green colour to black. It is sturdy, weighs 2.82 pounds (1.28 kg) and looks very simple. The Stealth’s lightweight is commendable giving that a good number of laptops produced by Razer weigh almost twice the weight of the 2019 Blade Stealth. That said, the weight nothing exceptional especially when you compare it to other lightweight laptops. The Stealth’s lightweight makes it a go fit for travelling.

 

The Razer Blade Stealth has more ports than you will find on any other ultrabook.

 

Many brands are introducing fingerprint readers to their pricey laptops. The new Razer Blade Stealth doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor yet. But with its 720p Windows Hello webcam, you can log in to the laptop. The infrared camera is at the top bezel of the display. Logging in via the facial recognition works well even in different lightning conditions. We always emphasize that most laptop webcams aren’t great for taking high-quality pictures. The Stealth’s camera is a good case in point. You are better off taking pictures with your mobile phone.

The Stealth nails it with respect to port selection. It has more ports than you will find on any other ultrabook. It beats even Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro. There are two USB Type-C ports and one USB-A 3.1 on the left-hand side. Unfortunately, only one of the ports is Thunderbolt 3 compliant. The good news is that the two USB Type-C ports can be used for transferring data and charging. Of course, there is a headphone jack but no HDMI port. The right side has another USB-A 3.1 port and just a single USB-C 3.1 port.

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Display

  • 13.3-inch 3840 x 2160 touch display  

The Stealth has two display options: a 4K touchcreen display or a 1080p non-touch display.

The Razer Blade Stealth’s brightness is top-notch. With more than 400 nits of brightness, its brightness is even better than Apple’s 2018 MacBook Air (300 nits).

The bezels are thin, but the bottom bezel is not as thin as the bezels on the other three sides. The webcam is at the top bezel, and the Stealth now has Windows Hello with infrared – many users love this.

Performance

  • 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U  
  • 4GB Nvidia GeForce MX150
  • 16GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • 512GB SSD

As you might expect, it comes with Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 256 GB SSD storage which you can upgrade. This puts it almost in the same league as (with) the Huawei MateBook X Pro. The 4K model is shipped with 512 GB storage. Read speeds are fair (2850 MB/s) however, write times lag slightly behind other premium ultrabooks.

The 13.3-inch ultraportable is not meant for gaming alone. In fact, to be candid, it can’t handle powerful, high-end games. Fine, it comes with a 25-watt MX 150 discrete GPU. For an ultrabook, that is outstanding. But for a modern gaming laptop, this is not good enough. As a matter of fact, it is meant for creators rather than gaming enthusiasts. Video editing tasks can be handled by the Razer Stealth without issues. It performs well when you play games like League of Legends. The story changes when you try a game like Battlefield V.

 

Fans on the bottom of the Blade Stealth take care of cooling the ultrabook.

 

For enhanced performance, connect it to a Razer external GPU using the Thunderbolt 3 port, and you are good to go.

Fans on the bottom of the Blade Stealth take care of cooling the ultrabook. The fans may cause a slight discomfort when you place the laptop on your lap. The bottom panel emits heat. Most times, this happens when you use the performance mode while charging it. The fan could get noisy, too. Using the Synapse software, the fan speed can be managed. Still, the bottom panel gets warm.

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Keyboard and Touchpad

  • Backlit keyboard  

They Razer keys are really soft and responsive. The Razer keyboard is completely backlit. We love the fact that the keyboard backlighting patterns and colours can be changed anytime using the preinstalled company-branded Synapse software.

One thing we don’t like about the keyboard is that when typing, you might hit the right shift key occasionally without meaning to. This is because the right arrow key is placed between question mark key and the shift key. Shift keys are usually bigger than letter keys on most keyboards. On the Blade’s keyboard, the shift keys and the letter keys have the same size. Users have complained and Razer will likely fix this anomaly in the next edition.

The glass touchpad is smooth with a large surface area – larger than any 13-inch laptop, except the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.  The ultrabook’s touchpad works with Microsft Precision drivers.

Audio

  • 11.9 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches  
  • Dolby Atmos

There are four speakers on the laptop – one on each of the four corners. These speakers provide excellent audio. Dobly Atmos support enhances the clear sound produced by the speakers and can be customized to produce even better sound. The bass is good, and there is no distortion when the volume is increased.

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Software and Warranty

  • Windows 10 Home

The Stealth is powered by Windows 10 Home. The most notable preinstalled app is the Razer Synapse software which allows you to customize fan speed, keyboard backlights and fan speed. It is shipped with Nvidia GeForce MX150 for better graphics and gaming experience.

The Razer Blade Stealth comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Battery Life

The Blade Stealth has a solid battery life. Using the 4K touch screen model, affects the battery life negatively. But the matte full HD display option conserves more power.  The battery life is great because it allows you at least 9 hours of productive use when it is not plugged in. Thankfully, the ultrabook comes with a fast charging 65-watt USB-C charger. You don’t get this type of charger when you buy some laptops. Some brands will only give you a 45-watt charger. This isn’t as efficient as the 65-watt option.

Bottom Line

If you need a high-end Windows OS-powered alternative to a MacBook Pro with solid performance and battery life, then the Razer Blade Stealth is a good buy.